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Red Cross: Critical Need for Blood

Aug 10, 2018

The Red Cross is continuing to experience a decline in donations as many regular donors delay giving to take final vacations, and prepare for the state of school.

The emergency shortage began last month and Red Cross officials say a critical need remains, especially for type ‘O’ blood. As a thank-you, those that give blood through August 30 will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card via email.

Ronnika McFall is with Red Cross Communications; she says it’s easy to find a donation location near you.

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President Donald Trump discussed prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club Thursday.

The White House said the officials represented states that have implemented changes similar to those backed by Trump.

The mostly Republican group included Govs. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Nathan Deal of Georgia, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Doug Burgum of North Dakota and John Bel Edwards, a Louisiana Democrat. Also attending were Republican attorneys general Pam Bondi of Florida and Ken Paxton of Texas.

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A man accused of recording high school girls undressing has pleaded guilty in federal court. Timothy Burnette was arrested in January on the campus of Oconee County High School. He was indicted on two federal counts of child pornography and a state charge of unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance. Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry says the former custodian pled guilty to one count of attempted child pornography. Burnette has not yet been sentenced.


U.S. forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season may be less active than they previously predicted.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's updated outlook predicts nine to 13 named storms, including four to seven hurricanes. Up to two hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 mph (178 kph).

Four storms already have developed this year, including two hurricanes in July.


Residents in several places across Georgia are set to vote in November on whether they'd like a mimosa with their Sunday brunch.

The question they will be posed with is whether restaurants should be allowed to sell alcohol beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays, instead of the current 12:30 p.m.

Local governments had until Wednesday to put that question on the ballot for November's election, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Nearly 50 cities and counties passed ordinances or resolutions to do so, the newspaper said, citing data from the Georgia Restaurant Association.