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The Trump administration said Thursday it is reevaluating its controversial plan to sharply expand offshore drilling as it responds to a court ruling that blocked oil and gas development off Alaska and parts of the Atlantic.

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Those who remember the 39th presidency may remember an incident with a rabbit and former President Jimmy Carter that happened 40 years ago.

On April 15, the 94-year-old and oldest living former president "bagged a turkey" in Columbus, Tyler Jordan posted on Instagram.

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Those who remember the 39th presidency may remember an incident with a rabbit and former President Jimmy Carter that happened 40 years ago.

On April 15, the 94-year-old and oldest living former president "bagged a turkey" in Columbus, Tyler Jordan posted on Instagram.

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A California-based plastics company has chosen the Georgia coast to open a packaging and shipping facility that will be one of the largest exporters using the Port of Savannah, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday.

Plastic Express plans to export about 25,000 cargo containers through Savannah each year. That's enough to fill roughly four big ships.

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Rapper T.I., a Georgia church and VH1's "Love and Hip Hop" personality Scrapp Deleon came together to post bail for 23 nonviolent offenders who would have spent Easter behind bars.

News outlets report the "Bail Out" program extends beyond the weekend, with each offender being connected to a mentor and possibly given funds for college savings. The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia says the church set out to raise $40,000 at the start of Lent, but donations topped $120,000 about a month later.

Forecasters warned about tornadoes and other violent weather Thursday as a front that unleashed twisters and hail in the lower Midwest moved into the storm-weary Southeast.

 

The National Weather Service issued a series of tornado warnings about a system pushing eastward across Louisiana, where strong storms covered much of the state.

 

A tornado watch reached from coastal Louisiana into central Mississippi, and more weather alerts were likely. Flood warnings reached as far north as central Indiana.

 

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will discuss the opioid crisis at an Atlanta summit.

The White House announced the April 24 appearance at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit on Twitter Tuesday, saying the Trumps will speak "about their fight to end the opioid crisis in America."

Trump has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and is spending billions of dollars to combat it. Opioid abuse claimed nearly 48,000 American lives in 2017.

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The federal government has agreed to change the name of a tidal creek on the Georgia coast that had long been known as Runaway Negro Creek.

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names changed the name to Freedom Creek a year after Georgia lawmakers passed a resolution requesting the switch. Runaway slaves are believed to have crossed the creek near Savannah during the 19th century as they sought freedom in the North.

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President Donald Trump spoke over the weekend with former President Jimmy Carter about his China policies and "numerous other topics."

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley says Trump reached out to Carter on Saturday after the former president wrote him "a beautiful letter" about ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China.

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The country's only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students.

Leaders of Morehouse College in Atlanta told The Associated Press that its board of trustees approved the policy on Saturday.

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Powerful storms swept across the South on Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three children were among the dead.

Nearly 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of midday Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us as the severe weather left a trail of destruction.

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Three more deaths are confirmed from powerful storms sweeping through the southern United States, bringing the death toll to at least six.

 

In Louisiana, Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department said Sunday that two people died in floodwaters Saturday.

 

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Some middle Georgia residents are seeing dollar signs as HBO films a new TV series in Macon.

WMAZ-TV reports production crews are preparing an area of downtown Macon to serve as a backdrop for "Watchmen," a show based on the acclaimed DC Comics series from 1986.

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A music and arts festival in coastal Georgia has been postponed as its founder recovers from a near-fatal shooting.

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Six months after hurricanes devastated the Southeast, Washington infighting has shelved a widely backed disaster aid package that President Donald Trump's allies in Florida and Georgia are desperately seeking.

Trump's opposition to aid to Puerto Rico — slammed by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 — has sparked a standoff with Democrats demanding more aid for the island U.S. territory. Trump is feuding with the island's Democratic officials and railed against aid to Puerto Rico at a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans last month.

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All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $35 million, seven-year contract, a deal that includes team options for 2026 and '27.

The agreement announced Thursday supersedes a one-year contract signed last month that called for a $575,000 salary in the major leagues — $20,000 above the minimum.

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The American Civil Liberties Union says a Georgia sheriff is violating the rights of inmates at a county jail by prohibiting them from receiving outside books and magazines.

The ACLU sent a letter Wednesday to Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher asking him to rescind a policy that inmates may not receive books or magazines by mail or from visitors. The policy says inmates must choose reading materials from book carts managed by jail staff.

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One of the state's most bitterly contested elections between two Republicans is finally over, residents hope.

After a judge threw out two previous election results, frustrated voters in one Georgia House district are hoping the third time's a charm.

Unofficial results Tuesday showed Chris Erwin beating Dan Gasaway in the third Republican primary for a state House seat in northeast Georgia, with around 75% of more than 6,000 votes cast.

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A historic Georgia restaurant has reopened months after a fire caused extensive damage.

Savannah's Olde Pink House reopened its first-floor dining rooms, bar and tavern on Monday.

Local news outlets report the restaurant has been closed for renovations since a Christmas tree caught fire in an upstairs ballroom in late December. The fire caused extensive damage.

No one was seriously injured in the fire. One woman had cuts on her hands after kicking out a window to escape the flames.

The second floor of the restaurant will remain closed for now.

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Seven people have been indicted in a prostitution case linked to Fort Valley State University, which is about 100 miles south of Atlanta.

Local news outlets report a Peach County Grand jury issued indictments last month against a former executive assistant to the university's president and six men.

 The man who ruled the Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court for 38 years has died.

The Augusta Chronicle reports retired Judge William M. Fleming Jr. died Saturday. He was 94.

A funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church with burial to follow in Westover Memorial Park.

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Organizers of a meeting to discuss an upcoming mayoral race in Georgia barred reporters from attending — unless they were African-American.

The Wednesday meeting at a church in Savannah was held to try to unite the city’s black community behind a single candidate for mayor in the Nov. 5 election. Signs at the door said “Black Press Only!”

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Public high schools in Georgia could soon have greater freedom to offer courses on Christianity under legislation approved by the state House.

Passed by a vote of 122-44 Tuesday, the proposal would allow schools to teach electives on the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

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Five relatives charged in the death of a Georgia girl now face charges in the death of her brother as well.

The Savannah Morning News reports their father, 50-year-old Elwyn Crocker Sr., their stepmother and three others are each indicted on two charges of felony murder, child cruelty and concealing a death.

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A University of Georgia fraternity is being investigated over a video showing some of its members mocking slavery and using a racial slur.

Local media report that the university's Student Government Association says in a statement Friday that they were aware of a video circulating on social media that shows members of a Greek organization "using racist language and engaging in behaviors that mock the suffering of enslaved peoples."

The university says on Twitter that the fraternity was suspended by its national organization.

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Nearly four decades after voters unceremoniously rejected then-President Jimmy Carter's bid for a second term, the 39th president has reached a milestone that electoral math cannot dispute: He is now the longest-living chief executive in American history.

Friday is the 172nd day beyond Carter's 94th birthday, exceeding by one day the lifespan of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 at the age of 94 years, 171 days. Both men were born in 1924: Bush on June 12, Carter on Oct. 1.

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The Supreme Court is rejecting a new appeal from a Georgia death row inmate, despite evidence that a juror in his capital case used racial slurs.

The high court had previously blocked the execution of Georgia inmate Keith Leroy Tharpe. But the justices on Monday refused to take up his case after a lower court ruled against him.


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State wildlife officials say a South American lizard could be establishing a breeding population in south Georgia.

The lizards — known as tegus — can grow up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) long.

The Savannah Morning News reports that talk of large, odd-looking lizards has been circulating in eastern Toombs and western Tattnall counties.

People have reported seeing them crossing dirt roads, and they've shown up on trail cameras.

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Officials blame heavy rains for more than 40 million gallons (33 million imperial gallons) of sewage spills in the Atlanta area in the last four months.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Fulton County's system has been overwhelmed a number of times since mid-November, dumping untreated sewage into waterways.

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Educators are encountering more "wounded students" in their classrooms, but experts say they don't always know how to address their needs.

The founder of a group who aims to help these students spoke recently at the National Youth-At-Risk Conference in Savannah.

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