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Casey Cagle on rural broadband — and a stalled adoption bill

8:55 pm Aug. 27, 2017

When a candidate for high office invites a reporter for a chat, a transaction is often involved.

The politician wants a particular message placed before the public. The journalist has his own topics to pursue. It’s not always the case, but in an ideal situation, both agendas are fulfilled and both parties walk away mostly satisfied.

This was the case on Thursday, in the Spaghetti Junction headquarters of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle,

The GOP debate over a minimum wage for cops and deputies

10:01 am Jul. 22, 2017

According to a study based on census data, recently highlighted by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, some 3,200 members of this state’s law enforcement community — bailiffs, prison guards, jailers, beat cops and deputy sheriffs — are food stamp recipients.

“That’s probably correct,” said Terry Norris, executive director of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association.

But it is only a rough estimate. By the end of this fall, before the Legislature gathers,

The science of rain delays: SunTrust is parked under a faucet

8:22 am Jul. 19, 2017

Where science and rain delays merge: The Atlanta Braves endured their 11th rain delay of the season on Tuesday.

Marshal Shepherd may know why.

He’s a professor of meteorology at the University of Georgia, is co-author of a study of urban rainfall patterns in and around Atlanta.

Using radar and rain gauge data, Shepherd partnered with two University of North Carolina academics and found that SunTrust Park, new home of the Atlanta Braves