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Saudis Target Houthi Positions In Yemen

Saudi Arabian warplanes pounded Houthi rebels overnight in an effort to stop their advance on southern Yemen.
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Ga. House Committee Chair Says No Floor Vote On Autism Bill

The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session. Rep. Richard Smith, a Columbus Republican who chairs the House Insurance Committee, told House members Wednesday that the bill is "bad policy."
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House Approves Gov. Deal's 'Failing Schools' Amendment

The Georgia House has approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of "chronically failing" schools, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.
Chris Christie

Ga. Republican Convention To Feature Parade Of Stars?

Georgia Republicans hope their May convention is a cattle call for potential presidential candidates. Over a thousand delegates will attend the gathering in Athens.
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Medical Marijuana Bill On Its Way To Gov. Deal’s Desk

A bill allowing a form of medical marijuana to be used to treat certain ailments is headed to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after a two-year legislative battle. It is expected to be signed. House lawmakers agreed, 160-1, Wednesday to the compromise measure.
State Sen. Josh McKoon

House Panel Takes Input On McKoon Sponsored Religious Freedom Bill

A Georgia House panel heard hours of testimony on a divisive "religious freedom" bill, one of a wave of measures surfacing in at least thirteen states. The bill was supported and largely authored by Sen. Josh McKoon of District 29 in Columbus, Ga.

Rep. Peake's Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Senate

The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a sweeping medical marijuana bill that now goes back to the House for tweaking.
Speaker David Ralston and Rep. Earl Ehrhart

Speaker Ralston Hopes For Medical Marijuana Vote, Dispute Resolution

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston says he hopes both chambers will vote this week on a bill allowing people with any of eight medical conditions to use a type of medical marijuana.
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House Panel OKs Governor's School Takeover Amendment

A key Georgia House committee has approved Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" and place them in a state-run district.
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Is A Confederate Flag License Plate Free Speech?

The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling a question of great interest to America's auto-loving public: Whose speech is that on your specialty license plate?