Friday, March 13, 2009

GNB Weekend Update

Welcome to the weekend...Here's what making news in Georgia for Friday...

The first "Crossover Day" has come and gone for the 2009 legislative session. Georgia Public Broadcasting reports that among the legislation passed Thursday was a controversial bill calling for an embryo to be treated as a normal human being. The Georgia Legislative Watch also has a list of bills that have either passed, failed, or tabled so far.

Budget cuts are coming soon to one University System of Georgia institution. Columbus State University announced earlier this week they are eliminating 16 jobs. Twelve of those jobs were filled at the time of the announcement. Columbus State currently has close to 1,000 full and part-time employees, but the cutbacks represent just one percent of that staff. No faculty positions were cut. The layoffs will cost CSU around $5 million in state funding.

And one southwest Georgia community hopes to take advantage of the federal stimulus package. The Albany Herald reports that Lee County officials made an informal decision to take part in the Georgia Department of Community Affairs' Community Opportunities during its county directors meeting Thursday. Lee plans to spend more than $3 billion on children and family services programs, plus an additional $2 billion for clean energy bonds.

That's the news. But remember to log on to for the latest Georgia news 24/7. Have a good weekend.

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