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Sheriff: Inmate told Texas jailer of prior suicide attempt

DALLAS - A woman whose death in a Texas jail has raised suspicions about the official conclusion that she hanged herself told a guard during the booking process that she had tried to kill herself in the past.
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.
Farmers do not get individual aid for cleanup

...county yet, but we are continuing to pick up debris until it is all collected," he said.Kent Politch, spokesman for the Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, said emergency conservation funds, and business and farm loans between...
Sex questions still taboo on teen survey

ATLANTA -- In a CDC-sponsored survey, Georgia high school students answered questions on smoking cigarettes, wearing bicycle helmets, carrying a weapon, and trying marijuana.
Study: Georgia disaster preparation weak for kids

...plans, special-needs-student plans and a written emergency plan at all K-12 schools.Reg Griffin, a spokesman for the Department of Early Care and Learning, which oversees child care providers, said child care programs must submit a written...
Agencies disagree on Augusta's homeless numbers's a very dynamic population that can be hard to get a sense of who's included," said Jereon Brown, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the agency that regulates U.S. homeless criteria.For years, HUD has...
Thousands have no one to vote for in SC primary elections Tuesday

...Voting Rights Act of 1965 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race and color.Michael Passman, a spokesman for the department, said in an email the agency would not comment on why those two counties were chosen for monitors.
SC lawmakers halt access to brand-name drugs

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina senators chipped away Wednesday at spending on the state's Medicaid program, approving budget measures that will make it tougher for patients with mental illness or HIV/AIDS to get name-brand drugs.
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Spending plan gets first nod

A South Carolina senator complained that Medicaid health care programs for the poor, elderly and disabled are like a Mercedes-Benz as the Senate gave initial approval to a $5.9 billion spending plan.
Analysis: Georgia's speed limits are moving targets

As the summer driving season kicks off on Memorial Day, motorists on Georgia roads can prepare for frustration as they encounter other vehicles going faster or slower because it's hard to know how fast is too fast.