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Ford recalls nearly 1.3M Focuses because engines can stall

Ford recalls nearly 1.3M Focuses because engines can stall

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling nearly 1.3 million Focus compact cars in the U.S. because a fuel system problem can cause the engines to stall without warning. The recall covers cars from 2012 through 2018 with 2-liter four-cylinder engines. Ford says a valve can stick open, causing too much vacuum, and an engine control […]

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Rare mystery illness hits 3 Georgia kids this year

Rare mystery illness hits 3 Georgia kids this year

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News Three Georgia children have been reported this year as having a rare, polio-like health condition, state officials said Wednesday. They are among the 62 children nationally who have been confirmed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2018, with at least 65 more cases under investigation, according to the CDC. […]

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Social Security cost of living increase

Social Security Benefit to increase 2.8 percent in 2019

New cost-of-living adjustment largest since 2012 Social Security benefits will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the largest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in seven years. The COLA, announced Thursday, Oct. 11, will increase the average Social Security retirement benefit by $39 a month (roughly $468 a year). The average single retired Social Security recipient is expected to […]

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Presidential Proclamation on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2018

Presidential Proclamation on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2018

Issued on: September 14, 2018 During Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, we acknowledge the devastating toll the opioid epidemic has inflicted on our country and its people, and we pledge to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription and illicit opioid abuse. As we continue our work to end this terrible crisis, I […]

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FEMA test allowing Trump to send emergency alterts

FEMA to test system allowing Trump to send emergency alerts

By Elaine Owen, Editor The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is testing a new system today (Sept. 20) that allows President Trump to send messages directly to U.S. cellphones. All major wireless firms and more than 100 mobile carriers are participating in the new Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program that allows for presidential alerts, FEMA […]

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E-cigs might be bad for your teen

FDA gets tough on e-cigarette makers

By Elaine Owen, Editor The Food and Drug Administration announced a crackdown on makers of electronic cigarettes and said they must come up with a plan to prevent their products from getting in the hands of minors. Responding to an “epidemic of nicotine addiction” among American youths, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday […]

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District Attorney warns of dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes

Like cigarettes, vaping is illegal to people under 18 years of age. By Elaine Owen, Editor Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee warns of dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. In a press release Sept. 6, 2018, Sosebee said during the last week, several teens in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties have experienced medical […]

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Tax refund for veterans 2018

Big tax refunds coming for 130,000 veterans

By Karen Jowers, Military Times More than 130,000 veterans are receiving letters on how to apply for refunds of taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back to 1991—a minimum of $1,750 per veteran. While exact estimates are not available because each veteran’s payout varies, the government could be paying out a minimum of […]

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Opioid abuse

Battling Opioid Addiction Requires a Holistic Approach

WASHINGTON—This op-ed by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) was first published by the Gainesville Times on June 18, 2018. Over the last five years, Americans have seen a dramatic rise in home invasions. The numbers rose slowly and steadily from 2000 to 2013 and skyrocketed from there through 2016, when the same menace claimed 20,145 lives […]

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fish kill

Reward offered for Chattahoochee fish kill information

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Suches, Georgia — In the early hours of June 4, the main water line to the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery was cut off, killing about 52,000 trout worth $62,000. The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The hatchery’s friends group is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest […]

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