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Sonny Perdue coops up Obama-era poultry regulations

7:00 am Oct. 19, 2017

WASHINGTON —U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue moved to kill a set of Obama-era regulations on Wednesday that was designed to level the legal playing field between poultry farmers and the large processing companies that ultimately deliver that chicken to America’s dinner plates.

His decision will have major implications for Georgia, which leads the nation in broiler chicken production, and the ability of small farmers to take legal action against the

Georgians scramble after Trump kills health insurance subsidies

7:00 am Oct. 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Kirk Lyman-Barner’s phone began buzzing at 7:30 a.m. Friday and didn’t stop for hours.

An Americus insurance broker who specializes in Obamacare policies, Lyman-Barner is used to being a familiar face around town. But even his morning coffee run at Cafe Campesino was interrupted repeatedly by clients, all of whom were worried about how much their monthly health care premiums would increase due to the latest headlines coming out

Mixed reviews in Georgia for Trump’s move to lift Obamacare regs

7:00 am Oct. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump’s move to loosen some of the federal rules governing so-called associated health plans and short-term insurance on Thursday garnered mixed reaction in Georgia.

Republicans lauded the changes for increasing flexibility and competition and providing more lower-cost options to locals with few or no alternatives to Obamacare. Democrats and some health groups, meanwhile, warned it would undermine the Affordable Care Act by luring away young and healthy

Supreme Court could soon have last word in Ga.’s long-simmering water war

6:00 am Oct. 11, 2017

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said it plans to hear Georgia’s water rights case with Florida this term, teeing up what could be final arguments in the state’s expensive legal fight that has consumed officials from the Chattahoochee River to Capitol Hill for years.

In a brief order issued Tuesday, the high court did not set a date for oral arguments but said it would hear them “in

Yes, Tom Price reimbursed government $52K for his trips on private jets

1:56 pm Oct. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — Before resigning last week, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price indeed reimbursed taxpayers for nearly $52,000 — the amount he said covered his portion of recent official trips on private jets.

A spokesman for the department said Friday that Price wrote a personal check to the U.S. Treasury “for the expenses of his travel on private charter planes” before he tendered his resignation on Sept. 29.

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Consumed by Obamacare repeal, Congress lets several beloved health programs expire

12:00 pm Oct. 3, 2017

In Washington this past week, lawmakers abandoned another all-out attempt to repeal Obamacare and then headed home to take stock.

Meanwhile in Georgia, a clinic network funded by regular federal grants halted replacement of badly needed dental chairs and stopped work on a planned contract to recruit a pediatrician.

A Houston County couple watched their health insurance crumble. The Georgia commissioner of community health drew up contingency plans.

All of that is

Plenty of grilling in store for ex-Equifax CEO as he heads to Capitol Hill

5:00 am Oct. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON —Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are outraged it took Atlanta-based Equifax nearly six weeks to alert customers about its massive data breach. Now House and Senate members plan to prod Equifax’s former CEO this week about who knew what about the hacking — and when.

Whether their questioning leads to any substantive policy changes beyond a customary C-SPAN grilling is an open question.

What is known is former 

Senate confirms former state rep. to be Atlanta-based U.S. attorney

5:43 pm Sep. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday easily confirmed former state Rep. B.J. Pak to head the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta for four years.

The Trump administration tapped the former Georgia lawmaker for the prestigious position in July, citing Pak’s vision for “making America safe again.” 

Pak sailed through his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this month and was okayed by the chamber as part of a block of judicial, ambassadorial and military nominees