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Deadly Georgia crashes spur $10M effort to add safety officers focused on commercial trucks

...involved in 16,518 wrecks statewide last year and 157 people died.Lt. Col. Russell D. Powell, deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, said wrecks involving big trucks are up about 4 percent since 2012 and officials worry...
Ga. fires back on nursing home payments

ATLANTA -- The commissioner of Georgia's Medicaid agency has written a sharply worded defense of nursing home payments now deemed improper by the federal government.
Ga. argues against Medicaid 'waiver'

...cover more uninsured Georgians."We're not going to move forward on this at this time,'' Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, said at an agency board meeting Thursday.He cited "significant costs to the state...
Deadline looms for Georgia, Feds

...what the federal agency plans to do after the June 30 expiration of the settlement agreement.Frank Berry, commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, repeated a statement made earlier this year that Georgia...
Georgia child welfare reform legislation establishing child abuse registry signed into law

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday signed into law a bill aimed at streamlining Georgia's child welfare system to make it more efficient and effective.
Hearing set for June for Columbia County hospital appeal

The hearing for the appeal of the state's decision to award a license to Georgia Regents Medical Center to build a hospital in Columbia County won't begin until June 22, much later than first anticipated.
Companies receive incentives, fail to deliver jobs

A group of companies awarded more than $106 million in public grants by the state of Georgia fell short of producing the number of jobs they promised by about 42 percent.
Rural Georgia may get basic-service hospitals to downsize its services, the commissioner of a Georgia health agency said Thursday.Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, said he would ask the board of the agency to promulgate rules for such a "step-down...
University, Doctors appeal Columbia County decision

The fight to build the first hospital in Columbia County continues despite a decision to award the license to Georgia Regents Medical Center as University and Doctors hospitals have filed notice to contest the decision.
Authorities plan an increased road, waterways presence Memorial Day weekend

...maintained."A little common sense and a little preparation go a long way," said Col. Mark McDonough, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.