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This Week in GeorgiaGov:

North Georgia Receives Faster Internet Connections

August 30, 2012

The high speed broadband project bringing over 1000 miles of fiber-optic connections to the North Georgia mountains is not yet complete, but has already brought internet speeds 20 to 50 times faster than before to the local area schools and businesses

Clean Air Campaign Commuter Rewards

August 29, 2012

Do you drive to work alone every day? See how you can protect the environment, reduce traffic congestion and even earn a little cash with alternative commute methods.

Good News for Loggerhead Lovers

August 28, 2012

After years of protecting loggerhead nests from predators and hatchlings from commercial fishing, wildlife researchers last month reveled in a new finding — nest numbers on Georgia’s beaches are the highest they've been in 20 years. As of July 30, researchers had spotted more than 2,000 nests.

Record Peanut Crop Predicted for 2012

August 27, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has anticipated this year’s peanut growth in Georgia will not only be better than 2011, but could break records, despite the summer’s drought and increased fuel and fertilizer costs.

Recognizing Concussions

August 23, 2012

There are about 3.9 million concussion cases per year throughout the U.S. Make sure you know how to recognize the symptoms of a concussion and how to respond when you suspect injury.

Banning Synthetic Marijuana

August 20, 2012

Smoking synthetic marijuana comes with not only high risks to your health, but now strict legal consequences. Thanks to SB 370, Chase's Law, even possessing synthetic marijuana is now a felony.

Ending the Annual Ad Valorem Tax

August 19, 2012

The unpopular “birthday tax” car owners pay ended when Governor Nathan Deal signed the tax reform bill HB 386 earlier this year. The bill eliminates the annual ad valorem tax car owners pay and the sales tax manufacturers pay for future purchases.

Department of Juvenile Justice Introduces TIP Line

August 17, 2012

The Department of Juvenile Justice has introduced an online TIP Line. Report dangerous, illegal and unethical activities at DJJ facilities here.

Outdoors Guide Goes Smart

August 14, 2012

If you're an avid outdoor enthusiast, you can enjoy even easier access to state parks with the Georgia Outdoors Guide, a free smartphone application available in the iTunes App Store and for the Android market.

Applying for Child Care Assistance

August 13, 2012

To ensure that children around the state are well taken care of, the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program offers low-income families subsidies to pay for quality child care. CAPS covers costs for children 12 and younger; it also assists parents with special needs children up to age 17.

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