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Georgia lawmakers debate sports betting proposals

Legalizing sports betting could divert an estimated $4.8 billion a year Georgians now spend wagering on games illegally, tax it, and put a portion of the proceeds toward education, supporters said Thursday. The state Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee held a hearing on legislation that would legalize online sports betting in Georgia under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Lottery Corp. “Over 2 million [Georgians] are doing it now,” said Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, chief

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Georgia opens four mass vaccination sites

Four mass coronavirus vaccination sites will be opening in Georgia soon, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Thursday. Kemp said the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is opening four Mass Vaccination Sites for COVID-19 on Feb. 22, throughout the state. The drive-through sites have the capacity to vaccinate 1,100 people per day, per site for a total of 22,000 people a week between each of the four sites. The sites will operate Monday through Friday

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Georgia tries again to waive standardized testing for 2021

The Gist: After being rejected for standardized testing waivers by the Trump administration, Georgia is trying again with the Biden administration. Georgia Schools Superintendent Richard Woods and Brian Kemp submitted a request for a waiver of standardized testing and accountability requirements to the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday. The Quote: “Proponents of high-stakes testing and heavy-handed accountability point to the need to identify student learning loss. Learning loss is a real and pressing concern, and a long-term challenge we will need

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Georgia Republicans seek new limits on voting after Democrats won big in 2020: report

by Stephen Fowler Republicans in the Georgia House have released an omnibus elections bill that proposes tougher restrictions on both absentee and in-person early voting, among other sweeping changes to election laws after a controversial 2020 election. HB 531, filed by Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) was introduced directly into the Special Committee on Election Integrity on Thursday, and the text of the bill was made available about an hour before the 3 p.m. hearing. Section

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Deadly winter storm blankets eastern US in snow

A deadly winter weather system that brought record-busting cold to the southern and central United States, knocking out power for millions in oil-rich Texas, was blanketing the East Coast in snow Thursday, disrupting coronavirus vaccinations. The historic frigid blast has over the past week seen Arctic cold envelope a US heartland unfamiliar with such extremes, leaving dozens of dead in its wake and several million Texans told to boil water before consuming it. The National