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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Gov. Deal's chief of staff Chris Riley confer in the senate before the senate went into recess and the Rules Committee stripped the Delta tax cut from legislation. Gov. Nathan Deal and legislative leaders had hoped they could make a deal Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, on the Delta fuel tax legislation - which also includes a state income tax rate cut.(Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 1:28 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate approved a sweeping tax bill Thursday that punishes Delta Air Lines for cutting business ties with the National Rifle Association. The measure, which was stripped of a jet-fuel tax break, passed the GOP-dominated Senate 44-10, with only Democrats opposed. The...
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FILE- In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, people shop at the Pentagon City Mall in Arlington, Va. On Thursday, March 1, 2018, the Commerce Department issues its January report on consumer spending. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
March 01, 2018 - 8:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans lifted their spending just 0.2 percent in January, while their incomes jumped because of last year's tax cuts. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the modest spending increase followed gains of 0.4 percent in December and 0.8 percent in November. Incomes rose 0.4...
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Jennyerin Steele Staats, a special education teacher from Jackson County holds her sign aloft outside of the capitol building after WVEA President Dale Lee outlined the terms for ending the walkout on the fourth day of statewide walkouts in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Striking teachers are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year to end their statewide walkout. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 1:07 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House has OK'd a 5 percent pay raise negotiated by the governor to end a walkout by the state's teachers though schools in all 55 counties plan to stay closed Thursday. House approval of Gov. Jim Justice's proposed raise came on a 98-1 vote Wednesday evening...
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Jennyerin Steele Staats, a special education teacher from Jackson County holds her sign aloft outside of the capitol building after WVEA President Dale Lee outlined the terms for ending the walkout on the fourth day of statewide walkouts in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Striking teachers are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year to end their statewide walkout. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 12:50 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House approved a 5 percent pay raise negotiated by Gov. Jim Justice to end a walkout by West Virginia teachers though schools in all of its 55 counties planned to stay closed Thursday. House approval 98-1 of the proposed raise came Wednesday evening. The...
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Jennyerin Steele Staats, a special education teacher from Jackson County holds her sign aloft outside of the capitol building after WVEA President Dale Lee outlined the terms for ending the walkout on the fourth day of statewide walkouts in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Striking teachers are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year to end their statewide walkout. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
February 28, 2018 - 10:10 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House approved a 5 percent pay raise negotiated by Gov. Jim Justice to end a walkout by West Virginia teachers though schools in at least 53 of its 55 counties planned to stay closed Thursday. House approval 98-1 of the proposed raise came Wednesday evening...
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Jennyerin Steele Staats, a special education teacher from Jackson County holds her sign aloft outside of the capitol building after WVEA President Dale Lee outlined the terms for ending the walkout on the fourth day of statewide walkouts in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Striking teachers are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year to end their statewide walkout. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
February 28, 2018 - 8:33 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House approved a 5 percent pay raise negotiated by Gov. Jim Justice to end a walkout by West Virginia teachers though schools in 28 of its 55 counties planned to stay closed Thursday. House approval 98-1 of the proposed raise came Wednesday evening. The...
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Members of Ethiopia's Jewish community hold pictures of their relatives in Israel, during a solidarity event at the synagogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews gathered at the synagogue to express concern that Israel's proposed budget removes the funding to help them immigrate to reunite with relatives in that country, as representatives said they will stage a mass hunger strike if Israel eliminates the funding. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
February 28, 2018 - 2:31 pm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — In an emotional gathering, representatives for thousands of Ethiopian Jews announced Wednesday they will stage a mass hunger strike if Israel eliminates funding to allow them to join their families in that country. Hundreds met at a synagogue in Ethiopia's capital,...
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FILE- In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, a container ship waits to be unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. Economists project that the U.S. economy's rate of growth slowed in the last three months of 2017. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2017, the Commerce Department issues the second of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the October-December quarter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
February 28, 2018 - 11:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth was revised down slightly to a still-solid 2.5 percent annual rate in the final three months of last year, as business spent less on investment and restocking shelves than the government had previously estimated. The fourth quarter advance in the gross...
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FILE- In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, a container ship waits to be unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. Economists project that the U.S. economy's rate of growth slowed in the last three months of 2017. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2017, the Commerce Department issues the second of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the October-December quarter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
February 28, 2018 - 9:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth was revised down slightly to a still-solid 2.5 percent rate in the final three months of last year, as a jump in consumer spending was not quite as strong as first thought. The Commerce Department says the fourth quarter advance in the gross domestic product,...
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Members of Ethiopia's Jewish community hold pictures of their relatives in Israel, during a solidarity event at the synagogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews gathered at the synagogue to express concern that Israel's proposed budget removes the funding to help them immigrate to reunite with relatives in that country, as representatives said they will stage a mass hunger strike if Israel eliminates the funding. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
February 28, 2018 - 8:03 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Representatives for thousands of Ethiopian Jews announced Wednesday they will stage a mass hunger strike if Israel eliminates funding to allow them to join their families in that country. Hundreds gathered at a synagogue in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, to express...
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