Senate votes to keep government open after Democrats concede on coal miners’ benefits

After a dispute over health-care benefits for retired coal miners nearly led to a partial government shutdown Friday, the Senate voted 63-36 at 11:16 p.m. to keep the government running through April 28, with less than an hour to spare. The stopgap bill funds the government at roughly the same levels as last year, and adds money for disaster relief and some other programs.

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'They loved each other, and they died together,' says mother of slain Americus officer

Sharron S. Johnson, mother of officer Jody Smith, spoke at the vigil honoring her son and police officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr. Both officers were killed in the line of duty after answering a domestic dispute call in Americus, Georgia on Dec. 7, 2016.
Laura Corley The Telegraph
'They loved each other, and they died together,' says mother of slain Americus officer 2:01

'They loved each other, and they died together,' says mother of slain Americus officer

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Winning isn't the only fun for Dexter Copeland at Macon County

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Peter Eaddie is one of several versatile Macon County players

Macon County senior Tyrese Adkinson helps lead an underrated defense. 1:25

Macon County senior Tyrese Adkinson helps lead an underrated defense.

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