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Nov. 22, 2014
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Isakson pushes vets suicide bill in debut as chairman

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A bill to fight veteran suicides, quickly moved by Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson on Wednesday in his debut as a committee chairman, could be the new Congress’ first bill signed into law.

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act aims to improve mental health treatment for veterans by repaying student loans for psychiatrists who join the Department of Veterans Affairs and developing peer support groups and community outreach with veterans’ service groups.

Higher education

UGA chief wants learning beyond lecture halls

Beginning next fall every undergraduate student at the University of Georgia would participate in a hands-on learning project before graduation, under a proposal announced by President Jere Morehead on Wednesday.

Morehead outlined the new experiential learning initiative in his state of the university address.This was Morehead’s second time presenting the annual update.



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Georgia flatly rejects Florida’s water wars arguments

A tersely-worded legal filing this month attempts to shut down most of Florida’s arguments in the long-running battle with Georgia over regional water rights.

Lake Lanier in 2009

The 33-page document, filed this month in the U.S. Supreme Court, denies that Georgia’s demand for water is causing “serious harm” to Florida’s Apalachicola Bay and “serious declines” to the state’s fisheries.

Georgia government

Big data yielding big results for Georgia State

When Aundrea Nattiel goes in for a session with her college adviser at Georgia State University, there are no secrets.

A detailed computer profile provides information about every class taken and every grade earned by Nattiel during her time at the school, as well as her academic history at the college she attended before transferring. If the junior sociology major withdraws from a class, forgets to take a prerequisite or doesn’t register for enough credit hours to keep her on track for graduation, her adviser receives an alert and summons Nattiel.


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