Briefs

ICE plans to build housing replica at Ft. Benning for urban combat training

BY: - September 17, 2019

A poorly redacted document has revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is planning to build a “hyper realistic” depiction of a “city in Arizona” so it can better train its officers for “combat” in urban settings.  The document, which originally revealed the location of the agency’s future “urban warfare” training facility and was first reported by Newsweek, […]

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 […]

Ga. Board of Regents approves budget cuts to farming programs

BY: - September 11, 2019

Georgia university programs were trimmed by about $27 million over the next two years after the state Board of Regents voted to approve the staff’s recommendations. The regents’ vote, which happened with no public discussion Tuesday, cuts funding for several agricultural, medical and library programs. The state board oversees the university system’s 26 schools. The […]

Senate seat belt study panel hears it’s tough to close back seat ‘loophole’

BY: - September 5, 2019

Georgia lawmakers studying new seat belt rules heard Wednesday that it could be a challenge to require passengers to buckle up in a vehicle’s back seat and questions remain about how well officers could enforce a new law. Some senators raised the enforcement question as they met with state public safety officials. The verdict: Seat […]

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 […]

Coastal Georgians getting acclimated to hurricane emergency declarations

BY: - August 30, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon for 12 coastal Georgia counties as Hurricane Dorian loomed to the south in the Atlantic Ocean, the first time he’s issued such an executive order since he took office in January. Several hours later, Ken Jacobsen exuded calm before the forecast storm as he spoke […]

Isakson resignation sets up two Georgia Senate elections in 2020

BY: - August 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, whose career as an elected official from Georgia spanned four decades, has announced he will resign at the end of this year as he struggles with Parkinson’s disease. The 74-year-old’s resignation sets up two elections for the Senate in Georgia next year  after he steps down on Dec. 31. Republican Gov. […]

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 […]

State DOT rolls out 20-year transportation plan for freight growth

BY: - August 28, 2019

With the freight industry booming in Georgia, state officials are hashing out how to boost port, rail and trucking freight commerce in the state even more through billions of dollars in infrastructure projects. Plans are taking shape for dozens of projects from the coast to the mountains. They’re meant to bolster freight infrastructure in the […]

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 […]