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Combat Roles Open to Women

Updated: 01/24/2013 - Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

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Ga. Senate Passes Hospital Tax

Posted: 01/17/2013 - The Georgia Senate has passed Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to shore up the state's Medicaid system without having lawmakers approve an explicit tax to generate the money.

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Ala. Republican House Caucus Unveils 2013 Agenda

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Based upon the official state motto, adopted in 1923 at the suggestion of State Archives Director Marie Bankhead Owen, this agenda is designed to preserve the rights and liberties that Alabama citizens hold dear while also creating jobs, improving the economy and cutting needless spending and government waste. The items in the agenda include:

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Deal Presents $19.9 Billion Budget Proposal

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Georgia would keep spending relatively flat under a $19.9 billion budget plan from Gov. Nathan Deal that tries some trims to health care spending while including limited infrastructure and education spending.

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Sessions to Seek 4th Term

Posted: 01/16/2013 - Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama says he plans to run for a fourth term next year.

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Georgia Budget Woes Continue

Posted: 01/16/2013 - A weaker-than-expected economic recovery is proving to be a drag on Georgia's state finances.

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Culver Joins Statewide Advisory Committee

Posted: 01/16/2013 - Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver is one of six local government officials tapped to provide investment advice regarding the County and Municipal Government Capital Improvement Trust Fund.

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Oregon Sheriff Says He Won't Enforce New Gun Laws

Updated: 01/16/2013 - A sheriff in Oregon has put the White House on notice, sending a letter to Vice President Joe Biden saying he will not enforce any new gun law he deems unconstitutional.

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President Considering VP Biden's Gun Recommendations

Posted: 01/15/2013 - President Obama is looking at the recommendations from his Vice President’s task force on gun violence. The President is expected to announce steps to curb gun violence before the week is up. For some of those measures he’ll need lawmakers help, but he’s also weighing what he can do without Congress.

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Obama Weighing Executive Action on Guns

Posted: 01/15/2013 - President Barack Obama is tackling the issue of gun violence by weighing 19 steps that could be taken through executive action alone, congressional officials say.

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Three Month Grace Period on NYC Soda Ban

Updated: 01/15/2013 - Soda sellers in New York City get a three-month grace period from fines if they violate the city's upcoming crackdown on super-sized sugary drinks.

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Gov. Deal Pitches Medicaid Money Fix

Posted: 01/14/2013 - A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal says the governor is proposing a plan that would allow lawmakers to avoid an explicit vote on whether to extend an expiring hospital industry tax that helps finance Georgia's health care system.

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