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Judge Expedites Immigration Challenge

A federal judge has set a June 20 hearing for arguments on an attempt by civil liberties groups to block Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect. The groups earlier this week asked Judge Thomas Thrash to block the law until a lawsuit they filed last week has been resolved.ing down on illegal immigration. The groups filed a request asking the court to block the law from taking effect until the lawsuit they filed last week has been resolved.

Robert Brown To Run For Mayor in Macon

The state senate minority leader formally qualified Thursday at the Bibb County Board of Elections. Brown has served as a senator for Macon for 20 years/

Judges Hear Healthcare Act Arguments

Federal judges heard arguments challenging the federal healthcare overhaul law in an Atlanta courtroom Wednesday. Georgia is among 25 other states in the lawsuit. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says the law violates civil liberties because it would make people purchase health insurance.

Broun: Yucca Mountain Is Safe

A Republican-led house committee says the Obama administration had no scientific basis for closing Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. U.S. Congressman Paul Broun Wednesday discussed the findings with nuclear industry officials in Augusta.

Injunction Filed Against GA Immigration Law

Civil rights groups have filed an injunction to block a Georgia law that cracks down on illegal immigration. They’re asking a federal judge to halt the law before it goes into effect on July 1. The groups are also asking the judge to expedite a hearing on a class-action lawsuit filed last week.

Ralston: Trade Tennessee Transportation For Water

A top Georgia lawmaker says he has an idea for how the state can get more water for its needs. House Speaker David Ralston is proposing a trade with Tennessee. In his idea, Ralston says Tennessee would get better connections to Georgia’s transportation links. In return, Georgia would get access to water from the Tennessee River.

SC Ports Board Gets New Members

A member of the South Carolina state ports authority board is urging people not to read too much into a new pair of political appointments. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley recently appointed two new members. Neither of them are from the Beaufort area, near Savannah.

Native Workers May Not Ease Labor Shortages

Governor Nathan Deal says labor shortages at some South Georgia farms could provide jobs for the unemployed. But agriculture and labor experts say harvesting jobs typically don’t appeal to many native-born workers.

Brunswick Gets 'Closure' In Jail Dispute

Commissioners in coastal Glynn County appear to have put to rest a bitter, five-year-old controversy over the site of a jail expansion. The dipute began when commissioners proposed expanding the jail near the courthouse downtown. Business and civic leaders objected -- and eventually filed lawsuits -- to halt construction.

ACLU Sues Georgia Over Immigration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed a class action lawsuit today against the state’s new immigration law. The legal complaint alleges that the statute pre-empts federal law.

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