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Senate Democrats want say in Gov. Nathan Deal's 'Opportunity Schools' proposal

Six Dougherty schools are on list of chronically under-performing schools

Senate Democrats want input into Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to takeover state’s most distressed schools.

Atlanta-based Heartland Media buys Tupelo TV station WTVA

Purchase ends 57-year ownership of WTVA by Spain family

Heartland Media acquires its fifth TV station as the Atlanta-based broadcasting group purchases WTVA from the Spain family in Tupelo, Miss.

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Merger would create a giant in Atlanta health care

Emory and WellStar consolidation would shake up Atlanta health care market

Emory University and WellStar Health System announced last week that they are discussing a merger of their medical assets, a fusion that would face regulatory and logistical challenges. Completion of a deal is at least a year away.

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Albany Technical College set to roast former Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges at fundraiser

The 12th annual Albany Tech Foundation fundraiser is set for March 20

Former Dougherty County DA Ken Hodges will face zingers, barbs and quips next month at the Albany Tech Foundation annual fundraiser roast.

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Georgia Supreme Court upholds murder conviction of Thomasville man

Frankie Williams was convicted of murder in a July 2011 drive-by shooting in Cairo

The Georgia Supreme Court rules unanimously that there was sufficient evidence to convict Frankie Williams of Thomasville in the July 27, 2011, shooting death of Jerry Bodiford Jr.

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Gas prices continue to rise

Experts still do not see $3 per gallon gas this year

Fuel prices are creeping up, though they are still a relative bargain compared to what motorists were paying last year.

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Gov. Nathan Deal declares State of Emergency for northern counties ahead of winter storm

Governor's move opens up state resources for disaster preparedness in areas expecting ice

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order to declare a state of emergency for disaster preparedness for the 15 North Georgia counties under a winter storm warning and will ask state workers in affected areas who are not involved in emergency response to work from home.

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Capitol Votes -- Georgia congressional delegation, Feb. 6-12, 2015

Here’s how Georgia’s congressional delegation voted on recent issues.

Capitol City Bank branches now operated by First Citizens Bank

First Capitol Bank & Trust is third bank and first in Georgia to fail this year

Albany’s Capitol City Bank customers’ deposits have been transferred to a North Carolina-based bank after Georgia regulators closed Capitol City Bank & Trust Co. late Friday.

Study sees big gains from Georgia tobacco tax hike

A financial analysis on raising Georgia’s cigarette tax shows a much higher revenue return than previously estimated. A $1.25 per pack state tax increase would generate $561-585 million in FY 2016, researchers say.

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'Biosimilar'drugs bill could save Georgia patients money

The Senate bill would make it easier to obtain similar, less-expensive medications

The goal of Senate Bill 51 is to create a state structure for the prescribing of “biosimilar’’ drugs – and could potentially save Georgians money.

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Industry leaders and prospects gather in Albany for Georgia Quail Hunt

Gov. Nathan Deal attends Georgia Quail Hunt reception at Wynfield Plantation

Business recruitment and expansion prospects arrived in South Georgia this week to learn why the state is one of the best in the country to operate in while also enjoying some of the nation’s best quail hunting at the annual Georgia Quail Hunt.

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Deerfield-Windsor Headmaster Dave Davies says House Bill 35 would expand families' education options

Proposed legislation would increase pool of scholarship money used for private school educations

A House bill proposed by Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, would boost the annual cap of the state K-12 scholarship tax credit program from $58 million to $250 million.

School bus drivers, families could be hit hard by state cut

State officials said Tuesday that almost 22,000 Georgians could lose health coverage if the General Assembly backs Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to eliminate state-subsidized health coverage for school employees who work less than 30 hours per week.

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U.S. Sen. David Perdue of Georgia opposes attorney general nominee

Georgia junior senator says he is against nomination of Loretta Lynch

U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., says he does not believe attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch will act independently of the Obama administration or place first upholding the Constitution.

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