First Slice 12-31-13: Georgia lawmaker likens Medicaid-reliant hospitals to ‘addicts on crack,’ defends his remarks

Plus, multiple shooting take place overnight in Atlanta


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  • Longtime civil rights activist Joe Beasley, standing outside Buckhead hotel where an international conference about drones was taking place last May, called the U.S. military’s use of the unmanned devices ‘deplorable.’

State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, has taken to Facebook to compare hospitals reliant on Medicaid to “addicts on crack.” The GOP lawmaker, who has also introduced an anti-Obamacare bill, defended his remarks too.

Three separate shootings last night occurred in Mechanicsville, Old Fourth Ward, and Pittsburgh. Those incidents followed the murder of a northwest Atlanta nightclub owner in a drive-by shooting yesterday afternoon.

Georgia has lost its bid to become one of the Federal Aviation Administration’s six approved test sites for drones.

Avondale Estates has purchased a little more than 4 acres, spending $1 million for the property, to help redevelop its downtown corridor. “Purchasing these four acres provides the city with some flexibility and leverage in the future development of the downtown area,” Mayor Ed Rieker said in a statement.

“Please do not fire your guns in the air because you may kill someone and not even realize you have killed them.”

A new poll from the Pew Research Center suggests that the number of U.S. Republicans who believe in evolution has dropped from 54 to 43 percent. Maybe U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, was right after all?

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