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The Macon-Bibb County Commission amended their just passed budget to restore funding to local libraries and other public services Tuesday night. 

The first budget that passed last week just under the wire of the new fiscal year had zeroed out library funding, money for public transit as well as for the local health department,  museums and other "external" services. A hue and cry ensued. 


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An unresolved budget fight in Macon-Bibb County means that at least in the short term, local libraries will close.

The Macon-Bibb County Commission was faced with a dilemma this week when trying to find a way to address a projected budget shortfall of about $14 million dollars.


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The race for governor in Georgia is well underway.

 

Candidates from both parties are preparing for the 2018 election to replace Governor Nathan Deal.

Who Should Be Watching Our Elected Officials?

Jun 7, 2017
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Bad behavior by government officials is investigated by ethics boards. In Georgia the members of such boards are usually chosen by private organizations. But a DeKalb County judge recently ruled against that practice, saying it’s unconstitutional for people who weren’t elected to choose local government watchdogs.

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Governor Nathan Deal has signed three new criminal justice reform bills into law.

 

Deal picked an audience of corrections, parole and non-profit workers at a convention called the Reentry Summit in Macon to sign the bills. The first of the three laws will affect funding for alternatives to prison time like the state’s drug courts, a place Deal says he tells his pastor friends to visit for sermon material.

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DeKalb County elections officials could decide today how old you have to be to run for office in the new city of Stonecrest.

Mary-Pat Hector is a 19-year-old Spelman College student who is running for a seat on the City Council. But one of her opponents in this crowded race filed a complaint last month with the DeKalb County elections board, citing Mary-Pat’s age as a disqualifying factor. 

 

We sit down with Mary-Pat Hector to discuss her current situation, why she wants to run for office, and her background as a young activist. 

   

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The recent controversy surrounding the federal directive for transgender bathroom access in schools has created a divisive dialogue across the country. Some see the Obama administrations’ policy as a textbook example of government overreach. The power of states’ rights has fluctuated over the years, leaving many to question what ability states currently have to go against the will of the federal government.

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All life is like this. All life is a trade off. This is just a field of gray, there's no black or white.

Michael Hayden wants college students, tomorrow’s leaders, to know just that. Hayden ran the NSA from 1999 to 2005 and the CIA from 2006 to 2009. Today he includes among his responsibilities teaching at George Mason University. Before a lecture at Mercer University in Macon, GA, Hayden shared the core of what he wants students to know.  His words follow.