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  • Editorial: Local news is here for you

    Editorial: Local news is here for you

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 3:37 PM EDT2017-10-17 19:37:28 GMT
    Quality, fair, and unbiased reporting is paramount to a successful and accountable government. (Source: WALB)Quality, fair, and unbiased reporting is paramount to a successful and accountable government. (Source: WALB)

    It is in the best interest to the WALB community to be truthful and fair in all our news coverage

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    It is in the best interest to the WALB community to be truthful and fair in all our news coverage

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  • Editorial: Buddy Check 10

    Editorial: Buddy Check 10

    Monday, October 9 2017 11:34 PM EDT2017-10-10 03:34:02 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Buddy Check is a national campaign that we decided to partner with to help make an impact in our community.

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    Buddy Check is a national campaign that we decided to partner with to help make an impact in our community.

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  • Editorial: Gun rights challenge

    Editorial: Gun rights challenge

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 4:30 PM EDT2017-10-10 20:30:10 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Las Vegas has put the issue of gun control back in the center of debate in the country, but will there be any meaningful changes made? 

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    Las Vegas has put the issue of gun control back in the center of debate in the country, but will there be any meaningful changes made? 

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  • Editorial: The Dying Art of Disagreement

    Editorial: The Dying Art of Disagreement

    Thursday, October 5 2017 4:00 PM EDT2017-10-05 20:00:23 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    I’m sure you join me in being disappointed again, with Congress not working together to accomplish anything positive-- things that we voted to change! That’s because there isn’t a lot of room for disagreement these days. 

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    I’m sure you join me in being disappointed again, with Congress not working together to accomplish anything positive-- things that we voted to change! That’s because there isn’t a lot of room for disagreement these days. 

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  • Editorial: Pray for Las Vegas

    Editorial: Pray for Las Vegas

    Tuesday, October 3 2017 11:29 AM EDT2017-10-03 15:29:38 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    It was my intention today to talk to you about October being Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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    It was my intention today to talk to you about October being Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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  • Editorial: You need the radio that's in your phone

    Editorial: You need the radio that's in your phone

    Thursday, September 28 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-09-28 21:00:19 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Puerto Rico is a brutal example of the end of communications when cell towers go down. When cell towers go down, your cell phone won't do you any good... but it COULD, if the FCC would require cell phone makers to ENABLE the FM RADIO that's already inside your phone.

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    Puerto Rico is a brutal example of the end of communications when cell towers go down. When cell towers go down, your cell phone won't do you any good... but it COULD, if the FCC would require cell phone makers to ENABLE the FM RADIO that's already inside your phone.

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  • Editorial: What's the right way to protest?

    Editorial: What's the right way to protest?

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 3:18 PM EDT2017-09-26 19:18:57 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Some NFL players have knelt during the anthem; others have locked arms. Last Monday night, three Philadelphia Eagles: Malcolm Jenkins, Ron Brooks, & Steven Means, held their right fists upward. 

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    Some NFL players have knelt during the anthem; others have locked arms. Last Monday night, three Philadelphia Eagles: Malcolm Jenkins, Ron Brooks, & Steven Means, held their right fists upward. 

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  • Editorial : We all want quality healthcare

    Editorial : We all want quality healthcare

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-09-20 21:00:11 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    We don’t often discuss national topics on our editorials, but sometimes important local issues and national issues intersect.

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    We don’t often discuss national topics on our editorials, but sometimes important local issues and national issues intersect.

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  • Editorial: Linemen are real heroes

    Editorial: Linemen are real heroes

    Thursday, September 14 2017 9:47 AM EDT2017-09-14 13:47:06 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Many of our viewers were left in the dark due to tropical storm Irma, but thanks to the quick response from Georgia Power, Georgia EMC’s and local utilities, many of homes that could have been in the dark for days now have power.

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    Many of our viewers were left in the dark due to tropical storm Irma, but thanks to the quick response from Georgia Power, Georgia EMC’s and local utilities, many of homes that could have been in the dark for days now have power.

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  • Editorial: Ready for Irma

    Editorial: Ready for Irma

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 11:01 PM EDT2017-09-14 03:01:53 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    That's because so many of you heeded warnings from our First Alert meteorologists and from your city and county leaders.

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    That's because so many of you heeded warnings from our First Alert meteorologists and from your city and county leaders.

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  • Guest Editorial: The American Red Cross is here to help

    Guest Editorial: The American Red Cross is here to help

    Thursday, September 7 2017 5:09 PM EDT2017-09-07 21:09:13 GMT
    Southwest Georgia Red Cross Executive Director Andy Brubaker (Source: WALB)Southwest Georgia Red Cross Executive Director Andy Brubaker (Source: WALB)

    Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm on record, and the American Red Cross is mounting a massive response as this historic storm heads to the United States.

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    Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm on record, and the American Red Cross is mounting a massive response as this historic storm heads to the United States.

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  • Editorial: DirecTv still doesn't have a contract with Raycom

    Editorial: DirecTv still doesn't have a contract with Raycom

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 10:20 AM EDT2017-09-06 14:20:42 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    WALB's carriage agreement with DIRECTV has been temporarily extended, ensuring you will continue to receive this channel through Tuesday, September 12th.

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    WALB's carriage agreement with DIRECTV has been temporarily extended, ensuring you will continue to receive this channel through Tuesday, September 12th.

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  • Editorial: DirecTv deadline extended

    Editorial: DirecTv deadline extended

    Thursday, August 31 2017 2:13 PM EDT2017-08-31 18:13:07 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    WALB's carriage agreement with DIRECTV has been temporarily extended, ensuring you will continue to receive this channel through Tuesday, September 5th.

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    WALB's carriage agreement with DIRECTV has been temporarily extended, ensuring you will continue to receive this channel through Tuesday, September 5th.

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  • Editorial: Clear the Shelters

    Editorial: Clear the Shelters

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 1:37 PM EDT2017-08-29 17:37:01 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Clear the Shelters, a ground-breaking, community-driven initiative that seeks to match animals in need with loving and permanent homes, returned on August 19th for its third nationwide campaign.

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    Clear the Shelters, a ground-breaking, community-driven initiative that seeks to match animals in need with loving and permanent homes, returned on August 19th for its third nationwide campaign.

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  • Editorial: Local TV is important

    Editorial: Local TV is important

    Friday, August 25 2017 3:08 PM EDT2017-08-25 19:08:36 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The average newscast at a Raycom Media station delivers nearly eight times the audience of a national cable newscast. At WALB that’s what our LOCAL commitment is all about.

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    The average newscast at a Raycom Media station delivers nearly eight times the audience of a national cable newscast. At WALB that’s what our LOCAL commitment is all about.

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  • Editorial: Statues and hearts

    Editorial: Statues and hearts

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 10:54 AM EDT2017-08-22 14:54:10 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    It was impossible to miss the events in Virginia last week where a street brawl broke out at a protest of a Confederate monument to be removed by the local government.    And then we all saw the attack on the protesters when a car was driven through the group, killing one person. 

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    It was impossible to miss the events in Virginia last week where a street brawl broke out at a protest of a Confederate monument to be removed by the local government.    And then we all saw the attack on the protesters when a car was driven through the group, killing one person. 

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  • Editorial: Great news for Megan’s House

    Editorial: Great news for Megan’s House

    Thursday, August 17 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-08-17 16:58:54 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Easter Seals Southern Georgia has finally raised the funding needed for its Megan’s House project, which will serve children with special needs in South Georgia! 

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    Easter Seals Southern Georgia has finally raised the funding needed for its Megan’s House project, which will serve children with special needs in South Georgia! 

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  • Editorial: Senator takes action for Vets

    Editorial: Senator takes action for Vets

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 3:18 PM EDT2017-08-15 19:18:21 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    We often hear people say we should do more for the people who put on their country's uniform to protect us. Sometimes, it's just lip service, but Georgia's senior senator has turned words into deeds.

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    We often hear people say we should do more for the people who put on their country's uniform to protect us. Sometimes, it's just lip service, but Georgia's senior senator has turned words into deeds.

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  • Guest Editorial: Lee Co. speaks out on hospital

    Guest Editorial: Lee Co. speaks out on hospital

    Thursday, August 10 2017 5:31 PM EDT2017-08-10 21:31:07 GMT
    Commissioner Rick Muggridge (Source: WALB)Commissioner Rick Muggridge (Source: WALB)

    Lee County Commissioner Rick Muggridge talked about bringing a new hospital to our community, a 60 bed facility to be built in Lee County. 

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    Lee County Commissioner Rick Muggridge talked about bringing a new hospital to our community, a 60 bed facility to be built in Lee County. 

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  • Editorial: Sterilizing one breed of dog

    Editorial: Sterilizing one breed of dog

    Wednesday, August 9 2017 7:38 AM EDT2017-08-09 11:38:50 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

     A toddler was mauled to death by two pit bull dogs who belonged to the child's own grandmother. A woman who had numerous run-ins with the law over these same dogs before. Now she faces charges of murder. 

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     A toddler was mauled to death by two pit bull dogs who belonged to the child's own grandmother. A woman who had numerous run-ins with the law over these same dogs before. Now she faces charges of murder. 

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  • Editorial: Remember Albany Tomorrow

    Editorial: Remember Albany Tomorrow

    Wednesday, August 2 2017 1:25 PM EDT2017-08-02 17:25:32 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Several new social sites popped up after our January storms to offer help, advice, and encouragement. One that comes to my mind is more of a historical reminder of the incredible job done by a group called: "Albany Tomorrow, Incorporated."

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    Several new social sites popped up after our January storms to offer help, advice, and encouragement. One that comes to my mind is more of a historical reminder of the incredible job done by a group called: "Albany Tomorrow, Incorporated."

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  • Editorial: High praise, large check for storm response

    Editorial: High praise, large check for storm response

    Friday, July 28 2017 2:29 PM EDT2017-07-28 18:29:26 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    There was high praise for South Georgia community's leadership, following our recent disaster. Retired Major General Thomas Moore presented Dougherty County's commission chair with a $3.6 million federal reimbursement check.

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    There was high praise for South Georgia community's leadership, following our recent disaster. Retired Major General Thomas Moore presented Dougherty County's commission chair with a $3.6 million federal reimbursement check.

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  • Editorial: Six months after a deadly tornado

    Editorial: Six months after a deadly tornado

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 2:24 PM EDT2017-07-26 18:24:14 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    We've just passed an important milestone in our region's quest to move beyond the killer storms that devastated our area in January. It's been six months since that fateful day... 

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    We've just passed an important milestone in our region's quest to move beyond the killer storms that devastated our area in January. It's been six months since that fateful day... 

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  • Editorial: MCLB helps South GA students with future careers

    Editorial: MCLB helps South GA students with future careers

    Thursday, July 20 2017 5:26 PM EDT2017-07-20 21:26:24 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Over the summer, the base hired 76 students and it was the first time the base has hired this many students for their summer program. 

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    Over the summer, the base hired 76 students and it was the first time the base has hired this many students for their summer program. 

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  • Editorial: Let's ensure our arts are thriving

    Editorial: Let's ensure our arts are thriving

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 11:14 AM EDT2017-07-19 15:14:16 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Last week we were saddened to hear that after 41 years, the Macon Symphony will soon play their last concert, due to lack of funding.

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    Last week we were saddened to hear that after 41 years, the Macon Symphony will soon play their last concert, due to lack of funding.

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  • Editorial: Where have all the tax payers gone?

    Editorial: Where have all the tax payers gone?

    Thursday, July 13 2017 4:20 PM EDT2017-07-13 20:20:14 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    At a time when more money is needed to provide fire, police, emergency medical, water, and sewer services, AND fund our public schools... Dougherty County faces the prospect of having LESS money. 

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    At a time when more money is needed to provide fire, police, emergency medical, water, and sewer services, AND fund our public schools... Dougherty County faces the prospect of having LESS money. 

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  • Guest Editorial: Support for the historic district

    Guest Editorial: Support for the historic district

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 11:18 PM EDT2017-07-12 03:18:30 GMT
    Scott W. Marcus (Source: WALB)Scott W. Marcus (Source: WALB)

    Scott W. Marcus says we should encourage our city leaders to support and vote for the expansion of our city’s historic district. 

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    Scott W. Marcus says we should encourage our city leaders to support and vote for the expansion of our city’s historic district. 

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  • Editorial: Should Congress stay in session?

    Editorial: Should Congress stay in session?

    Thursday, July 6 2017 10:06 AM EDT2017-07-06 14:06:19 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Our leaders on Capitol Hill are scheduled to take five weeks off in August. But with precious little accomplished this year, and voters from coast to coast howling about Obamacare, both pro and con, is this break really needed this year? 

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    Our leaders on Capitol Hill are scheduled to take five weeks off in August. But with precious little accomplished this year, and voters from coast to coast howling about Obamacare, both pro and con, is this break really needed this year? 

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  • Guest Editorial: Albany leaders reflect on city's progress

    Guest Editorial: Albany leaders reflect on city's progress

    Thursday, June 29 2017 5:53 PM EDT2017-06-29 21:53:05 GMT
    (Source: The City of Albany)(Source: The City of Albany)

    In a guest editorial, several leaders with the City of Albany created a video reflecting on the progress of the 2016-2017 year. 

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    In a guest editorial, several leaders with the City of Albany created a video reflecting on the progress of the 2016-2017 year. 

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  • Editorial: How do Albany leaders combat negativity about the city?

    Editorial: How do Albany leaders combat negativity about the city?

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 3:00 PM EDT2017-06-28 19:00:33 GMT
    (Source: 24/7 Wall Street via USA Today)(Source: 24/7 Wall Street via USA Today)

    A new report by 24/7 Wall Street and shared by USA Today listed the country's top 10 worst cities to live in with Albany ranking 7th.

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    A new report by 24/7 Wall Street and shared by USA Today listed the country's top 10 worst cities to live in with Albany ranking 7th.

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  • Editorial: High speed police chases

    Editorial: High speed police chases

    Thursday, June 22 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-06-22 21:00:16 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The innocent bystander who died a short time ago in a high speed-chase in Phenix City, Alabama Was Frank McLemore. I knew frank. He was a highly talented and respected broadcast engineer, who worked with a local radio group, for the FCC and with The Georgia Association of Broadcasters. 

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    The innocent bystander who died a short time ago in a high speed-chase in Phenix City, Alabama Was Frank McLemore. I knew frank. He was a highly talented and respected broadcast engineer, who worked with a local radio group, for the FCC and with The Georgia Association of Broadcasters. 

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  • Editorial: The Carmichael Show

    Editorial: The Carmichael Show

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-06-22 02:30:34 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    "The Carmichael Show" is sure to prompt much debate and conversation! The show has tackled many "hot" topics, including assisted suicide, the color of one’s skin, both within and outside of the black community,  gay rights, and now the use of the "N" word. 

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    "The Carmichael Show" is sure to prompt much debate and conversation! The show has tackled many "hot" topics, including assisted suicide, the color of one’s skin, both within and outside of the black community,  gay rights, and now the use of the "N" word. 

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  • Editorial: Albany Civic Center: Are we getting our money's worth?

    Editorial: Albany Civic Center: Are we getting our money's worth?

    Thursday, June 15 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-06-15 18:07:29 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Taxpayers are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to fund the Albany Civic Center and we want to know what we are getting for our money.

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    Taxpayers are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to fund the Albany Civic Center and we want to know what we are getting for our money.

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  • Editorial: Lights, Camera, Albany

    Editorial: Lights, Camera, Albany

    Thursday, June 8 2017 3:45 PM EDT2017-06-08 19:45:17 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Now a studio company is pitching the notion of a permanent studio being built right here in Albany, to serve as an anchor point for more films. 

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    Now a studio company is pitching the notion of a permanent studio being built right here in Albany, to serve as an anchor point for more films. 

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  • Editorial: Medicare expansion

    Editorial: Medicare expansion

    Tuesday, June 6 2017 3:18 PM EDT2017-06-06 19:18:23 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The two states nearest Georgia, Kentucky and Arkansas, that did expand Medicaid, reduced the number of citizens without health coverage by 50%.

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    The two states nearest Georgia, Kentucky and Arkansas, that did expand Medicaid, reduced the number of citizens without health coverage by 50%.

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  • Editorial: When attacking the media becomes an assault on free press

    Editorial: When attacking the media becomes an assault on free press

    Wednesday, May 31 2017 5:37 PM EDT2017-05-31 21:37:14 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Wednesday's assault on a journalist by a congressional candidate (now, elected) is the most recent example of disrespect for journalism, and more importantly disrespect for the constitutional recognition of a free press.  

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    Wednesday's assault on a journalist by a congressional candidate (now, elected) is the most recent example of disrespect for journalism, and more importantly disrespect for the constitutional recognition of a free press.  

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  • Editorial: Reviving Albany's Downtown

    Editorial: Reviving Albany's Downtown

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:31 AM EDT2017-05-25 15:31:51 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Our special report Wednesday night showed that tangible progress is being made, and there is a cohesive vision to boost the heart of the city.

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    Our special report Wednesday night showed that tangible progress is being made, and there is a cohesive vision to boost the heart of the city.

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  • Editorial: Red Nose Day helps kids in need

    Editorial: Red Nose Day helps kids in need

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 12:21 AM EDT2017-05-24 04:21:25 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Red Nose Day happens Thursday, and we hope you will get involved, at least with a donation. 

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    Red Nose Day happens Thursday, and we hope you will get involved, at least with a donation. 

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  • Editorial: Flaggstone will help healthcare

    Editorial: Flaggstone will help healthcare

    Thursday, May 18 2017 5:51 PM EDT2017-05-18 21:51:45 GMT
    I’m Dr. Doug Patten, Associate Dean of the Medical College of Georgia’s Southwest Clinical Campus here in Albany.  (Source: WALB)I’m Dr. Doug Patten, Associate Dean of the Medical College of Georgia’s Southwest Clinical Campus here in Albany.  (Source: WALB)

    Flaggstone is a student housing complex adjacent to Phoebe that is unique in the healthcare world.   It will provide state-of-the-art apartment living for students doing clinical rotations here through MCG and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. 

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    Flaggstone is a student housing complex adjacent to Phoebe that is unique in the healthcare world.   It will provide state-of-the-art apartment living for students doing clinical rotations here through MCG and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. 

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  • Editorial: Leadership Albany

    Editorial: Leadership Albany

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 9:19 AM EDT2017-05-16 13:19:54 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Last week we learned that "Leadership Albany" and the Albany Chamber of Commerce's Leadership program, would be merging the two programs.

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    Last week we learned that "Leadership Albany" and the Albany Chamber of Commerce's Leadership program, would be merging the two programs.

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  • Editorial: GA campus carry law

    Editorial: GA campus carry law

    Thursday, May 11 2017 11:01 AM EDT2017-05-11 15:01:08 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Governor Nathan Deal recently signed the campus-carry law, even after opposition from Georgia's public university presidents and police chiefs.

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    Governor Nathan Deal recently signed the campus-carry law, even after opposition from Georgia's public university presidents and police chiefs.

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  • Editorial: Let's pull together to help Albany business

    Editorial: Let's pull together to help Albany business

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 3:34 PM EDT2017-05-10 19:34:59 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    With businesses closing in Albany, and university enrollment numbers down, it's time to pay attention... 

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    With businesses closing in Albany, and university enrollment numbers down, it's time to pay attention... 

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  • Editorial: Saluting Weston Lee

    Editorial: Saluting Weston Lee

    Friday, May 5 2017 12:15 PM EDT2017-05-05 16:15:43 GMT

    America lost one of its best and brightest a few days ago, when Bluffton native Lieutenant Weston Lee was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq.

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    America lost one of its best and brightest a few days ago, when Bluffton native Lieutenant Weston Lee was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq.

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  • Editorial: Move On When Ready

    Editorial: Move On When Ready

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 10:45 AM EDT2017-05-02 14:45:33 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Last week, hundreds of college students received their diplomas from Albany Tech. However, among those dressed in caps and gowns, were a handful of high school students. Six local high school students graduated with their associate's degrees too. 

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    Last week, hundreds of college students received their diplomas from Albany Tech. However, among those dressed in caps and gowns, were a handful of high school students. Six local high school students graduated with their associate's degrees too. 

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  • Editorial: Support Tift Park

    Editorial: Support Tift Park

    Thursday, April 27 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-04-27 18:45:28 GMT

    Friends of Tift Park are asking to the community and the surrounding counties to continue to support the efforts of a recovery, and donate to grow Albany and support our local community market.

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    Friends of Tift Park are asking to the community and the surrounding counties to continue to support the efforts of a recovery, and donate to grow Albany and support our local community market.

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  • Editorial: When do school drug sweeps go too far?

    Editorial: When do school drug sweeps go too far?

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 11:22 AM EDT2017-04-25 15:22:13 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    For more than 20 years, there have been drug searches, from time to time, at Worth County High School. There have been no public outcries about these searches as far as we know. Until now. 

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    For more than 20 years, there have been drug searches, from time to time, at Worth County High School. There have been no public outcries about these searches as far as we know. Until now. 

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  • Editorial: Saluting APD's community outreach

    Editorial: Saluting APD's community outreach

    Thursday, April 20 2017 1:00 PM EDT2017-04-20 17:00:23 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Volunteers painted more than 100 window shutters last Saturday. Albany Police officers and community volunteers said are taking back the McIntosh Homes Community, one shutter at a time.

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    Volunteers painted more than 100 window shutters last Saturday. Albany Police officers and community volunteers said are taking back the McIntosh Homes Community, one shutter at a time.

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  • WALB remembers Dawson Mathis

    WALB remembers Dawson Mathis

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 5:52 PM EDT2017-04-19 21:52:45 GMT
    Dawson Mathis, a former congressman and WALB news director passed away Monday night. (Source: Facebook)Dawson Mathis, a former congressman and WALB news director passed away Monday night. (Source: Facebook)

    We salute Dawson Mathis. A man who was one of the best-known people in South Georgia in the sixties and seventies, died this week. 

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    We salute Dawson Mathis. A man who was one of the best-known people in South Georgia in the sixties and seventies, died this week. 

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  • Editorial: Albany 'Land Bank' is a good idea

    Editorial: Albany 'Land Bank' is a good idea

    Thursday, April 13 2017 3:14 PM EDT2017-04-13 19:14:37 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Albany has been active in limiting the spread of run-down and blighted buildings that have been left to decay. These derelict structures are a hazard, and an eyesore, and the fewer of them, the better.

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    Albany has been active in limiting the spread of run-down and blighted buildings that have been left to decay. These derelict structures are a hazard, and an eyesore, and the fewer of them, the better.

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  • Editorial: What's ahead for the Albany Museum of Art?

    Editorial: What's ahead for the Albany Museum of Art?

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 10:52 AM EDT2017-04-11 14:52:33 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The question is should the Albany Museum of Art rebuild on the present site, miles from other attractions, or relocate.

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    The question is should the Albany Museum of Art rebuild on the present site, miles from other attractions, or relocate.

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  • Editorial: VPD goes for 17 years of accreditation

    Editorial: VPD goes for 17 years of accreditation

    Thursday, April 6 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-04-06 21:00:14 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The Valdosta Police Department goes through CALEA accreditation and inspection every four years. It's voluntary, and not many agencies are accredited. However, VPD has been adhering to these standards since 1999. 

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    The Valdosta Police Department goes through CALEA accreditation and inspection every four years. It's voluntary, and not many agencies are accredited. However, VPD has been adhering to these standards since 1999. 

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  • Editorial: April is Keep Georgia Beautiful Month

    Editorial: April is Keep Georgia Beautiful Month

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 10:33 AM EDT2017-04-04 14:33:50 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    All around town, everyone is talking about why don't we do more to clean up the trash on our roadways and in our neighborhoods.  Well, April is Keep Georgia Beautiful Month, so here is your chance to get more involved. 

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    All around town, everyone is talking about why don't we do more to clean up the trash on our roadways and in our neighborhoods.  Well, April is Keep Georgia Beautiful Month, so here is your chance to get more involved. 

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  • Guest Editorial: Albany's treasured trees

    Guest Editorial: Albany's treasured trees

    Thursday, March 30 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-03-30 21:00:25 GMT
    Judy Bowles (Source: WALB)Judy Bowles (Source: WALB)

    The storms of January 2017 took their toll on our community, leaving many in Albany feeling uprooted and displaced by the destruction to their homes and properties. The damage was unlike anything we have experienced.

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    The storms of January 2017 took their toll on our community, leaving many in Albany feeling uprooted and displaced by the destruction to their homes and properties. The damage was unlike anything we have experienced.

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  • Editorial: Back the Badge tags are a big 10-4

    Editorial: Back the Badge tags are a big 10-4

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:00 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:00:24 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

     We expect a new one supporting law enforcement will soon be among the offerings, and we whole-heartedly support the proposal.

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     We expect a new one supporting law enforcement will soon be among the offerings, and we whole-heartedly support the proposal.

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  • Editorial: Storm recovery, Foxworthy style

    Editorial: Storm recovery, Foxworthy style

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 11:07 AM EDT2017-03-21 15:07:50 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    It's been two months now since devastating storms ripped through our communities, and it's amazing to see all of us still coming together to make a difference. 

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    It's been two months now since devastating storms ripped through our communities, and it's amazing to see all of us still coming together to make a difference. 

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  • Editorial: Stop illegal dumping

    Editorial: Stop illegal dumping

    Thursday, March 16 2017 10:48 AM EDT2017-03-16 14:48:19 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

     For decades, illegal dumping along Silica Drive in East Albany has been a big problem, leaving not only an eyesore, but creating a public health concern as well. 

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     For decades, illegal dumping along Silica Drive in East Albany has been a big problem, leaving not only an eyesore, but creating a public health concern as well. 

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  • Editorial: Remembering Walter Flint

    Editorial: Remembering Walter Flint

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 2:21 PM EDT2017-03-14 18:21:42 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Walter died last week at 93, having lived the last half century as a pastor, and blazing a mighty trail on the Albany airwaves at our first radio station, WGPC. 

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    Walter died last week at 93, having lived the last half century as a pastor, and blazing a mighty trail on the Albany airwaves at our first radio station, WGPC. 

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  • Editorial: Don't delay DNA testing

    Editorial: Don't delay DNA testing

    Thursday, March 9 2017 9:22 PM EST2017-03-10 02:22:23 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    A new state law went into effect last July, requiring DNA evidence collected from sexual assault victims get into the hands of forensic analysts-- FASTER. But in March, 2017, analysts say thousands of rape kits in our state still remain backlogged. 

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    A new state law went into effect last July, requiring DNA evidence collected from sexual assault victims get into the hands of forensic analysts-- FASTER. But in March, 2017, analysts say thousands of rape kits in our state still remain backlogged. 

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  • Editorial: Do the right thing for fallen officers

    Editorial: Do the right thing for fallen officers

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 3:59 PM EST2017-03-07 20:59:12 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    In 2016, Georgia lost 10 officers serving in the line of duty. Now state lawmakers are pushing four bills that will help those who protect and serve us every day. 

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    In 2016, Georgia lost 10 officers serving in the line of duty. Now state lawmakers are pushing four bills that will help those who protect and serve us every day. 

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  • Editorial: Tying up EMS with trivial calls

    Editorial: Tying up EMS with trivial calls

    Thursday, March 2 2017 5:39 PM EST2017-03-02 22:39:29 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    What do you do if you have heartburn, or get a sore throat? Most people will say you go to the doctor, or go to a convenient care clinic. But there are too many people who don't… They call 9-1-1, and get an ambulance ride to the emergency room.   

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    What do you do if you have heartburn, or get a sore throat? Most people will say you go to the doctor, or go to a convenient care clinic. But there are too many people who don't… They call 9-1-1, and get an ambulance ride to the emergency room.   

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  • Editorial: Never give up; The search for Tara

    Editorial: Never give up; The search for Tara

    Tuesday, February 28 2017 3:53 PM EST2017-02-28 20:53:34 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Most of us in South Georgia, watched in stunned silence last Thursday, as WALB brought live coverage of the announcement that an arrest had been made in the 2005 disappearance of Tara Grinstead.

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    Most of us in South Georgia, watched in stunned silence last Thursday, as WALB brought live coverage of the announcement that an arrest had been made in the 2005 disappearance of Tara Grinstead.

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  • Editorial: A bill to help voters

    Editorial: A bill to help voters

    Thursday, February 23 2017 5:35 PM EST2017-02-23 22:35:33 GMT
    Ken Hodges (Source: WALB)Ken Hodges (Source: WALB)

    There is a bill that has been introduced in the Georgia General Assembly that would allow a voter to vote at any precinct on Election Day in the County in which they are registered.  

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    There is a bill that has been introduced in the Georgia General Assembly that would allow a voter to vote at any precinct on Election Day in the County in which they are registered.  

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  • Editorial: A free press

    Editorial: A free press

    Tuesday, February 21 2017 8:45 AM EST2017-02-21 13:45:02 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    An ABC News correspondent defended the news media against President Trump’s claim that they are the "enemy of the American people," by saying reporters will continue to do their jobs even if it means "incurring the wrath of the most powerful person in the world." 

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    An ABC News correspondent defended the news media against President Trump’s claim that they are the "enemy of the American people," by saying reporters will continue to do their jobs even if it means "incurring the wrath of the most powerful person in the world." 

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  • Editorial:  Radiothon

    Editorial:  Radiothon

    Thursday, February 16 2017 3:19 PM EST2017-02-16 20:19:46 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Even though a few weeks have passed since devastating storms swept through our community, the need to help our neighbors is still great.

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    Even though a few weeks have passed since devastating storms swept through our community, the need to help our neighbors is still great.

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  • Editorial: Tornado cleanup

    Editorial: Tornado cleanup

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 9:27 AM EST2017-02-14 14:27:28 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Cleaning up millions of cubic yards of storm debris across South Georgia, caused by the deadly tornadoes and storms in January, is an enormous undertaking.

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    Cleaning up millions of cubic yards of storm debris across South Georgia, caused by the deadly tornadoes and storms in January, is an enormous undertaking.

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  • Guest Editorial: FEMA's here to help

    Guest Editorial: FEMA's here to help

    Friday, February 10 2017 9:28 AM EST2017-02-10 14:28:57 GMT
    John Mills (Source: WALB)John Mills (Source: WALB)

    Across Southwest Georgia, it's been impressive to see the whole community respond and give their neighbors a helping hand, especially volunteers, charities and faith-based groups making a big difference in people's lives. 

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    Across Southwest Georgia, it's been impressive to see the whole community respond and give their neighbors a helping hand, especially volunteers, charities and faith-based groups making a big difference in people's lives. 

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  • Editorial: Assisting veterans after the storm

    Editorial: Assisting veterans after the storm

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 5:02 PM EST2017-02-07 22:02:08 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    In the aftermath of January storms, we were quick to realize, one group in particular needed additional help: our military men and women.

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    In the aftermath of January storms, we were quick to realize, one group in particular needed additional help: our military men and women.

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  • Editorial: Investing in storm shelters can save lives

    Editorial: Investing in storm shelters can save lives

    Thursday, February 2 2017 2:20 PM EST2017-02-02 19:20:06 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    For many, January 2017 will long be remembered not as a happy start to a new year, but as a month that left behind death and destruction.

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    For many, January 2017 will long be remembered not as a happy start to a new year, but as a month that left behind death and destruction.

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  • Editorial: Helping our neighbors

    Editorial: Helping our neighbors

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 4:35 PM EST2017-01-31 21:35:09 GMT

    Last week, WALB teamed with the Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross to put on a one-day telethon.

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    Last week, WALB teamed with the Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross to put on a one-day telethon.

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  • Editorial: Donating to the South GA tornado relief fund

    Editorial: Donating to the South GA tornado relief fund

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 2:28 PM EST2017-01-25 19:28:33 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Many of you have expressed the desire to help out after the devastating January 2 storms and this past weekend's tornadoes. 

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    Many of you have expressed the desire to help out after the devastating January 2 storms and this past weekend's tornadoes. 

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  • Editorial: A look at the city's power restoration after the storm

    Editorial: A look at the city's power restoration after the storm

    Friday, January 20 2017 5:27 PM EST2017-01-20 22:27:48 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The storms that hit January 2nd crippled the City of Albany and left thousands without power. What public officials do in the following 48 hours of such a crisis, is crucial to getting help to those affected and setting itself up for the road to a successful recovery.

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    The storms that hit January 2nd crippled the City of Albany and left thousands without power. What public officials do in the following 48 hours of such a crisis, is crucial to getting help to those affected and setting itself up for the road to a successful recovery.

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  • Editorial: The Albany Museum of Art's future

    Editorial: The Albany Museum of Art's future

    Tuesday, January 17 2017 4:13 PM EST2017-01-17 21:13:04 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Out of all tragedies come opportunities. Some let us know how we could have handled things better in case this happens again, and sometimes there is a chance to rebuild what was damaged or destroyed, even bigger and better. This happened after the Flood of 1994.

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    Out of all tragedies come opportunities. Some let us know how we could have handled things better in case this happens again, and sometimes there is a chance to rebuild what was damaged or destroyed, even bigger and better. This happened after the Flood of 1994.

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  • Editorial: Getting answers with storm response

    Editorial: Getting answers with storm response

    Thursday, January 12 2017 4:11 PM EST2017-01-12 21:11:12 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    As we have said and reported extensively, there are always so many great stories of generous people and neighbors willing to help one other when we have a disaster in South Georgia. There are also questions we must ask, when we see that our elected leaders did not react as quickly as they should have. One issue many have asked is why did it take three days for the city to announce shelters such as the Albany Civic Center was available and open? After the storm hit Monday night, it ...

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    As we have said and reported extensively, there are always so many great stories of generous people and neighbors willing to help one other when we have a disaster in South Georgia. There are also questions we must ask, when we see that our elected leaders did not react as quickly as they should have. One issue many have asked is why did it take three days for the city to announce shelters such as the Albany Civic Center was available and open? After the storm hit Monday night, it ...

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  • Editorial: Cleaning up from a devastating storm

    Editorial: Cleaning up from a devastating storm

    Wednesday, January 11 2017 3:05 PM EST2017-01-11 20:05:31 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    In the wake of terrible devastation and destruction, organizations, businesses and citizens of Albany and the surrounding communities have stepped up to lend a hand in so many ways. 

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    In the wake of terrible devastation and destruction, organizations, businesses and citizens of Albany and the surrounding communities have stepped up to lend a hand in so many ways. 

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  • Editorial: SWGA communities rally after devastating storm

    Editorial: SWGA communities rally after devastating storm

    Wednesday, January 4 2017 4:09 PM EST2017-01-04 21:09:40 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    South Georgia started the new year with a tough reminder of just how devastating our weather can be at times.

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    South Georgia started the new year with a tough reminder of just how devastating our weather can be at times.

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