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he Georgia House has approved a transportation plan that members say will raise $900 million through changes to the state’s gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

YOUR VOICE: What do you think of a Ga. House proposal to amend the state constitution to expand legal gambling to include casinos and horse racing in which the state would receive additional funding?

Courtney Butler, Gainesville “I, absolutely, think we should expand gambling because we’ve already allowed it [to fund education] thru lottery, so yes I think we should so that we don’t have to travel out of state.”

The State of Black America Report:

When it comes to the equality in America, a new report by the National Urban League says that blacks are missing nearly 30 percent of the pie.

Medical marijuana bill headed to Ga. governor’s desk

Just because a medical marijuana bill is about to be signed into law by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, don’t get visions in your head about one day casually smoking a joint on the patio of a Midtown Atlanta restaurant.

YOUR VOICE: In the wake of MARTA expanding bus services to Clayton Co., do you think the transit system is an effective service to Metro Atlanta?

“I come from the west coast and it doesn’t have a great transportation system, so for me Atlanta’s is great. I get everywhere I need to go. I definitely think it can be improved: They are always changing their schedules, ...

Atlanta area students fine-tune their dreams at Disney Dreamers Academy 2015

Walt Disney World in Orlando recently brought 100 students closer to their dreams at the annual Disney Dreamers Academy 2015 with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine.

East Point Youth Receives 1st Junior Newsmaker of the Year Award

Ten year old Willie Myrick of East Point is one “blessed” young boy who can testify that singing the praises of God can save your life.

Howard University Inaugurates 17th President

“I’m just glad that we have someone of his intellect, character and talent who has the kind of love for students and love for this university.” – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, A Howard alum

Counting the Victims of Police Violence

As Eric Holder ended his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, he said, “The troubling reality is that we lack the ability right now to comprehensively track the number of incidents of either uses of force directed at police officers, or ...

YOUR VOICE: What do you think should happen to DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen who shot and killed Anthony Hill, a naked, unarmed man? And what do you think will happen?

Leslie Woods, Stone Mountain Nothing. Honestly, I think he should be made the example of…When the people of authority, who’re there to protect and serve society, start killing people, unarmed people who can not defend themselves against your guns and ...

Georgia General Assembly 2015

State Rep. Allen Peake said Monday he will make a pitch to a powerful Senate committee later this week to meld two widely-divergent medical marijuana bills passed by the upper and lower chambers of the General Assembly.

Metro Atlanta News Briefs

Although they never knew what specific projects the $250 million bond packaged would fixed, Atlanta voters passed a bond package aimed at fixing aging infrastructure such as roads, bridges, sidewalks and buildings.

Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Announces Emerging Artist Awards Celebration on April 17

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will present this year’s Emerging Artist Awards at a special celebration at Chastain Arts Center on Friday, April 17 from 7-9 p.m.

'Blurred Lines' verdict likely to alter music business

A verdict saying Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye's music to create their hit song “Blurred Lines'' could ripple across the music industry, potentially changing how artists work and opening the door to new copyright claims.

Observing ‘Bloody Sunday’: Now What?

They came from across the nation to hear stirring speeches from civil rights activists to President Obama. They had a symbolic walked across a historic bridge, carrying placards, chanting and singing.