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A New Birth of Freedom - 2009 Inaugural Theme

Updated: 01/20/2009 - "A New Birth of Freedom" commemorates the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The words, echoing across 200 years from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address, express Lincoln's hope that the sacrifice of those who died to preserve the United States would lead to "a new birth of freedom" for the nation.

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Inaugural History

Updated: 01/16/2009 - For more than 200 years, America’s citizens have witnessed the Inauguration ceremonies of the President and Vice President of the United States. As each president has offered a vision for America’s future, we reflect on the heritage of Inaugurations past.

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Senator Craig Case Closed

Posted: 01/08/2009 - Senator Larry Craig decides not to ask judge to reverse conviction.

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TaxWatch Offers Budget Balancing Alternatives

Posted: 01/08/2009 - As state lawmakers prepared to cut the state budget, a tax watchdog is asking lawmakers to take a different approach to fill the state’s 2.3 billion dollar budget deficit.

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Lawmakers Ask Schools to Tighten Their Belts or Else

Posted: 01/08/2009 - As lawmakers took the first steps to cut the state budget late this afternoon, schools are facing the biggest blow from the budget ax. Lawmakers are looking at chopping a half a billion dollars from education. Now teachers’ salaries are in jeopardy as lawmakers look at mandatory pay cuts for schools with money issues.

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Flooding in North Georgia

Posted: 01/07/2009 - Heavy rains and flooding close schools in three North Georgia counties.

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Advocacy Groups Want Taxes on the Table

Posted: 01/07/2009 - A coalition of education, health care, and labor representatives are calling on the governor and lawmakers to start considering new taxes and fees. While some Democratic lawmakers are supporting the plan, Republican lawmakers say any tax decisions should be put off until March.

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Food Stamp Frustrations

Posted: 01/07/2009 - Police were called to a food stamp office in Plantation to maintain order because of high levels of frustration over wait times.

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Push Made to Increase Georgia Class Sizes

Posted: 01/07/2009 - State budget cuts in Georgia are forcing schools to cut back on many things in the next year, but one area may see an increase.

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Financial Resolutions

Posted: 01/07/2009 - Certified Financial Planner Bruce Hagan has tips on the top five resolution for 2009.

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Food Stamp Applications Skyrocket in Florida

Posted: 01/06/2009 - One out of every 10 Floridians is now receiving food stamps. The number continues to rise and families who’ve never before applied for benefits are depending on food stamps to make ends meet.

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Laura Bush Book Deal

Posted: 01/05/2009 - Laura Bush has inked a multi-million dollar book deal.

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Education Cuts

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The state is reducing the budget in any way possible, and schools stand to face the largest cuts.

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Sansom Resigns College Job

Posted: 01/05/2009 - Under mounting pressure Florida’s Speaker of the House stepped down from his six figure job at Northwest Florida State College today.

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More Young Black Men Involved in Shooting Deaths

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The FBI says the murder rate nationwide is leveling off, a very different statistic from the gun-related incidents among young black men. And one local community member says it's time for neighbors from all over to step up and help.

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