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Worker Visas Are Big Business

Officials at one Georgia company are hiring more staff and investing heavily in the future. That’s because its business – finding legal foreign workers for farms – is suddenly in demand.

Friends Remember Senator Robert Brown

Friends and family today are mourning former Georgia State Senate Minority Leader Robert Brown. He died Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 61.

Bill Would Nix Prosecution Limits

A state lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to remove the statute of limitations on child molestation and other sexual crimes committed against minors. The bill comes as news of child sexual abuse dominates national headlines.

Groups Join To End Death Penalty

An Atlanta lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to abolish the death penalty in Georgia. State Senator Vincent Fort has the backing of 12 organizations. They say the state unfairly applies capital punishment on the basis of race and class.

New Challenge For Election Maps

The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and other groups are asking a federal court to reject Georgia’s proposed redistricting maps. The groups say the Republican-authored maps disenfranchise minority voters.

Program Targets Criminal Immigrants

All 159 Georgia counties will now share fingerprint information with federal immigration authorities to help identify people who are in the country illegally and have committed crimes.

Lawmaker Wants Voluntary Weapons Permits

A House lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would make getting a concealed weapon permit voluntary.

Another Shakeup For Ethics Panel

A member of Georgia's ethics commission is stepping down from the panel after just three months to accept an appointment as a judge. Chan Caudell, of Cornelia, told The Associated Press he would submit his letter of resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday.

Alabama Immigration Law in Spotlight

Alabama's attorney general has become the highest ranking Republican official to suggest throwing out parts of his state's tough new immigration law, as he recommended that lawmakers repeal some portions of the statute that have been put on hold by federal courts and clarify some others.

3 Special Elections Settled

Newnan businessman Mike Crane will take his seat in the state Senate after winning the District 28 runoff Tuesday.

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