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Georgia Strives To Be Competitive

State officials will soon release details of an ongoing competitiveness initiative. The plan is likely to include wide-ranging recommendations, but the aim is simply to create jobs.

Women Mayors on the Rise in Georgia

Voters in Albany and Savannah elected female mayors this year. They join Columbus and Athens as major Georgia cities led by women. When Dorothy Hubbard takes the oath of office on January 9, she will be Albany’s first female mayor.

Unemployment Benefit Changes Afoot

Georgians who lose their jobs next year could see smaller unemployment checks. Cutting back benefits would be part of the state’s plan to re-pay $700 million it borrowed from the federal government to cover unemployment reserves.

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.