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Georgia's 'Day Without Immigrants'

Some immigrants held a boycott Friday by calling in sick to their jobs. Their work stoppage is part of a Day Without Immigrants protest against the state’s new immigration law.

Many New Laws Now In Effect

A federal judge blocked two sections of Georgia's immigration law, but the rest of the law is set to take effect. Beginning Friday, it will be a felony to use false documents when applying for a job. Another part of the law creates a board to investigate complaints about government officials not complying with state laws on illegal immigration. Several other laws take effect Friday in Georgia, including a law allowing billboard owners to clear state-owned trees that block views of their signs.

Alabama Pushes Water Lawsuit

Lawyers for Alabama want a lawsuit targeting Georgia's water use in a shared river system to proceed and say negotiations have not produced a settlement. Alabama says that while it plans to keep negotiating, it doesn't believe that the progress made in the last three months justifies further delaying a lawsuit originally filed in 1990.

State Defends Appointee

Governor Nathan Deal’s office is fending off criticism over his appointment of Georgia’s new mental health ombudsman. Corinna Magelund will serve as an advocate for the mentally and developmentally disabled.

Deal Says Reservoirs Still A Priority

Tuesday’s court ruling that secures the federal reservoir Lake Lanier as a water source for north Georgia and metro Atlanta hasn’t changed the push for new reservoir projects.

Kemp Wants Early Primary

The state’s top elections official thinks Georgia should be among the first Republican presidential primaries in 2012. Secretary of State Brian Kemp said weighing in early will give Georgia more influence in the primaries to reflect the state’s growing influence in the country.

Immigration Law Starts Friday

A federal judge blocked two sections of Georgia's immigration law earlier this week, but the rest of the law is set to take effect. Beginning Friday, it will be a felony to use false documents when applying for a job. Another part of the law creates a board to investigate complaints about government officials not complying with state laws on illegal immigration.

Early Voting Period To Shrink

A new state law going into effect Friday will shorten Georgia’s early voting period to 21 days. Supporters say it will save counties money and reduce confusion for voters.

GBI Investigating County Tax Office

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation team is going through records at the Wilkinson County Tax Commissioner's Office looking into possible theft.

Cities, Counties Redistricting, Too

Congressional and state lawmakers aren't the only politicians waiting to see redistricting maps. Cities and counties are re-drawing districts following the ten-year Census. But unlike state and federal officials, local leaders don't need to call a state lawmaker to influence the process. In most cases, local planning agencies are the ones carrying out local redistricting.

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