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Georgia DOT Watching Washington

Transportation officials say they could lose a large percentage of funding. GADOT officials traveled to Washington last week. One proposal cuts funding by 34-percent.

Lawmakers Adopt Redistricting Rules

State lawmakers met Wednesday to adopt guidelines for how to redistrict the state. They’re redrawing political regions to reflect population shifts since the last census. Principles include ensuring districts are equal in population and maintaining communities, counties and cities within the same districts.

Nearly 30,000 Same-Sex Couples In Ga.

US Census figures show, the number of couples identifying themselves as living in same-sex households in Georgia is up 55% from ten years ago. Statistics released Thursday show, the state has nearly 30,000 households self-reporting as having a same-sex couple. A demographer says, the official figure doesn't include all of Georgia's same-sex couples.

Videotape Stymies Execution

The attorney general's office is seeking to halt the video recording of a Georgia execution scheduled for Thursday. State prosecutors are asking a state judge in Butts County for permission to appeal her ruling allowing the video recording to the Georgia Supreme Court. The state's top court on Wednesday had let the lower court's ruling stand, citing a procedural error by the state.

Georgia Combats Rising Obesity

A new report shows an up tick in Georgia’s obesity rate. Now state health officials are working to curb the growing epidemic.

Inmate Set For Execution

A federal judge has rejected a request for a stay of execution by a Georgia inmate claiming the state's plan to use a new lethal injection drug would cause him needless pain and suffering. Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Steve Jones allows the execution of Andrew DeYoung to go forward, although his attorneys are expected to appeal.

Williams Wins District Seat

A Republican businessman from Oconee County is headed to the legislature to represent State House District 113. Unofficial results show Chuck Williams captured 62 percent of the vote in Tuesday's runoff. His challenger, Democrat Dan Matthews, received just 38 percent. Williams drew strong support in the heavily Republican areas of his home county, and Morgan and Oglethorpe Counties.

Macon Mayoral Race Heads To Runoff

Current Mayor Robert Reichert will face former Mayor Jack Ellis on August 16th. Reichert got 48-percent of the vote while Ellis got 38-percent. The other candidates in the race were former State Senator Robert Brown and newcomer Paul Bronson.

Lawyers Fight Looming Execution

Lawyers for a Georgia man set to be put to death on Wednesday have filed a lawsuit seeking to halt his execution, saying the drug authorities plan to use caused "needless suffering" when it was administered to another death row inmate. Georgia corrections officials plan to use pentobarbital, first used in Georgia in the June 23 execution of Roy Blankenship.

Debt Deal Could Hit State Budget

The debate over how to raise the federal debt ceiling could have big repercussions in Georgia. Political experts say, any deal to raise the limit likely would include big cuts to federal spending. Georgia relies on federal spending for everything from road construction to energy assistance.

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