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Court Upholds Open Meetings Ruling

Georgia's top court is requiring the city of Statesboro to pay the legal costs of residents who sued it for violating the state's Open Meetings Act.

Immigration Panel Draws Critics

Controversy flared last week over a Governor Deal appointment to the state’s new immigration enforcement panel. And there are concerns over its potential cost to municipalities.

Dept. Of Agriculture Pushes Fertilizer Check

The Georgia Department of Agriculture wants farmers to check their chemical inventory and reports any shortages to police. The call for vigilance comes in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks Sunday.

DOT Commissioner Resigns

The chairman of the Georgia Department of Transportation says Commissioner Vance Smith has resigned.

Deal Signs Congressional Maps

Gov. Nathan Deal signed off on Georgia’s new congressional districts Wednesday. They now head to Washington, D.C., for review by the federal government.

Death Warrant Revives Execution Debate

A Chatham County judge signed a death warrant Tuesday for Troy Anthony Davis. The document sets into motion a race toward Davis' execution and a fight over what it means. This is Davis' fourth death warrant.

Radio Host Bids For Congress

A conservative radio show host from Gainesville filed paperwork Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission to run for Georgia's new congressional seat.

Shadow Joblessness Plagues Georgia

State officials said Wednesday that the Lowe’s retail chain will open a distribution center in Rome that will employ 600 people. But it’ll do little to help 350,000 Georgians who have given up looking for full-time work.

Bibb Could Get Nonpartisan Elections

Bibb County officials are asking local lawmakers to make their elections nonpartisan. A resolution signed by the Bibb County Sheriff, Probate Judge, District Attorney, Superior Court Clerk, Coroner and Civil Court Judge could become a bill during the next legislative session.

Republican Supermajority On Horizon

Under the new redistricting maps, Republicans could have a super-majority in both chambers of the state legislature after the 2012 general election. A super-majority makes it easier for the ruling party to amend the state’s constitution.

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