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New Ban On Offshore Drilling

Georgia environmental groups are praising a decision by the Obama administration to reverse itself on offshore oil. Back in March, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the administration would open up the East Coast to offshore drilling. Now -- after the Gulf oil spill -- Salazar says, the administration will NOT persue Atlantic oil.

State Rep. Sellier Dead At 65

Sellier was recently reelected to his third term. Served on agriculture, consumer affairs, defense, veteran's affairs, education, health and human services committees. Sellier is survived by his wife Judye and three grown children.

High Cost For Low Turnout

Turnout for Tuesday's runoff elections is very low across the state. And rainy weather isn't helping the numbers. In Forsyth County voters have been asked to go to the polls a lot this year. The County has held 3 elections with 3 runoffs, each costing at least $50.000 dollars.

Deal Picks Economic Chief

Governor elect Nathan Deal will recommend a lobbyist for UGA as his new commissioner of Economic Development.

Senate Judiciary Committe to Vote on Amy Totenberg

Amy Totenberg was nominated by President Obama for the Federal Court in Atlanta, if voted in she will fill one of four seats on the U.S. District Court in Atlanta

Runoff Polls Open Tuesday

Polls will re-open this Tuesday for various state and local races. Georgia voters will have at least two races on their ballots.

Fraudsters Target Absentee Ballots

Two women in coastal Georgia’s McIntosh County have turned themselves in to police on charges of voter fraud. The women were charged with three felony counts of mishandling absentee ballots, after a local postal worker tipped off authorities that one of them mailed a stack of ballots before the November 2nd general election. Secretary of State Brian Kemp won’t comment on an open investigation, but says his office has recently collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for absentee ballot fraud.

Court Upholds Right To Interpreter

Georgia's highest court has ruled that a criminal defendent has a right to an interpreter at trial if he or she doesn't speak good English. The 5-to-4 decision came in the case of a Mandarin speaker convicted of cruelty to children. Annie Ling will get a new trial because she doesn't speak English well and her lawyer didn't secure an interpreter.

Runoff Races Include State Supreme Court

The race for State Supreme Court, among other local and regional races, will be decided in a runoff election on November 30th. Lawrenceville attorney Tammy Adkins will challenge incumbent Justice David Nahmias in the runoff.

Two More State Reps. Jump To GOP

Two south Georgia democrats will join the House Republican Caucus come January, giving Republicans close to a supermajority in the state house.

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