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The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is critiqued in a U.S. Senate report for not adequately protecting children from abuse, contributing to child deaths and injuries through mismanagement. Senator Jon Ossoff emphasizes the need to protect the most vulnerable children from abuse and human trafficking, highlighting the serious and distressing findings of the investigation.

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Featured Stories

Critics pan Georgia Power fossil fuel plans ahead of state PSC hearing

During a hearing, a Georgia Power representative urged the Public Service Commission to support a stipulated agreement that offers financial protection for ratepayers, despite criticisms that the company’s plans are unrealistic and could increase its carbon footprint. Critics argue that replacing the expanded use of fossil fuels with more renewable energy in the plan could prevent significant environmental impacts.

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Georgia to strengthen property owners’ rights against squatters

Georgia lawmakers have passed the Squatters Reform Act, aiming to shift the legal treatment of illegal occupancy from a civil to a criminal matter, enabling property owners to more swiftly remove unauthorized occupants. The legislation, which awaits Governor Brian Kemp’s signature, mandates squatters to produce valid occupancy documentation within three days or face criminal trespass charges, streamlining the process for property owners to reclaim their rights.

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Critics pan Georgia Power fossil fuel plans ahead of state PSC hearing

During a hearing, a Georgia Power representative urged the Public Service Commission to support a stipulated agreement that offers financial protection for ratepayers, despite criticisms that the company’s plans are unrealistic and could increase its carbon footprint. Critics argue that replacing the expanded use of fossil fuels with more renewable energy in the plan could prevent significant environmental impacts.

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Georgia to strengthen property owners’ rights against squatters

Georgia lawmakers have passed the Squatters Reform Act, aiming to shift the legal treatment of illegal occupancy from a civil to a criminal matter, enabling property owners to more swiftly remove unauthorized occupants. The legislation, which awaits Governor Brian Kemp’s signature, mandates squatters to produce valid occupancy documentation within three days or face criminal trespass charges, streamlining the process for property owners to reclaim their rights.

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Local News

Georgia Legislature approves coverage to help first responders cope with job-related PTSD treatment

The Ashley Wilson Act, named for Gwinnett police sergeant Ashley Wilson, passed unanimously in the Georgia House of Representatives, aiming to provide supplemental health insurance for first responders diagnosed with PTSD due to on-the-job experiences. This landmark legislation, celebrated for its potential to significantly aid in the recovery and support of traumatized first responders, reflects a broader recognition of PTSD’s serious impact on public safety personnel, promising financial and treatment support beginning January 1, 2025.

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FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia are facing delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, particularly challenging due to its late January rollout and additional complications for mixed-status families. Despite these setbacks, the Department of Education has implemented fixes for major issues, and officials, including MorraLee Keller of the National College Attainment Network, urge students not to give up on securing financial aid for college.

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Georgia Legislature approves coverage to help first responders cope with job-related PTSD treatment

The Ashley Wilson Act, named for Gwinnett police sergeant Ashley Wilson, passed unanimously in the Georgia House of Representatives, aiming to provide supplemental health insurance for first responders diagnosed with PTSD due to on-the-job experiences. This landmark legislation, celebrated for its potential to significantly aid in the recovery and support of traumatized first responders, reflects a broader recognition of PTSD’s serious impact on public safety personnel, promising financial and treatment support beginning January 1, 2025.

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FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia are facing delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, particularly challenging due to its late January rollout and additional complications for mixed-status families. Despite these setbacks, the Department of Education has implemented fixes for major issues, and officials, including MorraLee Keller of the National College Attainment Network, urge students not to give up on securing financial aid for college.

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National News

An 1873 law banned the mailing of boxing photos. Could it block abortion pills too?

In a recent spotlight, the 1873 Comstock Act, originally intended to ban the mailing of “obscene” materials, has surged into the abortion debate spotlight following comments by Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, hinting its potential to obstruct the mailing of abortion medication. Despite its dormant status, legal and medical experts weigh the act’s enforceability against modern medical practices and terminology, while some Congressional Democrats seek its repeal to prevent its use as a tool to restrict abortion access, showcasing a complex intersection of historical laws and contemporary rights issues.

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U.S. Supreme Court justices seem skeptical of limits on access to abortion medication

In a pivotal case before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the access to medication abortion in the United States, Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar defended the safety and efficacy of mifepristone, arguing against the necessity of reinstating pre-2016 restrictions and highlighting existing federal conscience protections for healthcare providers opposed to participating in abortions. The case, which involves changes made by the FDA to mifepristone’s usage guidelines, saw justices expressing skepticism over the arguments presented by anti-abortion groups, with a decision expected to significantly impact abortion access and potentially reverberate through the upcoming political campaigns.

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Experts: New EPA air pollution standards a win for public health

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new air pollution standards aimed at reducing tailpipe pollution from cars and light/medium vehicles for models years 2027 through 2032 are expected to trigger a significant shift towards hybrid and electric vehicles, aligning with the Biden administration’s goal for a 60% emission reduction from new vehicles by 2030. These measures are not only anticipated to prevent over 7 billion tons of carbon emissions but also to save the nation $13 billion in healthcare costs due to improved air quality, despite expected legal challenges from the fossil fuel industry.

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An 1873 law banned the mailing of boxing photos. Could it block abortion pills too?

In a recent spotlight, the 1873 Comstock Act, originally intended to ban the mailing of “obscene” materials, has surged into the abortion debate spotlight following comments by Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, hinting its potential to obstruct the mailing of abortion medication. Despite its dormant status, legal and medical experts weigh the act’s enforceability against modern medical practices and terminology, while some Congressional Democrats seek its repeal to prevent its use as a tool to restrict abortion access, showcasing a complex intersection of historical laws and contemporary rights issues.

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U.S. Supreme Court justices seem skeptical of limits on access to abortion medication

In a pivotal case before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the access to medication abortion in the United States, Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar defended the safety and efficacy of mifepristone, arguing against the necessity of reinstating pre-2016 restrictions and highlighting existing federal conscience protections for healthcare providers opposed to participating in abortions. The case, which involves changes made by the FDA to mifepristone’s usage guidelines, saw justices expressing skepticism over the arguments presented by anti-abortion groups, with a decision expected to significantly impact abortion access and potentially reverberate through the upcoming political campaigns.

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Experts: New EPA air pollution standards a win for public health

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new air pollution standards aimed at reducing tailpipe pollution from cars and light/medium vehicles for models years 2027 through 2032 are expected to trigger a significant shift towards hybrid and electric vehicles, aligning with the Biden administration’s goal for a 60% emission reduction from new vehicles by 2030. These measures are not only anticipated to prevent over 7 billion tons of carbon emissions but also to save the nation $13 billion in healthcare costs due to improved air quality, despite expected legal challenges from the fossil fuel industry.

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