More transparency called for in Georgia Power coal ash cleanup

BY: - September 6, 2019

Georgia Power’s request for customer rate increases starting next year includes $525 million through 2022 to clean up potentially toxic coal ash ponds, a remediation process environmentalists say needs more transparency. The state’s largest electricity provider is preparing to plead its case to state regulators for a three-year overall rate hike of $2.2 billion. That […]

Kemp rebuffs legislators’ plan for budget cut input

BY: - September 6, 2019

An edict from Gov. Brian Kemp will prevent Georgia lawmakers from officially weighing in anytime soon on cuts to this year’s state budget that will affect more than half of the current year’s spending plan. It’s a decision that shows the governor’s muscle, but also likely puts him at odds with powerful members of his […]

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 […]

McBath takes center stage in Congressional gun control debate

BY: - September 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — In the early 1990s, Georgia Republican Rep. Newt Gingrich voted against two major landmark gun violence prevention bills — an assault weapons ban and the so-called Brady Bill to require background checks for firearms sales. But the 6th District U.S. House seat isn’t occupied by Gingrich anymore. The somewhat reconfigured suburban Atlanta district […]

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 […]

Senate study panel considers requiring everyone in car to buckle up

BY: - September 3, 2019

Most Georgians are familiar with the “Click It or Ticket” public safety campaign that urges people in the front seats of vehicles to wear seat belts or run the risk of getting pulled over. Now, a Georgia senator says the law should be extended to all backseat passengers to help protect them from injury or […]

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 […]

‘Dreamers’ in limbo for two years now eye fall U.S. Supreme Court review

BY: - September 3, 2019

Christian Olvera remembers racing with his brother, Bernie, to see if the mailbox at their Dalton home held the papers that conferred a sense of stability. After completing reams of forms and waiting for months as teenagers in 2012, they were giddy with anticipation for the “magical documents” that would give them legal rights to […]

Rome still coping with mental health challenges years after hospital closed

BY: - September 3, 2019

Rome, GA – It took two years for Tereasa Lowry to lock down a new apartment in Rome after she lost her house in 2009 during the recession. She’s battled severe bouts of depression since before grade school, and without her family’s support while she sought public housing, Lowry is certain she would have wound […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lawmakers study new state authority to boost sagging farmers’ markets

BY: - August 29, 2019

A new $11 million staging area inside the Atlanta State Farmers Market stands out from the rest of the aging buildings that sit on a 150-acre open air facility that debuted in 1959. The 72,000 square-foot addition provides Phoenix Wholesale Foodservice more space to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables. The new project is a rarity […]