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Obama: 'Misjudgment' To Make Iran Deal Contingent On Recognizing Israel

President Obama says it would be a "fundamental misjudgment" to condition a nuclear deal with Iran on the country's recognition of Israel. Obama made the comments Monday during an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.
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Voters To Decide Whether To Create Two New Georgia Cities

Voters will decide in November whether to create two new Georgia cities in DeKalb County, just northeast of Atlanta.
Roadwork in Augusta

Georgia Budget To Fund Range Of Construction Projects

The budget approved by Georgia lawmakers is expected to bring a wave of new construction to the state, which means big business for contractors, road-builders and companies that supply equipment to government and school facilities.
Willie Lovett

Feds Want Quarter Of Former Savannah Chief's $130K Pension

If Savannah's former police chief gets to collect a $130,000-a-year pension while serving time in prison, then federal prosecutors want to seize a healthy cut.

Georgia Elections Director Resigns Over 'Technical Error'

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp says the state's election director has resigned at his request.
Speaker Ralston

Ga. Lawmakers Pass Dozens Of Bills On Last Day Of Session

Georgia lawmakers have adjourned the 2015 legislative session after passing dozens of bills. Lawmakers worked until their midnight deadline Thursday, and have sent the measures to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

Could Chris Christie Appoint Himself To The U.S. Senate? Yes, He Can

Thought exercise: What if the indictment of Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez ... could once again potentially place an appointment of a U.S. senator in the hands of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie?

Indiana, Arkansas Struggle With Changes To 'Religious Freedom' Laws

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET Lawmakers in Indiana and Arkansas wrestled today with new language for "religious freedom" measures that have sparked controversy for what critics say amounts to an open invitation for businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians.
Gov. Nathan Deal

Governor Says He Will Sign Transportation Funding Proposal

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he looks forward to signing a transportation funding bill aimed at raising $900 million.
River Street

Savannah Tourism Leaders Say Transportation Bill's Hotel Tax Could Harm Industry

Leaders of Savannah’s tourism industry say a provision in a transportation bill approved by Georgia lawmakers late Tuesday could threaten local businesses across the state. The $900 million bill creates a new $5 nightly hotel-motel tax to help pay for the state’s roads and bridges.