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General Assembly session gets under way

ssion Monday, and experts predict the 40 legislative days will be shaped by hot issues such as the state's budget, the Affordable Care Act and firearms rights and restrictions.

January 16, 2013 | Danielle Hipps Special to the News | State, National News


Senate panel fast-tracks hospital tax plan

ATLANTA - With the echoes of the General Assembly's opening gavel still reverberating, Gov. Nathan Deal and Senate leaders are intent on acting quickly to shore up the state Medicaid program without requiring lawmakers to vote directly on the plan.

January 16, 2013 | By Bill Barrow Associated Press writer | State, National News


Much of South being hit by winter

JACKSON, Miss. - Winter storms punching across the Southeast coated roads in northern Mississippi and western Tennessee with hazardous ice, causing several road accidents Tuesday, authorities said. There also were reports of scattered flooding and power outages around the region.

January 16, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


World briefly for Jan. 16

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - French troops pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied by radical Islamists on Wednesday, military officials said, announcing the start of a land assault that will put soldiers in direct combat "within hours."

January 16, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


Lawmakers eye more adult justice reforms

ATLANTA (AP) - As Georgia state lawmakers tackle juvenile justice reform this year, they are also expected to expand on last year's overhaul of the adult criminal justice system.

January 15, 2013 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National News


Student becomes trapped in mats, dies

VALDOSTA - Authorities say a south Georgia high school student apparently climbed atop an upright roll of wrestling mats, fell into a center opening and died after he became trapped inside.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


Georgia speaker re-elected with little drama

ATLANTA - Georgia House Speaker David Ralston said leading up to the General Assembly's opening gavel that he wanted his re-election to be free from the drama that his counterpart in Washington, D.C., saw earlier this month.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


World briefly for Jan. 15

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - French forces led an all-night bombing campaign over a minuscule Malian town, not even big enough to appear on most administrative maps, in an effort to dislodge the Islamist extremists who seized the area, including its strategic military camp.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


General assembly launches with party

ATLANTA - The Georgia General Assembly's annual session beginsl Monday.

January 14, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


World briefly for Jan. 14

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - A Malian intelligence agent posted near the central Malian town of Diabaly confirmed that French pilots launched a raid on Monday morning close to the town.

January 14, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


More could be labeled lobbyists

ATLANTA - House Speaker David Ralston says more people should be required to register as Statehouse lobbyists and disclose their spending.

January 13, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


Speaker wants to guard health care, change lobbying rules

ATLANTA (AP) - House Speaker David Ralston has broadly endorsed the idea of extending a high-profile hospital industry tax that generates a sizable portion of revenue for state health care.

January 12, 2013 | By Bill Barrow and Ray Henry Associated Press writers | State, National News


Chatham coroner exits under suspicion

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Even at age 81, Dr. James C. Metts Jr. liked to stay busy. By day, he treated some of Savannah's poorest patients at a downtown medical clinic. By night, or whenever police called, he examined dead bodies as the Chatham County coroner - an elected job that gave Metts a taste of the spotlight in the bestselling book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

January 12, 2013 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National News


Speaker: Health-care a session priority

ATLANTA - House Speaker David Ralston is turning up the heat as state lawmakers consider whether to extend a high-profile hospital industry tax that generates more than $600 million for state health care spending.

January 11, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


World briefly for Jan. 11

WASHINGTON (AP) - Looking for broader remedies to gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry for ideas as the White House seeks to assemble proposals in response to last month's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

January 11, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


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Religious organizations disagree on economic priorities

After President Barack Obama issued his 2015 Budget Proposal last month, Bread for the World, a Christian nonprofit seeking to end world hunger, wrote that the spending plan's details were important to the belief systems of people everywhere.

February 13, 2015 | Matthew Jelalian Deseret Media Companies | State, National News


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