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A measure for a hands-free driving bill in Georgia is waiting for Governor Deal’s signature. The Georgia General Assembly passed HB 673 on March 29th. Deal voiced support for the bill during the 2018 legislative session.

Department of Labor

Georgia’s unemployment rate for March remained unchanged at 4.4 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia continued to set records in March, even though the number of jobs dipped slightly. It’s the first time the number of jobs decreased since September of 2017.


"When you take a look at those over the month numbers just for jobs, I wouldn't put a lot of stock in it. Quite frankly they're going to fluctuate up and down, any given month of the year," said Butler.  

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WUGA's Artist in Residence for April 2018 is painter Broderick Flanigan.  The event is at the home of the artist on Saturday, April 21 from 3-5pm.  For more information about this WUGA fundraising event, link to WUGA's Facebook page at



An agreement has finally been reached between Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross. 


After continued pressure from Governor Nathan Deal, the two healthcare companies, Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia have agreed to a new contract. The agreement was reached at close of business on Tuesday afternoon.


Deal had met with leaders of both companies on Monday and told them they needed to reach an agreement by Tuesday afternoon or else he would be forced to “initiate executive action.”


No Tuition Increase Next Year at Georgia's Public Colleges

Apr 18, 2018

Tuition rates at Georgia's public colleges will hold steady for the next academic year.

The state Board of Regents voted Tuesday not to increase tuition for 2018-19. Enrollment costs will remain the same all 26 public colleges and universities in Georgia.

University system Chancellor Steve Wrigley says the board recognizes a "critical need to keep our institutions affordable for students while providing a quality education."