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Loggers Want Heavier Trucks

Logging trucks on Georgia’s state and local roads could soon be two tons heavier. Lawmakers will consider a bill when the General Assembly convenes in January to increase the weight limit for trucks hauling forest products or poultry.

Drug Programs Could Close

Among the potential casualties of budget cutting in Washington are programs in Georgia that help women break their drug addiction and find work.

Judge To Resign Amid Ethics Probe

A coastal judge accused of ethical violations has agreed to resign. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams stood accused of jailing inmates indefinitely, giving preferential treatment and abusing power.

Savannah Port To Compete For Funds

A new bipartisan deal in Congress allocates nearly a half billion dollars to East Coast port projects. Georgia and South Carolina lawmakers applauded the agreement -- part of a larger year-end federal spending bill.

Groups Challenge Coal Plant

The Southern Environmental Law Center and GreenLaw have filed a challenge to the air permit for a proposed coal-fired power plant in Sandersville.

Tea Party Targets Some Republicans

Georgia Tea Party groups are gearing up for the 2012 election by identifying state Republicans whom they say aren’t fiscally conservative. The groups are targeting House Speaker David Ralston and other prominent lawmakers.

State Settles Indigent Defense Suit

The Southern Center for Human Rights says a settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit involving appeals by indigent Georgia defendants.

Embattled Congregation Restores Church

Members of Savannah's Christ Church Episcopal are preparing for their first Sunday service back in their historic sanctuary in four years. Congregants are returning to their downtown building after a protracted legal battle.

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.