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Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin has spent nearly 15 years reporting on state and local government in four states, focusing on policy and political stories and tracking public spending. She has spent the last five years chasing stories in the halls of Georgia’s Gold Dome, earning recognition for her work showing the impact of rising opioid addiction on the state’s rural communities. She is a graduate of Troy University.

Kemp announces plan to trim private health insurance cost

By: - November 1, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp has announced his long-awaited proposal to bring down private health insurance costs – particularly in rural Georgia – but the details of his plan for the state’s insurance program for the poor and disabled will come later. The Republican governor broadly sketched out his health care strategy at a press conference held […]

Lawsuit challenging Vogtle nuclear expansion decision gets new life

By: - October 31, 2019

Environmentalists and consumer advocates will have another chance to persuade a Fulton County judge that a review should happen now – instead of years from now – of state regulators’ decision to allow the expansion of Plant Vogtle to continue. The state Court of Appeals issued a decision this week that sends a case stemming […]

State Supreme Court issues stay of execution over procedural issue

By: - October 30, 2019

Updated at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday  The state Supreme Court has delayed the execution of a 52-year-old, who was convicted of a 1994 killing in Thomasville, that had been scheduled for tonight. The court granted a request to temporarily halt the execution of Ray Jefferson Cromartie over a procedural issue, citing the “arguable voidness of the […]

State panel rejects plea to delay execution scheduled for Wednesday

By: - October 30, 2019

A state panel will not halt the execution of a 52-year-old man convicted of a 1994 killing to allow more time for the federal courts to consider a last-minute request for DNA testing. The state Board of Pardons and Paroles met behind closed doors Tuesday to hear arguments for and against sparing the life of […]

‘Fair forest tax’ gives taxpayers sticker shock in some Georgia counties

By: - October 28, 2019

When Danny Agan skimmed over a long, complicated ballot question last year, his eyes latched onto the word “conservation” that appeared – twice. “Conservation. That sounds good,” the Wilkes County resident said he recalled thinking. “Puppies and kittens and ‘Let’s save the whales’ and all this. It was worded in such a way that I […]

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper joins appeal over Obama-era water rules

By: - October 25, 2019

A Georgia environmental advocacy group is part of a new move to stop the Trump administration from wiping away Obama-era water regulations. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, which aims to protect and restore the Chattahoochee River Basin, is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. […]

Lawmaker pitches bill allowing college athletes to be paid

By: - October 23, 2019

A Georgia Democrat says he plans to file a bill that would allow Georgia Bulldogs and other college athletes to be paid for the commercial use of their name, likeness and image. State Rep. Billy Mitchell announced Wednesday that he would model his bill after California’s “Fair Pay to Play Act,” which allowed the Golden […]

President Carter recovering after fall, his second this month

By: - October 22, 2019

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is recovering at home after falling Monday evening at his home in Plains. Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for observation and treatment for a “minor pelvic fracture,” Carter’s spokeswoman, Deanna Congileo, said Tuesday. She said Carter “is in good spirits and is looking forward to recovering at […]

Rural Georgians hold their nose as sludge is dumped nearby

By: - October 21, 2019

The stench – reminiscent of a porta potty – was so bad that Donna Blanton would sprint from her front door to the car. Mowing the lawn required donning a mask. Cookouts at the house were no longer possible, since even her grown children avoided her home. And then there were the flies. “We have […]

Ga. House health chair laments maternal death research budget cut

By: - October 18, 2019

A proposed budget cut to planned think tank research focused on Georgia’s high rate of maternal death loomed large at a legislative meeting focused on the problem. “Let me tell you right before – yesterday, I lobbied the governor’s office to get the $500,000 back for (Morehouse),” state Rep. Sharon Cooper, who chairs the House […]

ACLU follows court delay of Ga. anti-abortion law with health messages

By: - October 16, 2019

A Georgia nonprofit that is spearheading the legal challenge of the state’s anti-abortion law is launching a campaign designed to counter what the group calls misrepresentations about the issue. A series of 34 short videos, produced by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, feature physicians from different disciplines – including some who do not […]

Ga. First Amendment group honors late Chief Justice Harris Hines

By: - October 11, 2019

Advocates for free speech and government transparency honored a late state Supreme Court chief justice while continuing to sound the alarm over what a proposed journalism ethics bill represents. Chief Justice Harris Hines, who served on the state’s highest court for more than two decades, was honored posthumously for decisions in his career that protected […]