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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.

State lawmaker says funeral industry oversight is too lax

By: - August 21, 2019

Rep. Rick Williams is part of a small group of Georgia lawmakers who informally call themselves the funeral home caucus and are known for their macabre quips on the House floor. As Williams has told his colleagues, he’ll be the last one to let them down. But the middle Georgia funeral home director isn’t joking […]

State agency loosens rules on curbside package store service

By: - August 19, 2019

The state’s alcohol regulators just gave cocktail lovers cause for a toast. New rules announced this week allow customers to pick up liquor through online-ordered curbside service, a convenience popularized by grocery stores. Local ordinances can still prohibit this kind of service, though. It’s a flexibility only recently allowed for wine and beer two years […]

Georgia farmers “collateral damage” in NAFTA replacement

By: - August 16, 2019

Sam Watson will likely have fewer eggplants, cucumbers, squash and bell peppers growing on his south Georgia farm next spring after struggling through the last three seasons. Watson said he just can’t compete with the much cheaper Mexican produce that is flooding U.S. markets. So he scaled back this spring and, with no relief in […]

Lawmakers, clergy call for gun restrictions at vigil near Capitol

By: - August 15, 2019

It took about 30 minutes to read aloud the more than 600 names of the people who died of gun violence in Georgia last year. Dozens of people stood in the blazing Georgia sun Wednesday at Liberty Plaza across from the state Capitol to memorialize these victims of gun violence and to issue a call […]

Metro Atlanta nonprofit brushes aside criticism over free adoptions

By: - August 14, 2019

Metro Atlanta’s public shelters are turning to the appeal of free adoptions in hopes of freeing up space after a surge of animals overwhelmed the facilities this summer. The Fulton and DeKalb county shelters took in a combined 1,850 animals during July. That is hundreds more than even last July, when a spike strained shelter […]

Panel reviews press coverage of anti-abortion bill at Monday night event

By: - August 13, 2019

When Georgia became the latest Southern state to pass a strict anti-abortion bill this year, the intense glare of the national media’s attention shifted to the Gold Dome. The coverage yielded a spate of national and local stories speculating on the bill’s impact on women, health care access and Georgia’s economy. Could women be charged […]

Grant to Georgia College nursing program a remedy for rural health ills

By: - August 12, 2019

A newborn might be in one room, a great grandmother in the next and an injured farmer in still another room. For Dr. Sallie Coke, this would just be any other day at the small-town clinic where she works in rural Lamar County, which is home to 18,000 people in middle Georgia. “It’s wonderful. You […]

Ga. opioid abuse treatment improves, but more can be done, audit says

By: - August 9, 2019

Georgia’s made progress since a state report spotted significant barriers for those trying to access medical treatment for opioid abuse in 2017, just as the crisis killed a little more than 1,000 people in the state, according to an update. But the new report also found that more remains to be done. The pair of […]

Weekend shootings in Ohio and Texas prompt call for tighter gun laws

By: - August 9, 2019

State Democrats renewed calls for tighter gun laws in Georgia in the wake of the back-to-back mass shootings that left 31 people dead and dozens injured this weekend in Texas and Ohio. “Because of how our gun laws are in this nation and in this state, either one of those tragedies could have taken place right […]

Perdue wavers on supporting ‘red flag’ legislation

By: - August 8, 2019

Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue stopped short of saying he would support “red flag” gun legislation, citing concerns that such a law could threaten a person’s due process rights. Bipartisan support appears to be growing for a federal law that would authorize law enforcement to take weapons away from a person the courts have found […]

Gang violence, maternal mortality among topics lawmakers will study

By: and - August 7, 2019

Georgia lawmakers are gearing up for another busy study committee season that will tackle topics as varied as the state’s high death rate for new and expectant mothers, combating gang violence and the prospects of legalizing horse race gambling. Some of these legislative panels, such as one focused on preventing gang and youth violence, are […]

Public Service Commission targets ‘human error’ after cyber attacks

By: - August 7, 2019

A string of recent cyber attacks on public entities has a state agency honing in on what it sees as its biggest cyber security weakness: click-happy employees. The Georgia Public Service Commission sent its own employees fake phishing emails as a way to pinpoint its less discerning staffers. The first test email, sent under the […]