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Gainesville radio station marks 60 years on the air

On April 2, 1949, John Jacobs intoned the first words ever uttered on WDUN. He then introduced Madame Marguerite Ringo, an opera singer who sang the station's first song, "The Star-Spangled Banner."

April 05, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Business


Legislature 2009: Will budget cuts do?

ATLANTA - There is an excitement akin to the last day of school when the Georgia General Assembly reaches its final day.

April 05, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


At legislature's deadline, DOT reform gets approval

ATLANTA - Transportation was the issue that Lt. Gov Casey Cagle was banking on Friday, and as the final minutes ticked away from the 2009 session, so did hope for a 1-cent sales tax that would fund hundreds of road projects.

April 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Legislature passes $18.6 billion budget for 2010

The Georgia General Assembly has completed work on its one required item: the state budget.

April 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Legislators OK full funding for Gainesville State, North Georgia college buildings

ATLANTA - The compromise budget approved Friday by House and Senate conferees includes the full $31.2 million for a new academic building at Gainesville State College.

It also contains $16.4 million for building renovations on the campus of North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega.

April 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Georgia House OKs Mills' embryo adoption bill

ATLANTA - The Georgia House gave final approval to a bill by Rep. James Mills, R-Chestnut Mountain, which would permit adoption of embryos.

The House voted to accept minor changes made by the Senate.

April 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Fla. lawmakers call for river system study

Two Florida lawmakers have reintroduced federal legislation calling for a study of the water management, needs and conservation along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River System. Lake Lanier is the largest reservoir on the river system.

April 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


It's do-or-die today at Capitol

The Georgia General Assembly will begin a fast and furious game of beat the clock when the opening gavel sounds today in the House and Senate.

April 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Walters reappointed to DNR board

Gov. Sonny Perdue has reappointed Gainesville civic leader James A. "Jim" Walters to the Georgia Board of Natural Resources.

April 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


U-verse expanding to include Hall residents

AT&T announced Wednesday that its video service, U-verse, was being introduced in Hall County.

April 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Rep. Rogers lashes out at Cagle, Senate leaders

A dispute between a Gainesville state representative and the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee erupted onto the floor of both houses of the General Assembly Wednesday.

April 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


DOT revamp passes House

BY HARRIS BLACKWOOD

April 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Senate approves bill to allow embryo adoption

The Georgia Senate has signed off on a bill by Rep. James Mills, R-Chesnut Mountain, that would provide legal protection to families who use donated embryos to have a child.

April 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


For now, lawmakers won't limit stem cell research

State Rep. Amos Amerson, R-Dahlonega, said a bill that places restrictions on embryonic stem cell research will not be passed this session.

March 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Senate committee restores funds for local colleges

The Senate Appropriations Committee has restored $6.2 million in construction funds for a new academic building at Gainesville State College. The panel also gave North Georgia College & State University an additional $6 million for campus renovation projects.

March 30, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


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