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Economic boon or ‘sonic boom’? Camden Co. residents split on spaceport
 For nearly 45 years, Carol Ruckdeschel has lived, mostly off the land, in the northern part of Cumberland Island. The self-taught biologist who moved to the island as hired help for Coca-Cola heir Sam Candler and his family now runs a natural history museum adjacent to her home, within spitting distance of the small Baptist church where John...

Posted: 9 days ago

For nearly 45 years, Carol Ruckdeschel has lived, mostly off the land, in the northern part of Cumberland Island. The self-taught biologist who moved to the island as hired help for Coca-Cola heir Sam Candler and his family now runs a natural history museum adjacent to her home, within spitting distance of the small Baptist church where John...
‘Pocket dial’ cost Georgia worker his job. Now he’s suing.
 James Stephens put his cellphone in his pocket after hanging up with his boss one evening in January 2016. It took him about 12 minutes to realize that he’d accidentally pocket-dialed his boss, Georgia Subsequent Injury Trust Fund Director Mike Coan, back. By then, he’d had a conversation with his wife, Gina, about, among other...

Posted: 16 days ago

James Stephens put his cellphone in his pocket after hanging up with his boss one evening in January 2016. It took him about 12 minutes to realize that he’d accidentally pocket-dialed his boss, Georgia Subsequent Injury Trust Fund Director Mike Coan, back. By then, he’d had a conversation with his wife, Gina, about, among other...
Georgia Legislature emerges from Delta fallout with productive session
 Caught in the furor of election-year politics and a national gun debate, Georgia lawmakers seemed poised for a do-nothing legislative session. With every legislative seat up for election this fall, and several legislators running for higher office, lawmakers could have avoided tough debates over distracted driving, transit, ...

Posted: 22 days ago

Caught in the furor of election-year politics and a national gun debate, Georgia lawmakers seemed poised for a do-nothing legislative session. With every legislative seat up for election this fall, and several legislators running for higher office, lawmakers could have avoided tough debates over distracted driving, transit, ...
What bills passed and failed at the Georgia Capitol?
 From major transportation initiatives to rural internet programs, Georgia lawmakers gave final approval to dozens of bills before Thursday’s conclusion of this year’s legislative session. Many other proposals didn’t make the cut, including election measures and an immigration enforcement bill. Here’s a look at what...

Posted: 23 days ago

From major transportation initiatives to rural internet programs, Georgia lawmakers gave final approval to dozens of bills before Thursday’s conclusion of this year’s legislative session. Many other proposals didn’t make the cut, including election measures and an immigration enforcement bill. Here’s a look at what...
Plan to create city of Eagle’s Landing heads to governor’s desk
 Last-minute attempts to derail a proposal that would ask voters whether they want to carve out a section of Stockbridge to create the new city of Eagle’s Landing were unsuccessful. The Georgia Senate approved Senate Bill 263, agreeing to changes made in the House earlier this week. Eagle’s Landing supporters say cityhood...

Posted: 23 days ago

Last-minute attempts to derail a proposal that would ask voters whether they want to carve out a section of Stockbridge to create the new city of Eagle’s Landing were unsuccessful. The Georgia Senate approved Senate Bill 263, agreeing to changes made in the House earlier this week. Eagle’s Landing supporters say cityhood...
Georgia officials to urge feds to change name of Runaway Negro Creek
 The Georgia General Assembly will urge the federal government to change the offensive name of a body of water on Skidaway Island.  State Sen. Lester Jackson, D-Savannah, said locals would like the Runaway Negro Creek to instead be called Freedom Creek. The House on Thursday approved Senate Resolution 685, which will ...

Posted: 23 days ago

The Georgia General Assembly will urge the federal government to change the offensive name of a body of water on Skidaway Island.  State Sen. Lester Jackson, D-Savannah, said locals would like the Runaway Negro Creek to instead be called Freedom Creek. The House on Thursday approved Senate Resolution 685, which will ...
Campus speech bill gets approval from Georgia General Assembly
 Guest speakers on Georgia’s college campuses might not have to worry about being heckled anymore after the Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would make it illegal. Senate Bill 339 aims to keep people from interrupting students and guests invited to speak on the state’s public colleges and universities.  The...

Posted: 23 days ago

Guest speakers on Georgia’s college campuses might not have to worry about being heckled anymore after the Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would make it illegal. Senate Bill 339 aims to keep people from interrupting students and guests invited to speak on the state’s public colleges and universities.  The...
Bill to let Georgia lottery winners remain anonymous heads to governor’s desk
 Big lottery winners could soon keep their names private after the Georgia Senate approved legislation Thursday. The measure, Senate Bill 331, would guarantee anonymity for anyone who wins more than $250,000 from the Georgia Lottery upon written request.  The bill’s sponsor, Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, D-Stone...

Posted: 23 days ago

Big lottery winners could soon keep their names private after the Georgia Senate approved legislation Thursday. The measure, Senate Bill 331, would guarantee anonymity for anyone who wins more than $250,000 from the Georgia Lottery upon written request.  The bill’s sponsor, Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, D-Stone...
Georgians to decide on creation of dedicated fund to protect green space
 Georgia voters will be asked whether the state should create a dedicated source of money to pay for the conservation of green space. The state Senate gave final passage to two pieces of legislation Thursday that would ask voters whether they want to create the fund. If they are signed into law, Georgians will be asked whether they think 80...

Posted: 23 days ago

Georgia voters will be asked whether the state should create a dedicated source of money to pay for the conservation of green space. The state Senate gave final passage to two pieces of legislation Thursday that would ask voters whether they want to create the fund. If they are signed into law, Georgians will be asked whether they think 80...
Georgia Legislature Today: The final countdown
 The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Thursday, Day 40 of the 2018 legislative session: The time is now: The 2018 legislative session draws to a close Thursday and much remains to be done. The Senate has 41 bills available for debate after pushing through nearly half of its calendar on Tuesday. The House has seven items eligible for...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Thursday, Day 40 of the 2018 legislative session: The time is now: The 2018 legislative session draws to a close Thursday and much remains to be done. The Senate has 41 bills available for debate after pushing through nearly half of its calendar on Tuesday. The House has seven items eligible for...
What passed at the Georgia Capitol late at night
 Georgia lawmakers kept passing bills late in the night Tuesday, creating a new city, banning high school workers from having sex with students and slapping a sales tax on the internet. The Georgia General Assembly is rushing to pass bills before this year’s legislative session ends at midnight Thursday. Here’s a look...

Posted: 24 days ago

Georgia lawmakers kept passing bills late in the night Tuesday, creating a new city, banning high school workers from having sex with students and slapping a sales tax on the internet. The Georgia General Assembly is rushing to pass bills before this year’s legislative session ends at midnight Thursday. Here’s a look...
Bill forcing more lottery money for HOPE scholarships, pre-k gets new life
 A bill that would force the Georgia Lottery to put more money into the state’s popular HOPE scholarship and pre-k programs got new life Tuesday when senators voted to attach the stalled measure to another piece of legislation. Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, added the measure onto a House Bill 714, which, among...

Posted: 25 days ago

A bill that would force the Georgia Lottery to put more money into the state’s popular HOPE scholarship and pre-k programs got new life Tuesday when senators voted to attach the stalled measure to another piece of legislation. Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, added the measure onto a House Bill 714, which, among...
Georgia Senate advances bill to submit lobbyists to sexual harassment policy
 The Georgia Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to subject lobbyists to a new sexual harassment policy that governs lawmakers and staff at the state Capitol. House Bill 973 would require lobbyists to sign a statement agreeing to comply with the state’s sexual harassment policy annually. The Senate stripped a provision from the bill...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Georgia Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to subject lobbyists to a new sexual harassment policy that governs lawmakers and staff at the state Capitol. House Bill 973 would require lobbyists to sign a statement agreeing to comply with the state’s sexual harassment policy annually. The Senate stripped a provision from the bill...
Georgia aims to extend peer counseling to all public safety officers
 A bill expanding public safety officers’ access to counseling unanimously cleared the Georgia Senate on Tuesday. The state-run program would use peer counseling to address the emotional needs of those working in fields ranging from state Department of Transportation road workers to police officers and prison guards. Since 2005, the...

Posted: 25 days ago

A bill expanding public safety officers’ access to counseling unanimously cleared the Georgia Senate on Tuesday. The state-run program would use peer counseling to address the emotional needs of those working in fields ranging from state Department of Transportation road workers to police officers and prison guards. Since 2005, the...
Georgia Legislature Today: Buckle up for two long days
 The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Tuesday, Day 39 of the 2018 legislative session: Long days ahead: We have reached the last week of session with only two working days left. Chamber leadership is in the process of setting the final days of the legislative calendar, determining which bills have a clean shot at becoming law this...

Posted: 26 days ago

The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Tuesday, Day 39 of the 2018 legislative session: Long days ahead: We have reached the last week of session with only two working days left. Chamber leadership is in the process of setting the final days of the legislative calendar, determining which bills have a clean shot at becoming law this...
Crime victims ask Georgia Legislature for constitutional rights
 When Christy Sims emerged from a coma in 2013, she had no idea the man who threw acid on her, causing third- and fourth-degree burns on 20 percent of her body, was walking free. Once Andrew Fordham was arrested, she said prosecutors did not inform her when hearings in the case against him were held, nor would they be required to inform...

Posted: 26 days ago

When Christy Sims emerged from a coma in 2013, she had no idea the man who threw acid on her, causing third- and fourth-degree burns on 20 percent of her body, was walking free. Once Andrew Fordham was arrested, she said prosecutors did not inform her when hearings in the case against him were held, nor would they be required to inform...
What to watch in the final days of the Georgia legislative session
 It’s crunch time at the Georgia Capitol this week as state legislators decide how to spend billions of dollars and whether to plan metro Atlanta’s transportation future and replace the state’s voting machines. All bills must pass before midnight Thursday to have a chance of becoming law. Dozens will make the cut; hundreds...

Posted: 27 days ago

It’s crunch time at the Georgia Capitol this week as state legislators decide how to spend billions of dollars and whether to plan metro Atlanta’s transportation future and replace the state’s voting machines. All bills must pass before midnight Thursday to have a chance of becoming law. Dozens will make the cut; hundreds...
‘Surprise billing’ measure for health care heads for a compromise
 State lawmakers said they hope this will be the year they address what has become known as “surprise billing,” when someone receives emergency room care he or she believes is covered by health insurance, only to learn the doctor that provided the service is not in their medical network. Bills are working through the Legislature...

Posted: 29 days ago

State lawmakers said they hope this will be the year they address what has become known as “surprise billing,” when someone receives emergency room care he or she believes is covered by health insurance, only to learn the doctor that provided the service is not in their medical network. Bills are working through the Legislature...
Georgia lawmakers set stage to hash out future of state’s transit
 The state House and Senate have set the stage to hash out the future of the region’s public transportation in the final days of the 2018 legislative session, which ends next week. Each chamber has offered its own vision of what regional transit cooperation should look like. The Senate on Friday used an administrative move to again approve...

Posted: 29 days ago

The state House and Senate have set the stage to hash out the future of the region’s public transportation in the final days of the 2018 legislative session, which ends next week. Each chamber has offered its own vision of what regional transit cooperation should look like. The Senate on Friday used an administrative move to again approve...
With new alcohol bill set to become Ga. law, old prophecies prove iffy
 When Georgia lawmakers and lobbyists began making their arguments for expanding alcohol sales in the late 2000s, critics said Sundays are for praising God and that the number of drunken driving deaths and crashes would skyrocket. Sunday sales in stores finally won passage in 2011, but those same critics have used similar arguments in recent...

Posted: 30 days ago

When Georgia lawmakers and lobbyists began making their arguments for expanding alcohol sales in the late 2000s, critics said Sundays are for praising God and that the number of drunken driving deaths and crashes would skyrocket. Sunday sales in stores finally won passage in 2011, but those same critics have used similar arguments in recent...
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