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Most Wanted: Germaine Lane

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:00:00 EDT

Tifton Police are looking for a man accused of shooting through his girlfriend's window last month.

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Pentagon probes former Trump aide Flynn's foreign payments

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:58:00 EDT

Documents released by lawmakers show President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned when he retired in 2014 not to take foreign money without "advance approval" by Pentagon authorities.

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7 arrested, 1 still wanted after two year Coffee Co. drug investigation

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:36:00 EDT

Seven people are in custody, and police are looking for one man after a two year drug trafficking investigation in Coffee County. According to the sheriff's department, several agencies worked together and arrested six people starting Wednesday morning. Donzel Fussell of Broxton, 31 Cleveland Tanksley of Douglas, 51 Samuel Scott Cade of Douglas, 37 Antwan Hunt of Broxton, 37 Craig Moses James of Douglas, 46 Robert Lee Brockington of Douglas, 51 The seventh person,...

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Americus PD search for missing person

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:20:00 EDT

Americus Police need your help finding a missing 20 year old. Brandon Williams has not been since since 6:45 am on Tuesday. He was at East Dodson Street. He is believed to be driving a 2004 silver Chrysler Crossfire 2 door LTD coupe. If you have seen Brandon, call the Americus Police Department Criminal Division at 229-924-4550 or the Middle Flint 911 center at 229-937-9011. Copyright 2017 WALB. All rights reserved.  Report an error | Submit a tip to WAL...

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Sylvester celebrates Georgia Cities Week

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:40:00 EDT

Cities across Georgia are celebrating Georgia Cities Week. Sylvester has held events in the City everyday this week.

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Moultrie FD battles lumber yard fire

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:46:00 EDT

The Moultrie Fire Department and The Georgia Forestry Commission spent much of Thursday afternoon battling a fire at Beadles Lumber Company. 

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Cook Co. student arrested after bringing gun to school

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:30:00 EDT

A 15 year old Cook Middle School student has been arrested after bringing a gun to school. 

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Renovated utilities building gets new furnishings

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:43:00 EDT

Soon, Albany Utilities will have a new home with new furnishings and equipment. Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan discusses why it's important for the building to have new furnishings and equipment.

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Old building will bring new life to downtown Sylvester

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:24:00 EDT

Downtown Sylvester is full of beautiful historic buildings, and soon one of those building will open it's doors as a new venue for the community.

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United to offer bumped flyers up to $10,000 after video flap

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:31:00 EDT

United isn't saying whether ticket sales have dropped since the removal of a 69-year-old passenger by three airport security officers, but the airline's CEO admits it could be damaging.

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'Fight the Blight' town halls planned for Albany

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:51:00 EDT

On Thursday, May fourth, the 'Fight Albany Blight' or FAB Planning team is holding a town hall.

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Lee Co. murderer goes to Supreme Court for new trial

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:48:00 EDT

Nicole Judge, a 23-year old mother of three, was slashed and stabbed more than 50 times in her home in February 2008.

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Critters battling against Lyme disease

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:48:00 EDT

Warmer temperatures do not only mean summer is around the corner, but also that tick season has arrived.

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Two people shot in Valdosta

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:43:00 EDT

Valdosta Police detectives are trying to figure out who shot two people within the last two days. 

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UPDATE: Valdosta Police gas leak repaired

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:16:00 EDT

The Valdosta Police Department says that drivers no longer need to avoid the North Valdosta Road / Val Del Road area.

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Trump tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:39:00 EDT

President Donald Trump's plan to provide massive tax breaks to corporations faces big challenges as Washington struggles with mounting debt.

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Albany’s unemployment rate drops in March

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:26:00 EDT

Figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) today show that Metro Albany’s unemployment rate dropped three tenths of a point in March, to 5.7 percent. It was six percent in February. 

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Two arrested after woman found stabbed in burning Baker Co. home

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:21:00 EDT

Two people are behind bars after a woman was found stabbed in a burning Baker County home on Monday.

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Dramatic photo shows man who police say shot bystander outside Walmart

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:49:00 EDT

An alleged gunman and a bystander at a gas station were both wounded during an officer-involved shooting incident at the Walmart on Bush River Road on Wednesday afternoon. 

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Police: Woman held captive in pit, neighbor arrested

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:27:00 EDT

A crying woman was found captive in a pit dug in her neighbor's backyard shed early Wednesday, police say.

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West Mims Fire visible from space

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:13:00 EDT

As of Wednesday the fire was 74,000 acres in size and only 8% percent contained. A NASA satellite captured an image of the smoke from outer space and highlighted the actively burning areas. 

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Georgia sets execution for man convicted of killing doctor

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:36:00 EDT

A Georgia death-row inmate convicted of killing a 73-year-old doctor is set for execution next month.

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Here's what could be next for Trump's sanctuary cities order

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:29:00 EDT

In a ruling on Tuesday, a federal judge quoted Trump to support his decision to block the president's order to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.

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Death of giant British rabbit adds to United Airlines' woes

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:29:00 EDT

United Airlines is investigating a report that a giant rabbit died on one of its trans-Atlantic flights.

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GDOT awards $3.3M contract to benefit SWGA

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:16:00 EDT

The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded a $3.3 million-dollar contract to widen the intersection of U.S. 280.

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ASU forensic science program gets re-accredited

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:18:00 EDT

The state's only forensic science program just got re-accredited. 

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ABAC students walk to remember fallen officers & veterans

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:22:00 EDT

Dozens of ABAC students are walking for 24 hours to remember first responders and veterans.  

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Rainfall Gauge

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:53:00 EDT

Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 2.13"; Normal for the Month 3.70"; Yearly Total 15.17"; -/+ Year to Date -3.75".

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DCSS panel recommends shutting down AHS

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:46:00 EDT

A committee made up of Dougherty County School System employees is sending a recommendation to the school board that Albany High School, which began in the 1800s, no longer serve as a high school.

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Pool experts warn of water contaminants

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:49:00 EDT

Swimming pool experts want you to be aware of dangers that may be lurking in the water as you take a dip for the first time this year. 

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Root ball round up takes shape

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:46:00 EDT

Massive root balls exposed after the January storms are still an issue for many homeowners in Albany. 

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ATF statistics show high number of stolen guns in Georgia

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:37:00 EDT

1,539 lost and stolen guns have hit the street in Georgia this past year. A growing problem that members of law enforcement said they are seeing too often. "Guns in the wrong hands is always a problem and that is the problem of this country right now," said Captain Maurice Holmes, Thomasville PD.

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Investigation continues as Colquitt County man found dead in bath tub

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:42:00 EDT

Colquitt County Coroner Verlyn Brock said an autopsy performed on 55 year old William Stripling did not provide enough information to determine a cause of death. 

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Dramatic video shows Jeep flipping on I-65, ejected driver walking away

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:10:00 EDT

A dashboard camera captured dramatic video of a crash that happened last night on I65. 

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Insurance Commissioner's new app will help find unclaimed life insurance benefits

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:35:00 EDT

 Deputy State insurance commissioner Jay Florence said many life insurance policies go unclaimed because the policy holder moves and fails to notify the insurance company, or the beneficiary doesn't know the policy exists.

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Commissioners say Lee County hospital project 'right on track'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:29:00 EDT

Lee County commissioner Billy Mathis says he is confident the proposed hospital is on track to be open in about 2 years, and that it's building costs will have no impact on taxpayers.   

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Thomas University opens center for veterans

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:21:00 EDT

Military Veterans in South Georgia now have a new place to go get college and career help. Thomas University opened it's Veterans Services and Career Transition center this week. 

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Local industries partner with Albany High

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:00:00 EDT

Local industries are playing an important part in the education of Dougherty County students.  Professionals in Dougherty County met with school leaders Wednesday at Albany High School to discuss ways they can help students get a jump start on future careers. 

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DOCO Police warn about sexual assaults

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:43:00 EDT

Don't get in the car with strangers.  That's the warning Dougherty County Police are sending out. Recent reports of robberies and sexual assault have Dougherty County Police concerned.

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Moultrie police search for weekend shooting suspect

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:19:00 EDT

Moultrie Police are still searching for a suspect who shot a man sunday,  leaving him in critical condition. Officers said they responded to the hospital at 4 PM  in reference to a man that had been shot.  

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Albany law enforcement to help Special Olympics with 'Cops at Doughnut Shops'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:51:00 EDT

On Friday and Saturday, the Albany Kirspy Kreme, law enforcement and local Special Olympic athletes are teaming up to 'raise dough' for Special Olympics Georgia.

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16 facing charges after multi-agency drug bust

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:16:00 EDT

16 people are behind bars after a drug raid in Colquitt County that shut down what drug agents describe as a large meth distribution ring in South Georgia. Federal, state, and local drug agents made the arrests early yesterday morning. 

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Thrush Aircraft to bring 100 jobs to Albany

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:04:00 EDT

Thrush Aircraft is creating 100 new jobs in the Albany-Dougherty County area. 

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Students shadow city workers

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:02:00 EDT

Students from Valdosta High School spent the day job shadowing city leaders and workers.

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Police urge community members to lock car doors

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:47:00 EDT

Police have a warning for community members- the next time you leave your car unattended make sure your doors are locked. 

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GSW to rename building after fallen officers on Thursday

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:52:00 EDT

Georgia Southwestern State University will be hosting a naming ceremony in honor of two fallen officers.

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Tearful reunions, solutions sought after deadly tragedy

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:03:00 EDT

Family members say the walk to school for Albany children still isn't safe after four children were hit by a car one morning in September. The collision happened September 16 on Mock Road. Now, answers to questions of current safety and what's been done are being sought.

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Video: Officer stops man's six-story plummet

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:50:00 EDT

A six-flight chase, his heart racing, officer Justin Martin snatched a man before he could jump, his body camera capturing it all.

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Hilton hiring another 20K veterans, their families

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:00:00 EDT

A Hilton spokesperson said veterans have the skills that can land the jobs in a variety of sectors at the company.

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Albany High School principal named new DCSS deputy superintendent

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:13:00 EDT

Albany High School Principal Rodney Bullard has been chosen to be the new deputy superintendent for the Dougherty County School System. 

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'Bachelor' star Chris Soules charged in deadly Iowa crash

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:07:00 EDT

Iowa authorities have arrested former "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules, alleging that he fled the scene of a deadly traffic accident.

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Ashburn celebrates Georgia Cities Week

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:54:00 EDT

The city of Ashburn is gearing up for its first ever community blast to celebrate Georgia Cities Week. 

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VIDEO: Toddler gets run over twice, survives

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:19:00 EDT

Surveillance video cameras captured a moment all parents fear: a girl running into a busy street.

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Teen admits to throwing friend's body over bridge, into river

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:36:00 EDT

A New Jersey man told a judge Tuesday about a plan he played a part in to rob and kill his childhood friend. 

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Albany city commissioners table vote on historic district expansion

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:19:00 EDT

City commissioners met Tuesday night, two of the issues on the agenda were the controversial historic district expansion and the establishment of a Land Bank.

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SWGA residents to enjoy faster internet speeds

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:28:00 EDT

Thousands of residents in Southwest Georgia will now be able to purchase faster internet speeds.

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ASU hosts Veterans Transition Fair

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:22:00 EDT

Dozens of South Georgia veterans learned about career opportunities Tuesday afternoon.

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HUD: $83,700 a year is now considered low-income in Honolulu

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:17:00 EDT

A Honolulu family of four earning up to $83,700 this year is considered "low-income" under new U.S. Housing and Urban Development calculations that take the cost of housing into account.

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Mom causes drunken mayhem with 2 kids in car

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:39:00 EDT

Initially, Shirlena Charley told the officer someone else was driving after she led officers on a violent chase. She was charged with two felonies for child abuse. 

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Chipotle reports hack in payment system

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:47:00 EDT

Chipotle announced Tuesday that its its payment network system has been hacked. The Denver-based burrito chain is investigating with the help of cyber security firms and law enforcement.

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Georgia pastor gets 35 years in prison for child molestation

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:35:00 EDT

A Georgia pastor has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for molesting two teenagers who attended his church in coastal Brunswick.

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GBI investigates after woman found injured in burning Baker Co. home

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:56:00 EDT

Officials responded to a fire and a woman injured at a Baker County home Monday morning.

Police: Wife's Fitbit logs steps after husband says she died

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:08:00 EDT

Police in Connecticut have cited Fitbit records in an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old man charged with killing his wife in 2015.

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44 students recognized at ATC's Honors Day Program

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:12:00 EDT

On Tuesday, Albany Technical College hosted its Honors Day Program to recognize 44 students. 

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Albany celebrates Georgia Cities Week

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:30:00 EDT

This week is Georgia Cities week and cities all over state are holding events to celebrate.

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Former America's Got Talent contestant arrested for family violence

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:20:00 EDT

Former America's Got Talent contestant Skilyr Hicks has been arrested, accused of assaulting members of her family. On April 18, Columbia County deputies were called out to a home on Deercrest Circle in Evans for a reported domestic violence situation.

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Valdosta woman gets new home

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:44:00 EDT

After years of waiting one Valdosta woman walked into her new home on Tuesday.  The home was built using money from a community development block grant. 

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Woman saves dogs, with community support

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:55:00 EDT

Fifty five rescued dogs now have a new home, and it's all thanks to your donations. We first brought you the story in February. 

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Volunteers needed to help with Lowndes Co. food drive

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:02:00 EDT

The biggest food drive of the year is just around the corner, and folks at Second Harvest Food Bank of South Georgia need your help.

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Arrest made after Valdosta business robbed at gunpoint

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:43:00 EDT

A man is behind bars after robbing a Valdosta business at gunpoint. 

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Teen steals deputy's car, leads officers on chase

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:10:00 EDT

There is heavy police presence on Highway 98 near Highway 589 in Hattiesburg. 

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Former GA gov. sworn in as Sec. of Ag

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:06:00 EDT

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was sworn in today as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court building. 

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Albany utility bills likely to grow

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:39:00 EDT

A 2.1% consumer rate increase will be sent to the full commission for a vote. The average bill would climb about $7.00.

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Recall: Thousands of pounds of ready-to-eat chicken undercooked

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:13:00 EDT

The undercooking may expose people who eat the chicken to pathogens, though no illnesses have been reported in association with the product.

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Police identify victim, suspects in Sunday shooting

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:40:00 EDT

APD determined that they were looking for Montrevious Parks, 19, and Alonze Jones, 25.

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O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:27:00 EDT

Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly says he's sad and surprised that he's off TV but is confident the truth will come out about his exit.

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Lowe's $50 off coupon on Facebook is a scam, company says

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:14:00 EDT

People have reported seeing an offer on Facebook for $50 or $100 off at Lowe's, and it has been seen for other stores as well. Users are asked to click the link and take a survey.

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Man shot in the foot... really wasn't

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:16:00 EDT

A man was taken to the hospital late Monday for what was first thought to be a bullet wound, but it turned out that his wound was caused by a shell casing, which broke his skin.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 18 seasons

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:23:00 EDT

Earnhardt Jr. will leave NASCAR at the end of 2017.

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Bacterial infection forces Elton John to cancel May shows

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:56:00 EDT

Elton John has cancelled more than a month of upcoming shows after contracting an unusual bacterial infection during a South America tour that left him in intensive care for two nights.

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UPDATE: Miller Co. jail escapee surrenders

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:07:00 EDT

Sherrod Menette turned himself in to officials at the Early County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning.

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'We'd just like it to stop:' basketball goals damaged again

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:42:00 EDT

A Camilla organization that helps adults with developmental disabilities told WALB News 10 that they are shocked and saddened after vandals targeted their basketball courts. The group is asking for the community's help to stop trespassers.

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Dozens of teens rob transit train, attack passengers

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:02:00 EDT

BART says there were as many as 40 to 60 juveniles who jumped the fare gates and headed upstairs to the platform as the nine-car Dublin train was arriving.

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Crowd kicks, punches police officers at college celebration

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:31:00 EDT

Three men were arrested after the attack.

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Firefighter catches baby thrown from window during fire

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:24:00 EDT

The boy is healthy and doing fine, his mother says.

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Bees are dying off, but you can help

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:25:00 EDT

Bees are dying off because of pesticides, destruction of habitat and climate change. 

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Student finds worm in school lunch

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:44:00 EDT

The school district superintendent says the worm likely came in the high school’s USDA federal subsidized corn commodity.

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Aaron Hernandez friends, family turn out for private funeral

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:38:00 EDT

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown is preparing for his funeral.

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Lawsuit: Man claims his Bose headphones spied on him

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:35:00 EDT

The lawsuit claims when people use the Bose app, the company collects their personal information and send it to third parties.

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Giardina tabbed as Albany State head football coach

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:56:00 EDT

Albany State hires Gabe Giardina as the new head football coach. He spent the last four seasons as offensive coordinator at Charleston Southern.

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Phoebe recognizes volunteers during volunteer appreciation week

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:41:00 EDT

This week, Phoebe Putney is recognizing its volunteers and the impact they have on the community. The hospital is celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week. 

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ATC releases 2016 annual report

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:38:00 EDT

Albany Technical College boasted some improvements over the past year.

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Albany city leaders celebrate Georgia Cities Week

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:40:00 EDT

Cities across the state will celebrate Georgia Cities Week.

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Dozens of slithery surprises found in Walmart parking lot

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:22:00 EDT

Grocery baskets and cars were not the only things found outside of the Paragould Walmart after someone left possibly 40 snakes in the parking lot.

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Livestream ends violently inside N.O. restaurant, owner blames trolls

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:38:00 EDT

A man's social media live stream ended violently after he walked into a New Orleans restaurant on April 20 and the restaurant owner smashed his camera. 

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Police respond to shooting in east Albany

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:20:00 EDT

Albany police responded to a shooting in the 1300 block of East Residence Avenue on Monday.

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Farmers fear deportation of workers could hurt livelihood

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:56:00 EDT

Farmers across the U.S. are worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants who are in the country illegally.

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Officials call for action after weekend shootings

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:00:00 EDT

Community leaders say gun violence needs to come to an end.  This comes after two weekend shootings left two teens dead and one man injured.  

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Twenty-three alleged child predators arrested in "Operation Spring Cleaning"

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:10:00 EDT

The men are accused of traveling to meet a child for sex.

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Ex-Fox News guest: Hannity made 'uncomfortable' advances

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:36:00 EDT

Sean Hannity says accusations of sexual harassment from a former Fox News contributor are "100% false and a complete fabrication.".

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