Stories by Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Chambliss reflects on 20 years in Congress

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss will return to practicing law in Atlanta on Jan. 6, when he leaves the Washington, D.C., political scene after 20 years in Congress.
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Probation advisory council investigates company

The state council overseeing private probation companies voted unanimously Wednesday to launch a criminal investigation against a Darien-based firm.
By Walter C. Jones

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

No quick solution to Georgia highway woes

Solving Georgia's transportation problems will require a multipronged approach -- such as increasing the gas tax or sales tax, toll roads, and billing alternative-fuel vehicles per mile driven.
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

State's growth expected to outpace US

ATLANTA — For the second year in a row, Georgia is expected to grow faster than the rest of the U.S., according to an economic forecast the University of Georgia released Friday.
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Doctors, hospitals gearing up for legislative battle

The coming General Assembly could include a battle between hospitals and physicians and out-of-state corporations interested in setting up cheaper treatment centers.
By Walter C. Jones

Savannah port expansion bringing jobs, challenges

ATHENS, Ga. -- State leaders highlighted job-creation strategies through education, local assistance and port improvements Monday in a conference for legislators.
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Georgia pushing day-care ratings

ATLANTA -- Georgia officials are trying to convince more of the state's 5,500 day-care centers to submit to quality rating.
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Lawmakers to look at marijuana, cellphones

ATLANTA -- Marijuana, horse racing, driving with cellphones, child sexual abuse, the minimum wage and college athletics are some of the topics of pre-filed legislation so far.
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Clean Power Plan becomes state issue

ATLANTA - Georgia's utility regulators filed a formal objection to the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, and legislators are expected to roadblock making the federal rule a state issue.
By Walter C. Jones

Campaign encourages hiring of disabled

ATLANTA - The improving unemployment rate is giving new hope to advocates for people with developmental disabilities, triggering a new campaign to encourage hiring.
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Veterans an asset to workforce

ATLANTA - Georgia's population of working-age military veterans give the state an often unrecognized quality work force, experts say, an asset communities such as Augusta are trying to promote.
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Stone clears way for judge's appointment

Sen. Jesse Stone's decision to withdraw his name from consideration for a vacant judgeship in Burke County paved the way for Gov. Nathan Deal to appoint Jack Cox.
By Walter C. Jones

High court rules in probation case

Georgia's Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that it is legal for local courts to contract with private companies to supervise offenders on probation.
By Walter C. Jones

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Former president, governors turn out for memorial

ATLANTA -- A large crowd filled a downtown Atlanta church Saturday for the memorial service for Carl Sanders, an Augusta native who had served as governor in the height of the Civil Rights Movement.
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Memorabilia brokers could be fined

ATLANTA - A Columbia County legislator is sponsoring House Bill 3 to impose what he calls a hefty fine on anyone jeopardizing the eligibility of a student athlete like the sports-memorabilia ...
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

River deepening could begin in weeks

ATLANTA - Work could begin as early as next month on the initial phases of the project to deepen the shipping channel of the Savannah River.
By Walter C. Jones

Forecast calls for 2 percent job growth

ATLANTA - Augusta's job growth in 2015 will be 2 percent, according to Georgia State University's Economic Fore­casting Center, slightly better than the overall state's 1.9 percent and ...
By Walter C. Jones

Workers give governor final salute

ATLANTA - Dozens of state workers braved the cold Wednesday morning to offer their final salute to former Gov. Carl Sanders as his hearse passed the Capitol.
By Walter C. Jones

Attacks on nurses, health-care workers spark alarm

ATLANTA -- Nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians and other health-care workers get punched, bit and slammed into walls while doing their jobs, and a legislative panel is considering ...
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Driverless drone cars headed our way

ATLANTA -- In September, General Motors' chief executive officer, Mary Barra, announced that her company would have on the road in two years vehicles that communicate with each other.
By Walter C. Jones
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