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Posted: February 9, 2017 12:27 p.m.

Senate approves budget changes, including storm relief

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers have approved a spending plan increasing state law enforcement pay and providing money for storm recovery in south Georgia.

The Georgia Senate on Thursday voted in favor of $600 million in additional spending to this year's budget.

The plan includes $5 million intended for recovery work in communities affected by the recent storms that killed 16 people in Georgia. It also includes about $27 million for a previously announced 20 percent pay raise for state law enforcement agencies, $50 million for a new cyber security program in Augusta and $109 million for public schools.

The House previously approved its version of the plan. Leaders for both chambers now will try to reconcile some small differences in the plans.

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