Stories by Walter C. Jones

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Georgia high court hears private probation case

ATLANTA - Thousands of Georgians given probation for minor offenses could be affected by a case the state Supreme Court heard arguments about Mon­day.
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Early numbers show Georgia road deaths down in January

In January, 108 people died on the state's roads, down from 121 in the same month last year, according to Harris Blackwood, the director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
By Walter C. Jones

Panel moves slowly on ground water regs

ATLANTA - A House committee opted for a resolution that carries no force of law over a specific legal mandate Thursday on the issue of protecting groundwater.
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Board votes to allow magnet students to go to home schools for arts, athletics

ATLANTA - Students who attend magnet high schools or who advance to college could return to their assigned school for athletic and artistic contests, the Georgia High School Association Board of ...
By Walter C. Jones

Ga. prisons need better locks

ATLANTA - State officials asked budget writers for money for upgrading locks at the state's prisons and juvenile facilities as well as 7-percent pay increases to reduce turnover of guards.
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Georgia Power plans boost in renewable energy sources

ATLANTA - Georgia Pow­er intends to add more renewable energy sources as part of its long-term plan, but not enough for environmental groups.
By Walter C. Jones

Lawmakers weigh consumer bills

ATLANTA - A clue to how at least one consumer-protection bill may fair in this year's session of the General Assembly came during a panel discussion when all four legislators and the moderator ...
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Ga. saw child fatalities drop in 2014

ATLANTA - More than 500 Georgia children died in 2014 in circumstances that triggered a state review, and more than half of them could have been prevented.
By Walter C. Jones

Civil War legacy debate renewed

ATLANTA - The causes and legacy of the Civil War popped up as a matter of debate this week in the General Assembly after one legislator introduced bills to safeguard memorials to Confederates, ...
By Walter C. Jones

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

Lawmakers seek equity in road funding

ATLANTA - As the echoes fade from the news conference in which the governor and other state leaders announced a 10-year, $10-billion road-improvement plan, lawmakers from around the state are ...
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Georgia Power seeks approval of higher costs at Plant Vogtle

Georgia Power Company wants regulators to bless its share in more than $900 million in cost overruns incurred so far in building two nuclear reactors at the Plant Vogtle generating facility near ...
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Township governments could be ahead for Georgia

County residents who want more restrictive or less restrictive government could have the ability to form their own townships under legislation pending in the House and Senate.
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

GBI chief requests more agents to handle shootings by officers

The head of the Georgia Bureau of Inves­ti­gation asked lawmakers Wednes­­­day for 20 additional agents in order to keep up with the number of shootings by law enforcement ...
By Walter C. Jones

Marijuana laws unfair, lawmaker says

ATLANTA - Penalties associated with marijuana-felony convictions hit more than the fair share of blacks, according to a legislator who wants to limit the penalty for possession of any amount to a ...
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Legislators question tuition jump

ATLANTA - Lawmakers who will write next year's state budget questioned the University System of Georgia chancellor Tuesday about last year's 9 percent tuition increases.
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Trump tops latest Georgia poll

ATLANTA - Donald Trump's lead among voters in Georgia is as strong as anywhere in the country at 10 points ahead of Ted Cruz.
By Walter C. Jones

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016

Deal delays education reform

ATLANTA - With one sentence in his State of the State Address, Gov. Nathan Deal instantly changed the discussion about education in this year's legislative session, and, indeed, altered the ...
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Bill requires lawmakers take classes on economy, racial inclusion

ATLANTA - A bipartisan bill introduced Thursday would require freshman legislators go to school with a lengthy set of topics that must be covered, from economics to racial inclusion.
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Nursing student crash victims remembered

ATLANTA - The festivities of the first day of the General Assembly was broken for an hour Monday as state officials, college students and family members held a memorial service in the Capitol for ...
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

Education reform chairman addresses criticism

The chairman of the Governor's Edu­ca­tion Reform Commis­sion defended the group's work Friday on the eve of legislative consideration of its recommendations.
By Walter C. Jones
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