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22 Counties Declared Drought Disasters

Federal agriculture officials have declared 22 Georgia counties disaster areas due to drought conditions that have left crops parched. Deal on Monday said the designation means that farmers and their businesses will qualify for much-needed federal relief.

Pharmacists Face More Speculation

A bill allowing the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to conduct physical and mental evaluations of pharmacists takes effect Friday. The Board of Pharmacy will also have more authority to investigate license applicants. Georgia currently has a shortage of pharmacists.

Judge Blocks GA Immigration Law

A federal judge on Monday blocked parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect until a legal challenge is resolved.

Ralston Pays-Up On Late Tax Bill

House Speaker David Ralston has paid about $1,300 in late taxes due on a property owned by his wife. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Monday that Ralston paid the bill last week after the newspaper contacted him about the outstanding bill. Ralston spokesman Marshall Guest called the late payment an oversight.

Texting Ban Proves Hard To Enforce

State law enforcement officials say they’re having a hard time enforcing Georgia’s ban on texting while driving. It’s been nearly a year since the law was passed.

No Way To Move The Date of Transportation Sales Tax Vote

A referendum on a proposed transportation sales tax will take place next summer. Some officials have expressed a desire to move the vote to the November general election. But changing the date won’t be easy.

Crop Losses Could Top $1B

An agriculture industry group estimates a shortage of migrant labor may wind up costing Georgia fruit and vegetable farmers $300 million in crop losses. Officials worry the total economic impact will be even greater if crops from the next harvest are lost.

Macon Man Supplying Iranian Military

Macon businessman indicted for selling and shipping aircraft parts to Iran. Michael Edward Todd sent parts from his warehouse at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport. Trade embargo in effect with Iran since 1979.

Georgia Debuts New Execution Drug

A death row inmate convicted of killing a 78-year-old Savannah woman is set to become the first person in Georgia executed using a new lethal injection drug.

Some Ex-Cons Spurn Farm Work

Some probationers don’t want farm jobs. That’s according to state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. It was only a week ago when Black said ex-cons could help ease a farm labor shortage.

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