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Georgia House Leaders Introducing Transportation Plan

Republican leaders in the Georgia House have unveiled a plan they say funnels $1 billion toward the state’s transportation needs. The strategy announced Wednesday includes eliminating a fuel sales tax. That money would be replaced by a dedicated excise tax of 29.2 cents per gallon.
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Clergy Speak Out On 'Religious Freedom' Bill Proposed In Ga.

Baptist clergy members in Georgia are picking sides over a bill that supporters say protects religious freedom. In dueling press conferences held Wednesday, both sides spelled out their positions.
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State Senator Introduces Law Enforcement Package That Supports Police Body Cameras

State lawmakers headed by democratic Sen. Vincent Fort are introducing a broad Law Enforcement Reform package Tuesday to the Georgia House and Senate.
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Atlanta Mayor: Better Transit Reduces Income Inequality

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says creating better transportation options in metro Atlanta would help reduce income inequality. The Democrat said Friday that building transit and infrastructure projects helps make sure people can have access to high-wage jobs wherever they live.
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GOP Presses State Bills Limiting Gay Rights Before Ruling

Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation restricting gay rights even as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to decide whether same-sex couples can marry.
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Gov. Deal Wants More Education Opportunities For Prisoners

Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia should use charter schools to help its prison inmates earn high school diplomas.
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Medical Marijuana Bill To Be Resubmitted

The chief supporter for medical marijuana in the Georgia legislature plans to introduce a modified version of the bill that would clear the way for it Monday.
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Former Atlanta Fire Chief Files Discrimination Complaint

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has filed a federal complaint against the city claiming he was discriminated against because of his religion.
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Georgia Lawmakers Plan Limited Look At Police Tactics

State lawmakers may be ready to put new limits on the use of "no-knock" warrants after an infant was severely burned by a flash grenade during an overnight raid by law officers last May in north Georgia.
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New Ga Dept. Of Transportation Chief Named

Longtime Georgia Department of Transportation executive Russell McMurry is the new commissioner of the Transportation Department, effective immediately.