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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 budget cuts won’t deter Morehouse maternal mortality study

By: - September 17, 2019

Black women in Georgia are at least three times more likely to die during or after pregnancy than their white counterparts. It’s an alarming and often cited, but also little understood, statistic. Morehouse School of Medicine, an historically black college near downtown Atlanta, intends to change that. “We knew it was multi-leveled and that’s why […]

State budget revisions show cuts to child welfare, GBI positions

By: - September 13, 2019

State lawmakers still plan to convene later this month for budget hearings. They just won’t hear from the state agency heads who have suggested where to find the governor’s mandated spending cuts, including through possible job cuts. The presence of department heads became a flash point in the ongoing process to shave 4% off the […]

Initial state rural broadband mapping shows less coverage than FCC

By: - September 12, 2019

A federal map shows Lumpkin County with just a smattering of dark zones where residents and business owners lack access to broadband internet access. But that has proven to be a rosy view of internet connections in this mountain community. State mapping now shows most of the north Georgia county living without broadband-level service, meaning […]

Hurricane-ravaged SW Ga. farmers cheered by federal aid news

By: - September 10, 2019

Some of the long-awaited federal disaster relief funding will soon begin to make its way down to southwest Georgia farmers, arriving nearly a year after Hurricane Michael ripped through the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that producers can start signing up for a piece of the $3 billion aid package on Wednesday. […]

Opponents of Ga. ‘tampon tax’ vow to press lawmakers in 2020

By: - September 9, 2019

Deborah McCarthy’s school district chipped in some money for tampons, pads and other period products, and when that didn’t cover the requests coming from her high school’s menstruating students, she would dip into her own wallet. And then this year, the Bibb County school nurse found help – a lot of it. She banded with […]

All-GOP runoff in Coweta/Fayette state House special election

By: - September 4, 2019

A hard-line Republican came out on top in Tuesday’s contest to replace state Rep. David Stover, narrowly edging out the apparent favorite in the race who had attracted support from several high-profile elected Republicans. Both Republicans will meet again next Oct. 1 for a runoff, which was the expected outcome of the four-way race. Philip […]

Kemp urges coastal residents to fend off hurricane evacuation fatigue

By: - September 3, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp urged “hurricane-weary” coastal Georgians to take seriously his call to evacuate Monday evening even as Hurricane Dorian churned in place off the coast of south Florida. About 400,000 people are affected by Kemp’s mandatory evacuation order, which took effect noon Monday for residents in six counties who lives east of I-95. As […]

Runoff likely after special election for suburban SW Atlanta House seat

By: - August 30, 2019

Jill Prouty remembers when the debut of the children’s book Captain Underpants – which features a superhero clad in only a cape and tighty-whities – prompted complaints at the Peachtree City library just a couple decades ago. So she was pleasantly surprised when library staff set up its first ever LGBTQ pride display this year […]

Lawmakers pay tribute to long-time House Clerk Robbie Rivers

By: - August 28, 2019

The tributes poured in for a former long-time clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 68. Robbie Rivers was clerk for two decades before retiring in 2013. “No one loved serving others as much as Robbie Rivers,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “He loved this state and […]

Top Ga. House Democrat says uphill fight to control chamber winnable

By: - August 27, 2019

Do Georgia Democrats see a realistic opportunity to flip the state House of Representatives back to Democratic control for the first time in 15 years? House Minority Leader Bob Trammell, who represents a rural district, was asked how his party sees its prospects of coming out on top in the costly race to control the […]

House rural development study panel considers school mental health needs

By: - August 26, 2019

Jasper, GA – The state sent $69 million to Georgia’s public schools this year to beef up physical security after a string of school shootings in other states. Now, a north Georgia superintendent says educators need more state aid to address the less tangible side of the issue. “If a student came to school with […]

South Ga. judge blocks Obama-era policy to curtail water pollution

By: - August 23, 2019

A ruling from a federal judge in south Georgia will continue to thwart a proposal to pinpoint which waterways are subject to federal oversight, marking what may be the final round of the fight over President Barack Obama’s signature water initiative. The Obama administration’s proposal found rocky waters from the start in 2015, encountering immediate […]