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Monday, March 5, 2012

Controversial music therapist bill debated

ATLANTA -- A bill to license music therapists produced one of the more divided votes Monday in a long parade of bills considered by the House and Senate.
By Walter Jones

Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Poll: Georgians favor gambling vote

ATLANTA - A group pushing legalized betting on horse races has released a poll showing 72 percent of those questioned favor a statewide vote on allowing racetrack gambling.
By Walter Jones

Analysis: Lawmakers push issues

ATLANTA - It may seem there are few moderates in the General Assembly this year after glancing at the bills making headlines.
By Walter Jones

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

House votes to change local elections to July

The measure by Rep. Barbara Sims, R-Augusta, shifts the election date for consolidated cities and counties from November to July.
By Walter Jones

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

'Green' bills advance in Ga. Legislature

ATLANTA — The House Energy Subcommittee gave a green light Wednesday to a bill boosting the amount of solar energy Georgia Power Company can buy tenfold and a measure designed to help cities ...
By Walter Jones

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

Health care costs for poor draining Georgia budget

ATLANTA — The Deal administration is trying to plug the big money drain in government: health care for the poor, especially the old and disabled.
By Walter Jones

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

High-tech execs lobby for Georgia jobs bill

ATLANTA — Senior executives from some of Georgia's high-tech companies dropped in on lawmakers Thursday to urge support of a package of bills they say will lead to more jobs.
By Walter Jones

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

Nothing says love like insurance, Ga. official says

ATLANTA -- Don't forget insurance as part of the Valentine's Day shopping, Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens advised Monday.
By Walter Jones

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

Gingrich leads latest Ga. poll

ATLANTA - Former congressman Newt Gingrich is leading among voters in the state he represented for two decades, and ex-Sen. Rick Santorum is second in a poll released Friday.
By Walter Jones

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012

Local lawmakers focus on budget

ATLANTA -- Lawmakers hit the “pause” button on the General Assembly’s legislative conveyor belt for the coming week to provide time for some of them to concentrate on money.
By Walter Jones

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012

Lawmakers rush to collect contributions this weekend

ATLANTA -- Georgia politicians are scrambling to hold fundraisers this weekend to collect last-minute campaign cash before Monday's cutoff.
By Walter Jones

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012

ASU-GHSU merger discussed

University System of Georgia officials are considering merging Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities into one institution, according to legislators and community members. An ...
By Steve Crawford, Tracey McManus and Walter Jones

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

EPD’s new head vows to use same policy as predecessor

  ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal’s handpicked choice to take over the Environmental Protection Division promised the Natural Resources Board Wednesday that he will adopt the policies of his ...
By Walter Jones

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011

Real estate in Southeast offers hope

ATLANTA -- Don't count on once-reliable real estate market to return to drive economic engine of the Southeast, experts say.
By Walter Jones

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011

Gingrich tops in Florida, polls says

ATLANTA -- Newt Gingrich is the current favorite in Florida’s Jan. 31 Republican presidential primary, picking up supporters who fled Herman Cain to claim 41 percent in a poll conducted Tuesday ...
By Walter Jones

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011

Analysis: Will Georgia really consolidate colleges?

ATLANTA -- The clash between government efficiency and parochial interest usually comes down to the vantagepoint of the political majority, and two recent initiatives hint at how a coming shift ...
By Walter Jones

Ga. immigration crackdown hurts, farmers, restaurants say

ATLANTA - Georgia’s law against illegal immigration is hurting restaurants and farmers by creating a labor shortage that results in lower sales, witnesses told a hearing this week held by ...
By Walter Jones

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011

Property owners lead fight for accurate assessments

Two Lincoln County men and their neighbors are part of a group of similar owners across Georgia convinced that local tax assessors are not lowering property values to reflect recent discounted ...
By Walter Jones

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

Georgia colleges to consider on-line nursing doctorates

ATLANTA - The University System of Georgia is using computers to address the state's shortage of nurses.
By Walter Jones

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011

Consolidation of colleges proposed

ATLANTA -- Georgia needs to look at consolidating some of its public colleges, the chancellor said Wednesday.
By Walter Jones

Top headlines

New chair gets vet off-road to fish

Army veteran Henry Kent's new Action Trackchair has attachments for fishing, with a holder for his fishing pole and a built-in tackle box, but others can be outfitted with gunracks for hunting.