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City attorney resigns due to health; interim appointed
Council members accepted the resignation of its long-serving city attorney and appointed an interim at last week’s monthly meeting.
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Community bingo planned Friday to benefit Special Olympics
Friday’s bingo has a special theme, which is to raise money for the Special Olympics team at Jones County High School.
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Owens: governor’s reforms are working for prisons
Members of the Rotary Club of Jones County heard never before released information last week about the success of the governor’s criminal justice reform effort from the man at the top of the Georgi...
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Authority expands focus to retail recruitment
Expert recommends marketing effort to attract businesses
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Voter registration goes digital
Registering to vote got easier last week for anyone with a Georgia driver’s license and access to the Internet.
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national news

President Barack Obama arrives in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014, where he spoke about health care overhaul and the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national stage for a week-long trip to Asia, Obama used a news conference to make the case that the Affordable Care Act had mended nicely from its disastrous October rollout. For the healthcare law to succeed, young, healthy people must sign up and pay premiums to offset the healthcare costs for older Americans. Obama's remarks reflected deep concerns at the White House that Republicans may be able to topple Democrats from control of the U.S. Senate in November elections and build on their majority in the House of Representatives.

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A woman holds a cluster of U.S. flags during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in OaklandPresident Barack Obama on Thursday called on the Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being held back by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. "There is bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform," Obama said at a news conference. The Congress should act. "Right now what's holding us back is House Republican leadership not willing to go ahead and let the process move forward." Obama said there were Republicans in both the House and Senate who know immigration reform "is the right thing to do." "I also know it's hard politics for Republicans because there are some in their base that are very opposed to this," he said.

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By Edward Krudy NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) struck a deal on Thursday to end a 2-year pay dispute with a more generous offer to workers than the years of pay freezes it had originally proposed, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "The resolution of this contract dispute is fair to transit workers, fiscally responsible for the MTA, and will have no impact on fares," Cuomo said in a statement, adding that the transit system was the "lifeblood" of New York City. The MTA runs 842 miles of subway tracks in New York City as well as urban buses, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro North rail systems, and some of the city's bridges and tunnels. New York City's urban transport network is the largest in the country The current agreement mostly covers workers on the subway and bus systems and does not include the LIRR, which has its own ongoing dispute with the MTA.
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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday.
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