Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:06 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:06:02 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:16 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:16:37 GMT
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her. She is charged with cruelty to aMore >>
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her.More >>
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 >>
August 4, 2007
Albany -- The measure to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program passed in the Senate on Thursday with a 68-31 margin. It's a measure that would provide $35-billion to a federal program insuring 71% of children in America with taxpayer-subsidized medical care.
Currently, Georgia's Peachcare program receives federal funding from the program.
But with President Bush vowing to veto the bill, it is likely more changes will be made before the September 30th deadline.
At the Senate level, the federal program was designed to earn much of its $35-billion in funding over the next 5 years from a 61-cent increase on cigarette tax; a measure that was heavily favored by Democrats. But Republican lawmakers on the other side of the aisle say the bill goes far beyond it's original intent of providing health care to low income children.
Senator Saxby Chambliss was one of 31 U.S. Senators that opposed the reauthorization.
He said, "The bill that the finance committee passed out that came to the floor of the Senate that ultimately did pass, is going to cost Georgia's taxpayers a lot more money than they're going to get benefit from."
Since 1997, SCHIP has federally funded state insurance programs like Georgia's Peachcare, which insures children not covered by private insurance programs.
While Senator Chambliss supports SCHIP, he says the current bill, which will likely be vetoed by President Bush, has too many flaws. Chambliss believes Georgia's Peachcare program, despite recent financial issues, can succeed under a different measure.
"Georgia has a great program, and we need to continue it. But Georgia's taxpayers need to pay a fair share for other states, not an exorbitant rate on other state's programs," said Chambliss.
Supporters of SCHIP say the program has exceeded expectations, providing children that would have otherwise been uninsured with healthcare coverage. But critics of the bill say it's affording coverage to adults who should not be covered by the program.
Chambliss said, "This is a children's health coverage program. It's not meant for adults. Unfortunately, we have 14 states that cover adults. States like New Jersey and Indiana have more adults than they do children on this program, and that's not right. That's not what Georgia taxpayers expected they would be paying for."
Chambliss said that we while he supports the Peachcare program, he sees the increased cigarette tax as a way to curb smoking, leaving tax payers to provide much of program's costs.
But with SCHIP set to expire September 30th, if vetoed, it will be up to lawmakers from both parties to revise a new bill that will provide coverage to millions of children across the country.