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  • Children of MLK gather to honor their father
  • The National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit comes to Atlanta
  • Deal promises to cover added cost for state employees during Blue Cross, Piedmont dispute 

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The only pharmacist serving in Congress said the opioid epidemic needs legislation that empowers his industry.

Substance use disorder keeps men and women in their prime out of work and costs the economy billions of dollars, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) said Tuesday during the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The conference is the largest on opioid addiction and includes more than 3,000 officials, experts and advocates.


It is springtime at Augusta National Golf Club, and that means The Masters is in town.

About 250,000 people are expected in Augusta this week. That brings millions of dollars to the local economy.

GPB’s Drew Dawson is in Augusta and has the latest on what’s happening around town.

  • Sen. Tippins Vacates Education Committee Chairmanship
  • IRS Says Coca-Cola Owes $3B
  • Gas Prices Continue To Rise

  • WiFi Restored At Hartsfield Jackson Airport
  • Ga. Lawmakers In Washington Disagree About S.N.A.P.
  • Augusta Finds Temporary Shelter For Those Displaced By Masters Visitors

  •  WiFi is back on at Atlanta's airport
  •  Chinese tariffs are not expected to hurt Georgia agriculture
  •  IRS and Coke dispute billions of dollars in back taxes

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield At Odds With Piedmont Healthcare
  • It Is Masters Week In Augusta
  • Six Flags Beating Case Settlement

  •  Atlanta continues to recover from ransomware hack
  •  Augusta readies for the Masters golf tournament this week
  •  State Board of Pardons and Paroles plans victim meetings

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The 2018 legislative session wrapped up just after midnight last night.

I talked with the AJC’s Political Insider Jim Galloway about the winners and losers of this year’s legislative session.


RICKEY BEVINGTON: Let's start with hands free driving. What are the new rules that people are going to start having to obey?

On this edition of Political Rewind, the 2018 session of the Georgia General Assembly was gaveled to a close late last night.  What did lawmakers do about measures to crack down on distracted driving, to expand transit across metro Atlanta, or to boost the chances for economic growth in rural Georgia?  We’ll look at these and other accomplishments under the “Gold Dome” this year.  Then, with the session now finished, the sprint to the May primary elections is now under way.  We’ll look at where the top races stand right now.  Plus, the City of Atlanta has been paralyzed by one of the bigges