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New regulations target transportation emissions in Georgia

The implementation of new federal clean-truck standards in Georgia, starting in 2027, is poised to enhance air quality and public health, targeting the state’s largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions. Bridget Murphy Brown, a public health advocate and Georgia registered nurse, emphasizes the positive impact on vulnerable communities living near major transportation routes, while urging further collaborative efforts to address the health implications of emissions and promote a healthier environment for future generations.

Georgia first lady makes pitch for people struggling to call 988 suicide prevention hotline

First Lady Marty Kemp of Georgia is actively championing the promotion of the new national suicide prevention hotline, 988, aiming to combat the stigma surrounding mental health care. At a recent panel discussion, she emphasized the importance of raising awareness about 988, particularly in light of the challenges brought on by the pandemic and the need to support individuals in crisis.

Lawmaker mothers with children in tow are still few in numbers but bring often missing perspective

The Georgia Capitol is experiencing a transformation as more women take office, leading to notable changes such as the installation of a lactation pod, the recognition of an official “baby of the House,” and the creation of a makeshift nursery. However, despite these strides, the representation of women in Georgia’s Legislature remains disproportionately low compared to the state’s population, and women lawmakers with young children are still a rarity, highlighting the ongoing challenges faced by working mothers in politics.

Georgia takes aim at mental health care shortages with new legislation

Georgia is intensifying efforts to tackle its mental health care challenges with new legislation designed to increase the availability of mental health professionals across the state. Representative Sharon Cooper emphasizes the state’s commitment to equalizing access to mental health services, particularly in rural areas, by offering loan repayment incentives to providers working in underserved regions.

New EPA rules target Georgia legacy coal-ash ponds

The Environmental Protection Agency has implemented a new rule tightening regulations on coal ash disposal, addressing millions of tons of toxic waste that were previously unregulated and often ended up in unlined ponds and landfills. This significant regulatory step is part of a broader initiative to curb pollutants from power plants and represents a major victory for environmental health, according to Dori Jaffe of the Sierra Club.

Emory Hillandale Hospital’s Upgrades

In a significant enhancement to healthcare services in DeKalb County, Emory Hillandale Hospital has unveiled expansive upgrades, demonstrating a remarkable utilization of federal and county funds. Thanks to a substantial $12 million allocation from the American Rescue Plan, championed by DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and other local leaders, the hospital has made critical advancements …

Earth Day report card: Georgians battle threats to state’s natural wonders year round

Georgia environmentalists mark Earth Day with both celebrations and concerns, as recent policy decisions threaten to undermine the state’s ecological health. Amid ongoing debates, conservation efforts confront challenges from industrial developments and regulatory policies favoring economic interests over environmental preservation.

Rural counties rely on prisons to provide firefighters who work for free

In rural Georgia, incarcerated individuals trained as firefighters and emergency responders are frequently called upon to tackle various emergencies, a practice that began in 1963 and has expanded significantly over the decades. Despite providing crucial support in under-resourced areas, this program faces criticism for potentially exploiting the incarcerated and impacting the job market for professional firefighters.

Tuition and fees to increase at Georgia’s public universities starting fall 2024

Students attending Georgia public colleges will face a tuition increase starting fall 2024, with in-state students paying 2.5% more and out-of-state students seeing a 5% hike, alongside the introduction of a higher tuition rate for international students. These changes, approved by the Board of Regents, reflect efforts to manage rising operational costs across the University System of Georgia amidst ongoing economic inflation.

Georgia Senate OKs bill to loosen limits on health care facilities, but talks ongoing

The Georgia Senate’s approval of a proposal to relax healthcare business regulations sets the stage for contentious negotiations, as Democrats vow to oppose it unless it includes full Medicaid expansion. While Republicans push forward, concerns linger among GOP lawmakers, highlighting the ongoing debate over healthcare access in the state.