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One of Georgia's medical schools wants to embark on a plan that could put dozens of new doctors in rural parts of the state.

Medical College of Georgia wants a program that would help pay tuition for doctors who serve in rural areas, where there's a need for more physicians, The Augusta Chronicle reported. Under the proposal, the Augusta institution also would expand by 50 students and shorten its medical school to three years.

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A Georgia lawmaker is seeking protection for people who break into cars to rescue pets in hot weather.

Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick is proposing legislation that would protect people from a lawsuit if they damage a vehicle to rescue an animal in danger, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported .

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Officials in Savannah are working to grow both jobs and the lush urban forest in Georgia's oldest city by turning vacant lots into tree nurseries.

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ATLANTA (AP) — One of Georgia’s most powerful lawmakers is accused of using his office to delay court cases for criminal defendants he represented as an attorney.

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Rabid fox attacks at Georgia Tech in Atlanta have parts of the university’s campus taped-off like a crime scene and students taking different routes walking to class.

The college tweeted Tuesday that people should be aware of potentially dangerous feral foxes.

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Southern regional banks BB&T and SunTrust are combining in an all-stock deal to create a new bank valued at about $66 billion.

The banks said Thursday that the combined company will be the sixth-largest U.S. bank based on assets and deposits.

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O'Hare International Airport in Chicago was the busiest airport in the U.S. last year, surpassing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for the first time in four years.

The Federal Aviation Administration released data on Monday showing that O'Hare had more than 903,000 arrivals and departures during 2018. Atlanta's airport was second, with more than 895,000 arrivals and departures.

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An Atlanta artist says a building with his mural of Colin Kaepernick was destroyed days before the Super Bowl, so eight more are being made.

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Travelers heading home from the Super Bowl were enduring waits of more than an hour to get through airport security on what city officials have called "Mass Exodus Monday."

The airport's website showed it was taking more than an hour to get through security at the main checkpoint in the domestic terminal Monday morning.

City officials say they expected around 110,000 passengers to be screened Monday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — well over the 60,000 to 80,000 on a typical day.

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Advertisers that spend millions of dollars on the Super Bowl are trying to avoid what the Ram truck company did with a Martin Luther King speech or what Groupon did spoofing promos for charities.
Though such messages can get attention, it's the wrong kind of attention. Groupon got buzz all right, but most of it was negative.
Here's a look at five Super Bowl ads that flopped, despite months of planning and great expense.

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Stacey Abrams is taking her voting rights campaign to the airwaves in her home state during the Super Bowl.

Abrams' political group has bought airtime on Georgia affiliates during Sunday's NFL broadcast so the Atlanta Democrat can push for election law changes.

Abrams narrowly lost her bid in November to become the first black woman to be elected governor.

In the ad, Abrams appears alongside a white Republican county commissioner from north Georgia. They call for hand-marked paper ballots to replace Georgia's touch-screen voting system.

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Three people have been diagnosed with measles in the Atlanta area.

The Georgia Department of Public Health said Tuesday all three people are part of the same family.

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Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as "snow jam," another winter storm is bearing down on the city — just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl 53.

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The world's busiest airport is experiencing long wait times to get through security just nine days before it expects 150,000 out-of-town visitors for the Super Bowl.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Friday that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had maximum wait times Thursday of 42 minutes, the highest of the nation's top 42 airports.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had the second-longest wait time, of 19 minutes.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family home on Atlanta's west side will now become part of the federal park in Atlanta that includes sites such as the church where he preached and King's birth home.

A Georgia man accused of plotting to attack the White House is scheduled to appear in court for a detention hearing.

Hasher Jallal Taheb was arrested Jan. 16 in an FBI sting. Authorities say he traded his car for an antitank rocket, guns and explosives and had shared plans to storm the White House with an undercover FBI agent and an FBI source.

RELATED: FBI: Georgia Man Arrested In Plot To Attack White House

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Just prior to taking office, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp quietly settled a lawsuit that said he owed $500,000 for a loan he negotiated and guaranteed for a struggling agricultural company.

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The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week.

The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that Sunday's absence rate compared to 3.1 percent on the comparable Sunday a year ago.

The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying "Saints got robbed" and "NFL bleaux it."

Fan Matt Bowers would not confirm to GPB News what he spent, but said it was "worth every nickel."

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