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EATONTON -- Georgia 4-H organized the 2020 state horse educational competition for 55 members in a virtual format this year. The competition was previously linked with the Georgia 4-H state horse show hosted at the the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WASHINGTON — Workers performing activities in high temperatures and humid conditions are at risk for heat-related illness, officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warned. Symptoms of heat-related illness include fainting, dizziness, nausea and muscle spasms. Keep workers safe by following simple safety practices:

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ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp joined Kevin Brown, president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare, to announce a partnership to provide additional hospital bed surge capacity to treat COVID-19 patients in Georgia at the Marcus Tower of the Piedmont Atlanta campus.

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ATLANTA — Investigative journalist, media executive, and Democratic U.S. Senate Nominee Jon Ossoff outraised his opponent, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., by more than $1.2 million between April 1 and June 30, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, marking the second consecutive FEC filing that Ossoff outraised Perdue.

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ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp announced that Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) is leveraging an existing state contract with Georgia-based UPS to deliver personal protective equipment to medical facilities across Georgia.

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ATHENS – The University of Georgia’s Commit to Georgia Campaign ended June 30 after raising $1.45 billion, becoming the university’s most successful fundraising effort in its history.

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Ga., testified in the Committee of Natural Resources legislative hearing Tuesday in support of H.R. 5472, the Jimmy Carter National Historical Park Resignation Act. Bishop is the original cosponsor of H.R. 5472, and the bill is supported by the entire Georgia delegation. The hearing is one of many steps toward the bill becoming law and the creation of the Jimmy Carter National Historical Park.

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SAVANNAH – The The Georgia Historical Society announced Tuesday that Frank Blake, retired chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, Robert S. Jepson Jr., founder and CEO of Jepson Associates Inc., and John Schuerholz, vice-chairman emeritus of the Atlanta Braves, will serve as the statewide co-chairmen for the Georgia Historical Society’s 2021 Georgia History Festival.

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ATHENS – A defendant charged in an ongoing, large-scale drug trafficking investigation dubbed “Operation Wu Block,” has pleaded guilty for her crime, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Charlie Peeler said.

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ATLANTA — Attorney General Chris Carr commended the United States Supreme Court for protecting the religious liberty of faith-based organizations and all citizens in two decisions issued recently: Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania and Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru.

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LEESBURG – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation for an incident that occurred Sunday, the GBI said.

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ALBANY — If the heat and the lower-than-expected turnout of true believers impacted Tarlita McCrary during the first of three planned “hope-raising gatherings” in downtown Albany Saturday morning, she certainly didn’t show it.

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ATLANTA – Chief Justice Harold D. Melton signed an order extending the Statewide Judicial Emergency that he first announced March 14 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the fourth time he has extended the emergency – this time until Aug. 11 in keeping with state law that authorizes him to extend an emergency for 30 days. The new order will take effect Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

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GRIFFIN — If you’ve ever wondered how to protect your home from termites, tune in to your local Georgia Public Broadcasting station next weekend when two University of Georgia professors will join forces to show viewers the proper steps to help keep their homes pest free.

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ATLANTA — The State of Georgia’s June net tax collections approached $1.94 billion, for a decrease of $187 million, or -8.8 percent, compared to June 2019 when net tax collections totaled roughly $2.12 billion. Net tax collections for FY 2020 currently total almost $22.75 billion, which reflects a decrease of roughly $1.04 billion, or -4.4 percent, compared to the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2019, when net tax revenues totaled more than $23.79 billion.

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., the chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding the full House Appropriations Committee’s passage of the Agriculture Subcommittee’s Fiscal Year 2021 spending bill:

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ATHENS – A convicted felon caught with a stolen gun after authorities were tipped off about him being armed and selling drugs in Athens has pleaded guilty for his crime, Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said in a news release.

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WASHINGTON – The Voter Participation Center and its partner group, the Center for Voter Information, are mailing 894,701 voter registration applications to people in Georgia this month as part of its largest-ever campaign to register voters ahead of the historic 2020 election.

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ATLANTA – The United States Department of Agriculture announced it is expanding a critical program that provides relief for farmers negatively impacted by the coronavirus. This comes after U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., requested that USDA broaden the applicant pool to better serve Georgia’s expansive and diverse agricultural industry, which has experienced significant losses due to the virus.

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VALDOSTA – A Florida convicted felon caught traveling in south Georgia with six illegal long guns pleaded guilty for his crime in federal court Tuesday, Charlie Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said.

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ALBANY – A prolific small-town methamphetamine dealer involved in a larger wiretap investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in south Georgia has pleaded guilty for his crime, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Charlie Peeler said.