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The Carter Center

A bill signed Wednesday by Gov. John Carney requires health insurers to cover any medically appropriate drug that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of stage 4 metastatic cancer and other cancers, without requiring proof that the patient failed to respond to a different drug or drugs.

The bill, based on legislation in Georgia inspired by former president Jimmy Carter's recent battle with cancer, requires that the use of the drug or drugs is supported by national clinical guidelines and standards of care, and peer-reviewed medical literature.

University of Georgia

On Thursday, the UGA College of Education held the annual “State of Education in Georgia Conference.”

The main topic of the discussion at the education conference was the new “Every Student Succeeds Act.” This law is replacing the “No Child Left Behind” act.

Polling Site Changes in Clarke County

Sep 21, 2017

The Clarke County government is announcing a change of location for one of the city’s polling places. Voters who previously voted at Oglethorpe Elementary School will now vote at Whitehead Road Elementary School.

Other changes announced this year include. Moving the East Athens Baptist Church polling site to Gaines Elementary School, Barnett Shoals Elementary School moves to Whit Davis Elementary, the Board of Education location is now at Georgia Square Mall, and Timothy Baptist Church voters will now head to Timothy Road Elementary.

Athens-Clarke County Police Department

The clean-up process is continuing in Athens after Tropical Storm Irma. County leaders are asking property owners to report damage.

With the response phase over in Clarke County, the area is now In the recovery phase. County assessors are trying to determine the extent of the damage. County manager Blaine Williams says homeowners are asked to contact county government officials for the possibility of state and federal financial assistance.

Georgia Office of Attorney General

A state voter registration fraud case from 2014 is finally closing today, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

On Wednesday the Georgia Attorney General’s office received 53 voter registration applications that are allegedly forged.

The applications come from a registration drive that was run by the New Georgia Project, an initiative founded by House Representative Stacey Abrams.