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The state House approved small changes Friday to new election maps it passed during the summer Special session. The changes, the largest of which affects Hall County, Gov. Nathan Deal’s home county, spurred heated debate on the floor of the House.
The state House unanimously approved a supplemental budget Friday for the current fiscal year that ends in June. The $18.5 billion plan is up about 1 percent from the original estimate, owing to rising state tax collections. State lawmakers pass an amended budget at the beginning of each calendar year to reconcile new revenue and expenses with the spending plan passed the previous year.
A new report by the group Human Rights Watch finds Georgia’s prison population is aging. Eleven percent of those incarcerated are over age 50. The study finds the number of Georgia prisoners over age 50 has doubled since 1995. Medical costs for those over 65 averages nearly $9,000 a year.
Three conservation groups are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a $600 million project to deepen the Savannah River shipping channel. The suit was filed Friday in state court in Jasper County on the South Carolina side of the river.
After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood. "We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," a Komen statement said.