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Tybee City Hall Goes Geothermal

Tybee Island is seeking an additional $90,000 to complete a geothermal heating and cooling system for its city hall. Officials said once the project is completed, the community's geothermal system is expected to reduce energy use and save money.

Campaign Energizes Latino Voters

A statewide Latino organization is launching a campaign to increase voter registration and turnout. And organizers say opposition to Georgia’s new immigration law will bring out Hispanic voters for next year’s state and federal elections.

Court Hears Transgender Case

A former Georgia state legislative aide who was fired amid her sex change said she was encouraged Thursday after several federal appeals court judges suggested they could rule in her favor.

Unemployment Bill May Violate Law

A new bill would require unemployed Georgians to volunteer at non-profit organizations or risk losing jobless benefits. But that likely violates federal law. Under the bill, anyone receiving unemployment benefits would have to volunteer for 24 hours a week.

Film Debuts On World AIDS Day

A film opening on World AIDS Day Thursday that mixes live action and animation is taking viewers inside a soccer player's body, showing how he becomes infected with HIV and spreads the virus.

Kemp Ends County Border Dispute

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has dismissed Monroe County's effort to appeal the findings in its border dispute with Bibb County. The Telegraph reports Kemp ruled Wednesday that Monroe County's motion for reconsideration wasn't allowed under the law that outlines border disputes.

Savannah Mayoral Race: GPB Interviews

Savannah mayoral candidate Jeff Felser relishes being an underdog. The 48-year-old attorney and City Council member claimed that position when he came in second place in November's six-way ballot for the city's top elected position.

Savannah Lawmakers Back Drug Testing

Two Savannah lawmakers say, they support testing elected officials for drugs as part of an effort to test Georgians receiving state welfare benefits. Savannah-area business leaders are making drug tests part of their state legislative agenda.

Sanford Bishop Will Run Again

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has announced plans to seek an 11th term in Congress representing the second Congressional district in southwest Georgia.

Lawmakers Review Child Abuse Laws

A longtime Warner Robins football booster and former announcer is jailed in Houston County on child molestation charges. Police have not revealed the specifics of the case against 82-year-old Shelly M. Simmons Sr.