Stories by Brandon Larrabee

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008

Regents agree to charge new fee

ATLANTA --- A new fee of up to $100 a semester for Georgia college students passed the Board of Regents on Wednesday despite objections from students that University System of Georgia officials ...
By Brandon Larrabee

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

Regents set to add student fee

ATLANTA --- Regents are set to approve a plan today that would increase student fees and force employees to pay more for health insurance as Georgia's budget crisis deepens.
By Brandon Larrabee

Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008

Tobacco market declines in decade after settlement

ATLANTA --- Tommy Irvin can still remember going to his first tobacco auction opening day nearly forty years ago, back in 1969. Mr. Irvin had just become Agriculture Commissioner for Georgia.
By Brandon Larrabee

New companies challenge deal

ATLANTA --- Any hope that the nation's tobacco wars would end when the largest cigarette manufacturers and 46 states signed a landmark legal settlement 10 years ago this month has long since ...
By Brandon Larrabee

Friday, Nov. 21, 2008

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

Halls of fame behind in fundraising

ATLANTA --- Halls of fame honoring Georgians accomplished in aviation, sports, music and golf are unlikely to be able to pay for themselves by the deadlines approved by state lawmakers this year, ...
By Brandon Larrabee

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

Perdue leaps into nursing school controversy

ATLANTA --- Gov. Sonny Perdue has jumped into the fray over whether students of a nontraditional nursing program should be allowed to be licensed as registered nurses in Georgia.
By Brandon Larrabee

Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

Leader's past now an issue

ATLANTA --- Complaints that state Transportation Commissioner Gena Evans had improper relationships with co-workers in previous jobs have added to the personal and financial issues that have ...
By Brandon Larrabee

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008

DOT board keeps its commissioner

ATLANTA --- State transportation commissioner Gena Evans survived yet another controversy about her personal life Thursday as the state Department of Transportation board decided to keep her on ...
By Brandon Larrabee

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

DOT commissioner keeps job

ATLANTA -- Embattled Transportation Commissioner Gena Evans appeared likely to hold on to her job as the State Transportation Board took no action today following a lengthy closed-door session.
By Brandon Larrabee

More complaints against DOT planned

ATLANTA --- Self-proclaimed government ethics watchdog George Anderson called for state officials to fire state Department of Transportation Commissioner Gena Evans in the wake of reports that she ...
By Brandon Larrabee

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

Relationships vex commissioner again

ATLANTA --- Seven months after her budding romance with the chairman of the board that selected her as commissioner of the state Transportation Department, Gena Evans is again facing tough ...
By Brandon Larrabee

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008

Audit finds huge deficit costing jobs

ATLANTA --- A sweeping audit of the Georgia Department of Transportation found the agency overstated its federal funding by nearly $2.4 billion before the past fiscal year, leading to a massive ...
By Brandon Larrabee

Monday, Nov. 10, 2008

Richardson re-elected speaker

ATLANTA -- House Republicans re-elected controversial Speaker Glenn Richardson today, turning aside a challenge from a North Georgia lawmaker who said Richardson was too volatile to lead the chamber.
By Brandon Larrabee

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008

Chambliss, Martin gear up for expected runoff

ATLANTA --- Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Democratic challenger Jim Martin geared up Wednesday for a runoff even as state and county election officials continue to sift through ballots to see ...
By Brandon Larrabee and Walter Jones

Monday, Nov. 3, 2008

Candidates clash on trade, energy

ATLANTA --- U.S. Rep. John Barrow portrayed himself as an effective lawmaker while his GOP opponent, former TV anchorman and congressional aide John Stone, hammered the Democrat for his free-trade ...
By Brandon Larrabee

Preschool program gains support

ATLANTA --- A movement to expand Georgia's preschool program and boost its funding is growing, attracting support from lawmakers, child-care providers, children's advocates and even curious attorneys.
By Brandon Larrabee

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

Measure would cut restrictions

ATLANTA --- Insurance companies would have less power to restrict patient's prescriptions under legislation expected to be introduced next year.
By Brandon Larrabee

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008

Supporters push for more funding

ATLANTA --- Courts that combine traditional drunken-driving sentences with treatment for repeat offenders have succeeded and the state should invest more funding in the initiatives, supporters ...
By Brandon Larrabee

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008

State's retirement funds holding up, officials say

ATLANTA --- Despite losing more than $11 billion in less than four months because of the collapsing stock market, Georgia's pension funds for state employees are still financially stable and will ...
By Brandon Larrabee
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