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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

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HEALTH CARE-GOVERNMENT WORKERS

Georgia teachers and state employees next year won't see the types of rising health care costs seen in many industries in recent years. The Georgia Department of Community Health got approval from its board Thursday to keep premiums flat for the upcoming year for teachers and state employees. Teachers and state workers also won't see an increase in deductibles or co-pays. Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. SENT: 350 words.

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EXCHANGE-URBAN STYLE PROJECTS-GWINNETT

ATLANTA — The idea of mixing shops and restaurants with places to live in a single development is not an earth-shattering concept, even in the suburbs. But the sheer scope of several urban-style, mixed-use projects going up in Gwinnett — and the sizable amount of housing planned — is a notable departure from past development trends in one of metro Atlanta's largest counties. By Tyler Estep. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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— OLD THEATER-RENOVATION — An old theater in a Georgia town known for its connection to slapstick comedy duo Laurel and Hardy is being renovated.

— DISNEY FILM-SAVANNAH — Thousands of people turned out for a casting call for extras for a film being filmed in Savannah.

— FLOODING JOBS-GEORGIA — Flooring manufacturer to add 200 jobs in northwest Georgia with a planned $42 million expansion.

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BBN--BREWERS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Atlanta left-hander Sean Newcomb, 2-0 in his last three starts, will face Milwaukee's Chase Anderson on Sunday when the Braves and Brewers complete a weekend series between NL playoff contenders. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at 1:35 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

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MOUNTAIN VIEW SAVED

SUNSET, S.C. — Some quick thinking by two groups that usually don't work well together — environmental groups and road builders — helped save a small mountaintop In South Carolina and the view from the state's iconic Table Rock. Information from The Greenville News.

2018 MIDTERMS-MONEY

HOUSTON — Thara Narasimhan, who hosts an Hindu radio program in Houston, has already given $1,200 to a Democrat running against Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who once drove around his solidly conservative Texas district with a "NEVER HILLARY" bumper sticker on his pickup. Her plans to donate even more bewilder friends. "It's not the question of why I have to support a failing candidate," said Narasimhan, mingling at a fundraiser for Democrat Sri Kulkarni on a sweltering Texas summer night. "Unless you put some faith in it, you're not going to make it work." By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 860 words, AP Photos TXDP104, TXDP202, TXDP203, TXDP201.

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EXCHANGE-COFFEE SHOP-SPECIAL NEEDS

YORK, S.C. — Roasting coffee beans, talking with customers and learning to be professional is giving 21-year-old Kristofer McLamb an opportunity to make a better life. McLamb, a former York Comprehensive High School student, is one of several people learning job skills at the York Coffee Roastery, a new coffee shop and roasting business in York, South Carolina. By Amanda Harris. The Herald of Rock Hill.

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— MERCURY VAPOR-SCHOOLS — School officials in a South Carolina district say potentially hazardous mercury vapor has been seeping from gym floors at four schools.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

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CAMPUS ANIMALS

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A Tuscaloosa school is welcoming several animals onto its campus this year as it launches a program for students interested in veterinary medicine. The Tuscaloosa News reports that about 25 students are enrolled in the new pre-veterinary science program at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy. As part of the program, the school has acquired six sheep that will be kept on campus. Information from The Tuscaloosa News. SENT: 300 words.

2018 MIDTERMS-MONEY

HOUSTON — Thara Narasimhan, who hosts an Hindu radio program in Houston, has already given $1,200 to a Democrat running against Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who once drove around his solidly conservative Texas district with a "NEVER HILLARY" bumper sticker on his pickup. Her plans to donate even more bewilder friends. "It's not the question of why I have to support a failing candidate," said Narasimhan, mingling at a fundraiser for Democrat Sri Kulkarni on a sweltering Texas summer night. "Unless you put some faith in it, you're not going to make it work." By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 860 words, AP Photos TXDP104, TXDP202, TXDP203, TXDP201.

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EXCHANGE-SLOCOMB TOMATOES

SLOCOMB, Ala. — Slocomb, Alabama is just a little less than an 10 square-mile stretch of land in the Southeastern part of the state, known throughout the region for its alluring local export: the Slocomb tomato. By Jared Boyd. al.com.

EXCHANGE-PERSONAL ITEMS SALE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A new storefront now open offers up a wealth of history from one Tuscaloosa businessman. Developer Stan Pate, who announced last year he would be scaling back from business interests, has placed about 900 of his personal items for sale in the former Books-A-Million building at McFarland Mall. By Jason Morton. The Tuscaloosa News.

EXCHANGE-FOOTBALL PLAYER-AMPUTEE

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A gruesome accident in July cut off most of Jabari Bailey's left leg, instantly ending his career as a football player at Tuskegee University in Alabama and nearly killing him. Yet, only hours after the life-altering event, the 20-year-old from Memphis was already thinking about the future, his father recalls. "His ability to mentally handle this situation has been nothing short of miraculous ... He was angry for about two to four hours. Then he starts talking about, 'Where do we go from here? It's time to move on,'" said his father, Javier Bailey. SENT: 1660 words.

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— EGGS REMOVED-REWARD — Federal authorities are offering a reward for help identifying anyone who removed eggs from a protected nesting site near Dauphin Island.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

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LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's lucrative contract to replace thousands of voting machines was always going to be the subject of fierce competition. The work is worth tens of millions of dollars, and the contract only comes up every 10 to 15 years. But the latest award process drew even more contention than predicted, with allegations of attempts to manipulate the deal that come in the middle of the race to replace Louisiana's chief elections official. It's not the best look for a state where a former elections commissioner was imprisoned in a voting machine kickback scandal nearly two decades ago. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 700 words.

WW2 MUSEUM-ONLINE DEGREE

NEW ORLEANS — The National WWII Museum and Arizona State University are starting a new online master's degree program in World War II studies, with classes beginning in January. Five of the professors are from the museum and three from the university. Students will have to meet assignment deadlines, but the only other scheduled time requirements are weekly interactions with faculty and student discussion groups. Fulltime students taking at least three courses per semester would pay about $4,800 per semester. SENT: 470 words.

LOUISIANA ELECTIONS

Three candidates vying to be Louisiana's next secretary of state have poured thousands of their own dollars into the effort. GOP Rep. Julie Stokes, of Kenner, has the most cash on hand in the latest campaign finance reports, reporting $441,000 in the bank. But that's because she loaned the effort $250,000. Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud, a Republican, reported $102,000 in the bank, after a $101,000 personal loan. Former Sen. A.G. Crowe, a Pearl River Republican, loaned his campaign $90,000. SENT: 280 words.

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EXCHANGE-BLACK SAINTHOOD LOBBYING

NEW ORLEANS — Members of several Catholic groups are uniting their efforts in New Orleans as they push to strengthen the case for canonizing five African Americans, including the city's own Venerable Henriette Delille. The new coalition held one of its first meetings July 31 at the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel on Xavier University of Louisiana's campus. Xavier and its Institute for Black Catholic Studies hosted more than 80 Catholics who are dedicated to elevating five candidates for sainthood. By Wilborn P. Nobles III. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune.

EXCHANGE-HOUMA-COMMUNITY SERVICE

HOUMA, La. — The Bayou Community Foundation's coordinator may not be a native of the Houma-Thibodaux area, but her passion for the bayou region has helped raised over $1 million for local organizations. By Julia Arenstam. Houma Today.

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— PROSECUTORS-PORTABLE TOILET — Prosecutors in a Louisiana parish are having to use a portable toilet after the restrooms in their office stopped working.

— ARGUMENT-DEADLY WRECK — New Orleans police say a woman died after she intentionally drove into her boyfriend's car and then hit a tree.

— ADVANCED PLACEMENT — More than 7,300 Louisiana public high school students earned college credit through the latest round of Advanced Placement tests.

— HEARING RESEARCH — A researcher in New Orleans has a five-year, $1.8 million grant to study how the ear processes sound.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

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UNDER THE CAPTIOL DOME

JACKSON, Miss. —A special session to seek more money for Mississippi's roads and bridges could be drawing near. But nothing is likely to happen without Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves' agreement, and many observers aren't sure what he wants. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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EXCHANGE-MARINE RESEARCH CENTER

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The Gulf of Mexico provides the perfect environment for oceanic exploration. Unlike the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, it's warm year-round. It offers waters that stand in for turbid rivers, clear blue oceans and shallow or deep conditions. Its variety of environments is one reason the University of Southern Mississippi decided to base its new Marine Research Center on the Gulf at the Port of Gulfport. By Ellen Ciurczak. The Hattiesburg American.

EXCHANGE-FLOORING BUSINESS

TUPELO, Miss. — There is much to admire in the St. Jude Dream Home, as the eye settles on any number of details that help make the home stand out. In the garage of this year's St. Jude Dream Home is the St. Jude logo painted on the garage floor, which in turn has a striking glossy finish. Those looks come courtesy of Southern Epoxy Flooring. By Dennis Seid. Daily Journal.

IN BRIEF:

— JAIL-VIDEO VISITATION — Technology is making it easier for people to visit loved ones who are jailed in one Mississippi county.

— GROCERY STORE SEARCH — A south Mississippi town is trying to persuade someone to open a grocery store there after its previous supermarket closed in 2016.

— WATER UTILITY-EMBEZZLEMENT — Two northeast Mississippi women are accused of embezzling money from a water utility where they worked.

— BEATING DEATH — Authorities in a south Mississippi county say they now have evidence proving a man found dead on a roadside was beaten elsewhere and dumped.

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FBC--MISSISSIPPI ST-MOORHEAD AND FITZ

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Joe Moorhead earned his reputation as an offensive savant after rebuilding Penn State's attack over two seasons. Now the new Mississippi State coach will try to mesh his philosophy with veteran Nick Fitzgerald, who has been one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country over the past two seasons but is coming off a gruesome leg injury in last year's Egg Bowl. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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