Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:45:09 GMT
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/17WfBX4) thatMore >>
About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of soldiers assigned at Fort Benning and medical personnel from throughout the Army.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:49:18 GMT
By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press BERLIN (AP) - Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs asMore >>
Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:44 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:44:24 GMT
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.Several hundred canoeists and kayakers are taking part in Paddle Georgia 2013. It'sMore >>
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:34 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:34:01 GMT
Some central Albany eyesores are coming down to make way for what leaders hope will be a thriving mixed-income community.The Albany Housing Authority is still working on a plan that could bring up to 30-millionMore >>
Some central Albany eyesores are coming down to make way for what leaders hope will be a thriving mixed-income community.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:05 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:05:52 GMT
Five months after the mysterious murder of a Coffee County woman, people gathered Tuesday night in Douglas to remember her and to launch a community effort to make sure her case isn't forgotten. FriendsMore >>
People gather to bring attention to one of many unsolved murders of women in Coffee County.More >>
November 30, 2004
Albany - Five percent of people over the age of 12 have tried the deadly drug methamphetamine. That's hundreds of thousands of Americans, many of whom are addicted to meth. Tuesday, some public safety officers meet with state lawmakers to talk about the growing drug epidemic.
Common, easy to buy products can turn a few cold pills into a deadly drug. "Some say it's more addictive that crack," said Major Bill Berry with the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit .
The manufacturing and use of methamphetamine is sky-rocketing in Georgia. "If the trend continues, Georgia will be the number one meth producing state east of the Mississippi River. That's unacceptable," said Major Berry.
So unacceptable, Major Berry asked state representatives to come to Albany to discuss ways of combating the meth problem.
"There's a lot of about meth that isn't known, because it hasn't been studied long enough," said Representative Barbara Reese, of Summerville. Rep. Barbara Reese heads the House Meth Study Committee. She says restricting the sale of ephedrine, found in cold and sinus pills, is law enforcement's leading request.
"Without the ephedrine, you can't make meth. So, I think more strenuous control of that would help," said Austell Police Department Narcotics officer Steven Tarter."
"Right now it's a 300 pill limit. We would like to see that lowered," said Major Berry. Major Berry says more state and federal money is also needed. "If you have to clean up an apartment or house after a meth lab is found, it can run $50,000."
But despite the possible cost, Rep. Reese says cleaning up the statewide meth problem will be a priority for lawmakers this year. She hopes to also introduce a bill to require law enforcers to report any children living in a house where a meth lab was found to DEFACS, because the chemicals used to make the drug are so harmful.