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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.

Georgia congressional Dems keep drumbeat for Medicaid expansion in holdout GOP states

By: - September 23, 2021

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and other congressional Democrats are vowing to keep pushing for some form of Medicaid expansion for low-income residents living in hold-out states like Georgia to be included in the reconciliation package. Warnock, who is up for reelection next year, centered his 2020 campaign for the Senate on expanding health care access. […]

State judge sides with EPD on tougher limits for dumping sewage into Chattahoochee

By: - September 15, 2021

A state judge has ruled against a middle Georgia water utility that has spent years waging a costly battle against a state permit requiring tougher water quality standards. Judge Ronit Walker, an administrative law judge, backed state regulators’ decision to issue a permit last year imposing stricter limits on the amount of pollution that can […]

Public health official urges vigilance as delta wave shows signs of easing

By: - September 14, 2021

A top state public health official says the fourth wave of the pandemic – brought on by the more easily transmissible delta variant – may have already peaked in Georgia. But state epidemiologist Dr. Cherie Drenzek said Tuesday it’s too soon to know for sure whether the recent decline represents the start of a lasting […]

Kemp urged to order elective surgery halt as some Georgia hospitals already hitting pause

By: - September 8, 2021

Hospitals are once again pausing non-essential procedures as the number of COVID-19 patients in Georgia medical facilities surpasses January’s highs and as congressional leaders press the governor to do more to ease the strain caused by the surge in cases. Grady Hospital System in downtown Atlanta became the latest Wednesday to announce it would temporarily […]

Georgians in recovery in double struggle to remain healthy in pandemic

By: - September 7, 2021

Hank Arnold helplessly watched the camera feed from his long-term recovery center in downtown Newnan as, one after another, people walked up to the door and tried the handle. This was in the early days of the pandemic last March, when the facility centered on human connection was upended by a global crisis that required […]

State lawmakers urged to take action as ‘rural Georgia falls into ruins’

By: - September 1, 2021

The population shift from Georgia’s small towns to its cities has accelerated over the last decade, frustrating the state’s rural lawmakers and others who have worked for years to buck the trend. Rural Georgia continues to represent the bulk of the state’s land mass, but it is now only home to 21% of the state’s […]

Georgia behavioral health services strained by budget woes, pandemic fallout

By: - August 26, 2021

Officials with the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities say the agency is feeling the squeeze as more people turn to their services and a pandemic-weary workforce eyes lower-stress, higher-paid opportunities elsewhere. But even so, the state agency will submit a spending plan for next year to the governor that – as requested […]

Governor sends Georgia National Guard troops to help COVID-stressed hospitals

By: - August 24, 2021

The governor has called in the Georgia National Guard to help hospitals as they continue to swell again with COVID-19 patients. Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday the deployment of 105 National Guard personnel to 10 hospitals across the state, from Brunswick to Gainesville. Most of the hospitals receiving National Guard troops have reported severe overcrowding […]

Sickle cell research chair named for state Rep. Smyre threatened by budget squeeze

By: - August 19, 2021

A proposal that would boost research for sickle cell anemia in Georgia could offer an early glimpse of some of the funding fights to come next year. A research chair named in honor of long-time state Rep. Calvin Smyre was announced in Columbus earlier this year with the governor and other state officials on hand after […]

Virtual river mapping project underway in Georgia aims to raise awareness

By: - August 15, 2021

Paddlers who have ventured out on South Chickamauga Creek as it winds through the far reaches of northwest Georgia will gush about the bluffs found along the water. But you don’t need to take their word for it. A new mapping project has volunteers like Joe Cook with the Georgia River Network out with a […]

Critics of Georgia Power coal ash plan air toxic water fears as state OK looms

By: - August 11, 2021

Georgia Power’s plans to leave more than 1 million tons of toxic coal ash partially sitting in groundwater in northwest Georgia drew public indignation during a hearing held Tuesday. More than three dozen residents from all over the state dialed into the virtual hearing focused on Plant Hammond in Rome, as speaker after speaker Zoomed […]

State regulators poised to set Georgia Power’s toxic coal ash storage legacy

By: - August 9, 2021

Sometime next year, Pam Wolff hopes to stop lugging heavy five-gallon jugs of clean water into her home every week so she can cook meals, brew her coffee and her grandkids can brush their teeth. And she is looking forward to taking a shower without worrying over what’s in the polluted well water raining down […]