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New Health Care Law Requires Most Insurers to Tackle Obesity

By Nancy Hellmich, USA TODAY

Census: Minority Population Growing

Census: Minority Population Growing

Laurens County's minority population has reached 40.4 percent, according to Census Bureau statistics and USATODAY research.

By Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USATODAY (Click for the full, interactive map)

Free Summer Meal Program for Children

Free Summer Meal Program for Children

This summer, the Dublin City School nutrition program serves free meals to kids between ages 1 and 18.

That's from June 3 through June 28 and again from July 8 through July 24.

See locations, as provided by the Dublin City Schools website:

See the locations in this listing.

Tim Tebow's Mother to Speak at Dublin Church

Tim Tebow's Mother to Speak at Dublin Church

NFL star Tim Tebow's mother Pam Tebow is scheduled to speak at a Dublin church in May.

She speaks at First Baptist Church in Dublin on May 2 to benefit SAV-A-LIFE Ministry of Dublin.

Pick up free tickets at the following places:
-ABC Women's Clinic in Dublin
-Olive Branch in Dublin
-First Baptist Church in Dublin
-Cochran Eye Center in Cochran
-Piddlin Peddler-Eastman
-Jet Corporate Office- Sandersville

For more information, call 478-275-9455.

Fairview Park Hospital Recognized on Quality Honor Roll

Fairview Park Hospital Recognized on Quality Honor Roll

Dublin's own Fairview Park Hospital made the honor roll.

They've been named on the Georgia Hospital Assocation's Partnership for Health and Accountability Core Measures Honor Roll, according to a release.

The hospital is one of 17 Georgia hospitals to be in the chairman's category, the highest on the list.

Read the full release:

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Some mixed news for allergy sufferers:

While the tree pollen count is still high at 1420, that's down from last Wednesday's 3,600 count, according to Dr. Plaxico's Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Macon.

Weeds and grass pollen count is now in the moderate range. That count is up from last week when the weed pollen was absent and the grass count was observed as low.

Laurens County Jobless Rates Above Georgia Average

Laurens County Jobless Rates Above Georgia Average

Laurens County jobless rate in February was 10.8 percent compared to Georgia's 8.6 percent and metro Macon's nine percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor says  February unemployment declined to nine percent in metro Macon.

According to a release, that's down from February 2012, when unemployment for metro Macon was 10 percent.

Georgia's February unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

From January to February, metro Macon gained 500 jobs and fewer people were laid off.

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Most jobs were added in the professional, business, education, health care, trade, transportation, warehousing, leisure and hospitality industries as well as in in local government.

Metro Macon includes Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties.