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The University of Georgia has met and surpassed an ambitious fundraising goal. The Commit to Georgia campaign kicked off in 2016 with a goal of raising $1.2 billion dollars. Kelly Kerner, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations says they reached the milestone 16 months ahead of schedule.

“To me, what this is really about is what kind of impact can we have on the lives of students the University of Georgia and right now it’s pretty extraordinary,” according to Kerner.

Kerner says those funds are already making a difference.

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Athens’ new Police Chief addressed members of the community at a Town Hall meeting Thursday evening. Chief Cleveland Spruill said he wanted to let residents know where he stands on issues.

“I want to share my vision for the department, talk to them about what I will set as the expectations for my officers, how we’re going to go about policing,” Spruill said.

In addition, Spruill wants to find out more about the community.

WUGA kicked of the 2019 season of the Artist in Residence series at the home of Barbette Houser.

The SCAD graduate turned to textile arts after teaching and running her own business. She says she started quilting about five years ago.

“It was just a wonderful way to explore pattern, I’m OCD and I see pattern everywhere I go,” according to Houser. “I sometimes they kind of just haunt me and I try to translate them in some way on paper, fabric, so the quilting was perfect for that.”

Houser says she sees more than pattern in her work.

State Lawmaker Calls for Georgia Speaker Ralston to Resign

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A Georgia lawmaker is trying to oust the state House speaker following reports the powerful Republican repeatedly used his position to delay court proceedings for criminal defendants who are clients of his law practice.

A resolution introduced Friday encourages House Speaker David Ralston to resign, accusing him of an "unacceptable abuse of power." It was filed by a fellow Republican, state Rep. David Clark of Buford.

Lawmakers Approve More Loans to Farmers Hit by Hurricane

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A midyear budget that would add $20 million for loans to farmers and $2 million for hospitals affected by Hurricane Michael has received final approval from the Georgia legislature.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the budget covering through June 30, approved Friday, will now go to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's desk.

The state had earlier allocated $55 million in loans for farmers affected by the October storm, but that money was all distributed.

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