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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
ATLANTA - The Georgia General Assembly's annual session beginsl Monday.
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.
ATLANTA - House Speaker David Ralston says more people should be required to register as Statehouse lobbyists and disclose their spending.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.