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January 29, 2004

State School Superintendent Kathy Cox
comes under fire for proposed changes to the State's curriculum.
Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor and Senator Connie Stokes both comment
on the situation. Superintendent Cox speaks out about the criticism and
explains the curriculum.

Jocelyn Whitfield of the Georgia Association of Educators joins Gerald Bryant to talk about the curriculum controversy and the Governor's proposed education legislation.

Governor Sonny Perdue's Assistant Senate Floor Leader Preston Smith is carrying the Governor's Education legislation this session and joins Gerald Bryant to talk about the Governor's initiatives.

The debate over tort reform and damage award caps goes public. The AARP joins forces with Georgia Watch
to bring attention to the victims of medical malpractice. The groups
spoke out this morning against Senate Bill 432, saying that the
legislation promotes the special interests of the insurance and
healthcare industries. Lawmakers Chrissy Thrasher has more.

The House passes a bill that will maintain utilities' power of eminent domain despite the very vocal objections of citizens groups. Homeowners Opposed to Powerline Encroachment,
or HOPE, had asked that the legislature provide some government
oversight of the utilities' use of eminent domain through the Public
Service Commission. It appears that their hopes may be dashed for the
session. Lawmakers David Zelski has more.

Bobby Kahn, former Chief of Staff for Governor Roy Barnes and current interim Chairman for the Democratic Party of Georgia has filed an ethics complaint
against Governor Sonny Perdue. In the complaint Kahn alleges that the
Governor has used State aircraft and State telecommunications equipment
for political purposes, that he has used State employees and equipment
to promote political speeches and has accepted campaign contributions
in excess of legal limits. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has that story.

Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor talks about changes to the HOPE scholarship
with the people it affects the most- students. Yesterday, the
Lieutenant Governor spoke with students at Georgia Tech and Georgia
State about his proposals to maintain the scholarship.