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Senate Caps Foreclosure Fees

Georgia cities and counties would have to cap the fees and penalties they charge owners of foreclosed properties under a proposal approved by a state Senate committee.

Protesters Challenge Death Penalty

The Georgia chapter of the NAACP is asking state lawmakers to end capital punishment. NAACP state president Edward Dubose said at a rally Monday that execution is murder. State Sen. Vincent Fort has said he will file legislation to end capital punishment.

2012 Legislative Session Begins

The State Capitol is springing back to life. Workers have been testing equipment and tidying the chambers. And lawmakers have also been busy filing bills.

Female Mayor Takes Office In Albany

When Dorothy Hubbard takes the oath of office Monday, she will be Albany’s first female mayor. Albany was one of two major Georgia cities to elect female mayors last year.

Deal Proposes Eliminating Agencies

In an effort to continue to streamline state government, Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday he will propose the consolidation or elimination of some state agencies in his 2013 budget.

Lawsuit Alleges Debtors' Prisons

A Fulton County Superior Court judge has granted class-action status in a case alleging, Georgia is running modern-day debtors prisons. The decision could cost millions of dollars to taxpayers. Five parents put in jail for failing to pay child support filed the lawsuit.

Monroe County Sues Over Bibb Border Dispute

Monroe County is suing Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a bid to have a judge overturn Kemp's ruling in its border dispute with neighboring Bibb County.

Columbus Feeling Out Passenger Rail

The Columbus mayor's commission on passenger rail service is holding its first meeting Tuesday morning. City leaders have been pushing for regional train service for the west Georgia city.

Hightower Wins District 68

While attention focused on the Iowa caucuses last night, there was a Georgia election, too. And the winner here was Dustin Hightower, who will take his seat in the Georgia House as the District 68 representative.

Ag. Commissioner Wants Reform in Washington

A report, released by the Georgia Department of Agriculture Tuesday confirms that some Georgia farmers lacked enough workers last spring, and sustained crop losses as a result. Officials say the state’s new immigration law played a role but they’re looking to Washington for the solution.

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