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Coastal Land Dispute Gets Hearing

A Congressional panel heard testimony Thursday in a decades-long effort to return seized land to mainly African-American families on the Georgia coast. The US military took the land in McIntosh County during World War Two.

Immigration Panel Meets Again

Georgia’s new immigration panel met for the second time Thursday to set administrative rules. But the board charged with reviewing complaints about how public agencies enforce the state’s immigration law may have more questions than answers.

Georgia Seeks Immigration Hearing Delay

Georgia and Alabama are asking a federal appeals court to delay a scheduled hearing on court orders blocking parts of their state laws cracking down on illegal immigration.

Public Defender Case Could Settle

A settlement may be in the works for a class-action lawsuit addressing poor Georgians' access to a public defender. The trial scheduled to start Thursday is cancelled.

Water Supply Plan Goes To Governor

State officials approved a plan Wednesday to help communities expand their water supplies. The plan’s critics say Georgia could boost its water supply more cheaply with conservation.

Survey: 55% Back Transportation Tax

A new survey shows a slight majority of Georgians favor a proposed new sales tax to fund transportation projects. But since the vote isn't until next year, tax backers still have a lot of work to do. Survey USA conducted the poll for WXIA-TV Atlanta.

Postal Service Delays Cutbacks

The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May.

Bob Barr Won't Run Again

Bob Barr will not seek a return trip to the U.S. House. The Georgia congressman had been weighing whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Graves in a newly-drawn congressional district in northwest Georgia.

Drug Court Judge Faces New Charges

The judge who oversaw the state's largest drug court is facing more charges in an ethics case against her. The state's judicial watchdog agency is accusing Glynn County Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams of showing favoritism and conflict of interest.

F-22 Raptor Jet Ends Era

The final F-22 Raptor fighter jet rolled off the assembly line at a Lockheed Martin Corp. plant in Marietta on Tuesday. The jet is the last of 187 F-22s produced for the U.S. Air Force, completing its operational fleet, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

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