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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in Moscow, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. ALEXEI NIKOLSKY, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Why US, Russia pulling out of INF Treaty raises fears of accidental nuclear war

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Feb 2, 2019 MOSCOW — Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday. U.S. President Donald Trump accused Moscow on Friday (Feb. 1) of violating the 1987 […]

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First Fannin Habitat homeowner pays off mortgage early

By Elaine Owen, Editor Almost 20 years ago, Paula Behrens applied for a Habitat for Humanity loan. The length and terms of a Habitat mortgage is based on affordability. In Behren’s case, she and her three boys, twins Paul and Stephen and John Henry, a 20 year note was the best option. Chris Hall, Executive […]

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Speaker David Ralston creates group to support Georgia’s film industry

Names Rep. Matt Dollar chair By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) announced earlier this month that he’s starting a legislative effort to boost the state’s film, TV and entertainment industry. Ralston created the House Working Group on Creative Arts & Entertainment, which will review the state’s tax incentives and other […]

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FBI Director Christopher A. Wray suggested bureau officials have not publicly spoken out because of the “polarized environment.” (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

FBI director blasts ‘mindboggling’ shutdown impact in message to unpaid employees

By Mark Berman, Washington Post (REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION) FBI Director Christopher A. Wray decried the government shutdown’s impact on the bureau’s employees in a video message released amid rising anxiety among thousands of agents and other personnel who have spent more than a month working without pay. In the unusual video message, Wray also offered […]

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Standard & Poor

S&P says US economy lost at least $6 billion during shutdown

SPECIAL TO THE FANNIN SENTINEL BY MORGAN G STALTER – 01/26/19 09:24 AM EST The U.S. economy lost at least $6 billion during the record-long partial government shutdown, S&P Global Ratings said Friday  (Jan. 25). The economic hit stems from a loss of productivity and economic activity lost to outside business during the shutdown, which […]

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State of the Union

2019 State of the Union Address

The 2019 State of the Union Address is scheduled to be given by the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump,on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in the chamber of the United States House of Representatives. It will be addressed to the 116th United States Congress. It will be Trump’s second State of the Union […]

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Georgia Lesislature

Georgia legislators begin new session

By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia legislators returned to Atlanta on last week (Jan. 14), to convene the new General Assembly, and for the first time in more than eight years, the state has a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and other top elected and appointed leaders. Though Democrats gained 13 legislative seats in […]

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Speaker Ralston opposes cigarette tax hike

By Bill Nadler, Associated Press Georgia House Speaker David Ralston moved Thursday (Jan. 10) to extinguish talk of a cigarette tax hike during the upcoming 2019 General Assembly session. The chairmen of the tax-writing committees in both the Senate and House had raised the possibility of major increases on cigarette and smoking products this session. […]

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Kemp wants $3,000 raises for teachers

By Elaine Owen, Editor Gov. Brian Kemp made a substantial down payment on his campaign promises Thursday (Jan. 17), recommending that teachers get a $3,000 raise and state employees a 2 percent pay hike. If the budget Kemp proposed in his State of the State message is approved, the raises will put more money in […]

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Brian Kemp, left, is sworn in as Georgia’s governor by Judge T.J. Hudson during a ceremony at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Atlanta

Brian Kemp sworn in as Georgia’s 83rd Governor

By Elaine Owen, Editor It began at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Before being sworn in, Brian Kemp attended a prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Philip. His first act as governor was a “Review of Troops” at the State Capitol before meeting with outgoing governor Nathan Deal. The former Republican Secretary of State […]

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