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Georgia General Assembly Passes Landmark Jury Reform Legislation

By   /  April 26, 2011  /  Press Releases  /   Comments

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Tweet Atlanta, GA — On the last day of the 2011 legislative session, Georgia’s lawmakers banded together to pass the first major jury-reform legislation since the 1960s. Designed to serve Georgia’s increasingly diverse population, the Jury Reform Act of 2011 passed both chambers of the General Assembly and will proceed to the governor for his [...]

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Phoebe buyout of Palmyra

By   /  April 26, 2011  /  Government  /   Comments

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Tweet Saying that the buyout would hurt health care consumers by creating a monopoly, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed this complaint, which successfully halted Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s purchase of Palmyra Medical Center. The text of the complaint, which is heavily redacted:

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Taylor right person for city manager job

By   /  April 26, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

Tweet James Taylor is the newly named Albany city manager. We agree whole heartedly with this move by the Albany city Commission. Taylor is a demonstrated leader.  When the city ran into trouble and fired the downtown manager, Taylor stepped up big time and calmed the stormy waters putting downtown back on track for improvement.

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Gun ownership: A choice that should stay intact

By   /  April 26, 2011  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet “Guns are dangerous. How can you support people owning such dangerous thing?” That was a question I was asked last week. It was a valid question, though I’ve answered it a few thousand times through the years. Still, there are those who still don’t understand it. First, there are an estimated 2.5 million instances [...]

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Breastfeeding at schools: Albany’s ‘tipping point’?

By   /  April 26, 2011  /  Richard Thomas  /   Comments

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Tweet Several years ago, New York author Malcomb Gladwell wrote a best-selling book, The Tipping Point, which essentially described how sometimes one single action or event can lead a person, business, or even a country from passivity to dynamic action and resolution. The recent Dougherty County School Board discussion addressing the accommodation of teen-aged mothers [...]

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Blair, others striving to change downtown image

By   /  April 26, 2011  /  Walter L. Johnson II  /   Comments

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Tweet If you haven’t noticed, things are slowly, but surely, improving in downtown Albany. Downtown Manager Aaron Blair, who has held the position since October 2010, hopes to see more improvement in downtown’s fortunes, thanks to new businesses — such as the downtown general store, and the Verge consignment clothing store — that opened in [...]

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