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Updated: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:14:29 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Winds were gusting as high as 48 mph in the north Georgia mountains, but were expected to become more calm after dawn. Strong winds toppled trees across metro Atlanta yesterday, knocking out power to several neighborhoods.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Governor's Office of Highway Safety and other agencies are partnering to remind drivers to stay safe during St. Patrick's Day weekend. Officials are reminding Georgians to designate a sober driver while celebrating St. Patrick's Day — which falls on Monday, March 17.

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state Senate committee has passed a bill that would legalize limited use of medicinal marijuana. The bill's language was tweaked to provide immunity to Georgians found in possession of cannabis oil the bill's sponsor is looking to legalize to treat certain illnesses like seizures. The proposed law would require users to obtain multiple clearances before being legally allowed to use the oil.

ATLANTA (AP) — The state of Georgia is preparing to honor victims of crime with a ceremony and several other events for National Crime Victim's Rights Week. Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles officials say National Crime Victims' Rights Week will be observed April 6-12.

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