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Ribbon Cutting Planned For Fort Benning Gateway

A $6.8 million project to create a gateway into Fort Benning from Interstate Highway 185 is completed. Four monuments have been erected along Victory Drive as part of the gateway to represent the Infantry School and Armor School at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Georgia Challenges Voting Rights Act

Georgia is challenging the constitutionality of a clause in the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act. The challenge is part of a lawsuit filed last week that seeks approval for Georgia’s new redistricting maps.

The Party of Georgia's Future?

Republican lawmakers drew redistricting maps this summer that solidify their majority in the state legislature. But Georgia’s changing demographics won’t guarantee that majority forever. If Republicans want to stay in power, they’ll have to woo Blacks, Asians and Latinos. Those are groups that haven’t voted in large numbers for the state’s GOP.

Georgia Congressmen Push Health Care Bills

A group of Republican members of Congress is working to pick apart the nation’s health care law. That group includes three Georgia congressmen. Roswell Representative Tom Price, Marietta’s Phil Gingrey, and Paul Broun of Athens are among the 10 congressional members drafting bills that target the nation’s healthcare law.

State Senate Seat Qualifying To Open

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has announced qualifying dates for candidates seeking a state Senate seat in west Georgia. Kemp says qualifying for the Nov. 8 election to fill Senate district 28 will open at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning and close at noon Wednesday.

Can Georgia Ban Guns In Church?

Gun rights group GeorgiaCarry.org wants a U.S. appeals court to overturn a state ban on guns in places of worship. The sides made their cases to a federal appeals court last week.

Health Care Waiver Decision Delayed

The US Health and Human Services Department will take another 30 days to decide whether Georgia can phase in a key provision of health care reform more slowly. Georgia officials wants Georgia exempt from a part of the law until 2014. The provision requires insurance firms to spend no more than 20% of individual premiums on administration and certain other costs.

Redistricting Maps Go to Court

Georgia will see approval for its new state and congressional district maps by submitting them to a federal court. The state will simultaneously submit the maps to Pres. Obama's Justice Department.

Jail Mail Goes ‘Postcards Only’

New jail policy limits inmate mail to postcards. Authorities say inmates at the Troup County Jail can no longer receive enveloped letters from loved ones.

Civil Rights Leader Dead At 90

Civil rights leader the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, who was hailed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for his courage and energy, has died. He was 89. The former truck driver studied religion at night and became pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1953. Soon after he became an outspoken leader in the fight for racial equality.

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