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Rep. Paul Broun on Watchdog Group's 'Corrupt' List

A perusal of a Washington, D.C. watchdog group's website puts one member of the Georgia Congressional delegation in a negative light.

The group known as C.R.E.W., or Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, listed Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens) on its annual list for the second consectutive time.

The online article puts Broun on the "most corrupt members of Congress" list.

The C.R.E.W. report says Broun's listing stems from his "failure to disclose the true source and terms of his campaign loans."

According to the report,  when Broun originally ran for his congressional seat in 2007, he reported making personal loans without interest to his campaign. In 2010, his campaign reported making more than $30,000 in interest payments to Broun, the report said.

Washington County Football Kicks Off in the "House of Pain"

Washington County Football Kicks Off in the "House of Pain"

Washington County football kicks off at home, in the House of Pain!

That first game is against Eagles Landing Christian on August 23, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

See the full schedule.

Miriam Paris to Challenge Sen. Lucas in 2014

For the third time in three years, Miriam Paris will be running for state senate in 2014.

The former Macon City Council president announced today she's running for the District 26 seat now held by David Lucas.

In 2011, she beat Lucas in a runoff for a special election on the senate seat.

She held the seat for barely a year but helped pass Macon-Bibb consolidation.

Then last year, Lucas beat her in a rematch.

Paris made a brief statement this morning at Coleman Park downtown, but would not take any questions.

Negotiations Break Down on Georgia's Firearms Bill


ATLANTA (AP) - Gun laws in Georgia will not change in 2013.

House leaders said they could not come to an agreement with key senators over whether to expand gun possession rights on college campuses in Georgia.

While a conference committee released a compromise plan late Thursday, lawmakers supporting it acknowledged they did not have the support to force a vote before a midnight deadline. Any bills that don't pass by the final adjournment fail.

Both sides had agreed to allow local K-12 school boards to choose whether to arm certain school employees and allow churches to choose whether to allow concealed weapons on their property.

But House members wanted to relax restrictions for college students. Senate leaders sided with college executives who want to keep their existing bans on concealed weapons.

Ga. House, Senate Leaders Formally Approve Budget

ATLANTA (AP) - House and Senate leaders have formally approved a roughly $41 billion state operating budget comprised of state and federal money for the next fiscal year. 

The next stop is the desk of Governor Nathan Deal.  The final version looks a lot like what Deal pitched in January.

The state portion includes $19.9 billion, an increase of around $56 million.

The budget largely spares K-12 education from budget cuts, while many state agencies will see slight cuts. The pre-kindergarten school year will be expanded, as will HOPE grants for technical college students.  Some of that money will also go to the Education Center at Robins Air Force Base and to Mercer University, though dollar amounts aren't certain yet.

Deal has called for cutting payment rates to health care providers treating Medicaid patients. Lawmakers rejected that idea.

The budget year begins July 1.

 

Washington Co. Jobless Rate Above Georgia Average

Washington Co. Jobless Rate Above Georgia Average

Washington County's jobless rate was 11.4 percent in February compared to the state's 8.6 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor says  February unemployment declined to nine percent in metro Macon.

According to a release, that's down from February 2012, when unemployment for metro Macon was 10 percent.

Georgia's February unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

From January to February, metro Macon gained 500 jobs and fewer people were laid off.

RELATED | Macon's Unemployment Up in January 2013

Most jobs were added in the professional, business, education, health care, trade, transportation, warehousing, leisure and hospitality industries as well as in in local government.

Metro Macon includes Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties.

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

Where You Live is WMAZ's hyperlocal feature. This means that we are helping bring you more community-specific news more often.

We have websites for these communities:

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