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Georgia drops CRCT, EOCT for new testing system

The Georgia Department of Education announced a new testing system that replaces the CRCT and EOCT.

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USDA says Georgia law to drug-test food stamp recipients is illegal | POLL

Gov. Nathan Deal has forwarded the USDA contention to the state attorney general

It’s unlcear whether the state of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are headed to a legal showdown over a new state law that requires food stamp recipients under certain circumstances to pass drug screenings to get the federal benefits.

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U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss urges White House to declassify info on exchanged Gitmo prisoners | VIDEO & POLL

Five Afghan nationals labeled as high-risk were sent to Qatar in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss says President Barack Obama should explain why the five prisoners were being held, what was found in their annual reviews by the administration and the risks associated with their release.

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Georgia Tech president Bud Peterson visits Rotary Club of Gwinnett

The Rotary Club of Gwinnett welcomed Georgia Tech’s president, Bud Peterson, to its meeting on Tuesday. It was Peterson’s second time speaking to the club, the first being in November 2009, shortly after he had become president.

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A new transparency tool to let Georgia consumers compare costs of health care

The Health Care Cost Institute expects more insurers will join the pricing data push by UnitedHealthcare, Humana and Aetna

UnitedHealthcare’s parent company, along with Humana and Aetna, are leading an industry initiative to make medical price information available to consumers on the Internet. The independent nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute will create and administer this online portal, expected to be available in January.

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Gov. Deal prevents increase in gas tax

The governor will stop an increase in the motor fuel tax scheduled to go into effect July 1.

Ga. police officer shot to death making arrest at Waffle House

A Georgia police officer moonlighting as a security guard was shot to death after attempting to arrest an intoxicated customer in the parking lot of a Waffle House restaurant.

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Prepaid Peach Passes now sold at CVS, Walgreens

The State Road and Tollway Authority on Monday launched the “Pay n Go” Peach Pass, a prepaid Peach Pass option that can be purchased at participating CVS and Walgreens stores in Georgia where gift cards and prepaid cards are sold. Drivers can immediately use the I-85 Express Lanes after purchasing and mounting a Pay n Go Peach Pass.

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Southwest Airlines fined over false prices in Atlanta advertisements

The U.S. Department of Transportation said on Thursday it had fined Southwest Airlines a total of $300,000 for advertising low airfares for which no seats were available.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Handel endorses Kingston in GOP U.S. Senate runoff

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel, the third-place finisher in this month’s U.S. Senate GOP primary, endorsed Jack Kingston in the runoff against David Perdue. Atlanta Tea Party’s Julianne Thompson also gives her support.

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Georgia in bottom 10 states for senior health care

Georgia ranks No. 40, while Mississippi is last and Minnesota first in health rankings for seniors

Georgia’s strengths include a low prevalence of obesity among seniors; a high percentage of health screenings; and a high use of hospice care. The report said the state’s weaknesses include a low percentage of quality nursing home beds; a limited availability of home health care workers; and a high percentage of seniors living in poverty.

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Ga. man gets life for killing cellmate over Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

A Locust Grove man will spend life in prison for killing his cellmate over a Reese’s peanut butter cup in August 2012.

AAA: Busiest Memorial Day travel weekend since Great Recession

Georgia DNR offers safety precautions for boaters

AAA motor club projects the busiest Memorial Day travel weekend since the Great Recession as 926,610 Georgians are expected to travel by car more than 50 miles this weekend. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will also be monitoring waterways on the unofficial start of summer.

Former teacher of the year in Ga. arrested on child cruelty charges

A former teacher of the year at Social Circle High School was arrested on charges of first degree child cruelty.

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Makers of movie about singer Gregg Allman sued over crew member's death

The family of a camera assistant who died on the set of "Midnight Rider," a movie based on the memoirs of singer Gregg Allman, sued the filmmakers on Wednesday alleging wrongful death through negligence.