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Gov. Nathan Deal signs gun carry rights expansion into law

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a broad expansion of gun carry rights into law on Wednesday, allowing legal gun owners to take weapons into bars, churches and government buildings under certain conditions.

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Ga. school evacuated after pranksters release pepper spray

As many as 100 students at a suburban Atlanta high school were exposed to pepper spray on Wednesday after the material was released in a school hallway in an apparent prank.

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Georgia Board of Regents hikes tuition 2.5 percent at most state schools

It marks the third straight year the board has increased tuition by 2.5 percent at most Georgia universities and colleges

Georgia’s four research universities will see tuition increases of 4 percent to 9 percent following Tuesday’s action by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

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Gov. Nathan Deal signs SB 349 into law at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport (Video)

The new law will enhance the quality of services provided by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Deal signs new law, talks about Port of Savannah Project and an attack by GOP gubernatorial challenger David Pennington

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Deal: State will explore medical marijuana

Gov. Nathan Deal announced two possible directions for the state to pursue testing, a possible precursor to the legal use of cannabis oil for children with epileptic disorders.

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American flag catches fire during Atlanta Braves' opening day ceremony

Fireworks honoring the legendary Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron on Tuesday night brought sparks way too close to the American Flag at Turner Field.

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Georgia Mom and pop businesses are not buying ACA

The optional health care program for small businesses is not generating interest among employers

In Georgia, the only way for a business to sign up for the Affordable Care Act program is through an agent, broker or insurance company.

Georgia Briefs - April 10, 2014

A wrapup of news around the state of Georgia.

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Chick-fil-A’s new grilled recipe, entrée lineup set to “transform” menu

Chick-fil-A is introducing a new lineup of grilled chicken entrees that will give the chain a more nutritious and expansive menu.

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Allman Brothers Band's 10-year run as Wanee festival hosts to end with headlining performances

Allmans, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trey Anastasio Band among performers at Florida music fest

With the Allman Brothers Band set to end their touring career in 2014, fans will get to see them twice at the Wanee Music Festival.

Georgia Briefs - April 9, 2014

A roundup of state articles.

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Mosely named Dougherty County Schools permanent superintendent

James Bush, Velvet Riggins cast “no” votes in 5-2 decision

Dougherty BOE selects Mosely as permanent superintendent by 5-2 vote.

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Mickey Rooney, America's boy next door, dies at age 93

Mickey Rooney's best known role was that of Andy Hardy

The TMZ celebrity website reported late Sunday night that 93-year-old actor Mockey Rooney had died.

Key part of hospital provider fee still unresolved

Feds have not approved segment that helps hospitals

The currently approved provider fee raises money from hospitals, and the funds are then returned to the hospitals through reimbursements. Individual hospitals are reimbursed differing amounts, based on how much Medicaid business they do.

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Pest harms roots of pecan trees

Research in Tifton may lead to control methods

Prionous root borers, the larval stage of the beetle, damages pecan tree roots by depriving trees of essential water nutrients. This makes them vulnerable to heavy winds. The larvae can also move through the soil and feed on an irrigation system if they encounter a pipe between pecan roots.

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