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Updated: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 04:17:05 EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The owner of a grocery store in Wilkinson County has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for his role in a large food stamp fraud scheme. U.S. Attorney Michael Moore says 77-year-old Elbert Eugene Shinholster was also ordered to pay $4.6 million in restitution to the food stamp program. MACON, Ga. (AP) — Police in Macon say someone broke into an animal rescue facility and released roughly two dozen dogs from their cages, sparking a dogfight that left three animals dead. The Telegraph reports three large American bulldogs were killed, and as many as 15 other dogs needed medical treatment. ATLANTA (AP) — Utility regulators say Georgians who install solar panels on their homes should not be required to pay a special fee proposed by Georgia Power. The electric utility wants to charge a fee that would add roughly $22 a month to the bill of someone who builds a typical residential solar system starting next year. ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — University system officials have appointed Paul Jones as interim president of Darton State College in Albany. Jones previously served as senior vice president for finance and administration at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced the appointment Friday.

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