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ALBANY -- A number of Georgia drug dealers and kingpins got a rude awakening Tuesday morning when a joint task force of FBI, GBI, Albany Police Department Gang Task Force and Albany-Dougherty SWAT team officers, as well as officers in other parts of the state, took part in a multi-agency investigation that resulted in the execution of search warrants in Dougherty, Henry, Muscogee and Worth Counties, Charles "Charlie" Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced.

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If you are looking to stock up that freezer with one of the healthiest meats available — your time is here. The Georgia deer firearms season opens Oct. 19 and continues through Jan. 12, 2020 statewide.

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WARNER ROBINS — More than 100 elected officials, executives, and state and federal representatives gathered in Warner Robins last week at the Cary W. Martin Conference for the Georgia Municipal Association’s statewide Rural Broadband Summit. The meeting, which was also supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Telecommunications and Information Administration, provided attendees an inside look at several approaches underway in Georgia to address the broadband needs of rural communities.

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has awarded $492,370 to Georgia to conduct state and local planning and kick off community involvement for the proposed federal initiative "Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America," which seeks to reduce new HIV infections in America by 90% by 2030. The funding includes two parts:

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Bradford will be recognized as a recipient of the 2019 Graduate School Alumni of Distinction award at a reception and dinner on Oct. 3. The event will be held in the UGA Special Collections Libraries in Athens. This award recognizes graduate alumni whose professional achievements and contributions to society exemplify the University of Georgia’s motto, “to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things.”

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ATLANTA -- A new analysis underscores the enormous challenges that Georgia faces in fighting HIV.

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DECATUR – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced this week the promotion of Cleveland Miles as deputy director of the GBI Crime Laboratory. Miles will oversee crime laboratory operations for GBI’s Division of Forensic Sciences.

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COVINGTON - A second-grade teacher at Porterdale Elementary School is on administrative leave after being charged with simple battery. The charge came after an investigation in to alleged inappropriate contact with a student.

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CONYERS - Though burning leaf piles and campfires are hallmarks of fall, Georgia's current drought is impacting decisions to burn outdoors. The Georgia Forestry Commission is urging everyone to follow established procedures and exercise extreme caution when using fire outside.

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Jackson Police Lt. Scott Crumley said he received a call about Ashley Horton from police in Mauston, Wisc., about 75 miles northwest of Madison.

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ATLANTA -- Georgia has an estimated 533,030 women-owned businesses, employing 285,237 and attributing roughly $57,120,180,000 to the state's economy, according to the ninth annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express, a comprehensive report analyzing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners and factoring in relative changes in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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As part of Rail Safety Week, these organizations are conducting activities in their ongoing public awareness campaign aimed at saving lives near railroad tracks.

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ATLANTA) – The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has opened an investigation into Fulton County elections procedures after an incident of an unsecured voting location led to the theft of two Express Poll Books, which are used to check voters into their respective polling locations.

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Barrow County Sheriff's Office Maj. Ryan Sears said Statham resident and Barrow County Schools bus driver Mary Jo Hall, 59, has been arrested and is expected to be charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds.

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ATLANTA – World Gorilla Day will bring an extra cause for celebration this year: The event will also be the naming day of the youngest member of the gorilla population at Zoo Atlanta. In tribute to the significance of the day and in honor of his 2-month birthday, the western lowland gorilla infant born to Lulu on July 24 will be named on Sept. 24, and the world is invited to help choose his name.

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ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp today announced that Georgia has been named the “Top State for Business” by Area Development, a leading publication covering corporate site selection and relocation, for the sixth year in a row. The results are determined by the publication’s poll of site consultants.

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ATLANTA — The nine Labor Day traffic fatalities that occurred in Georgia over the long holiday weekend were half the number of deaths that occurred on the state’s road during the 2018 holiday period.

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MCDONOUGH — Hurricane Dorian may bring power outages, downed trees, heavy rain and possibly brief tornadoes to Georgia this weekend and well into next week, according to Pam Knox, director of the University of Georgia Weather Network and an agricultural climatologist.

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