VALDOSTA — The Georgia General Assembly says, "the strong public policy of this state is in favor open government."

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VALDOSTA – Every minute, approximately 20 people become a victim of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States.

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ATLANTA — In rural areas without public transportation, residents without cars have to get creative — but with long distances to cross and ride-share deserts — seniors, workers and students are left with few options to get to the grocery store, work and school.

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VALDOSTA — During a city council meeting in late 2019, two ladies stood up during the "citizens to be heard" portion to complain about how hard it was to do any grocery shopping in Valdosta's south side.

VALDOSTA – Dr. Justin “Mac” Vining didn't train for this.

ATLANTA — Georgia farmers claim a U.S. labor shortage is the reason they're increasingly turning to migrant workers but advocates say a broken visa program means both foreign and domestic workers suffer.

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VALDOSTA — Juan Pablo has been doing farm work in South Georgia for more than 20 years. The 35-year-old came to the United States in 1999 at the age of 15. A DACA recipient — Pablo is protected from deportation under the Obama-era program that gives protection to immigrants who were brought …

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THOMASVILLE – Water covers nearly three-fourths of the world’s surface. When it comes to drinking water, the vast majority of South Georgia taps into a vast pool hundreds of feet below the surface.

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VALDOSTA — Julio Perez was only 6 months old when he and his mother boarded a plane from Mexico to Georgia, leaving behind their old lives — and country — forever.

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ATLANTA – The minimum age to marry in Georgia is about to become 17, up from 16. Anyone who tries to sic law enforcement on another person – a prank known as “SWATing” – will face serious penalties. And blind Georgians will now be protected from discrimination in child custody battles.

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THOMASVILLE — The question had been posed to Jack Hadley repeatedly. 

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DOUGLASVILLE – The door was locked and lights turned off. Students stopped their work and huddled together on the floor away from the door and windows. A robotic voice filled Chapel Hill High School.

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VALDOSTA — The bloody shooting victim is curled up on the ground in one corner of the image. The disembodied voice of a police officer is talking to him.

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ATLANTA – Lawmakers just wrapped up another session where rural Georgia’s economic woes loomed large, with many bills being cast – some more convincingly than others – as a lift for the state’s small towns.

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VALDOSTA — Carrie Kelley works as a paraprofessional at Valdosta City Schools. She works with special needs children, makes $500 a month and lives alone in a cozy house along Floyd Street.

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ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers passed a long-awaited hate-crimes bill that covers sexual orientation, and then they passed another measure that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

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VALDOSTA — Councilwoman Sandra Tooley ran for office to get things done.

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QUITMAN – Molly Radford signed up for the fastest internet she could get in rural Brooks County, where her family has owned farmland straddling the Georgia-Florida line for more than a century.

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