Monday, March 22, 2010

How Georgia Lawmakers Voted On Health Care Bill

Although Congress approved a major overhaul of the nation's health care system, some Georgia lawmakers are fighting against it.

State Rep. Calvin Hill told a small crowd outside the state capitol Monday that he wants a state Constitutional amendment which essentially would allow Georgians to opt out of the federal plan. Rep. Hill believes the federal government doesn't have the right to require people to purchase health care if they don't want it.

State Sen. Judson Hill (R), of Sandy Springs, tried to do the same thing in the senate but failed, so he's supporting a law which would do the same thing.

Jubilant U.S. Democrats voted 219-212 late Sunday to send legislation to Obama that will extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans.

Among the Democrats from Georgia, Rep. John Barrow and Rep. Jim Marshall voted no. All of the others voted for it. All of the Republicans from Georgia voted against the bill.

The legislation is also designed to reduce deficits and ban insurance company practices such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Republicans opposed the bill, saying it's too expensive and calling it a government takeover, which is stating it mildly.

Police: Headless, Handless Body Found In Atlanta

Atlanta police said they have found a body missing a head and hands.

Maj. Keith Meadows said the unidentified female was found by a passer-by in a vacant lot near Elm Street between Jones Avenue and Joseph E. Boone St Northwest.

Meadows said it appears the woman was not killed at the location where the body, wrapped in cloth, was found. A police investigation continues.

Police: Man Suspected Of Trying To Buy Child Online

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said it is looking for a 56-year-old Woodstock man suspected of trying to buy a 5-year-old child, a purchase he apparently hoped to make online.

The sheriff's office said that investigators, acting on an anonymous tip, searched Patrick Ange Molesti's house last week. He was not home at the time, but investigators said they seized his computer where they found evidence of child pornography, the sheriff's office said.

No other information has been released regarding the alleged attempt to buy the child. The sheriff's office said Molesti is believed to still be in the metro Atlanta area.

Authorities said Molesti, a French national, is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is possibly driving a 2002 white Chevrolet van and likely armed with a handgun, police said.

Anyone with any information about Molesti's whereabouts is urged to call Cherokee 911 or detectives at 770-928-0239.

Georgia Tech Loses To Ohio State In NCAA Tourney

Evan Turner rebounded from one of the worst shooting nights of his career with 24 points, and second-seeded Ohio State outlasted foul- and turnover-plagued Georgia Tech for a 75-66 victory Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Turner, a leading contender for national player of the year, came within an assist and rebound of his third triple-double of the season. Jon Diebler added 20 points for the Buckeyes (29-7) and David Lighty had 18.

ACC Freshman of the Year Derrick Favors, who played just 5 minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls, keyed an 11-0 run that cut Ohio State's lead to 65-61 with 1:47 to play.

Turner made two free throws, and Lighty converted both of his after an intentional foul and the Yellow Jackets (23-13) never threatened again.

Favors, who finished with 10 points and four rebounds, fouled out in the last minute.

Atlanta Weather: Rain-Snow Mix Hits North Georgia

WSB-TV Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist David Chandley is tracking a line of showers moving into metro Atlanta, and there's a possibility of snow too. Chandley says a chance of snow is possible in the Georgia mountains.

Chandley says the rain-snow mix shouldn't pose any major concerns for motorists. As the system pushes out of the region Monday night, temperatures on Tuesday will reach the mid 60s and even warmer on Wednesday with highs hitting the 70s.

WSB; Georgia Radio Network; ESPN; 360.

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