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GA Lottery

ATLANTA (AP) _ These Georgia lotteries were drawn Saturday:

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(one, two, five, six, eight, eleven, twelve, fourteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one)

Estimated jackpot: $185 million

Estimated jackpot: $223 million

Mega Millions

Powerball

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Morning' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Morning" game were:

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(one, two, five, six, eight, eleven, twelve, fourteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one)

Georgia Senate backs plan forming city of Eagle's Landing

ATLANTA (AP) - A portion of Henry County has cleared a hurdle in its controversial quest to form a new city called Eagle's Landing.

The Georgia Senate on Thursday approved two measures that would define new boundaries for the city of Stockbridge, which Eagle's Landing is being carved from, and provide a charter for the new city.

The proposals passed with most Republicans' backing, but not without opposition. Democratic Sen. Emanuel Jones, who represents portions of Stockbridge, said he believed residents' desire to form the new city was racially motivated, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported .

Stockbridge, located approximately 20 miles southeast of Atlanta, is predominantly black, while the newly proposed city of Eagle's Landing would have a greater proportion of white residents.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

Savannah city government recovering from malware attack

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah officials are taking extra precautions to protect employees' email accounts and government computer servers as City Hall recovers from a malware virus attack.

Local officials said in a news release that city staff workers are currently unable to receive email attachments to help thwart further attack attempts. It's suspected the malware virus that infected city computers more than a week ago was caused by an email phishing scheme.

City Hall says its information technology staffers were able to halt communications between city servers to limit the spread of the virus.

City officials said some services were interrupted by the attack, but it appears no city data was compromised. Savannah IT workers launched a plan to examine every individual city computer to eliminate the virus.

Kentucky second-grader with Down syndrome qualifies for regional spelling bee

A Kentucky girl with Down syndrome qualified for a regional spelling bee, WLKY reported.

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Sosie Smith, a second-grader at Christian Academy of Louisville's Providence School, qualified after winning the bee in her class, with “joyous” the word that gave her the championship. She will compete in a regional event next week, WLKY reported.

Sosie’s mother, Tara Smith, told WLKY that her daughter has always loved words and reading.

"My job as a mom is to find those little gifts and accentuate them and try to bring them out as best as I can," she said.

Smith told WLKY that she hopes Sosie's story will encourage other special-needs children.

"She keeps hitting these milestones and exceeding my expectations," Smith said. "I just hope to open their eyes a little bit and enlighten them that the capabilities are there."

Texas school marshals allowed to carry guns on campus

Officials in two school districts in Texas believe they have a deterrent for incidents like this week’s shooting at Parkland High School in Florida. Selected employees are allowed to carry guns on campus, WFAA reported.

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The Argyle Independent School District implemented the rule in 2014, and the Keene Independent School District followed suit the following year.

Teachers packing heat is possible thanks to the passage of the Protection of Texas Children Law that was passed in 2013. The law permits districts to create “school marshals” for campuses, WFAA reported. The marshals must submit to extensive active shooter and firearms training with the state and must undergo a mental health evaluation, WFAA reported. Marshals must renew their licenses every two years.

>> Photos: Remembering Parkland Florida school shooting victims

Signs outside schools in the Argyle and Keene districts warn visitors that staff members are armed, WFAA reported.

Keene Superintendent Ricky Stephens said creating school marshals was needed.

“Administrators and teachers are going to be the first ones who arrive, so do you want them to arrive with a pencil or a pistol?” Stephens told WFAA.

According to the law, weapons must be in a safe -- or on the marshal at all times, WFAA reported.

New York dad emerges from 61-day coma

The last thing Robert Crain remembered was visiting the emergency room to have his nagging cough checked out.

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That was on Oct. 3, 2017. Sixty-one days later, the 47-year-old woke from a medically induced coma. And on Feb. 14, 2018, he was discharged from Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York.

"For me, it just seemed like I woke up from a nap,'' Crain told Syracuse.com. "Then I realized I missed Thanksgiving and Christmas and all that time with my family."

Crain’s lungs and kidneys had shut down in October. He lost 50 pounds during his time in the hospital and now must use a cane to walk, Syracuse.com reported.

“It was awful,” said Crain’s wife of 10 years, Marcela Crain. “My brain heard them say he wasn't doing well and wasn't improving, but my heart wouldn't accept it. I went to the chapel every day at the hospital and prayed, and my daughter and I prayed every night.”

Robert Crain was kept alive by a heart/lung bypass machine, spending more time on it than any other patient in the hospital’s history, Syracuse.com reported.

Crain said he remembered nothing from Oct. 3 until Jan. 8. His doctors pulled him out of his coma gradually. When he came to, Crain said he was “stunned” when a nurse told him what day it was, Syracuse.com reported.

Robert Crain’s recovery and discharge from the hospital was a banner day for his wife and their 8-year-old daughter, Isabella. 

"This is the most amazing, special day,'' Marcela Crain said. “Never give up hope. I always believed he would come back to me."

Marcela Crain said the family put Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas on hold, refusing to celebrate it without Robert. She told Syracuse.com the family would celebrate all three holidays into a single day when he is stronger.

At mid-session, Georgia lawmakers take on taxes, transit

ATLANTA (AP) - Activity at Georgia's Capitol is in full swing as this past week marked the halfway point of 2018's 40-day legislative session.

The session's first half was largely dominated by an overhaul of the state's adoption code, which became one of the first major pieces of legislation to pass both houses this year.

With that out of the way, lawmakers have turned to proposals on taxes and transit, medical marijuana, expanded Sunday alcohol sales and other issues.

Here's a look at some of the recent major activity that will be playing out as the session continues:

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THE ATL

The House and Senate are considering similar proposals to establish a new regional transit authority, called the ATL, aimed at improving metro Atlanta's commuting infrastructure.

Under the House version, unveiled Tuesday by House Speaker David Ralston and House Transit Commission chairman Kevin Tanner, the ATL would be responsible for creating a plan to tackle the region's mounting transit concerns and would have the authority to approve access to new sources of funding.

The House proposal specifies several new funding sources, including a statewide fee of 50 cents for all rides in a taxi or car-hailing service such as Uber and a 1 percent tax on services and concessions at the Atlanta airport.

While existing providers - including MARTA - would maintain some operational autonomy, the entire system would be rebranded ATL by 2023 under the proposal.

Tanner, a Dawsonville Republican, said the House and Senate transit groups have been in consultation, but substantial differences remain between the two chambers' bills.

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TAX WINDFALL

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this week proposed to reduce a so-called tax windfall by 75 percent before it even arrives.

The most recent estimates from the governor's office indicate Georgia could collect an additional $4.7 billion in business and personal taxes over the next five years because of changes brought about by the federal tax overhaul passed in December.

Deal, in his final year in office, initially hoped to defer the question until 2019 but received swift pushback from GOP legislators, including several running for higher office in November.

The most recent proposal is estimated to cut the increase to just under $1.2 billion by allowing filers who take the standard deduction at the federal level to itemize deductions at the state level, which is currently prohibited in Georgia. The state personal exemption would also be increased by 25 percent.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Gov. Deal's Chief of Staff Chris Riley recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the governor supports a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain to a list of more than a dozen conditions that are covered under the state's medical cannabis oil program.

The news comes days after Gov. Deal told the newspaper that he opposes a bill allowing cultivation of medical marijuana.

The approximately 3,500 Georgians who are legally allowed to have cannabis oil have complained that it's difficult for them to access the product, since it cannot be grown in the state.

Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, a medical marijuana advocate, says cannabis oil users are currently being pushed to violate federal law by driving across state lines to obtain and bring back the product.

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CASH BAIL OVERHAUL

Deal on Wednesday unveiled the final pieces of his years-long initiative to reduce the growth of the prison population by keeping fewer non-violent offenders behind bars.

Among his proposals is a bill that would allow judges to forgo cash bail for defendants accused of low-level offenses who cannot afford to post bail.

That proposal prompted Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills to write an email in which he said Deal had done more for perpetrators of crime than "Lucifer and his demons combined."

Bipartisan supporters of the measure condemned Sills' comments on the House floor Thursday.

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SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES

The Senate on Tuesday voted for allowing on-premise consumption of alcohol at restaurants and wineries, beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

Off-premise sales, such as those at supermarkets, would remain illegal until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.

If the bill passes the House and becomes law, earlier sales would have to be approved in local referendums.

Restaurant groups have been pushing the so-called "brunch bill," saying it's unfair that government-run facilities such as Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium don't face the same restrictions.

Man who falsely claimed to represent Migos, scammed Emory University indicted

A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

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Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6.

Woods allegedly operated companies, including Global Talent Agency and GTA Bookings, which claimed to represent “dozens of famous musicians, comedians and other artists,” the Justice Department said. Woods had no relationship to any of the artists his companies claimed to represent, U.S. Attorney BJay Pak said. 

Emory University paid $37,500 to Global Talent Agency in early 2017, under the impression that they were booking Migos for its annual Dooley’s Week celebration. Two weeks before the scheduled concert, Emory’s Student Planning Council learned they had been victims of fraud, and that Migos would not be performing. The university was able to book rapper Ty Dolla Sign at the last minute, paying at least $85,000.

Emory is not the only school that was allegedly duped by Woods. The University of Missouri “and other victims” paid Woods’ companies to book artists for concerts and festivals, the Justice Department said. 

Woods received $66,250 in total for the fake bookings, a federal indictment says. That means Emory’s $37,500 payment accounted for more than half of Woods’ money. The U.S. Department of Education is also investigating the case.

Once Woods’ companies received the money, Woods would launder the funds by transferring them to other accounts and withdrawing them as cash, the Justice Department said.

Woods has pleaded not guilty and posted $10,000 bond on Feb. 13. 

'Thoughts and prayers' check goes viral on Facebook

A Facebook post with a picture of a check without any money has gone viral on Facebook.

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Fern Malila, from Michigan, posted the picture Thursday afternoon.

The post is a picture of a letter and the check to Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman -- which has “thoughts and prayers” written where the money amount should be.

"Dear Rep. Bergman," the letter begins. "Since you and your colleagues in Congress seem to feel that this is the solution to mass murder, please accept this contribution."

As of Friday afternoon, the photo had been shared more than 65,000 times.

It was posted in response to a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida Wednesday afternoon that left 17 people dead. 

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