Thursday was a relatively quiet day at the state capitol on so-called "Crossover Day" when compared to previous years. On the 30th day of each year's 40-day legisltive session both the House and Senate often convene late into the night to debate bills that haven't yet been voted on by either chamber.
A University of Georgia researcher is close to developing the first ever Chagas disease vaccine for pets that will help prevent the spread of the disease to humans. Rick Tarleton used a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to look into the deadly parasitic infection that is the single most common cause of congestive heart failure and sudden death in the world.
Public Health Advocates worry about state budget cuts and fear that Georgians may not get the care they need. They are launching a campaign to get more funding for the state wide system. Georgia’s population grew by 20 percent over the past decade. At the same time, advocates say, state funding for public health decreased by 21 percent per Georgian.