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Assisted Suicide Law Struck Down

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the state's assisted suicide law obstructs free speech. Prosecutors say, without the law, there's no case against four Forsyth County men charged in a 58-year-old's suicide.

Sec. Kemp Asks For Election Changes

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is asking state legislators to adopt several recommendations outlined in a report from a panel of election officials that he says will save money and streamline the voting process for state and local governments.

Budget Forecast for 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal is projecting a deficit of $320 million for fiscal 2014. The state Constitution requires lawmakers to balance the budget each year.

Court Rejects Assisted Suicide Law

Georgia's top court on Monday struck down a state law designed to discourage assisted suicides after a legal battle brought by four members of a suicide group who said it also violated free speech rights.

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.