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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 6:00 AM

The state at 3:30 a.m.

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REESE WITHERSPOON ARREST

ATLANTA — A court hearing on a disorderly conduct charge has been rescheduled for actress Reese Witherspoon, who said she is "deeply embarrassed" by what she said to a state trooper during a traffic stop in Atlanta. Witherspoon's case was scheduled for a Monday morning hearing, but it was reset for May 22. She was arrested Friday. The Oscar-winning actress released a statement late Sunday apologizing for her behavior when her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. By Kate Brumback.

FAA-FLIGHT DELAYS

UNDATED — It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers. Flight delays piled up all across the country as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts. Some flights into New York, Baltimore and Washington were delayed by more than two hours as the Federal Aviation Administration kept planes on the ground because there weren't enough controllers to monitor busy air corridors. By Scott Mayerowitz.

WITH: — SENATORS-FAA FURLOUGHS —Georgia senators criticize Federal Aviation Administration for air traffic control furloughs.

LOVE & HIP-HOP

ATLANTA — Mona Scott-Young used to wake up in cold sweat at night, wondering if she made the right decision to leave her list of high-profile hip-hop clients to branch off and create reality television shows. That's a dilemma the creator of the popular reality series "Love & Hip-Hop" on VH1 doesn't have to worry about anymore. "I was leaving something that I had built for nearly 20 years of my life," recalled Scott-Young, who was the co-founder of Violator Management with the late Chris Lighty. Their company represented some of music's top artists from LL Cool J to 50 Cent and Missy Elliot. By Jonathan Landrum.

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ATLANTA SCHOOLS-CHEATING

ATLANTA — Prosecutors' allegations that former Atlanta schools superintendent Beverly Hall participated in a scheme to inflate test scores to pad her bonuses are false and misleading, her lawyers said Monday. A Fulton County grand jury indicted Hall and 34 subordinates last month, accusing them of involvement in a broad conspiracy to cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistleblowers. Prosecutors say the educators were driven at least in part by bonuses for improved student performance.

COURT MISTAKES-COMPENSATION

ATLANTA — Some advocates for people who are wrongly convicted in Georgia courts say the state should come up with a system that would guide how they are compensated. Georgia is among almost two dozen states without a formula to decide how much wrongly convicted inmates can be compensated.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

ATLANTA — A new program designed to combat prescription drug abuse in Georgia might run out of money to operate only a few months after it gets under way in June. Georgia lawmakers didn't appropriate any funding for the prescription monitoring program when they passed legislation to create it in 2011. The program involves an electronic database that tracks prescriptions.

FAA-FLIGHT DELAYS

NEW YORK — It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers as federal budget cuts led to cascading delays along the East Coast Monday morning. Some flights out of New York and Washington were delayed by more than two hours as the Federal Aviation Administration kept planes on the ground. The federal agency has said furloughs of air traffic controllers could lead to delays if there weren't enough people to monitor busy air corridors. By Scott Mayerowitz.

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HOME BUILDERS

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The house was small, not much larger than a storage shelter some Americans might have in their backyard. To the family for whom it was just built, it was like a mansion. "I'll never forget the look of appreciation. It just blew me away," said Brookstone baseball coach Vince Massey. The family had been living on the street. Massey said a greater appreciation for what one has was gained by 46 members of the Brookstone School family on a recent mission trip to the Dominican Republic. By Larry Gierer, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. An AP Member Exchange.

ALSO:

— DEKALB SCHOOLS PROBATION — Attorney for ousted school board chairman contests laws allowing Gov. Deal to remove members.

— KENNESAW-SUSPICIOUS DEATH — Foul play suspected in death of 52-year-old Kennesaw man.

— MACON-BUS ACCIDENT — Girl, 5, critically injured in Macon school bus accident, hospitalized.

— MIDTOWN CRASH — Unidentified man killed in Midtown Atlanta crash.

— CHILD MOLESTATION-SENTENCING — Fort Valley man sentenced to 25 years, life on probation in child molestation case.

— AMMUNITION SENTENCING — 17-time Georgia felon sentenced to 16 years in prison on ammunition possession charge.

— AUGUSTA BURGLARY — 2 Ga. women jump from window to run from burglar, suspect jumps from window to run from police.

— CORONER-SUSPICIOUS SPENDING — Special prosecutor assigned to probe theft allegations against former Chatham County coroner.

— SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT — 8 high school students suffer minor injuries in Atlanta school bus accident.

— CHURCH ARSON — State fire investigators say blaze that destroyed central Georgia church was arson.

— OFFICER-FATAL SHOOTING — Gwinnett County police officer fatally shoots home invasion suspect.

— EAST GEORGIA CALL CENTER — New call center could bring up to 400 jobs to east Georgia county.

— ATLANTA WAREHOUSE FIRE — Firefighters in Atlanta battle huge warehouse fire on city's northwest side.

— MACON TEEN SLAIN — Macon teenager is shot to death on city street corner.

— ATLANTA AIRPORT-FURLOUGHS — FAA furloughs could cause travel delays at Atlanta airport.

— ATHENS SECURITY — Home of UGA reviewing security after Boston Marathon bombings.

AROUND THE SOUTH:

— AFGHANISTAN-SOLDIER KILLED— Easley N.C.-born Army private dies after vehicle attacked by explosive device in Afghanistan.

SPORTS:

BKN--HAWKS-BACK HOME

ATLANTA — With a three-day break between the first two playoff games, the Atlanta Hawks headed home to lick their wounds. Clearly, there's a lot of work to do after a 17-point loss to Indiana in the opening game. By Paul Newberry.

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