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Cannabis Oil

Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Hurdle In Ga. Legislature

A bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders and seven other debilitating health problems passed a key committee in the Georgia House on Monday but faces an uphill battle in the state Senate, even in its latest, watered-down version.
Matt Ramsey

Several Ga. House Republicans React To Bowers Analysis Of Religious Freedom Bills

Eight house republicans say former Attorney General Mike Bowers’ analysis of proposed religious freedom bills is “not a credible legal document.” Bowers called the proposed legislation ‘mean-spirited’ and said it could be used to discriminate in his review.
Michael Bowers

Former AG: 'Religious Freedom' Bills Excuse Discrimination

A former Georgia attorney general says he is troubled by two bills that supporters argue protect religious freedom.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Raises Support For A Long Term Transportation Bill

U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx made a stop in Savannah Tuesday as part of a tour meant to build support for the Grow America Act, a 478 billion dollar transportation proposal. That legislation would provide federal funding over the next six years.
Kelvin Cochran

Terminated Atlanta Fire Chief Files Lawsuit Against The City

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Congressmen Accuse Atlanta Mayor Of Discrimination In Termination Of Fire Chief

Members of Georgia's congressional delegation have written a letter to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed calling the termination of the city's former fire chief a violation of free speech and religious freedom.
Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson

Democrats Offer Counter Failing Schools Rescue Plan

Democrats in the state Senate have unveiled a counterproposal to Gov. Deal's plan for failing schools.
Savannah's River Street

This Week In The News With Tom Barton: 2/13/15

This week, GPB Savannah's Sarah McCammon talks with Barton about Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson's crime reduction plan, and the sentencing of former SCMPD Chief Willie Lovett.
Human trafficking

State Senate Passes Bills Aimed At Curbing Child Sexual Exploitation

The Georgia Senate has passed and sent to the House two proposals aimed at cracking down on pimps and others engaged in the sexual exploitation of children.
Loretta Lynch - Attorney General nominee

Perdue To Oppose Nominee For Attorney General

Freshman Sen. David Perdue says he will vote against President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General.