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House OKs Savannah Port Funds

An appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives includes $588,000 in construction funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to advance the deepening of the Savannah Harbor.

Bill Would Remove Gun Background Check

Gun owners would not submit fingerprints or go through background checks under a proposed bill. But critics say the measure would jeopardize public safety. Georgians wanting to carry a concealed weapon have to pay a permit fee, undergo a background check and submit to fingerprinting.

Court Won't Delay Immigration Law Hearing

A federal appeals court in Atlanta has denied requests by Georgia and Alabama to delay action on legal challenges to their tough new laws targeting illegal immigration pending the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on a similar challenge to Arizona's immigration law.

Loggers Want Heavier Trucks

Logging trucks on Georgia’s state and local roads could soon be two tons heavier. Lawmakers will consider a bill when the General Assembly convenes in January to increase the weight limit for trucks hauling forest products or poultry.

Drug Programs Could Close

Among the potential casualties of budget cutting in Washington are programs in Georgia that help women break their drug addiction and find work.

Judge To Resign Amid Ethics Probe

A coastal judge accused of ethical violations has agreed to resign. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams stood accused of jailing inmates indefinitely, giving preferential treatment and abusing power.

Savannah Port To Compete For Funds

A new bipartisan deal in Congress allocates nearly a half billion dollars to East Coast port projects. Georgia and South Carolina lawmakers applauded the agreement -- part of a larger year-end federal spending bill.

Groups Challenge Coal Plant

The Southern Environmental Law Center and GreenLaw have filed a challenge to the air permit for a proposed coal-fired power plant in Sandersville.

Tea Party Targets Some Republicans

Georgia Tea Party groups are gearing up for the 2012 election by identifying state Republicans whom they say aren’t fiscally conservative. The groups are targeting House Speaker David Ralston and other prominent lawmakers.

State Settles Indigent Defense Suit

The Southern Center for Human Rights says a settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit involving appeals by indigent Georgia defendants.