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Ga. paramedic dies after highway accident

Posted: 12/29/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- Douglas County officials say a paramedic injured in a highway accident while responding to a vehicle fire has died.

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Ga. banks added as needing to improve

Posted: 12/29/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation says five small Georgia banks have been added to the list of those needing to improve their finances and operations.

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APNewsBreak: Sparks stays in Ala. governor's race

Posted: 12/29/2009 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks is expected to announce he's staying in the Alabama's Democratic race for governor rather than switching to the 5th Congressional District contest.

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Ga. city blocked from issuing Sunday licenses

Posted: 12/29/2009 - SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A Gwinnett County magistrate judge has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting officials in Snellville from issuing licenses for Sunday alcohol sales.

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Texas prison guard accused in stabbing deaths

Posted: 12/28/2009 - ROSENBERG, Texas (AP) -- Authorities say they are looking for a Texas prison guard accused of stabbing his wife and mother-in-law to death in front of children and who could be headed to Florida.

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Fewer highway deaths in Alabama

Posted: 12/28/2009 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Gov. Bob Riley is crediting state efforts for driving down the number of highway deaths in Alabama.

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Okefenokee ranger Burkhart retiring

Posted: 12/28/2009 - FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) -- Jim Burkhart is about to retire after 31 years as refuge ranger at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

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Ala. county ordered to refund millions

Posted: 12/24/2009 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that workers and businesses in Jefferson County should split more than $50 million in refunds and interest on occupational taxes and business license fees.

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Ga. senators assail health reform bill

Posted: 12/24/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's two U.S. senators blasted a Christmas Eve vote for a landmark health care bill backed by Democratic President Barack Obama.

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Atlanta group to feed 30,000

Posted: 12/24/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- Hosea Feed the Hungry expects to serve holiday dinner to some 30,000 guests at its Christmas festival Friday.

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Ga police predict 34 holiday traffic deaths

Posted: 12/24/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's highway safety office is warning people to stay safe on the roads this holiday season. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is predicting as many as 34 people could die in traffic deaths on Georgia roads during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period. It also estimates more than 5,000 traffic accidents and almost 2,000 injuries. Some 46 people died in 2008 during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

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APNewsBreak: Sparks not ruling out House bid

Posted: 12/23/2009 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks says he's still running for governor, but he's not ruling out making a Democratic bid for Congress in the 5th District.

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NC woman escapes arrest in Ga., steals patrol car

Posted: 12/22/2009 - AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia authorities say a North Carolina woman wriggled out of her handcuffs and led police on a four-mile car chase after fleeing arrest in one of their patrol cars.

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NC woman escapes arrest in Ga., steals patrol car

Posted: 12/22/2009 - AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia authorities say a North Carolina woman wriggled out of her handcuffs and led police on a four-mile car chase after fleeing arrest in one of their patrol cars.

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100 million Swine Flu Doses Out by Week's End

Updated: 12/21/2009 - The nation will have 100 million doses of swine flu vaccine by week's end, and government health officials say it's time for everyone, not just those at high risk, to get protected.

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That stinks!: Mad GA lady destroys perfume display

Posted: 12/21/2009 - ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Athens-Clarke police are looking for a woman who destroyed $1,000 worth of perfume at a store after being told she couldn't return items without a receipt.

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Riley hails $39M Medicaid bonus amid criticism

Posted: 12/21/2009 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Gov. Bob Riley says a $39.1 million federal performance bonus the Alabama Medicaid agency received for its efforts to enroll more low-income children was the result of the hard work of state employees. But a Democratic budget chairman in the House, Rep. John Knight of Montgomery, says the Republican governor is trying to take credit for the Legislature expanding the health insurance program for low- and middle-income children. Knight says Riley attempted to veto the budget to stop the expansion. Riley said his veto of the budget was for the 2010 fiscal year and that the Medicaid bonus was for the 2009 fiscal year.

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Job losses harsh in poor Ala. counties

Posted: 12/21/2009 - SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's Black Belt is suffering some of the worst economic downturn in the nation. In October, Wilcox County posted a 25.1 percent jobless rate, which was the second highest in the nation.

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Alabama education board to discuss charter schools

Posted: 12/21/2009 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The State Board of Education meets Tuesday to discuss legislation being prepared for the upcoming legislative session to authorize charter schools in Alabama.

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Landfill company, Ga. officials to discuss odor

Posted: 12/21/2009 - MONROE, Ga. (AP) -- A Jacksonville, Fla.-based company is scheduled to meet with Georgia officials to present a plan for stopping a foul odor coming from a landfill

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