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Georgia back-to-school sales tax-free weekend starts Friday

Retailers are preparing for an expected increase in store traffic

The period during which no sales tax will be collected on certain back-to-school items starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues until midnight Saturday.

State of Georgia says it is hard at work on Medicaid backlog

The backlog in Georgia is linked to the thousands of people expected to join Medicaid and PeachCare this year

These new enrollees are not coming in because of expansion of Medicaid, as is happening in some states, because Georgia has declined to pursue expansion. But Georgia is reported to have tens of thousands of people who are already eligible for Medicaid or PeachCare but have not been getting it. Their names have emerged through the enrollment process in the Afforable Care Act’s insurance exchange.

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Gas pump prices continue summer drop

Albany motorists enjoying lowest average price among Georgia’s eight metro areas

A double-digit drop in pump prices on the local, state and national levels has motorists experiencing retail gas prices below what they were paying this time last year.

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Jury selection starts in 2009 peanut salmonella outbreak case

Three former officials with defunct Peanut Corporation of America face multiple federal charges

Nine people died in the salmonella outbreak that was traced to the now closed Blakely peanut plan five years ago.

Georgia Business Briefs - July 29, 2014

Savannah port sets tonnage record in FY 2014

A Latvian glass company will bring 150 jobs to Dublin while a California company is recalling fruit that may have been sold in Georgia.

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Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

Discount chain Dollar Tree will buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc for about $8.5 billion, in a surprise deal that will help it fend off increasing competition from big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Georgia man killed in Florida beach plane crash on wedding anniversary

A man was killed and his daughter injured on Sunday when a small plane crash-landed on a Florida beach.

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Statewide races in Georgia shape up for November

Contests are governor and U.S. Senate are expected to generate the most interest in November

The GOP nomination for the office of georgia superintendent of schools is the only real question lingering from Tuesday’s runoff election in regard to the ballot lineup for statewide elections in November.

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Exchange subsidies draw conflicting federal court rulings

If the D.C. federal court is utilimately upheld, 95 percent of the Georgians enrolled in ACA would lose subsidies

A decision on whether those who by Affordable Care Act medical coverage through federally run health care exchanges are eligible for subsidies could utilmately be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ga. man dies after collapsing during argument with teen

16-year-old charged with involuntary manslaughter of a man who apparently had heart attack during an argument.

Georgia jobless rate for June 7.4% | VIDEO

Season jobs losses and an increased labor force cause a two-tenths of a percent rise from May

Year-to-year, Georgia has shaved a percentage point off its June jobless rate, which was at 8.4% in June 2013.

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The Flood of 1994: July 14 - Albany, at last, reunited

The reconnection of East Albany and West Albany by pedestrians on the Memorial Bridge was symbolic

Life was far from normal, but wit the reconnection of the two sides of Albany, at least the community was whole again.

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The Flood of 1994: July 13 - President Clinton tours Albany disaster area

Albany begins crawling toward Phase 2 of its recovery from the Great Flood

Bainbridge gets good news as forecasters predict the flood will not break the record set in 1925 in that community.

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The Flood of 1994: July 12 - Phase 2 of recovery begins in Albany

Sen. Sam Nunn and Pentagon officials visit Albany July 12, a day ahead of the president

Shelter residents were longing to return to homes that were still under water.

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The Flood of 1994: July 11 - The Flint River crests in Albany

More than 22,800 people are out of their homes as Flint River covers 23 square miles of Albany/Dougherty County

In Bainbridge, officials work quickly to head off the possible catastrophe should an ammonia plant be inundated with flood water.

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