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Bill Extends Jobless Benefits

About 22,000 Georgians had been set to lose their unemployment benefits on July 1. The bill Deal signed into law will keep the checks flowing until Dec. 31.

Gingrich Georgia's 2nd Presidential Candidate

With the former Speaker of the House’s entry into the race for the 2012 election, he will be the second Georgian running for the GOP’s nomination. Former businessman and chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, Herman Cain has been in the race since January.

Immigration Law Could Change Crops

Governor Nathan Deal says he will soon sign stricter immigration rules into law. Some agriculture experts say it may change what crops the state produces.

Rural Areas Cool To Sunday Sales Vote

A Metro-rural split has opened up on the question of Sunday alcohol sales. Since Gov. Deal signed a law letting local governments put Sunday alcohol sales on ballots, a flurry of Metro Atlanta governments have committed to a vote. But more rural areas mostly haven't taken up the issue either way. The reluctance might not be all about conservative voters.

Newt Gingrich to Run for President

A spokesman for Newt Gingrich says the former House speaker will announce Wednesday he is running for president.

Law Puts More Kids In Booster Seats

Supporters of a new law that expands the number of children who must use car booster seats say it will reduce injuries. Under the new rules, nearly all children ages seven and under will now have to sit in booster seats while riding in a car in Georgia.

Olens: Sunshine Violations Widespread

Savannah City Council got a lesson in open government from Georgia's top prosecutor. State Attorney General Sam Olens says, he doesn't want to take elected officials to court, but violations of Georgia's sunshine laws are occurring far too frequently. He was in Savannah because the council violated the law three times.

Deal Signs Bill To Fund Burn Centers

Governor Nathan Deal spent the day signing bills in Augusta. One of them will help treat burn victims

NAACP Challenges Confederate Flag

State NAACP leaders ask Dodge County Commission to remove Confederate flag. They plan to return in June to protest. Not ruling out boycott.

New Bills Impact Seniors & Mentally Ill

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a measure into law Wednesday that creates a mental health division within the court system. The goal is to divert more people to treatment and not to jail. Also signed by the Governor, legislation that gives senior citizens greater options to stay and age in assisted living homes.

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