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Medicaid Faces $1 Billion Hole

The state agency that administers Medicaid faces about a billion dollar hole with the loss of stimulus dollars. Georgia's Medicaid program will be supported by cuts to other state agencies, but some Medicaid services may be lost.

Wildlife Areas Could Dwindle

Georgia’s Wildlife Management Areas are at risk because of dwindling state funds, and hunters and anglers may have to pay more to access the recreational lands. The Department of Natural Resources proposes spending $200,000 less on leasing land for Wildlife Management Areas.

New Book Highlights Civil War Sites

150 years ago, Georgia legislators voted to secede from the Union. Three months later, the nation entered a 4-year Civil War that left 600-thousand men dead and millions wounded. A new book illustrates Georgia sites that commemorate the war. Rickey Bevington speaks with Barry L. Brown, co-author of “Crossroads of Conflict: A Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia.”

Georgia Reflects on Secession

A half dozen white men dressed in mid-19th century waistcoats and blouses re-enact the political debate of 150 years ago. Rick Joslyn and his fellow actors are in the original state House Chamber in Georgia’s Old Capitol building in Milledgeville. It was in this room, where delegates decided to leave the Union.

State Prison Reform Can Save Money

He says 40 percent of Georgia's prisoners are non violent offenders who are costing the state billions of dollars to stay locked up.

Federal Charges Surprise Senator

State Senator Republican Jack Murphy says he’s innocent of federal charges brought against him. The FDIC is suing him and others who sat on the board of a failed local bank. The civil lawsuit alleges the bank violated banking laws.

Budget Cuts Could Up Tuition

Board of Regents Chancellor Errol Davis told lawmakers Tuesday that tuition at Georgia's 35 colleges and universities will go up if budget cuts of $185 million are approved. Davis warned that the system cannot take another year with deep cuts.

State Lawmakers Open Budget Hearings

Budget hearings begin this morning at the state Capitol, the time when the state’s lawmakers hear from agency heads about their spending plans.

Bill Creates Council To Honor King

As the state celebrates the Martin Luther King Junior holiday, some Georgia lawmakers want to establish a board to honor the slain civil rights leader in his home state.

DOT Readies For Budget Scrutiny

This week state lawmakers will be in budget hearings, the time when state agency heads outline their spending. For the Department of Transportation, it may need to be ready for questions about the recent snow storm that rolled through the Georgia last week.

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