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Bibb Consolidation Support Grows

Business leaders are joining forces to support consolidating the governments of Macon and Bibb County. The effort comes as Bibb County’s legislative delegation prepares to hammer out a bill.

More Charged With Voter Fraud

Two additional people have been indicted in a voter fraud case stemming from a primary election in Brooks County, bringing the number of people facing charges to 12.

Chambliss and Gang Of Six Return

The so-called Gang of Six plan to meet in Washington Monday now that the Super Committee has failed to come up with a plan to cut the federal deficit. One member of the bi-partisan group of legislators is Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss.

Waiting Period for City Status Proposed

A state lawmaker has filed a bill that would delay how long it takes for communities to become independent cities. Metro Atlanta counties have seen a spate of new cities in recent years. But the bill aims to address both urban and rural municipal issues.

Ruling Affects 63,000 Georgia Acres

A federal court ruling is expected to lead to new protections for Georgia's national forests. Members of Congress still could challenge the Clinton-era "roadless rule."

South Carolina Fights Over Savannah Harbor

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is rebuffing some of her state's lawmakers on Savannah harbor deepening. Haley said, she won't meet with lawmakers about a permit her appointees approved for the port expansion.

Gov. Deal Disagrees With Gingrich

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal remains supportive of Newt Gingrich's presidential bid but disagrees with the former House speaker on allowing some illegal immigrants to remain in the country.

Redistricting Map Review Underway

Georgians have until Dec. 23 to comment on new state and congressional district maps. The U.S. Department of Justice is in the midst of its 60 day-review of the maps. Voter advocate groups say this may be the last chance to comment before the maps go into effect for a decade.

Court Backs Execution Standards

A federal appeals court has ruled that death penalty defendants in Georgia will have to prove they are mentally disabled beyond a reasonable doubt to avoid execution, the most stringent legal standard in the nation.

Expanding Plant Vogtle Costlier

Construction costs for Georgia Power’s two new nuclear reactors are rising. The utility told the Georgia Public Service Commission this week that the total project remains under budget because of lower financing costs. But ongoing labor issues are posing problems.

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