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Outgoing Board Member Criticizes Deal

An outgoing member of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources Board says, Governor Nathan Deal is forcing him out for not rubber-stamping a pro-development agenda. Newnan insurance agent Warren Budd pushed DNR officials to respond when a fish kill soiled the Ogeechee River.

Counties Enforce Immigration Law

Georgia cities and counties are preparing to comply with the state’s new immigration law. That will mean proving, among other things, they aren’t issuing contracts to companies that employ illegal immigrants. Some of the law’s provisions go into effect this weekend.

Sports Hall Of Fame Deal Close

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is one step closer to officially staying in Macon. Now it’s just down to the paperwork.

Law Enforcement Deaths Up

Georgia tied for fourth this year in fatalities among law enforcement officers. Officer deaths in the line of duty are up here and across the country. Ten law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in Georgia so far this year. That’s up from nine last year.

Poll: Georgians Oppose Heavier Trucks

A new survey shows Georgia voters overwhelmingly against a proposal to put heavier trucks on the road. AAA conducted the survey as Congress debates whether to increase tractor-trailer weight limits from 80,000 to 90,000 pounds.

Bibb Lawmakers Prepare For Consolidation Push

Bibb County’s legislative delegation is moving closer to an agreement on consolidating Macon and Bibb County. They plan to introduce a bill when the legislature convenes in January.

Stricter Rules For Golf Carts

Golf cart owners in Georgia will soon have stricter requirements to follow if they want to drive their carts on roadways.

Supporters Of Horse Racing Confident

When lawmakers reconvene at the State Capitol in January they’ll revisit legislation filed last year concerning horse racing and pari-mutuel betting. Proponents say it could bring millions of dollars in revenue. Opponents worry it will open the door for casino gambling.

Olens Vows To Defend Redistricting

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says, he'll vigorously defend Georgia's redistricting maps in court if plans to challenge them come through. Democrats say, they intend to fight new politcal boundaries pre-approved Friday by the US Justice Department.

Bill Adds 'In God We Trust' To Car Tags

A group of Georgia state senators wants your car’s license plate to carry the nation’s motto -- “In God We Trust” -- in place of a county name.