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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, announced the awarding of $18,408,612 to Georgia last week to combat the opioid crisis. The investments will enable HRSA-funded community health centers, rural organizations and academic institutions supporting residents in Georgia establish and expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services

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A 34-year-old band director at an Atlanta private school has been charged with child molestiation and several other crimes after allegedly having sex with a teenage girl who was 14 or 15 years old at the time.

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Although Walgreens plans to close 200 of its stores across the United States, it is not yet clear whether the list of closing stores will include any locations in Gwinnett County.

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ATLANTA – Governor Brian P. Kemp announced today that Thumbtack, a website and app that finds local professionals for projects, announced its 2019 Small Business Friendliness Survey, ranking 49 states and 44 cities based on licensing requirements, tax regulations, and labor and hiring regulations. Small business owners awarded Georgia an A+ this year, ranking 4th in the survey of small business friendliness.

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ATLANTA – Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger hosted a roundtable on election security alongside David Becker, founder and executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research. Joined at the Capitol by more than a dozen experts from organizations including Microsoft, the Department of Homeland Security, and Augusta University, Becker led a wide-ranging discussion on the status of Georgia’s election security.

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ATLANTA – To keep state government efficient and effective, Gov. Brian Kemp has instructed all state government offices to develop proposals to reduce spending by 4% in the amended fiscal year 2020 budget and 6% in the fiscal year 2021 budget. Kemp reminded state officials of his pledge to always put hard-working Georgians first, tasking them with proactive strategic planning and innovative leadership for better utilization of future taxpayer resources.

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Emanuel Peters, 18, was originally arrested for tampering with evidence following the fatal shooting of his younger brother. Late Monday, it was announced that the Dougherty County Child Death Team had charged him with felony involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct in connection to the May 17 incident.

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Hundreds of residents filled the auditorium at a metro Atlanta middle school on Tuesday night to voice concerns about a Sterigenics plant’s longtime releases of the toxic gas ethylene oxide in the area.

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The news of Kroger charging customers for cash back has stirred outrage on social media, but the new policy will not take effect in Atlanta-area supermarkets. At least not yet, according to a Kroger Atlanta Division spokesperson Felix Turner, who covers Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina.

A Virginia woman who communicated with a Covington man on Instagram has hopefully learned her lesson about meeting people you find on the internet after he pulled a gun on her and forced her to take money out of an ATM.

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