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Forecasters say they expect some of the coldest temperatures of the winter season across North Georgia when arctic air moves into the region, dropping temperatures to around 15 degrees in some parts of the mountains.

The National Weather Service says the bitterly cold temperatures are expected Sunday across all of North Georgia, and that some winter precipitation will be possible Monday into Monday night.

Forecasters it was too early to predict how much precipitation might fall.

Courtesy of the Estate of Stan Brakhage and Fred Camper

In the digital age, it’s easy to document your life constantly.

But before iPhones and digital cameras, Jane Wodening, formerly Brakhage, experienced a very intense version of documentation. Her husband of 30 years, Stan Brakhage, was an influential experimental filmmaker from the 1950s through to his death in 2003, and many of his revered films feature Wodening, their five children and her animals.

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Georgia lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would create a state tax exemption on ticket sales for major sporting events, including the Super Bowl.

The proposal comes as Atlanta tries to win a bid to host the championship game in 2019 or 2020, competing against Miami, Tampa and New Orleans.

Dan Corso, the executive director of the Atlanta Sports Council -- the lead organization for the city's bid for the Super Bowl --  said the waivers are crucial to be on par with the other cities.

Almost a dozen Georgia Department of Corrections employees and more than 30 former DOC workers have  been indicted in connection with drug-smuggling operations that included nine Georgia prisons. That is according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta.

The federal indictments announced Thursday are a corollary to those announced last month that outlined prisoners’ use of cellphones to traffic cocaine and methamphetamine. This brings the total number of people charged in the operation to nearly 130.

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More than 3,000 people gathered Wednesday outside the Georgia State Capitol to hear Franklin Graham, the son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, implore Christians to vote based on their beliefs.

Meanwhile, a number of bills meant to expand religious freedom in Georgia moved through the legislature, and one prominent bill deemed the “Pastor Protection Act” by its mastermind, Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, will likely be debated on the House floor Thursday.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers a lecture on the eradication of the Guinea worm, at the House of Lords in London, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.
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President Jimmy Carter says he imagines inequality in this country could be an issue the Carter Center decides to work on some day, as opposed to the international work the organization typically focuses on.

Carter spoke on a panel Wednesday evening with the current -- and a past -- president of Emory University.

"I think now that the difference in relative standing socially and economically between the very poor people on the one hand and the middle class who are going downward and the upper class is becoming a very serious problem," he said.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that the state will give $70 million to Morehouse School of Medicine and Mercer University’s medical school.  

The money comes from a settlement with the federal government over disputed Medicaid reimbursements. Deal said the two schools were chosen because of their efforts to place graduates in rural and underserved areas in Georgia.

The newspaper staff at Atlanta's Grady High School is calling for the removal of their school's name.

News outlets report that an editorial published last week in Grady's student newspaper called Henry Woodfin Grady a "white supremacist" and suggested alternative names, including Ida B. Wells, John Lewis, Andrew Young or Jimmy Carter.

The editorial says Grady, an editor of and part owner of the Atlanta Constitution, promoted his vision of the New South, a vision that depended on maintaining white supremacy.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

1. PYONGYANG REACTS STRONGLY TO SEOUL'S INDUSTRIAL FACILITY MOVE

North Korea vows to immediately deport all South Korean nationals and freeze all of the South's assets at a jointly run factory park in the North.

2. RANCHERS STANDOFF NEARS CONCLUSION

The FBI surrounds the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in Oregon and the holdouts indicate they will surrender by morning.

The homes under consideration for the city's second historic district are near the city's downtown Marietta Square.
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An antebellum home near Marietta Square called Ivy Grove went on the market last year. At one point, developers considered knocking it down to build townhomes.

That idea upset neighbors. So a group of homeowners are now pushing to make 124 homes, including Ivy Grove, into a city historic district.

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Brian Binzer, the city of Marietta’s director of development services, said the half-mile stretch along Church and Cherokee streets is the corridor many people use to reach Marietta Square.

 In this Sunday, June 1, 2014, file photo, the coal-fired Plant Scherer is photographed in Juliette, Ga.
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Georgia will stop its work toward implementing the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

Georgia is one of 27 states that had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay implementation of the plan. The court granted the stay Tuesday night.

The Clean Power Plan is a key piece of the Obama administration’s efforts to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Under the rule, the EPA sets carbon reduction goals for each state. How to achieve those goals is left up to the states to decide for themselves.

Protesters gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department before the announcement of the grand jury decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown
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The Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving how police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

Messages seeking comment from Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III were not immediately returned.

Ron Clark teaches at his academy in Atlanta.
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A group of refugees became Georgia's newest American citizens during a naturalization ceremony held Wednesday at the state Capitol.

In the rotunda of the Capitol, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officials led 17 refugees, who’ve met their requirements to become citizens, to take their oath of allegiance to the country.

Jassim Saba, 42, expressed excitement as he finished registering to vote right after the ceremony. He said he came to Georgia five years ago from Iraq, having spent a year in a refugee camp in Turkey.

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Stephanie Johnson, principal of Maynard Jackson High School, has been named the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GAASP) "Principal of the Year." 

Johnson has been principal of Maynard Jackson for four years and is the first Atlanta Public Schools principal to win the award. In September, she will represent Georgia for the National School Principal of the Year award.

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Carly Fiorina is dropping out of the 2016 Republican presidential race. Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also is expected to end his run for the White House.

Fiorina, the former technology executive, announced on Twitter that she is suspending her campaign.

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Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" — and its now-somewhat sullied hero Atticus Finch — are heading to Broadway in a new adaptation written by Aaron Sorkin.

Producer Scott Rudin said Wednesday the play will land during the 2017-2018 season under the direction of Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, who is represented on Broadway now with the brilliant revivals of "The King and I" and "Fiddler on the Roof." No casting was revealed.

Atlanta Airport Offers Passengers Ashes On The Fly

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“I’m not sure if you're giving me confidence or concern,” was one passenger’s response to Donna Mote, who was standing in front of the Atlanta airport's domestic terminal main security screening area, wearing religious garb and holding a small bowl of ashes.

 

It is one of many reactions Mote said she sees throughout Ash Wednesday, the day that begins the religious season of Lent. Others ask if the same ashes can be used for both Catholics and Protestants (Mote said “yes”).

 

Authorities at the world's busiest airport say four lactation pods are now available for nursing mothers as they travel.

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Wednesday announced the additions. Officials say they can be locked from the inside and provide bench seating, a small diaper-changing table and an electric outlet for pumps.

The stations are inside security checkpoints. The airport said in a statement that construction will soon begin for a pre-security nursing room.

Red Cross Donations Plummet And Deficit Spikes

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The American Red Cross ran a deficit of $159 million last fiscal year, battered by a steep drop in fundraising and its struggling blood banking division, according to newly released financial statements.

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The WNBA has named Lisa Borders its new president.

Borders, who helped bring the Dream to Atlanta in 2008 as the city's vice mayor, will become the league's fourth president. The move announced Wednesday comes three months after former president Laurel J. Richie stepped down.

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Fifty years ago, a 19-year-old Tom Houck stood in front of the Southern Christian Leadership Committee (SCLC) headquarters on Auburn Avenue and waited for a ride to the Freedom House where he was staying.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, right, and Google Fiber Marketing Director Scott Levitan hold a sign announcing that Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta. Some HUD housing facilities will offer residents who qualify free Google Fiber service.
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More than a year after it first announced its plans to expand to the Atlanta area, Google Fiber is now available in two apartment complexes in the Atlanta area: the Wesley Plantation apartment complex in Duluth, Georgia, and Westbury Park apartments in Marietta, Georgia. 

A woman pleaded with the Georgia Supreme Court not to let the man accused of killing her mother go free because of a judge's mistake during his murder trial.

But the high court on Monday said a judge can't set a new trial for Geary Otis after having erroneously declared a mistrial in his case nearly two years ago. Otis is charged with murder in the slaying of 75-year-old Mary Oliver and aggravated assault in an attack on 71-year-old Emmanuel Surry.

How We Use Stories To Explain Ourselves To The World

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After being interviewed about her upcoming book “The Opposite of Everyone,” best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson got to thinking about why she and her fellow humans tell stories.

“Story is how we explain ourselves to the world,” she said. We use it “to create meanings and see patterns.”

This time on “Writer to Reader,” Jackson explores what storytelling means to her and looks at the science behind how it might be an evolutionarily-advantageous behavior.

Forecasters are extending a winter weather advisory for much of north Georgia over concerns about black ice forming on roads as light snow showers continued in the region.

The National Weather Service said the advisory would be in place until 7 p.m. Wednesday. It covers several counties and includes the cities of Blairsville, Dalton, Ringgold, Rome, Dahlonega and Woodstock.

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Can Georgia state law be copyrighted?

A legal research company, Fastcase, is trying to prove that it can’t.

The company filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. The suit is against another research service, Casemaker, that has exclusive rights to Georgia's Rules and Regulations through an agreement with the state.

According to Massachusetts attorney Bob Ambrogi, the case could have an impact outside of Georgia, since many states have these kinds of agreements with publishers. 

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President Obama’s new budget includes more than $42 million in federal funding for the effort to expand Savannah’s port. 

But that’s less than half of what Gov. Nathan Deal was hoping for.

Deal said, the state needs around $90 million this year to keep the five-year project on track.

Georgia's Republican U.S. Senators, David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, along with Republican Rep. Buddy Carter, joined Deal in expressing disappointment with the budget.

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