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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Report shows mediocre marks for Ga. charter schools

ATLANTA - Schools chartered by the state produced so-so results during the last academic year when compared to traditional schools, according to a pair of reports the State Board of Education ...
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

State agency will fine for illegal digging

ATLANTA - In a 91-second meeting Tuesday, the Public Service Commission voted to levy about $500,000 in fines against three-dozen or so companiesthat are all guilty of violating the laws ...
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, May 4, 2015

Report shows Georgia tourism industry grew to record level

Georgia's tourism industry grew 6.7 percent last year reaching a record $57 billion impact, according to a report released Monday.
By Walter C. Jones

Ga. colleges push cheaper textbooks

ATLANTA - The Board of Regents may be boosting tuition by 9 percent this year at the state's major universities while the overall economy's inflation rate is essentially zero, but the University ...
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Delta deal shouldn't affect Volvo: Deal

ATLANTA - Volvo Cars and other industrial prospects shouldn't be afraid of losing tax breaks as political retribution just because Delta Air Lines lost its fuel sales-tax exemption, Gov. Nathan ...
By Walter C. Jones

Gov. Deal snaps at critics

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal expressed disappointment Wednesday with a former chairman of the Board of Regents who criticized him for meddling in the selection of the current University System of ...
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ga. school boards may get funds flexibility

ATLANTA - Members of the Georgia Education Reform Commission met Tuesday to consider ways to give local school boards more discretion in how they spend billions of dollars in state taxpayer ...
By Walter C. Jones

Report: impact of hotel tax hardest outside Atlanta

The new tax on hotel and motel stays will drain away more than $200 million in business from the lodging industry, and the biggest impact will be outside of Atlanta, according to industry economists.
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Audit finds records lag for foster-children social workers

ATLANTA - Georgia social workers charged with overseeing the safety of foster children are getting increasingly behind in their paperwork, making it difficult for managers and the public to ensure ...
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ga. attorney general won't fight Supreme Court ruling if it allows gay marriage

ATLANTA - Georgia's top lawyer said Wednesday that he would not fight if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in June that gay marriage is a right and that state bans are unconstitutional.
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, April 17, 2015

How do you get the governor to sign your bill? (Be polite)

ATLANTA - When the General Assembly adjourned after having passed hundreds of bills, that's not the end of the process for people wanting to see their proposals become law.
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Georgia hikes tuition

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Parents and students will be paying $80 million in higher tuition next year in the state's public schools governed by the University System of Georgia after the Board of ...
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

PSC delays consideration of Vogtle overruns

ATLANTA - Consideration of a higher certified price tag for two reactors at Plant Vogtle will wait until one of them is running, the Public Service Commission decided Tuesday.
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, April 3, 2015

'Hidden predator' act sponsor feels vindicated

ATLANTA -- As the House and Senate worked out differences on the Hidden Predator Act, its author, Rep. Jason Spencer, was feeling justified Thursday about criticism he received from Catholics and ...
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Georgia working to convince Volvo to build plant here

Gov. Nathan Deal's legislative package showed part of his negotiating tactics to woo Volvo Cars to build its American plant in the Savannah area.
By Walter C. Jones

Poll favors Ga. governor, lawmakers

ATLANTA - The final day of the legislative session ended on a high note for Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers Thursday as a poll showed support for their efforts.
By Walter C. Jones

Feds unlikely to help Ga. road woes

ATLANTA -- As Gov. Nathan Deal prepares to sign a nearly $1 billion road-funding bill, Congress is likely to do little to alleviate the state's money challenges, but it could spur the feds to ...
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Savannah may get training center

ATLANTA - The conference-committee version of the $22 billion budget passed Tuesday night includes $17.7 million to build a training center for workers of a large factory planned for Pooler ...
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Isakson had low expectations for nuclear talks

ATLANTA - Tuesday's deadline extension for negotiations with Iran over nuclear material fit the low expectations that Sen. Johnny Isakson already held.
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, March 30, 2015

Proposal would cut time for suing over Georgia workplace injuries

ATLANTA -- Workers would have less time to see if a job-related accident or chemical exposure resulted in a disability so they could file a claim under legislation that a joint legislative panel ...
By Walter C. Jones
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