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Air Force, lawmakers clash over future of A-10 again

Air Force, lawmakers clash over future of A-10 again

Aaron Mehta, Air Force Times

WASHINGTON — The fate of the A-10 close-air support platform has been the most contentious issue between the Air Force and Congress over the last six months. If comments made Tuesday are any indication, it’s a fight that isn’t going away.

War funds needed until at least 2017, services say

War funds needed until at least 2017, services say

Air Force Times

U.S. military operations in Afghanistan will end this year, but bills for the war will be coming in until at least 2017.

Army and Marine Corps officials told Congress on Thursday that they will need at least three years of overseas contingency funding after the last troops leave Afghanistan, to pay for repair and reset of equipment.

Navy and Air Force leaders said they expect to continue relying on the funds too, at least for a few more years.

"We don't have enough money in our baseline budget to do what we're asked to do now," said Lt. Gen. Burton Field, Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements.

Tumult over military sexual assault far from over

Tumult over military sexual assault far from over

WASHINGTON (AP) - The turmoil over how to end an epidemic of sexual assaults in the U.S. military is far from over as Congress haggles over legislative remedies and new details emerge about a high-profile case involving an Army general and a female captain.

The Senate unanimously approved legislation this week to better protect victims within the ranks and ban the so-called "good soldier" defense to make sure a defendant's fate is determined solely by the evidence.

But the House has signaled it won't take up the bill immediately despite the momentum generated by the Senate's 97-0 vote.

The trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair at Fort Bragg, N.C., also may act as a referendum on whether more dramatic changes in the military justice system would curb the number of sexual assaults.

Governor Deal proposes $42B budget, more education funding

Governor Deal proposes $42B budget, more education funding

A $42.3 billion budget plan from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal would increase spending on education as the economy slowly recovers from a deep recession.

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.

Congress puts gender-neutral combat job standards into law

By Andrew Tilghman, Air Force Times

Pentagon official say they have no intention of creating special fitness standards for women who want to serve in combat jobs — but Congress wants to see that promise in law.

The 2014 defense authorization bill that is nearing completion includes a provision that will require the Pentagon to create a "gender-neutral occupational standard" for any combat jobs — infantry, armor, artillery and others — that are opened to women.

Central Georgia Election Roundup

Central Georgians take to the polls Tuesday in more than 60 races in which mayors and city council members will be elected and Sunday alcohol sales questions will be answered in some areas.

Some voters in the Tuesday elections will also decide special purpose local option sales tax questions.

The following is a list of Central Georgia cities and counties hosting elections.

-Warner Robins