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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

US stock market opens higher, breaking a 4-day slump

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening modestly higher after four losing days.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

January 24, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Are you a faithful follower?

"As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem." (Lk) 9:51 Jesus is looking for faithful followers. He is not interested in hearing people "say" they want to follow.

January 24, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

YMCA gets new treadmills

As Newton County is growing and developing, so is the local YMCA. Located on 2140 Newton Drive Northeast, the YMCA has received several new treadmills that will replace old ones.

January 24, 2015 | Mikayla Newton | Health

The sneaky thief of sight

I have to admit something: I grew up in an era that made fun of kids with glasses. Especially big, thick ones. Now these thick, dark frames are all the rage. So the last time I went to the eye doctor, I had a hard time picking out frames because all I saw were big, thick, dark frames, until I found these lovely red ones (yes red!).

January 24, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

Q&A: Rick Rasmussen

After another region win against the Rams on Friday, Tucker currently sits atop the region 2-AAAAAA standings, as Newton (16-5, 3-4 Region 2-AAAAAA) ranks fourth in the region behind Rockdale (15-6, 5-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) and Lovejoy (4-10, 3-3 Region 2-AAAAAA). However, this game was much different than the last, a 67-42 thrashing in early December, without center usual starting center Josh Tukes.

January 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Eastside sweeps Locust Grove

Eastside hosted Locust Grove on Friday night and both the boys and the girls got a victory to improve their region records as the season winds down. The boys improved to 10-9 overall and 6-6 in Region 4-AAAA. The girls improved to 8-12 overall and 7-5 in region 4-AAAA.

January 23, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Do you consider this Animal Neglect? (VIDEO)

Do you consider this Animal Neglect?

January 23, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

MLK estate drops lawsuit against King Center

ATLANTA (AP) - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children have resolved one of two legal disputes dividing them.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia inmates to wear hot-pink uniforms

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Chief Gary Jones has a clear philosophy when it comes to jailed inmates.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Billichik doesn't know how balls were deflated

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he doesn't know how footballs became deflated during the game that got his team to the Super Bowl.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | SPORTS

Fix water system before expanding it: Water Authority

Newton County should investigate alleged infrastructural weaknesses in its current water system before deciding if and when to build another reservoir, Water and Sewerage Authority Executive Director Mike Hopkins will advise the Board of Commissioners in the coming days.

January 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Boehner defies Obama on Iran sanctions, invites Netanyahu

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defying President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday that he's invited Israel's prime minister to stand before Congress and push for new sanctions against its archenemy Iran.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks end bumpy day with gains

NEW YORK (AP) - Another choppy day on Wall Street is ending with stocks higher on hopes for new stimulus for Europe's economy and on a sharp rise in oil.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Jailed Virginia lawmaker charged with forgery, perjury

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker who was just re-elected despite being jailed for a sex scandal with a teenager has been indicted on new felony charges, according to a special prosecutor.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Supreme Court sharply divided over housing bias cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting discrimination in housing.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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