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Florida Gets an ‘F’ for Low Cigarette Tax

Posted: 01/13/2009 - Florida received three F’s for its efforts to stop smoking in a report card released today by the American Lung Association. The report claims the state’s 34 cent cigarette tax doesn’t provide enough financial incentive for people to stop smoking. The association is joining the growing ranks who say the state needs to increase the cigarette tax.

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Biden Meets with Iraqi Leaders

Posted: 01/12/2009 - Vice-President Elect Joe Biden visits Iraq on his pre-inauguration tour of the Middle East.

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Gas Prices on the Rise

Posted: 01/12/2009 - Drivers in the area may start shedding tears when they go to the pumps to fill up.

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Budget Negotiations Continue

Posted: 01/09/2009 - State lawmakers will work over the weekend to reach an agreement on how fill the 2.3 billion dollar budget deficit.

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Lawmakers Look to Drivers to Balance the Budget

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Lawmakers are turning to speeders and bad drivers to save Florida’s courts and prisons from the budget ax. Today state senators voted to raise the cost of a traffic ticket. Some drivers say if the new prices stick, they wouldn’t be able to afford them.

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Oath of Office - Presidential Swearing-In Ceremony

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The oath or affirmation of office of the President of the United States was established in the United States Constitution and is mandatory for a President upon beginning a term of office.

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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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