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Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Medical marijuana

Though medical marijuana is now legal in nearly half of U.S. states, and while marijuana can be used for recreational use in four states plus the District of Columbia, Georgia lawmakers appear hesitant to follow suit.

January 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Foster care

The idea of privatizing foster care was batted about during the last session, but ultimately lawmakers passed on that endeavor.

January 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Transportation

Paying for roads could be the biggest issue in 2015.

January 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Education

Efforts last year to defeat Common Core in Georgia were unsuccessful, but legislators are likely to discuss concerns that still exist regarding the education standards.

January 11, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Budget

For every buzzword tossed about in recent years when talking about the economy, there is an equal and opposite epithet. And, sometimes, which is which depends on whom you're asking.

January 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SnowWorld at Lanier Islands offers visitors wintery outdoor fun

Every morning around 9 a.m., the snow machines at Lake Lanier Islands in Buford start pumping to ensure that visitors don't miss out on a white wintertime.

January 11, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Arrendale State Prison inmates go back to school

Within the first week of the new year, an inmate at the Arrendale State Prison in Habersham County earned her high school diploma while behind bars.

January 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Rain follows cold with showers on the way Sunday

The first work week of January brought bitter cold temperatures to North Georgia. The second week will bring rain.

January 10, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Deal inauguration to be moved indoors at Capitol

Gov. Nathan Deal's inauguration on Monday will be moved inside the Capitol building due to the threat of rain throughout the day.

January 10, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Ga. Democrats to focus on economy, health care, civil rights

Georgia Democrats have put the economy, health care and civil rights at the top of their legislative agenda for 2015 as they try to make inroads with state voters for future elections.

January 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gov. Deal aims to cement legacy in second term

While Gov. Nathan Deal has not yet revealed specific plans for his second term - those details will come this week during several speeches he is prepared to deliver, including Monday's inaugural and Wednesday's the State of the State address - the broad aspects of his agenda become clear in his last go-round as Georgia's chief executive, and likely his last hurrah in politics.

January 10, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire destroys home of Dawson County sheriff

January 10, 2015 | | Local


Gainesville police investigate death at hotel

Gainesville Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating a homicide Saturday at the Sun Suites Hotel on Jesse Jewell Parkway.

January 10, 2015 | By Nick Watson and Chelsey Abercrombie news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fire damages mobile home in Hall County; no injuries reported

Hall County firefighters put out a mobile home fire Thursday that damaged the residence and left it uninhabitable.

January 10, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Fire victim died of smoke inhalation in Forsyth County

January 10, 2015 | Kayla Robbins Forsyth County News | Local


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Broken Bonds: Foster kids have team working on placement

At 8:30 a.m., the briefs are organized and the coloring books are gathered. The robe goes on for Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Lindsay Burton.

October 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foster care in crisis: Too many kids, too few homes

October 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Jacob Brown and Nick Watson jbrown@gainesvilletimes.com, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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