Vaccine hesitancy spurs coalition launching testing initiative
With COVID-19 vaccinations lagging in Georgia, a newly formed coalition launched an initiative Tuesday to convince unvaccinated Georgians to get tested for the virus. Forty organizations make up ACT Against COVID – the Alliance for Comprehensive Testing – including the Georgia AFL-CIO, the Georgia Municipal Association, 100 Black Men... Read more
1 in 6 children in Georgia aren’t sure where next meal coming from
Food insecurity is a much greater problem than most Georgians would ever imagine. Carla Harward, an attorney who retired and moved to Trion several years ago, took it on herself to do something about the combination of food waste in schools and making sure that children across the state... Read more
Dempsey to chair House panel on child lead exposure
State Rep. Katie Dempsey will chair the bipartisan House Study Committee on Childhood Lead Exposure. The appointment was made Friday by Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge. Other members are Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates; Rep. Matthew Gambill, R-Cartersville; Rep. Mesha Mainor, D-Atlanta; and Rep. Mark Newton, R-Augusta. Dempsey, who... Read more
Isakson to help raise funds for neurocognitive disease research
Former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson launched a nonprofit organization Wednesday to raise awareness and funding for neurocognitive diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and related dementia. Isakson, R-Ga., announced his diagnosis with Parkinson’s in 2015 and retired from Congress at the end of 2019, midway through his third term in the... Read more
Worker advocates urge broader paid family leave
Worker advocates in Georgia are pushing for further expansion of paid family leave after state lawmakers passed legislation to give state employees up to three weeks of time off following the birth of a child. Representatives from several Georgia nonprofits met Friday to call for a broader paid family... Read more

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