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Trading Drug Tests For Welfare

Two Georgia lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation that would require people to pass a drug test to receive welfare.

Columbus Mayor Blasts 'Brokest' Ranking

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is demanding that an online news organization delete from its website a story declaring that her Georgia community is America's "brokest city."

Tax Reform Remains Hot Topic

Conservative policymakers renewed their push for tax reform Thursday at a forum organized by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Elected officials and business executives touted lifting an energy tax on manufacturers, but it's unclear how the state would replace the lost revenue.

Mayor Looms Large In Race To Replace Him

Voters in the port and tourism heavyweight city of Savannah will go to the polls next week to choose a new mayor. While six candidates are in the race, one man stands at the center. Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson is barred from serving a third term.

Civil Rights Honors Stalled

The University Board of Regents is still working to grant honorary degrees to Civil Rights activists.The recognition would go to 38 Albany State University students. They were arrested and expelled in the early 1960’s, during the Albany Movement.

Assisted Suicide Appeal Before High Court

Georgia's highest court is set to review an appeal by four members of a suicide group charged with helping a cancer-stricken man kill himself. The Georgia Supreme Court is set to hear the arguments Monday.

Columbus Homelessness Initiative

Columbus is committing nearly $200,000 over three years for a new homeless initiative. Three private organizations also have provided matching funds. The long-term goal is to create a single place for homeless people to receive services.

Mexican Senators Want Immigration Meeting

A group of Mexican senators want to meet with state legislators in states that have enacted strict laws targeting illegal immigration.

Isakson's Peace Corps Protection Bill Passes

A bill sponsored by Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson to give whistleblower protection to Peace Corps volunteers passed on 406-0 vote in the U.S. House Tuesday. Now the measure is headed to the president’s desk.

Arts Council Regroups

The Georgia Council for the Arts launched a nine-month strategic planning process Monday. The council is adjusting to a smaller budget and a new home.

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