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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.

Edna Jackson Wins Savannah Run-Off

Savannah voters ended a two-way contest for the city's mayor's office by choosing Edna Jackson to lead the coastal city. The retired university administrator defeated attorney Jeff Felser with 56% of the vote.

Columbus Mayor Forms Rail Commission

The mayor of Columbus says, she's forming a commission to push for regional passenger rail service to the west Georgia city. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has put several community and business leaders on the commission.

Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Woman

The federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled in favor of a former Georgia state legislative aide who was fired amid her sex change.