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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

Governor Nathan Deal has signed an executive order requiring state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill. The bill provides immunity for possession of cannabis oil for registered patients and caregiveres inside Georgia.

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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Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Chamber honor award winners

There was a lot of change at this year's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards reception at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Thursday, but it was the lack of change that was the big moment of the evening.

January 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Duke cancels plan for Muslim call to prayer from tower

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Duke University has canceled its plan to use the tower of its chapel for a weekly, amplified call to prayer for Muslims.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks end lower after bank earnings fall

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is ending lower following weaker earnings from banks.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Immigrants can now get Mexican birth certificates in US

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The Mexican government Thursday began issuing birth certificates to its citizens at its consulates in the United States to make it easier for immigrants to obtain U.S. work permits, driver's licenses and protection from deportation.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Belgium police kill 2 in anti-terror raid during shootout

VERVIERS, Belgium (AP) - Belgian security forces killed two terror suspects with links to Syria in a fierce shootout in the eastern city of Verviers on Thursday and arrested another, foiling a major and imminent attack against police buildings, authorities said.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NMC and Piedmont look to partner up

Newton Medical Center announced today its Board of Directors had authorized hospital management to enter into "exclusive discussions" with Piedmont Healthcare aimed at formalizing a relationship between the two organizations.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dangerous Road (video)

A local man was tragically killed Wednesday night at one of Newton County's most notorious intersections.

January 15, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Nearly $150,000 raised in effort to save R.E.M. steeple

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A 60-day crowdfunding campaign for Nuci's Space, aimed both at restoring the "R.E.M. steeple" and helping the nonprofit group fund the health care assistance and other services it provides to local musicians, has fallen short of its $250,000 goal.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective

NEW YORK (AP) - As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it's only 23 percent effective.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Weak bank results weigh on stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Disappointing results from Bank of America, Citigroup and other companies nudged the stock market lower Thursday. Target rose after the retailer announced plans to close down its stores in Canada.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

MARTA police hiring 18 new officers

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say they're helping Atlanta's public transit agency recruit 18 new police officers.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Chief who shot sleeping wife has 4 divorces, no violent past

ATLANTA (AP) - The man who dialed 911 to report accidentally shooting his wife as she slept in their suburban Atlanta home early New Year's Day waited nearly two minutes to mention where he worked.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Kerry says he's going to France to give 'a big hug to Paris'

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not traveling to France later Thursday to apologize for the Obama administration's failure to send a senior official to last weekend's unity march, but rather to give "a big hug to Paris" in the wake of terrorist attacks that have left the city on edge.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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