President Obama's health care overhaul was passed with the promise to end the ability of insurance companies to exclude individuals with "pre-existing conditions" and to reduce the number of Americans without insurance. That the U.S. Supreme Court did not overturn the law is no reason to panic, however: Both problems can be addressed without the need for another 2,700-page law.
ATLANTA - Kristin Pair and Joseph Snooks, who graduated from Effingham County High School, are two of 21 Georgia students who have been awarded scholarships from the Georgia Power Foundation. Eligible students are dependent children of active, retired or deceased Georgia Power employees.
Last week, the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy adopted an emergency rule classifying newly discovered compounds of synthetic marijuana, commonly known as Spice, as Schedule I substances under the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.
The Effingham County Board of Education gave final approval Thursday to its fiscal year 2013 budget, reluctantly including a millage rate increase and a nearly $2 million transfer of education special purpose local option sales tax funds to balance the budget.
I read several news reports recently about a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and the Imperial College in London that says while women are still expected to live longer than men, the gap is closing. The study concludes that life expectancy for women in Georgia increased by a little less than three years while men increased more than five-and-a-half years.
Over the past nine months, Georgia has experienced a steady decline in the unemployment rate. This past April, Georgia added 7,800 new nonfarm jobs, making it the third largest job gain in the country for that month. There is no doubt that the state is making its way out of the recession. However, prior to the recent upswing, Georgia, along with the rest of the nation, saw increasing rates of unemployment.
The American Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.