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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Experts say the nation's deepening opioid epidemic is hitting Georgia harder than most states. That's one of the messages that came out of a recent conference at the University of Georgia. Experts said that some of the highest opioid use is in the Rust Belt and the Southeast.

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - People working to revitalize downtown in the Alabama community of Prattville are looking to a Georgia city for inspiration. Prattville's iconic landmark, the "gin shop," is the foundation for ongoing efforts to revitalize the downtown historic district. The inspiration is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east, in Columbus, Georgia.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A college on the Georgia coast is launching a search for a new president. The University System of Georgia announced a national search for a new leader for the College of Coastal Georgia will be headed by a committee based at the Brunswick campus.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State University is reinstating a ban on alcohol at fraternity and sorority events more than a month after the death of a student in an alleged hazing incident. LSU President F. King Alexander said in a letter dated Thursday that some students haven't "absorbed the severity and seriousness of the current situation." Ten people were arrested last week on hazing charges in the death of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver.

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