Stories by Walter C. Jones

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

What you pay at pump may change

ATLANTA - House leaders released the outline Wednesday of a plan they say will boost funding for transportation by $1 billion without raising taxes.
By Walter C. Jones

What you pay at pump may change

ATLANTA - House leaders released the outline Wednesday of a plan they say will boost funding for transportation by $1 billion without raising taxes, although legislators and lobbyists who heard it ...
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Ga. lawmaker wants history books to highlight America

ATLANTA -- The conservative senator who led last year's fight against the Common Core school standards is again out front in another battle over coursework, this time saying it downplays what's ...
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Local officials warned to prepare for road funding plan

Local officials from across Georgia were gritting their teeth as one state leader after another warned them of difficult choices ahead on transportation funding.
By Walter C. Jones

Gov. Deal chides Georgia mayors

ATLANTA -- Some communities are still sending too many nonviolent offenders to Georgia prisons because they don't use the accountability courts, Gov. Nathan Deal said.
By Walter C. Jones

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

Decline prompts funding change

ATLANTA -- The financial future of 15 colleges and universities in Georgia that experienced declining enrollment is dependent on a revised funding formula, the university system chancellor warns.
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Money needed for medical examiners, gang-proof prisons

Public safety officials requested state budget increases for medical examiner salaries, indestructible prisons and a doubling of the state morgue.
By Walter C. Jones

Tech industry pushes for cybersecurity, tax breaks

A trade association for Georgia's growing high-technology industry is seeking the extension of some existing tax breaks and a few new ones during this legislative session as well as a review of ...
By Walter C. Jones

Pay hike sought for college faculty

ATLANTA -- The University System of Georgia needs more money for building maintenance, pay raises and new construction, Chancellor Hank Huckaby told members of the House and Senate appropriations ...
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Court hears Vein Guys dispute

ATLANTA - A years-long dispute between the widows of two Augusta-area doctors over ownership of the Vein Guys practice they shared made its way to the Georgia Supreme Court.
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

Augusta lawmaker introduces 5 bills

ATLANTA -- Military veterans, airplane pilots, motorists, divorced parents and public officials could all be getting relief from one of Rep. Earnest Smith's bills pending in the House of ...
By Walter C. Jones

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

Business, consumer advocates push legislative issues

ATLANTA -- Some of the issues legislators will consider this year with the broadest impact are those advocated by business organizations and consumer watchdogs.
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Georgia child deaths rise

ATLANTA -- The number is increasing of Georgia children whose deaths were related to maltreatment, according to a report released Thursday.
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Chancellor discusses Azziz

Here is a question-and-answer exchange Thursday with Hank Huckaby, the Georgia university system chancellor on the future of GRU President Ricardo Azziz.
By Walter C. Jones

June 30 resignation accepted

The Georgia regents have accepted the resignation of GRU President Ricardo Azziz effective June 30.
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Deal calls for reforms to schools, probation, child welfare

ATLANTA — Schools, probation and child-welfare protections would all undergo procedural changes under a plan Gov. Nathan Deal outlined Wednesday for legislators.
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

New wrinkle in Ga. marijuana law

ATLANTA -- This year's version of legislation to permit the use of marijuana-based medicine no longer has a provision to allow production of the crop in Georgia.
By Walter C. Jones

Augustan part of Deal inaugural

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal illustrated the accomplishments of his initial term with personal stories of individuals who benefited, including one local.
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Legislation supports local teen's push for younger politicians

ATLANTA - A Grovetown middle-schooler's proposal to change the state constitution to lower the age for serving in the Georgia Legis­lature will be introduced by lawmakers.
By Walter C. Jones

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Busy session for Georgia Legislature begins Monday

At the first year of the two-year legislative term and the start of the 40-day 2015 session, lawmakers are eager to deliver on the promises made in last year's campaign.
By Walter C. Jones
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