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Welcome to your weekend (May 15)

School in Rockdale County and around the country is beginning to wind down. I have three children attending three different schools, so we are having plenty of fun with end-of-the-year picnics, ice cream parties, awards ceremonies and appreciation gifts for our fabulous teachers. This time of year brings mixed feelings for me. On one hand, I LOVE having my kids home for summer. They are my joy! We swim, eat outside, play in the sandbox, watch a lot of movies and generally just take a good kid break. On the other hand, it is the end of my school-year life ...

May 14, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

US stock indexes move higher in early trading

U.S. stocks climbed in early trading Thursday, snapping a three-day losing streak. Investors sized up the latest batch of corporate earnings and applauded a government report indicating that applications for unemployment benefits fell to a 15-year low last week. Technology companies rose the most.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NCSS approves tentative budget

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved of a tentative budget for the 2015-2016 school year during its Tuesday night work session.

May 14, 2015 | Martin Rand | Education

Ga. wildlife officials host meetings on license fee changes

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are inviting the public to a series of meetings to discuss potential changes to the structure and cost of hunting and fishing licenses.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

FBI investigates pornographic image on electronic billboard

ATLANTA (AP) - The FBI is investigating who possibly hacked an electronic billboard after it displayed a pornographic image in Georgia.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Drunk father let daughter, 15, drive home, police say

MILTON, Ga. (AP) - Police say a man has been arrested after letting his 15-year-old daughter drive her family home from a concert because he was drunk.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Lawyer: Amtrak engineer doesn't remember fatal derailment

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The engineer at the controls of the speeding Amtrak train that lurched off the tracks in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, has no recollection of the crash, his attorney said.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Rubio promoting a strong military as part of foreign policy

NEW YORK (AP) - Defending the use of American military power, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday called for an increase in military spending and for the U.S. to aggressively confront Russia, China and others that he says threaten the nation's economic interests.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

House to vote on ending bulk collection of US phone recor

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House neared approval of legislation Wednesday to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records but still allow the agency to search the data on a case by case basis. Passage would set the stage for a Senate showdown just weeks before the law authorizing the program is to expire.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Michigan couple with 12 sons already welcome boy No. 13

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons have kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13 on Wednesday.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks end mostly lower after a day of meandering

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are ending mostly lower as traders considered some corporate earnings and deal news.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Regulators: More delays possible for Georgia nuclear plant

ATLANTA (AP) - Regulators say there's a "high probability" a nuclear plant under construction in Georgia will be delayed even longer than the three years already announced by its owners, according to an analysis obtained by The Associated Press.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

AP estimates train in deadly crash was traveling 107 mph

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday evening in Philadelphia was travelling about 107 miles per hour as it approached a curve where the speed limit less than half that, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Fatal crash on Gum Creek Rd./Ellis Rd.

A 19-year-old Newton County man sustained fatal injuries in a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Gum Creek Road and Ellis Road Tuesday afternoon.

May 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

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Alcovy girls/boys clinch season series over Newton

With the Alcovy girls (9-3, 6-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) and boys (4-1-7, 4-4 Rergion 2-AAAAAA) soccer teams both coming off victories against Newton 9-3, 6-2 Region 2-AAAAAA on Wednesday, one more win would seal the deal for the regular season series and that's what they got as the Lady Tigers blanked Newton 5-0 and the boys came back to win 2-1.

March 27, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA (AP) - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

GOP celebrates good week on Hill, but sees challenges ahead

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Authorities: Woman posed as lawyer for decade, named partner

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and made partner before her fraud was discovered.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Stocks close with slight gains, but still end the week lower

NEW YORK (AP) - A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

US stock indexes are slightly higher at end of a tough week

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were flat to slightly higher in a quiet session Friday, giving investors a break after four straight days of losses.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Governor Deal gives cannabis oil green light

Local families living with seizure disorders welcomed Governor Nathan Deal's executive order this week greenlighting cannabis oil medical treatment in Georgia, but emphasized that they remain committed to in-state growing.

March 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Tybee Island weighs smoking ban for largest Ga. public beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's largest public beach could become off limits to smoking next year.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

2 charged with killing deer that mingled with farmer's cows

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia have charged two young men with killing a deer in a pasture where it was known to mingle with a farmer's cows.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Put me in: Craig T. Nelson returning as Coach Fox in sequel

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Craig T. Nelson is getting back in the coaching game for NBC.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not seek re-election to another term, saying he wanted to focus on bringing Democrats back to power in the Senate rather than his own re-election.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say

MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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