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3 percent of hospitals get 5 stars in new quality ratings

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its first overall star ratings for the quality of hospitals. Just two Georgia facilities earned the top five-star designation: Gordon Hospital in Calhoun and Northside Medical Center in Columbus. Coliseum Northside Hospital in Macon and Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins each earned four stars.

Crime

Robber comes through ceiling of Macon grocery

Bibb deputies are looking for the robber who dropped from the ceiling of Preferida Grocer Store at 3631 Pio Nono Ave. early Thursday morning and robbed the grocery store before running away toward Rice Mill Road in Macon.

Crime

Suspect identified in killing of Dublin man

Dublin police are looking for 26-year-old Terry Lashun Carswell, who is wanted in the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Aquez Ahikeem Brazil, who died early Tuesday after the shooting at about midnight Monday near Brazil’s home on Dewey Street.

Local

Unemployment rate up in Macon, Warner Robins

Although more people were employed, the unemployment rate is up in Macon, Warner Robins and Middle Georgia as students and others tried to enter the work force, according to statistics released by the Georgia Department of Labor for counties including Bibb, Houston, Peach, Jones, Twiggs, Crawford, Monroe and Pulaski counties.

Politics & Government

He lost after a law changed; can he win now that it’s changing again?

A landmark court ruling that forces a loosening of Texas voter-ID rules is giving the Democrat in a close congressional race an edge. Pete Gallego, a Latino Democrat running in the majority Latino District 23, is counting on voter turnout to win his old seat back from Will Hurd, an African-American Republican who beat Gallego in 2014. The 800-mile district stretches from San Antonio, along the border, to El Paso.

Crime

Macon clerk shot in store robbery

Bibb County sheriff’s deputies are looking for two armed robbers who shot clerk Brij Patel outside the L&C convenience store at 917 Hillcrest Boulevard in Macon just before 1 a.m. Thursday.