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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 5:00 AM

The state at 1:30 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

REVOLUTIONARY WAR-GEORGIA FORT

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Less than two months after British forces captured Savannah in December 1778, patriot militiamen scored a rare Revolutionary War victory in Georgia after a short but violent gunbattle forced British loyalists to abandon a small fort built on a frontiersman's cattle farm. More than 234 years later, archaeologists say they've pinpointed the location of Carr's Fort in northeastern Georgia after a search with metal detectors covering more than 4 square miles turned up musket balls and rifle parts as well as horse shoes and old frying pans. By Russ Bynum.

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GRU PRESIDENT'S HOME

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Officials at Georgia Regents University have spent more than $280,000 on repairs and renovations at the president's home since 2010 without seeking approval from the state Board of Regents.

AUDIT-SUICIDES

ATHENS, Ga. — A new state audit says county coroners across Georgia aren't reporting suicides and all suspicious deaths to the State Medical Examiner's Office as required by law.

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NEW LIFE FOR THEATER

PERRY, Ga. — Betsy Portman recalls the smell of fresh popcorn, the "click, click, click" of the movie reel turning on the projector and the cloud of cigarette smoke hanging overhead. Portman, 61, reminisced about Saturdays spent at the Muse Theatre, a popular hangout. She and her middle school friends would munch on popcorn, Necco Wafers and Junior Mints through a cartoon, news reel and two movies. By Becky Purser, The Telegraph of Macon.

ALSO:

—TREE CUTTING FATAL — A Columbus man has died after being hit in the head by a tree limb.

—AIR FORCE SWAN SONG — The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Robins Air Force Base has played its final public performance.

—GEORGIA WEATHER — Heavy rains brought down trees and caused power outages in the Atlanta area and contributed to a fatal accident.

—MOTHER-DAUGHTER GRADUATES — When Alexis Andrews graduates from Dougherty High School later this month, she'll be celebrating the occasion with her mother — who will also be wearing a cap and gown.

—AIR SQUADRON ANNIVERSARY — Airmen assigned to a Savannah-based unit of the Georgia Air National Guard are celebrating a big anniversary.

—KING ROSE — A rose honoring the late Coretta Scott King has been planted at Alabama's Capitol.

SPORTS:

BBN--METS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — After Saturday's game was postponed by rain, the Braves and Mets will confront another wet forecast on Sunday as New York's Jonathon Niese again is set to face Atlanta's Julio Teheran. Game scheduled for 1:35 p.m. start. By Charles Odum.

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