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Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia

Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) - After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. The laws are among a small number of major bills that become law with the new year. Others include rules requiring all new day care employees to undergo more exhaustive background checks, as well as a requirement that schools provide information about concussion risks to parents. While the ethics laws set the first state limits on how much a lobbyist can spend, there remain considerable loopholes and questions about how it will all be enforced. Under the new laws, lobbyists will not be able to spend more than $75 at a time. Previously, lobbyists could spend as much as they wanted as long as it was noted on disclosure reports filed with the state. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the 13WMAZ staff!

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How to mind your digital manners in 2014

How to mind your digital manners in 2014

Kim Komando, Special for USA TODAY

Good grief! Just when we needed a bit of good news, instead we hear that the FAA is debating whether to let airline passengers use their cell phones during flights.

Hard to think of anyone who would volunteer to sit next to a guy with a loud voice yammering into his cell phone on a cross-country trip.

Monday: Central Georgia Weather Forecast

Monday: Central Georgia Weather Forecast

Today... Mostly cloudy with rain likely. Highs in the low 60s.

Tonight... Decreasing clouds with lows in the low 30s.

Tuesday... Sunny with highs in the low 50s.

Tuesday Night... Mainly clear with lows in the mid 20s.

Gift tips for the golfer in your life

Gift tips for the golfer in your life

 

Twiggs County's Dennard makes All-America Squad

Twiggs County's Dennard makes All-America Squad

The honors continue to roll in for former Twiggs County high school standout Darqueze Dennard.

Dennard was named to ESPN's first team college All-America squad. He won the Jim Thorpe award last week, given to the country's top defensive back.

The senior finished 2013 with 59 tackles, 10 pass breakups and four interceptions. He also won the Big Ten's Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award, as well as being named to the Walter Camp All-America team.

10 ways to prevent Christmas tree fires

10 ways to prevent Christmas tree fires

USA TODAY Network

Your beautifully decorated Christmas tree can also be a deadly fire hazard.

Christmas tree fires are infrequent, but when they do occur, they are serious, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires caused by Christmas trees each year from 2007-2011. The result was a yearly average of six deaths, 22 injuries and $18.3 million in property damage, the NFPA reported.