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Water War In Court Friday

Both states fighting over water rights in the Alabama, Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers must give U.S. District Court Judge Karon Bowdre a summary Friday of any significant progress in their negotiations to resolve the dispute.

Ethics Commission Unveils Overhaul

The state’s ethics commission unveiled a plan Friday to overhaul the way it operates. Commissioners said they want to contract with a private attorney to handle regulatory and compliance questions from candidates, officials and the public. The commission also would hire a second auditor and the two would handle complaints and investigations, with legal help from the state attorney general’s office.

Ethics Chair Won't Resign

The chairman of Georgia's ethics commission says he won't resign. A complaint was filed alleging Patrick Millsaps is illegally serving on the commission, citing state law which says that members of the panel may not serve more than one complete term.

AG Wants to Overhaul Sunshine Law

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens wants a revamped state Sunshine law that would stiffen penalties and increase enforcement. He spoke Thursday at the Atlanta Press Club about changes he has proposed. But he has no plans to suggest the legislators and the Governor be subject to the law.

Counties Weigh Water Project Options

Birmingham, Alabama's Jefferson County is considering defaulting on loans for water and sewer projects. No Georgia county faces a similar problem. But revenues and financing options for big water and sewer upgrades are both drying up

FAA Shutdown Stymies Planning

Congress’s failure to extend the Federal Aviation Administration’s funding has blocked some airport projects. And the lack of a long-term funding agreement for the FAA is limiting airport directors’ ability to plan.

Ga. Delegation Divided On Debt Debate

Georgia’s Congressional delegation appears divided on whether to vote for the debt resolution plan being re-worked in the U.S. House. Of note among Georgia’s 5 Democratic congressmen, Hank Johnson and David Scott are ‘NO’ or leaning ‘NO’. The others are reviewing changes being made, or did not return messages by air time.

What To Do With Nuclear Waste?

Officials at the Savannah River site near Augusta say it’s too early to tell how a new federal report will affect storage of spent nuclear fuel at the facility. President Obama’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future released its findings today.

Governor Deal Watching Washington

Governor Nathan Deal says failure to reach an agreement on debt ceiling will cause serious problems for Georgia. Federal government funds nearly one third of state's budget. Medicaid would be hit hardest.

HB 87 Having Unintended Consequences

Agriculture and hospitality industry officials told state Senators Wednesday that the new immigration bill continues to hurt Georgia companies. One official said some businesses are beginning to avoid hiring people with ethnic last names.

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