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Immigration Panel Begins Work

Georgia’s new immigration panel met in Atlanta for the first time Thursday. The seven-member group will review complaints from registered citizens about how public agencies are enforcing the state’s immigration law.

Presidential Vote Set For March 6

Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Thursday that Georgians will vote in a March 6th presidential primary. There had been speculation that Georgia would join states like Florida and Michigan in voting earlier. But Kemp put that to rest by setting the primary for what’s called Super Tuesday.

Immigration Oversight Panel Meets

A Georgia panel charged with ensuring compliance with immigration-related state laws is set to hold its first meeting amid an uproar over the views of one of its members. The seven-member Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board will meet Thursday at the state Capitol. Thousands of people have signed petitions delivered to Nathan Deal urging the governor to rescind his appointment of Phil Kent to the board, calling his views on race and culture "extreme."

Georgia Joins Super Tuesday

Secretary of State Brian Kemp says Georgia will hold its presidential primary on Super Tuesday. Kemp made the announcement Thursday that Georgians will go to the polls on March 6. State lawmakers gave Kemp until Dec. 1 to set Georgia's primary day. But the Republican National Party has asked states to submit their primary dates by Saturday.

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.

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