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Panel Tackles Overcrowded Jails

A panel created to overhaul the state's tough sentencing laws has released a report suggesting alternative programs for certain nonviolent offenders and more community-based supervision to reduce growing corrections spending.

Georgia Debate Could Sway Votes

Georgia Republicans announced late Monday they will co-host a presidential candidate debate in Atlanta just before Georgia’s primary.

Commission Searches For Fitting Tribute

City of Albany Commissioners are working to find a fitting tribute for Albany civil rights activist Johnnie Johnson. Either the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport or the Municipal Auditorium could soon bear Johnson’s name.

Bill Overhauls Immigrant Worker Program

Two Georgia Congressmen have proposed a bill to overhaul a federal foreign guest worker program that many farmers use. The bill comes following labor shortages during the spring harvest, and it’s designed to make the program easier to use.

Georgia 'Personhood' Bill In Works

Two Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation similar to the "personhood" referendum rejected by voters in Mississippi earlier this month.

2012 Could Bring Sentencing Reform

State House Speaker David Ralston says lawmakers could take up criminal sentencing reform in next year’s legislative session. The issue was one of several Ralston named at a legislative preview Wednesday in Gwinnett County.

Militia Members Stay In Jail

A federal judge has denied bond for the four Georgia militia men accused of plotting terror attacks against government officials.

Bill Would Put ‘God’ On Auto Tags

Georgia license plates soon may all read "In God We Trust" and parents who apply for federal financial assistance might have to take drug tests under proposed legislation filed by state lawmakers.

Macon Sets Sunday Alcohol Start

Bibb County commissioners have voted to begin Sunday sales of alcohol both by the package and by the drink beginning Dec. 4.

Barrow Explores New District

Congress is taking a recess this week, giving a vulnerable Georgia Democrat time to work his new district in eastern Georgia. Congressman John Barrow could face a tough re-election battle next year.