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Georgia Reflects on Secession

A half dozen white men dressed in mid-19th century waistcoats and blouses re-enact the political debate of 150 years ago.

State Prison Reform Can Save Money

Locking up non-violent offenders and keeping them in jail too long is costing too much. That's the message of Georgia Department of Corrections commissioner Brian Owens. As the state budget is getting slimmer, the state wants fewer prisoners.

Federal Charges Surprise Senator

Republican state senator Jack Murphy says he’s innocent of federal charges brought against him. The FDIC is suing him and others who sat on the board of a failed local bank. The civil lawsuit alleges the bank violated banking laws.

Budget Cuts Could Up Tuition

Board of Regents Chancellor Errol Davis told lawmakers today that tuition at Georgia's 35 colleges and universities will go up if budget cuts of $185 million are approved. Davis warned that the system cannot take another year with deep cuts.

State Lawmakers Open Budget Hearings

Budget hearings begin this morning at the state Capitol, the time when the state’s lawmakers hear from agency heads about their spending plans. Within the activity today, the Chancellor of the Board of Regents has his turn to talk about proposed cuts to the University system.

Bill Creates Council To Honor King

As the state celebrates the Martin Luther King Junior holiday, some Georgia lawmakers want to establish a board to honor the slain civil rights leader in his home state. House Bill 28 would create an advisory council devoted to promoting King’s legacy on his birthday.

DOT Readies For Budget Scrutiny

This week state lawmakers will be in budget hearings, the time when state agency heads outline their spending. For the Department of Transportation, it may need to be ready for questions about the recent snow storm that rolled through the Georgia last week.

DOT Winter Funds Almost Exhausted

The cost of snow and ice removal could have implication on the state budget. As state government is looking for cuts it also has to find funding for emergencies.

Budget Cuts Include Civil War Commission

Governor Nathan Deal’s proposed state budget eliminates funding for the Georgia Civil War Commission. The cuts come despite a surge in interest in the war. Tourists worldwide are taking notice of this year’s 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, which had major Georgia events.

Winter Weather Changes Rail Debate

The icy roads are keeping most people in the northern half of state still stuck at home. In Atlanta, the only reliable means of travel has been the intercity rail system MARTA. That has one lawmaker stressing the importance of high-speed rail in the state.