The state Senate has approved a bill that allows the University System of Georgia to take over management of the Georgia Archives. The bill unanimously passed the Senate Thursday. It now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal.
A new report finds deaths of young teen drivers nationwide increased sharply in the first six months of last year, reversing a decade-long trend. But fewer teens died during that time period in Georgia.
Gov. Nathan Deal is set to announce whether he'll suspend members of the DeKalb County School Board. Deal is set to make a decision Monday. During a roughly 14-hour hearing Thursday, the Georgia Board of Education voted to suspend six of nine school board members.
A Georgia sheriff has taken office with the start of the new year, despite facing a felony indictment. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill took office on New Year's Day, reclaiming the office he lost in 2008.
The State Archives are losing five staff members starting Thursday because of budget cuts from the Secretary of State. But Governor Deal was able to find money to keep the Archives from closing completely. It will be open two days a week. And the plan is to transfer it to the University System of Georgia.
State officials say they plan to keep the Georgia State Archives open with regular hours after an uproar over plans to limit access to appointments only for six days a month. Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Thursday that $125,000 in funding will be restored and allow the archives to stay open two days a week.
A spokesman says Gov. Nathan Deal would deny a tax break to a planned convention hotel on Jekyll Island because it would be unfair to competing hotels. Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said Tuesday the governor has given plenty of support to the island state park, where Georgia taxpayers have invested $50 million to build a new convention center and beachfront park. Robinson said subsidizing a hotel would be "a step further than we could go."