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Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
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Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
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Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
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Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
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ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The U. S. House of Representatives voted down the $700 billion financial bailout plan Monday afternoon.
More than two-thirds of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats opposed the bill. Instead of adjourning for the year, House leaders say they'll reconvene on Thursday.
So how did Georgia Representatives vote on the plan? All but two of them voted against it. Those two supporters represent many South Georgians, Congressman Sanford Bishop and Congressman Jim Marshall. Today, we spoke with members of Congress about the bailout bill and what it means for you.
There were three major deal breakers for Congressman Jack Kingston. For starters, the $700 Billion dollar price tag. Secondly, Wall street firms who want private profits backed with public security. But mainly, no regulatory fixes.
"This throws a life jacket to Wall Street, but it doesn't teach them to swim and prevent this from happening again and there are some things that we should do about that."
But he doesn't know if a government intrusion is the right step. "I think that Washington can tell the world and tell Wall Street, we want to help with the solution, but we're not going to bail you out completely because of bad judgement and we need a permanent fix, not just something that's going to get us through the next couple of months."
But the rejection of the bill stalls it. Senator Saxby Chambliss says inaction is not an option. "Doing nothing is going to have a direct impact on every single Georgia in the short term, also in the long term. So it's important that we take the right action, but it's important that we take action."
If not, the unemployment rate, already at it's highest level in Georgia in 15 years, could continue to climb. "What's going to happen if we do nothing, is we're going to see that unemployment rate go significant higher."
Senator Johnny Isakson also said Congress must act, calling the bailout a rescue. "We're at a time where Congress can take action or take no action and I think it's obvious if we take no action, what happened in the last three weeks will continue and that's unacceptable for the long term economic health of the United States of America and to a large extent, the free world."
Stocks plummeted on Wall Street before and during today's vote. The Dow finished with its biggest-ever one-day point drop, more than 775 points.