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3 Special Elections Settled

Newnan businessman Mike Crane will take his seat in the state Senate after winning the District 28 runoff Tuesday.

Edna Jackson Wins Savannah Run-Off

Savannah voters ended a two-way contest for the city's mayor's office by choosing Edna Jackson to lead the coastal city. The retired university administrator defeated attorney Jeff Felser with 56% of the vote.

Columbus Mayor Forms Rail Commission

The mayor of Columbus says, she's forming a commission to push for regional passenger rail service to the west Georgia city. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has put several community and business leaders on the commission.

Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Woman

The federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled in favor of a former Georgia state legislative aide who was fired amid her sex change.

Loganville Lawmaker Resigns

A Metro Atlanta state lawmaker is resigning. State Representative Len Walker says, he plans to submit his resignation to Governor Nathan Deal in 10 days. He'll become senior chaplain at a church in North Georgia's Pickens County.

Tax Tribunal Idea Returns

State lawmakers are looking into setting up a tribunal to arbitrate tax disputes between the state department of revenue and taxpayers. The special tax council appointed by former Governor Sonny Perdue recommended the tribunal in January.

Grocery Tax Idea Revived

Republican state lawmakers considering ways to reform Georgia’s tax code are looking at taxing groceries. A joint committee on tax reform discussed the idea Monday in preparation for the upcoming legislative session.

No Pay Raises At Capitol

Georgia legislators won't get be getting a raise next year.

Savannah Voters Choose New Mayor

Savannah voters will return to the polls Tuesday to elect the city's next mayor. Voters in last month's general election pared a crowded list of six candidates to two. The run-off election features two city council members and lots of back-story.

Herman Cain Suspends Campaign

Republican candidate Herman Cain says he's suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination to avoid news coverage that is hurtful to his family.