News for Monday, May 3, 2010

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Health officials urge blood pressure screenings

Health officials are campaigning to increase awareness of high blood pressure.

BOE approves contracts for security upgrades

Clayton County Public Schools Chief Operations Officer Cephus Jackson re-iterated, Monday, his belief that security upgrades at five schools will begin within the next week, after the county's school board approved five contracts for the project on Monday night.

Officials: Oil spill not yet reflected at gas pumps

The effects of the massive Gulf Coast oil spill have yet to be seen in crude oil, and retail gasoline prices, though stepped-up investments in crude oil have elevated prices, according to energy officials.

Outdoor burning ban goes into effect

Henry and Clayton counties are among 54 counties in Georgia now under an outdoor burning ban.

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Clayton art students win trip to Italy

North Clayton Middle School eighth-grader, Romelo Goss, and Riverdale High School freshman, Charles Evola, have never been outside the United States, but they will soon be walking around "The Eternal City" -- Rome, Italy.

Bitter conflict surfaces on Morrow City Council

A deep-seated rift has appeared between leaders in the City of Morrow who had been known as longtime allies.

Tip leads to 72 pounds of pot

After intercepting 18 pounds of pot reportedly destined for shipment to a Clayton County home, authorities said they found more than 54 additional pounds of marijuana inside the home.

County, city nearing agreement on fire services

While tough negotiations continue, between the Clayton County Fire Department and the City of Jonesboro, regarding the city's fire services agreement, officials from both sides have signaled a willingness to compromise.

In need of inspiration - Joel Hall

From "The Carol Burnett Show," to "In Living Color," to "MADtv," I've always been a fan of sketch comedy. Shows such as these happen when the right combinations of people are in the right place at the right time. That kind of perfect comic harmony is hard to maintain, thus many great sketch comedy shows are short-lived. The one sketch comedy show that has continued to defy the general law of sketch comedy is "Saturday Night Live."

A love letter to Arizona: Your appointed governor is a coward - Tina Dupuy

An hour south of Tucson, you'll find deserted silver mines used to make Confederate bullets in the latter days of the Civil War. The settlers of the region tried and failed to gain the federal government's protection for their business interests.

Public pensions: The growing unfunded mandate - Mike Reagan

Today, many of our states are facing serious budget shortfalls as a result of a number of factors, including shrinking sales tax revenues. Politicians now face the untenable choice between decreased services and higher tax rates, or the imposition of new "fees"-- neither approach very appealing to the electorate.

Annual outdoor burning ban goes into effect

Henry and Clayton counties are among 54 counties in Georgia now under an outdoor burning ban.

Lunsford backs out of State Senate campaign

When the candidate qualifying period came to an end on Friday, a familiar name was nowhere to be found on the list of Republicans seeking office.

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'Relay' raises tidy sum for cancer research

Families touched by cancer gathered at Woodland High School in Stockbridge to literally take a step toward finding a cure for the dreaded disease.

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