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House Democrats split

House Democrats are split on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the state the power to create charter schools — jeopardizing the bill’s prospects for passage in the chamber.

Forney, Burks lead Newton to win on Senior Night

COVINGTON -- Newton seniors Danyel Forney and Mikola Burks ha d a memorable Senior Night on Tuesday, leading the Lady Rams to a 64-31 win over East Coweta.. Forney led all scorers with 26 points with Burks having the next highest output accounting for 17 of Newton's points.. "I think

WADA urges Feds to hand over Armstrong info

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday urged U.S. federal authorities to quickly hand over evidence collected in their lengthy probe into seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and doping in American cycling.. WADA president John Fahey said federal agencies in the United States

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Furman Bisher: Super Bowl is an American tradition, commercials and all

If Lucas could do it, so could a Manning named Eli. Since Super Bowl II, I've been an attendant at one of these American football treasures in one or another. Outdoors, indoors, under the sun, and at least one time while a snowstorm took charge outside. That would have been

Bulldogs hold off rival Salem

Brianna Patton drained a go-ahead 3-pointer and the Rockdale defense held Salem without a point in the final 2:37 in a 46-44 victory in Conyers on Tuesday.

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Oxford leader ready to return to lineup after injury

OXFORD -- The Oxford College men's basketball team got some bad news in early January when sophomore guard Stephen Simmons, the Eagles' leading scorer, injured his left knee in the team's 97-79 loss at Pasco-Hernando Community College in Florida.. The good news is that in Simmons' absence, the Eagles

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Thousands of Giants fans turn out to celebrate Super Bowl winners

NEW YORK -- Thousands of fans roared as New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hoisted the team's Super Bowl trophy from a glittering blue-and-white float Tuesday during a victory parade through New York City, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg quipped should now be nicknamed the "Big Blue Apple."

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Hawks' Ivan Johnson making good as rookie at 27

Surprise acquisition important to Hawks' success down the stretch

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Darrell Huckaby: This year's Super Bowl not one for the Huckaby record book

I am not a huge NFL fan. But the Super Bowl is different. The Super Bowl is an event, a happening, a chance to throw a party.

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HOLT: Supplemental budget gets slight increase

The primary focus of the third week of the legislative session was the supplemental budget.

MEADORS: Local schools should be controlled locally, too

I challenge all registered voters for the fall General Election to pay very close attention to House Resolution 1162 and its funding partner House Bill 797.

Strickland out as municipal judge

Municipal Court Judge David Strickland was not reappointed Monday night.

Newton Sheriff's Office investigates double murder

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a double murder Tuesday after EMTs discovered two bodies at a county residence.

DOJ official says conversations on GA law continue

ATLANTA (AP) -- A U.S. Department of Justice official says the federal government hasn't ruled out filing a lawsuit to block Georgia's tough law targeting illegal immigration.. Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Division Tony West on Tuesday addressed a conference in Atlanta hosted by the American Constitution Society

Ga. SOS says Obama to remain on primary ballot

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's Secretary of State says President Barack Obama's name will remain on the 2012 Democratic primary election ballot.. Brian Kemp issued his final decision on Tuesday, responding to challenges contending that Obama isn't a natural-born U.S. citizen and therefore does not meet the state's eligibility requirements

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Resignation from Komen could burnish politician

ATLANTA (AP) -- Karen Handel has had two major run-ins involving Planned Parenthood. One helped crush her political career; the other has the potential to remake it.. Handel ran for the Republican nomination for governor of Georgia on an anti-abortion platform in 2010 but lost after her chief

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Rockdale vet recalls tank battles in WWII

Rockdale County resident Freeman Barber described his time serving in a Sherman tank during World War II as being part of a team out of necessity. "Only the tank commander with his head popped up from the top hatch knows what's going on," he said.

Plan ahead for tornado safety

Rockdale Sheriff Jeff Wigington advises residents to plan ahead for safety during a tornado.

Conyers man charged in burglary of friend's home

A Conyers man is charged with burglarizing his friend's house.

Four students arrested in Salem High fight

Seven Salem High School students were involved in a Tuesday morning brawl that resulted in the arrest of four individuals.

Graduations in question at Church in the Now

It appears unlikely the Newton County School System will be able to hold its high school graduation ceremonies in the foreclosed Church In The Now property in Conyers and are considering a new site in May.

Conyers woman charged in check forgery

A Conyers woman faces a forgery charge following her arrest Monday.

Alcovy student arrested for weapons

An Alcovy High School student was arrested Friday on weapons and drugs charges.

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Newton Sheriff's Office honors employees

The Newton County Sheriff's Office honored its employees for outstanding service last year and in years past in a ceremony last week.

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Porterdale takes next step in economic development

The city of Porterdale has approved an Urban Redevelopment Plan.

Four Salem students arrested after school brawl

Seven Salem High School students were involved in a Tuesday morning brawl that resulted in the arrest of four individuals.

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Mayor calls NYC 'Big Blue Apple' for Giants' win

Thousands of fans roared as New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hoisted the team's Super Bowl trophy from a glittering blue-and-white float Tuesday during a victory parade through New York City, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg quipped should now be nicknamed the "Big Blue Apple."

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CDC: Bread beats out chips as biggest salt source

ATLANTA (AP) Bread and rolls are the No. 1 source of salt in the American diet, accounting for more than twice as much sodium as salty junk food like potato chips.That surprising finding comes in a government report released Tuesday that includes a list of the top 10 sources of

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Pet of the Week

Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties. Questions to ask before adopting a pet:. -- Can I make a long-term commitment to this pet?. -- Will I be able to spend enough time with a new pet?. -- Am I prepared for the cost a new

Search under way for 2 escaped Ga. inmates

ROCK SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities are searching for two inmates who are accused of escaping from Walker State Prison.. The Georgia Department of Corrections said 42-year-old Buell David Emberson and 63-year-old Fred Dalton Brooks are believed to have fashioned a device that allowed them to

Atlanta's tallest skyscraper to be sold at auction

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta's tallest skyscraper is expected to be sold at auction.. The 1,023-foot Bank of America Plaza is scheduled to be auctioned Tuesday on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse.. Reports say the auction is taking place after the building's landlord, Los Angeles-based BentleyForbes, missed

Ex-UGA star Moreno arrested for DUI

Former University of Georgia star running back Knowshon Moreno was arrested by Denver police Wednesday on a drunken driving charge.

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