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Sidney Lanier Bridge

Ga. Senate Passes Spending Plan Including New Construction

The Georgia Senate has approved a state spending plan for the next year, setting up negotiations with House lawmakers who already have approved their own version.
Elaine Boyer

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Boyer Sentenced To 14 Months In Federal Prison

WSB-TV reports former DeKalb County commissioner Elaine Boyer has been sentenced Friday to 14 months in federal prison for defrauding taxpayers.
Medical marijuana

Senate Committees Pass Medical Marijuana, Ride Sharing Bills

Bills covering medical cannabis and ride sharing services have cleared committees in the Georgia Senate.
David Ralston

Ga. Speaker: 'Religious Freedom' Bill Still Under Review

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston says he hasn't made up his mind on a divisive bill that supporters argue will protect religious freedom.
Atlanta Freeway

Could TSPLOSTS Make A Comeback?

Lawmakers in the State Senate are considering regional sales taxes to pay for transportation projects. Most regions of the state including metro Atlanta, voted against TSPLOSTs in 2012.

Australian Leader Raises Furor In Parliament With 'Goebbels' Comment

Roars of disapproval rang out in Australia's Parliament on Thursday, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott called Labor leader Bill Shorten "the Dr. Goebbels of economic policy." In the ruckus that ensued, three lawmakers were ejected and another walked out.

Obama Says Critics Making 'The Same Argument' Despite Better Economy

Barack Obama let down his graying presidential hair a little bit on Wednesday. He also joked about coloring it.
Jeb Bush

Bush Says All Students Must Be Held To High Expectations

Jeb Bush says the nation's education system must hold all schoolchildren to high expectations or they won't succeed. The former Florida governor addressed Georgia lawmakers Thursday after a swing through the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Tunisian Museum Attack: 'I Thought It Was A Game,' Witness Says

One day after a shocking attack in Tunis killed at least 20 foreign tourists and rattled Tunisians, authorities are looking for anyone involved in the gunmen's brazen assault of the National Bardo Museum. Tunisia's president says his country is "in a merciless war against terrorism."

Japan, China Hold Security Talks, Hoping To Defuse Tensions

China and Japan have agreed to set up a "maritime communications hotline" as a means of defusing tense naval standoffs as vessels from both sides patrol in waters near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea.