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President declares emergency in Georgia (UPDATED 2:45 p.m.)

Eighty-eight counties are covered in the emergency declaration

Georgia officials try to get out in front of events as a second winter storm in two weeks bears down upon metro Atlanta.

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State school chief hopeful Allen Fort brings campaign to Albany

Fort is seeking to replace John Barge, who is running for governor against Nathan Deal

State school chief hopeful Allen Fort brings campaign to Albany. Fort is seeking to replace John Barge, who is running for governor against Nathan Deal

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In Southwest Georgia, the Affordable Care Act is having trouble living up to its name

The 12-county Southwest Georgia region is the nation’s second most expensive online marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.

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Senate passes farm bill (VIDEO)

The Senate action sends the bill to the president for his signature

Both of Georgia’s U.S. senators support passage of a new, five-year farm bill.

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Southwest Georgia congressional delegation mixed on reactions to State of the Union address (VIDEOS)

Republicans are critical of President Obama for what they see as job-killing policies

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has a positive reaction to the president’s speech, while U.S. Rep. Austin Scott is critical, as are Georgia’s two U.S. senators.

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Farm bill passes U.S. House (WITH VIDEO)

The legislation will now be considered by the Senate

Nutrition programs that some House lawmakers wanted removed from the farm legislation survive the compromise process.

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Georgia officials move quickly to adjust state employee health plan

The action Monday by the Department of Community Health followed complaints from employees covered by the plan

The adjustment made Monday will replace a percentage of costs of health service borne by employees with a co-pay system for medical services and prescription drugs.

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Georgia state health plan critics see reason for hope

State employees and teachers hope for expanded health care options in 2015

A major critcism of the state health plan is that it has only one insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of G — eorgia.

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Georgia lawmakers drop ‘campus carry’ effort

Lawmakers say the focus on the legislation is to protect Second Amendment rights.

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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston rebuts perk claim

Savannah Repblican says he never intended to get rid of congressional franking.

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Proposed Senate bill would create state aging services agency in Georgia

The prevalence of Alzheimers and other dementia forms would be tracked under the proposed legislation

The number of Georgians living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to jump 33 percent in 11 years, from 120,000 people today to 160,000 in 2025.

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Georgia Briefs - Jan. 25, 2014

A fatal blaze in Donalsonville is ruled to have been accidental

A roundup of articles from around the state of Georgia.

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Medical College of Georgia dean visits Albany, gives update on institution

Medical school dean addresses Dougherty Rotary Club on progress of medical education

The Medical College of Georgia has several clinical campuses throughout the state, including one based at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany.

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Peanut producers worry about thrips

Advice given on how to protect against the tiny inspect

There are more than 7,000 species of thrips, but only two cause problems for Georgia farmers and UGA researchers — tobacco thrips and western flower thrips.

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Collection of '57 Chevys becomes lifelong obsession for North Georgia man

Charles Warbington remembers it like it was yesterday. His dad, Alfred, told him if he stayed away from smoking and drinking, he would buy Charles a brand-new 1957 Chevrolet.

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