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Field of Crosses honors South Georgia's fallen

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:46:00 EDT

This Memorial Day weekend, you can see 144 crosses outside the Albany Mall that represent South Georgia's fallen heroes. 

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Volunteers honor veterans at Andersonville National Cemetery

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:13:00 EDT

Hundreds of volunteers came out to the Andersonville National Cemetery this Memorial Day weekend to honor our country's fallen heroes by placing flags at the graves.

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Fire Weather Forecast

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 23:51:00 EST

Fire Weather Forecast May 27-28, 2017

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Rainfall Gauge

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:53:00 EDT

Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 3.83"; Normal for the Month 4.06"; Yearly Total 19.00"; -/+ Year to Date -0.80".

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Police: Woman locked her kids in car trunk while she shopped

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:14:00 EDT

A Utah woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her two young children in her car's trunk while she went inside a Wal-Mart store to shop.

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Wreck causes traffic delays at a major east Albany intersection

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:36:00 EDT

A two car wreck is blocking traffic at the intersection of Oglethorpe Blvd and Radium Springs Road. 

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Grady Co. man killed after fight

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:42:00 EDT

One man is dead following a shooting in Grady County Friday night. 

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South Ga. vet walks to remember Lance Corporal Steve Sutton

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:20:00 EDT

A marine veteran walked miles to honor his fallen comrade, Steve Sutton. 

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Wild Adventures celebrates Memorial Day weekend

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:17:00 EDT

Wild Adventures Theme Park is preparing for an eventful Memorial Day weekend.

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Missing Dougherty Co. man found

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:41:00 EDT

The Dougherty County Police have located an elderly man who was reported missing Friday night.

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US plans test of defense system to shoot down an ICBM

Sat, 27 May 2017 10:56:00 EDT

As North Korea continues testing its missiles, US plans a test of its defense system to shoot down an ICBM.

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Grandmother writes 7,000 letters to the troops

Sat, 27 May 2017 05:53:00 EDT

An elderly woman started sending letters to America’s troops back during World War II. They've gone to soldiers in harm’s way and the wounded in hospitals.

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Lee County wins over Johns Creek, headed to state championship

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:56:00 EDT

Lee County dominated Game 3 of the controversial state semifinal series, ending the drama with an 8-0 win over Johns Creek Friday afternoon in Leesburg.

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Businesses step in to fix root ball issues

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:43:00 EDT

Albany businesses are donating their time and resources to help city volunteers tackle the huge root ball problem still facing January storm victims. 

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DCSS investigates artist school visit after students appear in online video

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:25:00 EDT

A video posted to social media by an artist named Rod Da God has prompted the Dougherty County School System to start an investigation. 

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DNR and tax commissioner promote wildlife

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:26:00 EDT

Kids in Terrell County got up close and personal with some wildlife Friday.  Officials with the Department of Natural Resources and the Terrell County Tax Commissioner partnered to teach kids about wildlife, while promoting the wildlife tag. 

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ASU professor selected for Fulbright Specialist Roster

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:30:00 EDT

An Albany State University theatre professor was selected for the prestigious Fulbright Specialist Roster.

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ASU appoints four new deans

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:22:00 EDT

Albany State University appointed four new deans, filling positions in four of the university's five colleges. 

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Ariana Grande planning benefit concert in Manchester

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:04:00 EDT

Ariana Grande planning benefit concert in Manchester, England, to help victims of deadly bombing at her show earlier this week.

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100+ 'Root Ball Round Up' requests, local businesses step up

Mon, 1 May 2017 15:33:00 EDT

Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful(KADB) is partnering with the City, businesses and volunteers to implement an initiative to assist citizens with the removal of root balls and other debris on private property caused by the January 2nd storm. 

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Thieves steal equipment from Valdosta Habitat for Humanity facility

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:04:00 EDT

Workers with the Valdosta Habitat for Humanity said thieves stole two trailers from their ReStore facility over the weekend.

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Two charged after SCDNR investigates Snapchat photos of young alligator forced to drink beer

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:27:00 EDT

Two Jasper County men were charged Friday after photos posted online showed them pouring beer into the mouth of a juvenile alligator.

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HIV/AIDS Town Hall is Saturday in Albany

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:06:00 EDT

There's an HIV Town Hall meeting this weekend in Albany, and it's geared toward teens and young adults.  

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Troopers give warning for drivers as Memorial Day travel period begins

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:35:00 EDT

The Memorial Day holiday weekend travel period began at 6 p.m. Friday. State troopers will be heavily patrolling the highways throughout the next few days.

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Crisp Co. Sheriff surveys Tuesday's EF-1 tornado damage from helicopter

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:21:00 EDT

Crisp Co. EMA Director Sheriff Billy Hancock took to the skies Thursday to survey damage from an EF 1 tornado. The storm Tuesday took down dozens and dozens of trees and damaged 10 homes. Sheriff Hancock said he believes the tornado took a path around 15 miles.

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Students celebrate last day of school

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:23:00 EDT

The traditional start of summer is finally here for some lucky kids and teachers in Dougherty County. Mother nature pushed back the last day of school because of the many cancellations during January's storms.  

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Drivers react to higher Memorial Day gas prices

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:22:00 EDT

Triple A says drivers will pay the highest Memorial Day gas prices since 2015, but that doesn't seem to be keeping drivers off the road. 

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Albany mother starts scholarship in son's name

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:48:00 EDT

An Albany mother is seeking to keep her son's memory alive through a scholarship fund.

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Community honors fallen soldiers and families

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:14:00 EDT

Folks in Terrell County took  time out on Friday to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. It was a part of an annual Memorial Day celebration.  A U.S. Air Force veteran himself, Jimmy Taylor shared stories of several South Georgia heroes who died both overseas and at home. 

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Video shows Midlands restaurant employee pulled by her hair

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:43:00 EDT

An employee of a popular restaurant at the Village at Sandhill is facing charges after authorities say he grabbed a server by her hair and pulled her to the ground. 

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Salutatorian's diploma in limbo following controversial graduation speech

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:16:00 EDT

An Americus Sumter High School graduate's diploma is in limbo after school officials said the salutatorian speech she read was not approved. Less than one week after the class of 2017 graduation ceremony, the school sent Salutatorian Na'Charlesia Floyd's family a letter, stating she will not receive her diploma "due to defiance."

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Follow grilling safety tips to avoid food, home going up in flames

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:27:00 EDT

What would Memorial Day weekend be without time spent out in the sunshine, out by the pool, and of course on the grill.  But Albany Firefighters say you so-called grill masters need to make sure you take the proper steps before, after, and during your grill sessions to ensure your food and your home don't go up in flames.  

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Firefighters explain dangers of students home alone on summer break

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:21:00 EDT

With school officially out in Dougherty County, more kids will be home alone while their parents are at work. 

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GBI makes arrest in Moultrie homicide case

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:20:00 EDT

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation partnered with the Moultrie Police Department to make an arrest in an active homicide investigation. 

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Walmart announces more than 7,200 veteran hires in Georgia

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:16:00 EDT

Walmart announces more than 7,200 veteran hires in Georgia.

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Fri, 26 May 2017 12:59:00 EDT

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Registered nurse accused of sexually assaulting patients granted bond

Mon, 15 May 2017 18:02:00 EDT

A registered nurse currently jailed after he allegedly sexually assaulted patients while they were under anesthesia could be released soon.

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Woman, boyfriend charged in fatal cocaine overdose of boy, 9

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:12:00 EDT

A Youngstown woman and her boyfriend have been indicted for the cocaine overdose death of the woman's 9-year-old son.

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Millions expected to take to the roads, air for Memorial Day holiday weekend

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:37:00 EDT

Millions of travelers are expected to hit the roadways and take to the air as the Memorial Day holiday weekend is upon us.

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13-year-old given mock 'most likely to become a terrorist' award

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:01:00 EDT

Channelview Independent School District officials say it was part of "fake mock awards" given out by a teacher and the district did not know about it in advance.

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Pranksters wanted for setting off fireworks inside Atlanta Publix

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:06:00 EDT

Arson investigators are trying to locate two young men suspected of setting fire to a display full of fireworks inside an Atlanta Publix grocery store.

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Hairspray can shatters car windshield

Fri, 26 May 2017 03:45:00 EDT

The temperature outside was around 90 degrees that day, creating the circumstances for an aerosol can to explode.

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Police officer offers to dismiss citation for nude pictures

Fri, 26 May 2017 03:21:00 EDT

A Texas police officer was indicted on a bribery charge after authorities said he solicited a driver for nude photos after a traffic stop.

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Dougherty Co. EMS workers cautious of lethal drug

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:12:00 EDT

Dougherty County E-M-S workers are increasingly coming in contact with a drug that could kill them on the job. 

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Dougherty Co. teen pregnancies decrease

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:39:00 EDT

 Dougherty County health educators this month are celebrating a significant decrease in teen pregnancies over the last decade. 

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Citizens apply to keep Confederate historic site open

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:37:00 EDT

People in Irwin County are working to save an historic park dedicated to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. 

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Lee Co. residents fire off questions about proposed hospital

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:23:00 EDT

Dozens of South Georgians fired off questions and concerns about the proposed Lee County hospital at a summit hosted by the county on Thursday night.

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Lee Co. hospital operator plans to work with Grand Island HOA

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:25:00 EDT

For the first time on Thursday night, we heard from the operator of the proposed hospital in Lee County. 

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ATC launches new Business Healthcare Technology Program

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:26:00 EDT

Albany Tech is launching a new program that will teach medical students how to code, and open the way for them to high-paying careers.

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Graduate accepted to almost 150 colleges, receives $7M in scholarships

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:59:00 EDT

We're giving a high 5 to a Memphis teen who been accepted to nearly 150 colleges. Seriously. 

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Albany police take part in Red Nose Day

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:56:00 EDT

Albany Police rocked red noses on Thursday to raise money for a good cause.

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Heroes Among Us: Latresa Steward

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:00:00 EDT

Lieutenant Colonel Steward is an executive officer in the Marine Depot Maintenance Command. But her path to where she is now was nothing short of difficult.  

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Man facing drug, child molestation charges

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:58:00 EDT

A man is behind bars facing drug and child molestation charges.  Dougherty County Police arrested Samuel Green,47, Wednesday. 

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Police: Same car used in multiple Albany car wash crimes

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:07:00 EDT

Albany police believe the suspects who broke into the vacuum machine at the Splash N Dash car wash on Monday, may be involved in two other crimes.

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Tift Co. students to wear uniforms next school year

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:19:00 EDT

All primary and elementary schools in Tift County have adopted a new uniform policy for the 2017-2018 school year.

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CDC warns of dangerous germ lurking in public pools

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:13:00 EDT

The CDC is warning swimmers of a dangerous diarrhea-inducing parasite that could be lurking in public pools.

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Dougherty Sheriff summer camp changing lives

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:04:00 EDT

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul invites children to CHAMPS camp at Merry Acres Middle School this summer.

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Albany Museum of Art's popular summer camps are a go!

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:58:00 EDT

A South Georgia museum that closed down from damage following the January storms is still offering their popular summer camps at a new location.

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Chinese company offers free wind energy training to former US coal miners

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:31:00 EDT

Goldwind Americas, an arm of a Chinese wind-turbine manufacturer, has been looking for workers to take permanent jobs on the Wyoming wind farms they supply.

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Second gang specialist testifies in double murder trial

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:04:00 EDT

There's new testimony coming out of a double murder trial. A gang specialist told jurors Thursday he associates one of the men on trial with a gang.  Desmond Warren and Harrell Lorenzo Hicks are on trial for the shooting that happen on Willard Avenue.

GA law enforcement agencies warn of boating, driving dangers ahead of Memorial Day

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:28:00 EDT

"Come Saturday, there are going to be a lot of folks out on these waters," said Harris Blackwood, Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director. This weekend, lots of people will celebrate the Memorial Day holiday out on Lake Blackshear in Crisp County.

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Crisp Regional Hospital recognized for stroke treatment

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:31:00 EDT

New technology is bringing a rural South Georgia hospital to the forefront for stroke treatment. Crisp Regional Hospital now has two computer carts that can access telemedicine neurologists via webcam 24/7.

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White House budget cuts could impact South GA food banks

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:23:00 EDT

Cuts made in the newly released White House Budget could impact food banks here in South Georgia. The new budget cuts funding to Emergency Food Assistance Programs. Second Harvest Food Bank employees fear that with less funding, other programs like The Commodity Supplemental Food Program will be in higher demand.

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Passage of Rural Downtown bill excites local community leaders

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:20:00 EDT

Governor Nathan Deal could help bring rural South Georgia downtowns back to life. A bill was signed that targets small Georgia towns that are suffering from difficult economic conditions. "House Bill 73 will give the city of Pelham some incentives that some other communities our size don't have," said Jim Hedges, City Manager of Pelham.

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Second Harvest accepting applications for senior citizen boxes

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:14:00 EDT

South Georgia's largest food bank is lending a helping hand to senior citizens in the community. Second Harvest Food Bank is accepting 1,500 applications from all across South Georgia for it's 'Commodity Supplemental Food Program.' The program provides seniors with a box of food each month.

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Kids impacted by storm receive thousands

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:12:00 EDT

Business owners gave thousands of dollars to storm victims in the Dougherty County School system Thursday. 

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Grady Co. investigators search for stolen utility vehicle

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:10:00 EDT

Investigators in Grady County are searching for several suspects they believe stole a $5,900 utility vehicle. Deputies say it was stolen from a home in the Whigham area. From the surveillance photos investigators say it appears two people were involved in the theft.

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Flowers Foods holds Annual Shareholders Meeting

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:07:00 EDT

Hundreds of people visited downtown Thomasville on Thursday for the Flowers Foods Annual Shareholders Meeting. The event attracted folks from all over Georgia, Florida, and even other neighboring states like Alabama.

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Queen Elizabeth visits young survivors of concert blast

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:15:00 EDT

Queen Elizabeth II has met with children injured in the Manchester concert bombing, consoling them and pronouncing the attack "wicked.".

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8th grader arrested after bringing gun to school

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:11:00 EDT

An 8th grader at Austin Middle School in Paulding County was arrested Tuesday after bringing a gun to school. 

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ATV driver killed in Tift County collision

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:30:00 EDT

The driver of the car stopped, but ran away and left the car, and the Georgia State Patrol wants him or her to go to the Tifton GSP Post, and talk to them.

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MO man accused of setting up fake law enforcement memorial

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:34:00 EDT

A Farmington, Missouri man is facing a lawsuit for allegedly misleading donors.

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Principal 'will not return' after picture, video surface of him involved in Confederate monument protests

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:46:00 EDT

A high school principal who was photographed and videotaped at Confederate monument protests will not return to the school, according to the school's superintendent.  

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Woman fights off carjackers, jumps on hood of car

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:28:00 EDT

The victim, Melissa Smith, jumped on to the hood of her car to stop the thieves.

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Westover alum graduates USAF basic

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:00 EDT

U.S. Air Force Airman Mychal T. Sanders graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. 

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350+ animals removed from Catawba County home where opium poppy field discovered

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:15:00 EDT

More than 350 animals were removed from a home in Catawba County after an investigation, according to officials with Catawba County Animal Services.

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Student's service dog gets own headshot in class yearbook

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:19:00 EDT

A Virginia high school student who attends school with a service dog found himself side-by-side with his canine in the school's yearbook photos.

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VIDEO: Student with disability hits principal during Twinsburg High School graduation

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:44:00 EDT

A shocking video shared on YouTube allegedly shows a student punching a high school faculty member during a high school graduation ceremony. 

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NOAA: Look for a busy hurricane season

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:43:00 EDT

The weather experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are expecting a 70 percent chance that there will be 11 to 17 named storms in this year's Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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Teen killed by fallen tree during camping trip to be laid to rest Thursday

Sun, 21 May 2017 17:26:00 EDT

The funeral for a teen who died after sustaining injuries due to a fallen tree during a camping trip with friends will be held Thursday evening.

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Security officer snatches ball from 6 year-old boy at Braves game

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:26:00 EDT

A security officer is being criticized for snatching a ball away from a 6 year-old boy during the Braves game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at SunTrust Park Wednesday night.

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From fame to shame: Playmate to do time scrubbing graffiti

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:27:00 EDT

A Playboy centerfold who snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posted it on social media with insults about the woman's body is expected to appear in court to resolve a criminal charge in Los Angeles.

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Baby in TX struck by stray bullet

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:47:00 EDT

The bullet went through the baby’s right leg, grazed his stomach and went into his left thigh.

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Toddler diagnosed with Childhood Alzheimer's

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:05:00 EDT

For Saverio Carbone and Bridgette Ludden, the small moments are few and far between.

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I-85 reopens after truck hauling watermelon spills its load

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:39:00 EDT

The northbound lanes of I-85 were closed for hours in Gwinnett County after a truck hauling watermelon spilled its entire load onto the roadway after a crash early Thursday morning.

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Bringing back business, living and entertainment to downtown Albany

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:28:00 EDT

 For the older generation, people remember the pre-flood, pre-Albany Mall days when downtown Albany was the place to shop and eat. Now, it's the younger generation that's pushing for a vibrant downtown. 

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Georgia named top filming location worldwide

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:23:00 EDT

A nonprofit film office in Los Angeles, FilmL.A., released a new report that names Georgia the number one filming location worldwide. 

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Police chase suspect in RV with kids; vehicle catches fire

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:08:00 EDT

The driver of the RV was accused of shooting his wife.

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Toddler dies after mom's boyfriend allegedly performed wrestling moves on her

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:18:00 EDT

Police say the boyfriend abused the girl over time, and her mother was complacent and did not intervene or seek medical help.

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Search continues for 3 missing boaters off Tybee Island

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:03:00 EDT

Search and rescue efforts continue for the three passengers of an overturned fishing vessel about one mile northeast of Tybee Island. 

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Work requirements drop thousands in Georgia from food stamps

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:48:00 EDT

More than half of food stamp recipients in 21 Georgia counties have been dropped from the program after the state instituted work requirements.

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Congressional candidate charged after reporter says he was 'body-slammed'

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:21:00 EDT

A reporter for The Guardian says he was body slammed by a candidate for Congress.

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Neighborhood kids stop alleged abduction attempt

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:43:00 EDT

A criminal complaint says a 27-year-old man grabbed a little girl by the wrists and took her down the street.

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The Latest: US lawmaker says UK bomb showed 'sophistication'

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:56:00 EDT

France's interior minister says that the suicide bomber who targeted Manchester is believed to have traveled to Syria and had "proven" links with the Islamic State group.

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SWGA senior home organization spends $17M in renovations

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:33:00 EDT

Southwest Georgia is faced with an aging population. One senior home living organization  is preparing now to meet the future ballooning needs for elder care. 

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Lenny's Farmers Market returns to Americus

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:35:00 EDT

Americus city leaders are bringing back their farmer's market.  

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Americus city leaders awards $13K in grants to local businesses

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:37:00 EDT

More downtown businesses in Americus are getting grants to fix up their storefronts to attract more customers.

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St. Jude patient overcomes the odds, named valedictorian

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:38:00 EDT

A Mid-South valedictorian has been overcoming the odds for years and is now being tapped as the top ranked student in her 5th grade class.

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Officials urge drivers to be cautious after sever weather

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:19:00 EDT

Emergency management officials continue to urge residents to stay vigilant Wednesday night, even though most of the storms have already passed.

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Girl gets diploma in mom's hospital room hours before mom dies

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:14:00 EDT

Molly Sullivan’s mother, Karen Sullivan, battled cancer for six years. The family, medical team and school officials wanted to make sure Karen got to see Molly graduate.

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