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Map Tweaks Spur Questions

The state House approved small changes Friday to new election maps it passed during the summer Special session. The changes, the largest of which affects Hall County, Gov. Nathan Deal’s home county, spurred heated debate on the floor of the House.

Amended Budget Has Immigration Items

The state House unanimously approved a supplemental budget Friday for the current fiscal year that ends in June. The $18.5 billion plan is up about 1 percent from the original estimate, owing to rising state tax collections.

Aging Prisoners Strain Budgets

A new report by the group Human Rights Watch finds Georgia’s prison population is aging. Eleven percent of those incarcerated are over age 50.

Groups Sue Over Savannah Harbor

Three conservation groups are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a $600 million project to deepen the Savannah River shipping channel. The suit was filed Friday in state court in Jasper County on the South Carolina side of the river.

Komen Restores Planned Parenthood Cuts

After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood.

Southern Regulators Push Nuclear

The country's first new nuclear reactors in a generation are all being built in the South. Industry groups say, the region is growing at a rate that demands cheap power. But others aren't so sure.

Committee OKs Charter School Bill

A state legislative committee approved a resolution Thursday that would allow Georgians to vote on whether the state can authorize charter schools. The measure would overturn a Georgia Supreme Court ruling that banned the state’s charter school commission.

Senators Want Work Visa Change

The Georgia Senate Agriculture committee has approved a resolution urging Congress to allow states to administer their own version of the federal visa program that allows employers to bring in foreign workers for seasonal agricultural work.

Go Fish Still Ramping Up

A taxpayer-funded program to build 17 jumbo boat ramps and a fishing education center in Georgia is drawing criticism for underperforming.

Bill Expands Child Abuse Reporting

A state senator has proposed a bill that would make it mandatory to report child abuse to a law enforcement agency. Current law requires teachers, doctors, nurses and counselors to report suspected abuse.

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