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Savannah Lawmakers Back Drug Testing

Two Savannah state lawmakers say, if Georgia's going to drug-test welfare recipients, the state should test policians, as well. Democrat Bob Bryant and Republican Ron Stephens made the comments Wednesday. Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce officials are supporting a bill that would require people to pass a drug test before taking unemployment benefits.

Sanford Bishop Will Run Again

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has announced plans to seek an 11th term in Congress representing the second Congressional district in southwest Georgia. Bishop, who serves on three subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee, narrowly avoided being unseated during his last attempt at re-election when Coolidge Republican Mike Keown provided the strongest challenge yet to defeating the long-time Democrat.

Lawmakers Review Child Abuse Laws

A longtime Warner Robins football booster and former announcer is jailed in Houston County on child molestation charges. It’s the latest allegation in a football season with child sex abuse investigations at Penn State and Syracuse University. Those cases have Georgia lawmakers looking at the state’s child-abuse reporting laws.

Haley Speaks On Savannah Port

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says, she was misinterpreted last year when she seemed to soothe opponents of Savannah harbor deepening. Some South Carolinians see Savannah's proposed port expansion as a threat to Charleston's port. Her words last year came up this week when reporters asked her about a permit South Carolina recently gave to Georgia's project.

Bibb Consolidation Support Grows

Diverse group of business leaders is throwing their support behind consolidation. They say it will help the economy in Bibb County. Consolidation could go to voters as soon as November of 2012.

More Charged With Voter Fraud

Two additional people have been indicted in a voter fraud case stemming from a primary election in Brooks County, bringing the number of people facing charges to 12.

Chambliss and Gang Of Six Return

The so-called Gang of Six plan to meet in Washington Monday now that the Super Committee has failed to come up with a plan to cut the federal deficit.

Waiting Period for City Status Proposed

A state lawmaker has filed a bill that would delay how long it takes for communities to become independent cities. Metro Atlanta counties have seen a spate of new cities in recent years. But the bill aims to address both urban and rural municipal issues.

Ruling Affects 63,000 Georgia Acres

More than a dozen Georgia roadless areas are expected to get new protections. A federal judge has upheld a Clinton-era ban on new roads on federal land. The ruling affects more than a dozen areas in North Georgia's Chattahoochee National Forest. The decision clears the way for the Obama administration to start enforcing the so-called "roadless rule."

South Carolina Fights Over Savannah Harbor

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is rebuffing some of her state's lawmakers on Savannah harbor deepening. Two South Carolina agencies are now going to court over the issue.

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