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$300 million boost sought for Georgia’s state health care programs

$300 million boost sought for Georgia’s state health care programs

The state agency that provides health care to one in four Georgians will ask the General Assembly next year for an additional $300 million to run its programs.
Retired Georgia ports director left with big-money payout

Retired Georgia ports director left with big-money payout

When he retired as head of the Georgia Ports Authority, Curtis Foltz left with $2 million. The money paid to the 56-year-old shipping and logistics expert included salary, bonuses, pension and other fees, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
More will have to work to keep food stamps

More will have to work to keep food stamps

Georgia plans to significantly expand the number of counties that require food stamp recipients with no children to find a job, extending the program from three to 24 counties across the state.
DEA decision on medical marijuana ‘could be huge’ for Georgia families

DEA decision on medical marijuana ‘could be huge’ for Georgia families

The announcement Thursday by federal officials to keep marijuana on the list of most dangerous drugs has stunned Georgia advocates, who called it “insane” and said it would hurt families trying to access a form of medical marijuana legally allowed here.
AJC poll: Voters split on weapons ban, support anti-terrorism measures

AJC poll: Voters split on weapons ban, support anti-terrorism measures

Georgians are split on whether the U.S. should ban the sale of assault weapons, but they overwhelmingly support efforts aimed at stopping would-be terrorists from buying guns, a new poll for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found.
Controversial tax paying off for rural Georgia transportation

Controversial tax paying off for rural Georgia transportation

Four years ago this month Atlanta voters sent a regional transportation tax down in flames. But other, more rural communities across the state, though also apprehensive about the tax proposal, decided their transportation needs outweighed their hesitations.
5 things to watch tonight at the Democratic convention

5 things to watch tonight at the Democratic convention

Hillary Clinton will officially accept the Democratic nomination for president tonight, culminating a historic week that ends with the first female presidential nominee of a major political party.
Two Latino women seeking election to the Georgia General Assembly

Two Latino women seeking election to the Georgia General Assembly

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported recently, Brenda Lopez of Norcross is poised to become the first Latino woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly after winning the May Democratic primary election in House District 99.
Rising seas to impact Georgia military bases

Rising seas to impact Georgia military bases

Coastal military bases in Georgia are threatened by rising seas prompted by climate change, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Georgia’s largest online school paid millions, earns a D

Georgia’s largest online school paid millions, earns a D

Georgians spend tens of millions of dollars a year on one of the biggest online schools in the nation, yet nearly every measure indicates the high-tech, online education model has not worked for many of its more than 13,000 students.
Ted Cruz stumps for Mike Crane in Newnan

Ted Cruz stumps for Mike Crane in Newnan

Fresh off a defiant appearance at the Republican National Convention where he refused to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, U.
A World War II veteran battles for re-election in Georgia

A World War II veteran battles for re-election in Georgia

The knock at the front door sets Karen Mathiak into a blur of motion, not least because she doesn’t know the man peering in from the porch of her chiropractic practice in this small town south of Atlanta.
Cruz snub revives Trump rift in Georgia GOP

Cruz snub revives Trump rift in Georgia GOP

Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s striking snub of Donald Trump — and the cascade of boos that followed it — has ratcheted up the tension around his scheduled visit to Georgia on Friday to stump for an anti-establishment congressional candidate.
Georgia Lottery raises a record $1 billion for education

Georgia Lottery raises a record $1 billion for education

The Georgia Lottery raised more than $1 billion last year for the state’s pre-kindergarten program and HOPE scholarships for college students, the first time ever in the lottery’s 23-year history it has crossed the “B” mark in profits for a single year.
GOP makes it official: Trump the nominee

GOP makes it official: Trump the nominee

Donald J. Trump officially became the Republican presidential nominee Tuesday evening, as the convention crowd celebrated not just the naming of a standard-bearer, but the welcomed end of a primary campaign that has forced the party to confront its own future.
Deal calls for boosting police salaries, training

Deal calls for boosting police salaries, training

Cleveland — Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he was considering a legislative package that could include more pay for state police officers as well as a new training regimen for law enforcement authorities in the aftermath of violence and unrest in the nation’s streets.
RNC 2016: First night targets Obama, Clinton on Benghazi, immigration

RNC 2016: First night targets Obama, Clinton on Benghazi, immigration

Donald Trump made a brief appearance at the Republican National Convention late Monday to introduce his wife, Melania, a bright moment in an opening day that was nearly derailed by a raucous attempt to expose the lingering divisions in the party.
Medical marijuana turns 1 in Georgia, but obstacles and risk remain

Medical marijuana turns 1 in Georgia, but obstacles and risk remain

Medical marijuana turned 1 this month in Georgia, but not everybody is celebrating.While the state’s official registry of patients allowed to legally use a limited form of cannabis oil continues to grow, some parents of children with intractable diseases have started their own underground network to get the oil into Georgia illegally because they are barred by federal law from shipping it here.
Georgia’s medical marijuana law just turned one year old

Georgia’s medical marijuana law just turned one year old

The phones at the Georgia Department of Public Health no longer ring off the hook with people calling to find doctors or asking questions about how the state’s medical marijuana registry works.
Meet Georgia’s delegation to the Republican National Convention

Meet Georgia’s delegation to the Republican National Convention

There’s a professional storyteller. A teenage activist trying to build a national profile. A former presidential candidate, a medical marijuana activist, one of the nation’s most prominent Republican attorneys, and a gaggle of ambitious politicians and rising GOP stars.
Georgia GOP delegate to press for medical marijuana on party platform

Georgia GOP delegate to press for medical marijuana on party platform

One of the leading advocates in Georgia for medical marijuana is headed to Cleveland this month on a crusade to persuade other delegates to the Republican National Convention to endorse medical marijuana as part of the party’s platform.
Georgia school spending not keeping up with inflation, population

Georgia school spending not keeping up with inflation, population

Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers have poured hundreds of millions of extra tax dollars into Georgia’s K12 education system the past few years in hopes of giving teachers raises and making sure students get 180 days of schooling.
Ga. nurses say Secretary of State Kemp putting ‘patients at risk’

Ga. nurses say Secretary of State Kemp putting ‘patients at risk’

Three years ago, I reported that the nursing board had a backlog of more than 3,000 unanswered complaints against nurses ranging from medical errors to unlicensed people posing as nurses to drug-addicted nurses stealing narcotics from patients.
New laws that go into effect July 1 in Georgia

New laws that go into effect July 1 in Georgia

Legal use of stun guns on Georgia’s college campuses, unlimited daily bingo prizes and state licenses for “lactation consultants” — all are among scores of new state laws going into effect Friday, the beginning of the state’s new fiscal year.
More Georgia Republicans want to expand Medicaid, but it will be tough

More Georgia Republicans want to expand Medicaid, but it will be tough

A growing number of Georgia Republicans want to expand the Medicaid program — a notion many of them once vilified as too expensive — though they face significant hurdles to push through even modest changes to the health care network.
Georgia ethics commission gives its chief $16,000 raise

Georgia ethics commission gives its chief $16,000 raise

While thousands of teachers and state employees will be getting 3 percent raises July 1, the state ethics commission voted Thursday to boost the pay of its chief executive by 10 percent.
Dunwoody legislator pleads guilty to DUI

Dunwoody legislator pleads guilty to DUI

State Rep. Tom Taylor pleaded guilty Monday in Rabun County to driving under the influence of alcohol and an open container violation, according to Channel 2 Action News.
New sculptor selected for MLK statue at Georgia Capitol

New sculptor selected for MLK statue at Georgia Capitol

A plan to put a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the statehouse grounds got a boost Monday when a new sculptor was tapped to honor the civil rights icon at the Gold Dome.
 Gun rights groups have spent millions on Georgia campaigns since 2009

Gun rights groups have spent millions on Georgia campaigns since 2009

Gun rights groups have spent more than $2.16 million to sway Georgia voters in federal campaigns since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of campaign spending reports found.
Capitol concert to honor Orlando victims

Capitol concert to honor Orlando victims

State Rep. Karla Drenner on Monday will host a memorial concert at the state Capitol to honor victims of the Orlando shooting.
Georgia governor’s pick for ethics panel turns down appointment

Georgia governor’s pick for ethics panel turns down appointment

Rick Thompson said he was “honored” Gov. Nathan Deal appointed him to the state ethics commission last month, but in a letter to the governor Thompson said he must refuse the position before ever being sworn in.
ACLU: Orlando shooting a powerful reminder to tone down gay rhetoric

ACLU: Orlando shooting a powerful reminder to tone down gay rhetoric

In the wake of this weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando that left 50 people dead and dozens more injured, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday it hoped both state and national lawmakers would tone down rhetoric on issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Ex-West Point mayor gains key endorsement in 3rd District GOP runoff

Ex-West Point mayor gains key endorsement in 3rd District GOP runoff

The battle lines are now complete in the 3rd Congressional District Republican runoff. Jim Pace, the Peachtree City businessman who finished a close third in the May 24 primary, has endorsed former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson for the July runoff against state Sen.
Top staffers of Gov. Nathan Deal won’t get raises July 1

Top staffers of Gov. Nathan Deal won’t get raises July 1

Many of Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aides got hefty raises after he won re-election in 2014, but they won’t benefit from the pay hikes being doled out to state employees and most teachers on July 1.
Social studies changes include kindergarten lessons about Christmas

Social studies changes include kindergarten lessons about Christmas

Georgia school board members unanimously approved changes Thursday they said were overdue to how social studies is taught in public school, despite a teacher organization’s objections to one of the changes: teaching kindergarten students about Christmas.
  Special interests poured last-minute money into Georgia’s May primary

 Special interests poured last-minute money into Georgia’s May primary

Special-interest groups in Georgia spent more than $600,000 in the final month before the state’s May 24 primary election, with most of the money going to protect vulnerable Republican incumbents, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of campaign records found.
Report: Augusta water improperly tested for lead

Report: Augusta water improperly tested for lead

The Augusta utilities director said Monday his agency properly tests for lead in drinking water after a newspaper reported that the East Georgia city, and 32 others, “cheats” to avoid reporting potentially dangerous levels of lead.
Strong May continues to boost Georgia revenue

Strong May continues to boost Georgia revenue

Georgia tax collections remained strong in May and provided the possibility of double-digit growth for the fiscal year, which ends June 30.
Muhammad Ali helped Atlanta shine as he inspired generations

Muhammad Ali helped Atlanta shine as he inspired generations

Muhammad Ali was a champion before he was a pariah, a hero before he was an activist. He was an icon before he was a patient, a global presence before he lit up the Atlanta sky.
Work requirements thin food stamp ranks

Work requirements thin food stamp ranks

The state has dropped thousands of able-bodied people from the food stamp rolls until they find jobs, but the state has had little success helping these people find work, according to a review by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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