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A roundup of events around Georgia,

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Albany hosts Kiwanis Club student art, music competition

Albany competition offers college scholarships to winners

Albany hosts Kiwanis Art & Music Showcase scholarship competition for the first time.

Student, alum react to Flags Over VSU rally Friday near Valdosta State University

In the hour before the Flags Over VSU rally Friday, law enforcement officers and rally-goers took positions along the rally route on North Patterson Street.

Police: Valdosta protester got gun at pawn shop

Valdosta police say documentation shows Eric Sheppard Jr. bought the gun found on-campus at Valdosta State University.

Georgia Briefly

News items from around the state

Grady Health System to pay state $2.95 million over Medicaid dispute; Georgia’s U.S. senators vote against new attorney general; Albany Goodwill Center to host resource and career fairs.

Georgia Southern mourns students killed in crash

Lee County woman was one of five killed Wednesday in multi-vehicle wreck

Morgan Bass of Leesburg and four of her fellow students were killed Wednesday in a seven-vehicle pileup before dawn Wednesday on Interstate Highway 16 in Bryan County.

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Actor Ben Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor was a Georgia sheriff | POLL

Information on Affleck's ancestor was cut from PBS episode

The ancestor that actor Ben Affleck asked PBS to cut from an episode of “Finding Your Roots” has been identified as Benjamin L. Cole, a “prominent citizen” of 19th-century Savannah and former sheriff of Chatham County who at one time owned 25 slaves.

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Georgia bald eagles reach some record numbers

The raptor almost disappeared from Georgia 40 years ago

After being close to absent altogether from Georgia four decades ago, bald eagles are flourishing in the state. this year’s survey by the Department of Natural Resources reveals record numbers of nestin areas, successful nests and young fledged.

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Father urges Valdosta State University protester linked to handgun to surrender

Eric Sheppard Jr. has eluded capture by authorities after denouncing whites, Christians and Muslims

As law enforcement continued Wednesday to search for Eric Sheppard Jr., a protester linked to a handgun found on campus Tuesday, the protester’s father, Eric Sheppard Sr., called for his son to surrender.

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Police searching for Valdosta State University protester Eric Sheppard, linked to handgun on campus

VSU police found handgun in backpack near the on-campus library

A hunt is under way for demonstrator Eric Sheppard, who Valdosta State University officials say has been linked to a handgun found on campus. It’s the latest controversy that has erupted at the university since Friday’s protest in which a veteran tried to foil protesters who were stomping on the American flag.

Georgia News Briefly

A wrapup of news from around the state of Georgia.

Military veteran/Playboy model banned from Valdosta State for disupting U.S. flag-stomping protest plans rally

Michelle Manhart says she supports a constitutional amendment against flag desecration.

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Peanut entomologist seeks help via statewide survey

Input sought from more than 3,500 peanut producers

The survey can be accessed online through a link on the Georgia Peanut Commission’s website at www.gapeanuts.com.

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Georgia CORE helps fight against cancer

Georgia Center for Oncology Reserach and Education is important state-wide partner

One of the many ways the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (CORE) is helping cancer patients and their families deal handle the difficulty of dealing with a diagnosis, is through various statewide partnerships that help offer a variety of programs and services.

Report: Georgia lags in public health spending

Georgia spends $18.48 per capita on public health

Georgia ranks 37th among states in per capita spending on public health, according to a newly released report.

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