Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
April 6, 2003
Pebble City- Georgia lawmakers have been in session for at least 30 days and they still have a lot of work to do. The house appropriations committee did agree on a midyear budget, but even that had its problems.
"We're still 128 million dollars short," says chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Richard Royal.
Though the House has made some headway on the budget it still must go before the full chamber. On top of that, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Representative Richard Royal says the state's revenue calculations could also be off.
"We're being told that there's a four-hundred million dollar shortfall in revenue and our budget analysts are telling us it's closer to eight hundred million dollars. So, this could get very severe before the budget process is over, and it could show up in very deep red ink for the 2005 budget year," exclaims Royal.
Still he says Georgia is in better fiscal shape than other states around us. But in addition to having to crunch numbers for the budget, lawmakers only have until Tuesday to pass new bills which include education reform and the state flag.
"I've been in the legislature for twenty years and I've never experienced this type of work going on, and we are behind and its slow but I think the major pieces of legislation that really deserve consideration will be done," adds Royal.
A budget almost 130 million dollars from balancing, plus a list of important pieces of legislation that have yet to be passed, equals a couple of very long days for state lawmakers.
Royal says because the governor's proposed 46-cent increase on tobacco tax failed to meet approval of so many lawmakers, the House is considering a 17-cent per pack increase which could bring in the $128 million the state needs to balance the budget.