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Immigration reform blocked from Congress’ reconciliation bill, Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

Regular flu season looms as wildcard as Georgia hospitals strain to treat COVID patients

BY: - September 20, 2021

It won’t be long before autumn comes to Georgia, but the changing season could bring more than just cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage. For pharmacists, cold weather means more people coming through their doors looking for relief from stuffy noses and sore throats or to ward off infection with a flu vaccine. October marks the […]

Struggle over tax break for inherited farmland churns below surface in reconciliation bill

BY: - September 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a big tax break for inherited property, avoiding for now a confrontation. But opponents remain wary that the idea could come back at any time as Democrats shape their massive $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, and search for ways […]

Carr, 23 other Republican AGs urge Biden administration to drop vaccine mandates

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is joining with more than 20 other Republican state attorneys general threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing. “In yet another example of blatant disregard for the rule of […]

Afghans likely to find Georgia a more welcoming place than prior refugees

BY: - September 17, 2021

Eleven-year-old Heval Mohamed Kelli thought his family was going on vacation after crossing the Syrian border into Turkey in 1996 as his father paid smugglers to fly them to safety in Germany. He was unaware at the time of the political persecution his father, an attorney, faced in Syria or of how life would change […]

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The massive […]

Fulton County Commission adds new lead actor to 2022 election drama

BY: - September 16, 2021

The Fulton County Commission appointed Cathy Woolard to its election board on Wednesday, rejecting GOP complaints that her connection to Democratic champion Stacey Abrams’ voter advocacy group could create conflicts. Woolard, who was president of the Atlanta City Council in the early 2000s, is now the chairperson of a county election board at a time […]

Georgia’s college-bound students hit SAT highs despite pandemic turmoil

BY: - September 15, 2021

Georgia’s class of 2021 showed significant increases in their SAT scores and performed better than the national average, though significantly fewer students took the test than in previous years. Public school students across the state increased their average math score from 511 to 531 over last year’s class, and evidence-based reading and writing went from […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a former Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

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 […]

Revised voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate, with Manchin on board

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring the legislation to the floor of […]

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 […]