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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.

Georgia Seeks Immigration Hearing Delay

Georgia and Alabama are asking a federal appeals court to delay a scheduled hearing on court orders blocking parts of their state laws cracking down on illegal immigration.

Public Defender Case Could Settle

A settlement may be in the works for a class-action lawsuit addressing poor Georgians' access to a public defender. The trial scheduled to start Thursday is cancelled.

Water Supply Plan Goes To Governor

State officials approved a plan Wednesday to help communities expand their water supplies. The plan’s critics say Georgia could boost its water supply more cheaply with conservation.

Survey: 55% Back Transportation Tax

A new survey shows a slight majority of Georgians favor a proposed new sales tax to fund transportation projects. But since the vote isn't until next year, tax backers still have a lot of work to do. Survey USA conducted the poll for WXIA-TV Atlanta.

Postal Service Delays Cutbacks

The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May.

Bob Barr Won't Run Again

Bob Barr will not seek a return trip to the U.S. House. The Georgia congressman had been weighing whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Graves in a newly-drawn congressional district in northwest Georgia.