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Perdue Legacy

Perdue prepares to hand over the governor's office to Nathan Deal. In 2002 he entered the history books as Georgia's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. This Nov. 2, Georgia voters went to the polls and effectively validated GOP rule.

Chatham Seeks Utility Fee Relief

Chatham County leaders want state lawmakers to change a Georgia law they say is like taxation without representation. The law involves the franchise fees that cable and other utility customers pay. It requires some unincorporated residents to pay the fees, which then go to cities, not counties.

Voting Irregularities Lead To Ten Arrests In South Georgia

GBI and Secretary of State's Office conducted a 5-month investigation of Brooks County election. Three of those arrested are newly-elected officials. More arrests could be coming.

Deal Names Policy Chief, Others

Governor-elect Nathan Deal Wednesday continued the process of filling out his incoming staff. It included the naming of Erin Hames as deputy chief of staff for policy.

Arrests In Southwest Ga. Voting Probe

A five-month probe into voter irregularities in Brooks County by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has resulted in 10 arrests.

Ga. Population Spikes 18.3%

Georgia's population grew by 18.3% in the last decade, to a total of 9,687,653 as of April 1, 2010. In 2000, Georgia's popluation stood at a total of more than 8.1 million. With the increase, Georgia gains one seat in Congress, to a new total of 14.

South Georgia Braces For Census Numbers

The US Census Bureau will announce population figures Tuesday that will determine seats in Congress. They'll also determine seats in Georgia's General Assembly. There's no doubt Southern Georgia will be at a distinct disadvantage going into redistricting.

Atlanta Accepts Airport Guns

Atlanta will not fight laws allowing permitted gun owners to carry into unsecured areas of Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport. A state law passed earlier this year allows weapons in curbside areas. But the measure was met by opposition from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Savannah Nets Rural Development Funds

Governor Sonny Perdue has announced which rural areas are getting funds from this year's tobacco settlement money. And the big winner isn't rural at all. Metro Savannah gets the largest award in this year's grants from the One Georgia Authority. The grant will help Gulfstream Aerospace build a new facility that's designed to add 1,000 new jobs.

Deal Wants New Reservoirs

Governor-elect Nathan Deal wants the state to focus on building new reservoirs. Deal told lawmakers it should be a priority because a judge’s deadline is looming.

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