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Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward in hopes of catching teenagers suspected of igniting a fireworks display inside a grocery store in Atlanta, sending shoppers fleeing and filling the store with smoke.

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Investigators tell WSB-TV that two teens were caught on surveillance video using a lighter to set fire to the display inside the Publix on the city's south side Thursday night, prompting everyone inside to be evacuated.

Gregg Allman performs two nights at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Wednesday and Thursday.
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The stage remains dark in the moments before the final show. It's the Allman Brothers' annual New York City Beacon Theater run, in March 2011.

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Across the twilight, the first clear notes of "Hot 'Lanta" rise from Gregg Allman's Hammond B3 keyboard. Stage lights come up as the organ's tremolo fills the hall.

Drums, percussion and bass join in, twin lead guitars launch over the top and an enormous driving rhythm floods the room, penetrating me to the bone.

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Alabama's largest city is opening a new film office in hopes of luring more movie productions to the area.

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Film Birmingham is now officially open for business after operating behind the scenes for more than a year, Al.com reported.

Film Birmingham, an initiative of Create Birmingham, is planning to launch a website targeting the film industry.

Residents of Metro Atlanta voted for officials and SPLOST measures during the March 21st special election.
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Election officials say early voting begins Tuesday in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

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The competitive special election pits Democrat Jon Ossoff against Republican Karen Handel. The district includes parts of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Voters can check their registration status, find the correct voting location and request an absentee ballot through the Secretary of State's website.

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More than 100 new patients have received permission to use a form of medical marijuana in Georgia this month, bringing the statewide total of people using the product to more than 1,800 less than three years after the state began the program.

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Police officers forced out of law enforcement agencies have been able to find jobs in Georgia's public schools, even after being accused at their old jobs of using a stun gun on a handcuffed woman, beating people, lying and other offenses, state records show.

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Gregg Allman Of The Allman Brothers Band Dies At Age 69

May 27, 2017
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Music legend Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, a publicist said. He was 69.

Allman died Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia, publicist Ken Weinstein said.

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A small Civil War museum in Henry County has closed its doors and boxed up its artifacts.

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The volunteer-run Nash Farm Battlefield Museum in Hampton said it shut its doors for good on Thursday because a county commissioner had requested that all Confederate flags be removed from the museum.

Bill Dodd and his wife run it privately in a county-owned building. 

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Rattled shoppers at an Atlanta grocery store had to abandon their carts and flee after someone ignited a indoor fireworks display, causing some to fear a shooter was inside the building.

 

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Someone ignited the display inside the Publix store on the city's south side about 5 p.m. Thursday, setting off the sprinkler system and causing everyone inside to be evacuated.

 

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A Democratic state representative has entered the 2018 Georgia governor's race.

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Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna says her campaign will focus on how to protect and improve the state's HOPE college scholarship program.

Evans, who grew up in Ringgold, says she was the first in her family to graduate from college thanks to the program.

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Oprah Winfrey told students to live with purpose. President Donald Trump said to ignore the naysayers. Will Ferrell sang some Whitney Houston.

Those are a few of the speakers who have taken the stage at college graduation ceremonies this month to share their wisdom, joining a wide range of others in entertainment, politics, business and journalism. In their efforts to inspire the Class of 2017, they've elicited both laughter and tears and, in some cases, jeers.

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Home searches across Manchester have uncovered important items for the investigation into the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, Manchester's police chief announced Thursday. A British official said Manchester police have decided not to share further information on the probe with the United States due to leaks blamed on U.S. officials.

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President Donald Trump wants $108 million to deepen harbors for two U.S. seaports, including a project in Savannah. Meanwhile other ports scrambling to make room for larger cargo ships will benefit from a boost of more than $56 million already approved by Congress.

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More than half of food stamp recipients who are required to participate in a work activity in 21 Georgia counties have been dropped from the program after the state instituted work requirements.

 

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Kelly Gissendaner speaks at the 2011 graduation ceremony for the Theological Studies Program at Lee Arrendale State Prison, in Alto, GA. Gissendaner is scheduled for execution at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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Georgia inmate J.W. Ledford Jr. used his final moments to quote from the movie "Cool Hand Luke" and toss out an insult.

 

"What we have here is a failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So that's why we have here what we have here today. I am not the failure. You are the failure to communicate," Ledford said just after 1 a.m. on May 17, before a lethal dose of the barbiturate pentobarbital began to flow into his veins.

 

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Georgia's university system says campuses won't provide gun storage facilities or signs when a new state law permitting concealed handguns takes effect this summer.

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The guidance released Wednesday also makes clear that people will be able to carry concealed weapons during tailgates.

The law takes effect July 1 and allows people with state-issued permits to carry concealed weapons onto public campuses. Georgia previously banned guns on campuses.

Braves officials advised fans to buy their tickets and parking spots in advance, use its mobile apps to get to SunTrust Park and follow the signs when they arrive.
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An alarm and an emergency evacuation message on a sign board during the Atlanta Braves game at SunTrust Park turned out to be a false alarm.

 

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An equipment malfunction during an altercation at a ballpark restaurant was the source of confusion in the top of the third inning, the Braves said Tuesday night.

 

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Former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign, telling the Russians that continued meddling would backfire and prevent and warming of relations after the election.

 

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Now-Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
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The Trump administration is proposing "the most ambitious expansion" of school choice in American history, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Monday while giving few details on how the program would work.

 

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Metro Atlanta received about two inches of rain within the last week.
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The threat of flooding continues across several Southern states as heavy rain soaked the area and prompted new flood watches in the Carolinas while a massive storm system swept eastward.

 

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The National Weather Service said flash flood watches early Tuesday extended from southeast Louisiana across Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and a sliver of southern Virginia.

 

In South Georgia, the weather service says there is a threat of tornadoes Tuesday.

A TSA explosives detection dog sniffs passengers as they go through a security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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The FBI will nearly double its staffing at Atlanta's airport and expand its office space.

 

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The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports the Atlanta City Council has approved a plan for the federal agency to lease the additional space at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

 

FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett says the increase to about a dozen agents and task force officers means a significant increase in readiness at the world's busiest airport.

 

Coolray Field, formerly Gwinnett Stadium, has been home to the Gwinnett Braves since 2009.
Karl Moore

The Triple-A Gwinnett Braves are asking fans to assist in choosing a new team name for the 2018 season. The hope is the change will reduce confusion with the Atlanta Braves, and fill seats at the minor league franchise's games.

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Just this weekend, Gwinnett Braves Manager North Johnson says the team had a promotional table set up at a lacrosse game.

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“Sgt. Pepper" was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles' psychedelic landmark, it stands as one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now.

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It was a year of technical, lyrical and rhythmic innovation, of the highest craftsmanship and most inspired anti-craftsmanship.

 

The Georgia Ports Authority said more than 3.4 million container units moved through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick in 2016.
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Georgia's seaports in Savannah and Brunswick are on track to show record growth for the 2017 fiscal year that wraps up at the end of June, the chief executive of the Georgia Ports Authority said Monday.

 

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Total cargo moving through the two ports is expected to top the nearly 32 million tons (29 million metric tons) of imports and exports Georgia saw in fiscal 2015, the ports' busiest year ever, said Griff Lynch, the authority's executive director.

Student's Cannabis Oil Legal In Georgia; Schools Say Otherwise

May 22, 2017
State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, speaks before Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, rear, signs an executive order requiring state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill Friday, March 27, 2015, in Atlanta.
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Each day about lunchtime at Warner Robins High School, 17-year-old CJ Harris must leave campus to take his medicine.

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His dad, Curtis Harris, drives to school, gets CJ out of class, and the two ride around the block or sometimes head home. CJ draws some cannabis oil in a syringe, squirts it under his tongue and waits for it to dissolve.

 

He's been taking the medicine every six hours for the past four months for epilepsy.

 

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A teen Instagram dancing sensation has gone from online to on-air after Katy Perry invited him to show off his moves during her "Saturday Night Live" performance this weekend.

Fifteen-year-old Russell Horning took the "SNL" stage during Perry's performance of her new single "Swish Swish." He wore his trademark backpack and did his signature move of quickly swaying his hands around his waist.

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Georgia schools are continuing efforts to win over picky eaters, using taste tests, chef visits and school gardens to encourage kids to pick up healthier items even as the state's former governor hit the pause button on some stricter nutrition standards for school meals as a top member of the Trump administration.

 

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Flash flood watches extended across a half-dozen states as torrential rains were expected in many areas of the South.

 

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The National Weather Service said flash flood watches Monday morning extended from the Texas Gulf coast through large parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

 

A small part of the Florida panhandle was also under a flash flood watch early Monday.

 

Brenna Beech / WABE file

Documents show that an Atlanta police officer who shot a tourist who was in town to attend a motocross event at the Georgia Dome has been fired.

 

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WSB-TV reports that it obtained documents that Sgt. Mathieu Cadeau was notified of the firing May 8.

 

Authorities said Cadeau was working an off-duty job directing traffic near the dome in February.

 

A voter takes a "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker after voting during Georgia's primary election at the polling station at South Lowndes Recreation Complex in Lake Park, Ga., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
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The national Democratic Party wants reinforcements for the closely watched 6th Congressional District election, helping pay for 10 new field workers to reach more minority voters in the traditionally conservative Atlanta suburbs.

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