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Life sentence for man who murdered transexual prostitute upheld by Supreme Court


Published Monday, October 5, 2015

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    The Supreme Court of Georgia has reversed the judgment against a Dodge County man who was convicted of intimidating court officers and animal cruelty.
In today’s unanimous opinion, Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines writes for the Court that the acts of intimidation against the court officers did not constitute “true threats” of violence and therefore were protected by the First Amendment’s right to free speech.

Gas prices stay steady


     October 5- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have not moved  in the past week, averaging $2.15/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.29/g, according to gasoline price website

     Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 113.8 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 10.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 11.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 99.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Deer-vehicle collisions increase in the Fall

New map breaks down county-by-county when drivers should be more vigilant


Fall is prime breeding season for deer across Georgia. It’s also when drivers are more likely to hit deer that run into the road, according to a new study from the University of Georgia.

UGA researchers have completed a county-by-county analysis of when motorists should be more aware of possibly hitting a deer. They looked at breeding data and then compared it to deer-vehicle collision statistics across Georgia.

Collins asks USDA to keep options open for poultry industry to deal with bird flu

“Congressman Collins to USDA: Ensure all options are on the table

for poultry industry in Georgia”


dougcollinsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking that the USDA ensure all viable options are available to state, local, and industry stakeholders to prevent the spread of bird flu if highly pathogenic avian influenza hits Georgia.