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Peace Corps Bill Nears Passage

The U.S. Senate this week passed a bill to give Peace Corps volunteers whistleblower protection, more sexual assault training and a victim’s advocate. Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson co-sponsored the bill in response the murder of Georgia woman in Benin, Africa, where she was a Corps volunteer.

Baggy Pants Fines Mount

In almost a year since a ban on baggy pants took effect, Albany officials said they’ve handed out almost 200 citations and collected nearly $4,000 in fines.

Report: Subsidies Fund Junk Food

A new report says federal subsidies pay farmers to grow crops used in junk food that’s linked to high child obesity rates. The U.S. spent $6 billion on these subsidies last year.

Supreme Court Gets Healthcare Appeal

Georgia is asking the Supreme Court to strike down the entire health care overhaul. Attorney General Sam Olens said today the state filed an appeal of a portion of the ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. That decision struck down the provision that requires people to buy health insurance.

Push For Earlier Primary Date

Some of Georgia's House Republicans say an early presidential primary could make the state a player in the 2012 election. U.S. Representatives Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston say an early primary could be advantageous depending on the race's dynamics.

Funeral Saturday For Troy Davis

The family of Troy Davis has scheduled his funeral for Saturday in his hometown of Savannah.

Immigration Law May Burden Local Governments

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia is busy preparing municipalities for changes to immigration law. Not complying puts them at risk for losing funding. Some small cities and counties may not have enough people to handle paperwork.

White House Won't Challenge Healthcare Ruling

The Obama administration has decided not to ask a federal appeals court in Atlanta for further review of a ruling striking down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul.

Disaster Aid Funds Safe For Now

Georgia might not be deeply affected by a stoppage of FEMA disaster funds -- at least in the short term. The U.S. Senate on Monday was set to vote on a bill that would in part restore money to FEMA's disaster relief fund. Georgia emergency officials say much of the already-approved federal assistance money would not be affected.

Minority Poverty Rate Growing

One in four Georgia children is now living in poverty, according to the census. And thirty-six percent of the state’s black children and more than 40 percent of its Hispanic children are destitute