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Georgia Writer's Hall of Fame

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame has announced their 2018 class of inductees. 

A blood shortage is prompting the Red Cross to issue an urgent call for blood and platelet donations. January is National Blood Donor Month and the organization needs donors of all blood types to make an appointment to help address a winter blood donation shortage.

 

Kristen Stancil is Communications Manager with the Red Cross. She says severe weather has forced blood drive cancellations during an already difficult time of year.

 

Today is a historic one for the Athens community. 57 years ago, on January 09, 1961 students Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes integrated the University of Georgia.

Hunter-Gault graduated from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1963, going on to work for prestigious media outlets like The New Yorker, The New York Times, PBS, CNN and NPR.

 

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A stalled proposal to impose new rules and limits on how Georgia colleges handle sexual violence cases is getting a new chance in the state legislature.

The state Senate voted without debate Tuesday to move House Bill 51 to a new committee after the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to bring it up for a vote last year. Advocacy groups and rape victims have opposed the bill, saying requirements that schools report alleged felonies to police would discourage some victims from reporting sexual assaults.

Senator Butch Miller Elected President Pro Tem

Jan 9, 2018
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The Georgia State Senate begins the 2018 legislative session with a new face in its leadership.

Senator Butch Miller has represented the Gainesville area since 2010. The Republican was elected to serve as President pro tem of the Senate. This is Miller’s second try at the Senate’s number-two job; in 2014 he narrowly lost to Gwinnett County’s David Schafer.

Miller’s election marks another powerful political position held by someone from Hall County; both the governor and the lieutenant governor are also from the Gainesville area.

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