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State Settles Indigent Defense Suit

The Southern Center for Human Rights says a settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit involving appeals by indigent Georgia defendants. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in 2009 were calling for the state to make changes to make sure hundreds of defendants have lawyers to represent them in their appeals.

Embattled Congregation Restores Church

Members of a historic Savannah church are preparing their sanctuary for a homecoming. Earlier this week, officials from Christ Church Savannah gave officials from Christ Church Episcopal the keys to the 171 year-old downtown church building they both claimed in court. The two factions split in 2007. Sunday's service will be nothing out of the ordinary for the returning congregation.

Coastal Land Dispute Gets Hearing

Residents forced out of a coastal Georgia fishing village during World War Two told a Congressional panel, they want to return to their land. The mainly African-American former residents of McIntosh County's Harris Neck told members of a House Natural Resources subcomitteee, the government seized the land illegally. The area is now a wildlife refuge.

Immigration Panel Meets Again

Georgia’s new immigration panel met Thursday to discuss how it will handle complaints and other administrative issues.

Georgia Seeks Immigration Hearing Delay

Georgia and Alabama are asking a federal appeals court to delay a scheduled hearing on court orders blocking parts of their state laws cracking down on illegal immigration. The attorneys general of the two states said Thursday they want to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court decision on a similar challenge to Arizona's tough law targeting illegal immigration.

Public Defender Case Could Settle

A settlement may be in the works for a class-action lawsuit addressing poor Georgians' access to a public defender. The trial scheduled to start Thursday is cancelled. At issue is whether Georgia meets federal requirements to adequately provide legal counsel for indigent defendants.

Water Supply Plan Goes To Governor

State officials approved a plan Wednesday to help communities expand their water supplies. The plan’s critics say Georgia could boost its water supply more cheaply with conservation.

Survey: 55% Back Transportation Tax

A new survey shows, Metro Atlanta and Southeast Georgia voters favor a proposed new sales tax by a two-to-one margin. The state-wide poll by Survey USA for WXIA-TV Atlanta shows Northwest Georgia is evenly split on the tax idea, called T-SPLOST. Savannah's Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis says, with an uncertain vote date, it's still too early for campaigning.

Postal Service Delays Cutbacks

The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May. The cash-strapped agency, which is forecast to lose a record $14.1 billion next year, announced last week it was moving forward on cutbacks.

Bob Barr Won't Run Again

Bob Barr will not seek a return trip to the U.S. House. The Georgia congressman had been weighing whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Graves in a newly-drawn congressional district in northwest Georgia.

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