As prices have dropped ever lower, smaller oil producing nations on precarious financial ground have regularly pushed their bigger brethren to stop pumping at record levels and help calm the markets. Now, even the giants are joining the chorus, with Saudi Arabia and Russia on Tuesday calling for a coordinated effort to freeze production. The plan, which also included Venezuela and Qatar, is a tentative sign that major oil producers are ready to cooperate. And it indicates how deeply prices have fallen, as Russia and Saudi Arabia have previously resisted tempering production. Read more.
The "campus carry" bill that would legalize firearms on Georgia's college campuses passed a key House committee Tuesday. The chairman had unexpectedly added the bill to his panel's agenda with little notice. House Bill 859 would allow anyone 21 or older with a weapons license to carry a gun anywhere on a public college or university campus, except for inside dormitories, fraternities and sorority houses, and at athletic events. The ability to carry guns on college campuses has long been opposed by the powerful University System of Georgia and the leaders of the state's universities and colleges over concerns about students' maturity and safety on campus. Read more.
5. No tuition hike for Georgia public college students next year.
Tuition at Georgia's public colleges and universities will not increase next year, giving students a financial reprieve from years of hikes that have raised questions from state lawmakers. The tuition freeze applies to all students in the system's 29 institutions, and means they will pay the same tuition amount they paid when school began this year. The rising tuition rates had become an issue during the current legislative session, with state lawmakers questioning the need for the increases and requesting justification. Read more.