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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.

Bill Bans Students Who Haze

The hazing-related death of a Florida A&M University student from Georgia has state lawmakers taking another look at the state’s hazing laws.

Chancellor Opposes Illegal Student Law

Georgia’s top university official asked lawmakers Tuesday to table a controversial bill. It would bar illegal immigrants from attending any of the state’s 35 public colleges and universities.

Senate Approves Hunting Bills

The Georgia Senate has approved legislation that would give a special hunting permit to children with terminal illnesses.

Democrats Continue HOPE Push

State Democrats have filed a bill seeking to lower requirements for technical college students who receive HOPE grants.

State Denies Execution Clemency

The Georgia pardons board has denied clemency for a death row inmate who has refused to file appeals that would likely delay his lethal injection for years.