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Senate Rules: The Road To Kill The Ethics Bill?

The Senate Ethics reform package which would place a $100 gift cap on lobbyist gifts to legislators is now in the hands the Senate Rules Committee. But ethics watchdog groups say that’s a way to stall, if not kill, the bill altogether.

Charter School Bill Compromise

State Republicans and Democrats say they’ve reached a compromise on a controversial charter school bill. The new version of the constitutional amendment would stipulate that funding for public schools would not be reduced to pay for state charter schools.

Some School Workers Could Pay More For Pensions

The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that would increase the monthly contribution of certain public school employees to their retirement system from $4 to $10.

Another Day, A New Charter School Bill

A state Senator has introduced a resolution allowing Georgians to vote on whether the state can authorize charter schools. It’s nearly identical to a House version that narrowly failed on its first vote last week.

Energy Secretary Tours Plant Vogtle

Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the construction of America's first new nuclear plant in a generation in Georgia will influence whether other utilities nationwide follow suit by investing in new reactors.

Swimmers Won't Notice Beach Water Changes

Federal environmental officials are proposing new beach water quality standards. But swimmers at Georgia's beaches are unlikely to notice any changes.

Video: Georgia's Own 'Caylee's Law'

The disappearance of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in Florida in 2008 sparked national attention and outrage at her mother Casey Anthony for not immediately reporting it.

Venezuelans Cast Absentee Ballots in Duluth

Hundreds of Venezuelans made the trek to Duluth northwest of Atlanta Sunday to cast their absentee ballots in Venezuala’s first-ever primary election. Henrique Capriles, a 39-year-old governor won a landslide victory and will now challenge President Hugo Chavez in October’s general election.

Deal: No Immigration Law Changes

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he isn't seeking changes to Georgia's tough law targeting illegal immigration.

Lawmaker Proposes Georgia 'Caylee's Law'

A Republican lawmaker wants to allow prosecutors to bring charges against parents who do not quickly report missing children.