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Sunday Alcohol Sales Going To Voters

When Georgians go to the polls Tuesday, some will vote on allowing Sunday alcohol sales. This is the first year communities can decide the issue for themselves.

Number Of Georgia Militias Unclear

The Justice Department said four Georgia men arrested earlier this week and charged with plotting to buy explosives are part of a fringe militia group. But just how many of those groups are active in Georgia is unclear.

Trading Drug Tests For Welfare

A proposed law would require people receiving TANF benefits be drug tested. Applicants would have to pay for the screening. Money would be refunded to drug free but not those who test positive.

Trading Drug Tests For Welfare

Two Georgia lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation that would require people to pass a drug test to receive welfare. State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, and state Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, said they hope lawmakers consider the plan next year.

Columbus Mayor Blasts 'Brokest' Ranking

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is demanding that an online news organization delete from its website a story declaring that her Georgia community is America's "brokest city." The Daily Beast published the story Tuesday ranking several U.S. cities. It said it used unemployment rates, median household income, and average debt to compile its report.

Tax Reform Remains Hot Topic

Conservative policymakers renewed their push for tax reform Thursday at a forum organized by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Elected officials and business executives touted lifting an energy tax on manufacturers, but it's unclear how the state would replace the lost revenue.

Mayor Looms Large In Race To Replace Him

Georgia's main port city will get a new mayor next year. Voters in Savannah will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide which of six candidates will replace Otis Johnson, barred from a third term in office. The city is a player in the state's logistics and tourism sectors, but candidates have focused on setting themselves apart from City Hall's recent past.

Civil Rights Honors Stalled

The University Board of Regents is still working to grant honorary degrees to Civil Rights activists.The recognition would go to 38 Albany State University students.

Assisted Suicide Appeal Before High Court

Georgia's Supreme Court is set to review an appeal by four members of a suicide group charged with helping a cancer-stricken man kill himself. They argue that Georgia's statute on assisted suicide is unconstitutional because they say it violates their rights to free speech, equal protection and due process.

Columbus Homelessness Initiative

Columbus is committing nearly $200,000 over three years for a new homeless initiative. Three private organizations also have provided matching funds. The long-term goal is to create a single place for homeless people to receive services. In the short-term, officials want to hire a director for the initiative.

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