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Georgia authorities have given $10,000 apiece to two Tennessee households for help catching two inmates accused of killing their guards while escaping from a prison bus.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in an email Friday that the agency decided to equally split the $20,000 portion of the reward it had offered. GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said the recipients' names are being withheld at their request.

GBI Seeks Help in Identifying Remains

6 hours ago

The GBI is seeking help in identifying human remains found near Interstate 85 in Banks County.  According to an agency release, a skeleton was discovered in a wooded area near new Salem Methodist Church in Commerce. A forensic anthropological exam estimates the remains to be of an African American/Hispanic female, approximately 30 to 44 years old, and between 4’9” and 5’6” in height.

Flash Flood Watch for Athens Area

6 hours ago

A flash flood warning is in effect in the Athens area until 8 o’ clock Saturday evening. The National Weather Service there’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms through Saturday afternoon. Forecasters say new rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half an inch are expected, with higher amounts possible. Winds around 10 miles per hour are expected, with gusts up to 20 mph possible.

Athens News Matters Preview

9 hours ago

On this week's Athens News Matters, guests Gwen O' Looney, Commissioner Melissa Link and Commissioner Jerry NeSmith weigh in on TSPLOST 2018 projects, offer differing views on Leisure Services fees, and discuss AthFest. ANM airs Friday at 1 pm and Sunday at noon.

AthFest Music and Arts Festival 2017

15 hours ago

While this week has already seen some unofficial events, AthFest 2017 officially kicks off Friday. Recognized by Livability.com as one of the nation’s best summer festivals, the 21st annual AthFest Music and Arts Festival runs through Sunday night. Thousands of people are expected downtown each day for local and regional, music, art, comedy, beer gardens, and culture. Event Coordinator Daniel Robertson Jr. says the fun is also a great fundraiser.

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North Carolina televangelist Todd Coontz – author of numerous books on faith and finances – has been indicted on charges of tax fraud spanning more than a decade.

"As a minister, Coontz preached about receiving and managing wealth, yet he failed to keep his own finances in order," Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said as she announced the charges. "Coontz will now receive a first-hand lesson in 'rendering unto Caesar' that which is due."

A Catholic bishop has instructed priests in his central Illinois diocese to deny communion, last rites and funeral rites to people in same-sex marriages – unless they repent.

In the decree he sent to priests, deacons, seminarians and staff in his Springfield diocese last week, Bishop Thomas Paprocki sets forth a set of norms on same-sex marriage and related pastoral issues that he says are the policy of the diocese.

Arkansas's pesticide regulators have stepped into the middle of an epic battle between weeds and chemicals, which has now morphed into a battle between farmers. Hundreds of farmers say their crops have been damaged by a weedkiller that was sprayed on neighboring fields. Today, the Arkansas Plant Board voted to impose an unprecedented ban on that chemical.

Venezuela's ongoing political and economic crisis has taken a toll on daily life there.

A crash in oil prices and political instability under President Nicolas Maduro have led to food shortages, and that has prompted almost daily street protests by thousands of Venezuelans.

A 35-year-old protester named Carlos tells NPR's Audie Cornish the food situation is "pretty extreme." NPR is using only his first name for his safety.

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