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Savannah Lawmakers Back Drug Testing

Two Savannah lawmakers say, they support testing elected officials for drugs as part of an effort to test Georgians receiving state welfare benefits. Savannah-area business leaders are making drug tests part of their state legislative agenda.

Sanford Bishop Will Run Again

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has announced plans to seek an 11th term in Congress representing the second Congressional district in southwest Georgia.

Lawmakers Review Child Abuse Laws

A longtime Warner Robins football booster and former announcer is jailed in Houston County on child molestation charges. Police have not revealed the specifics of the case against 82-year-old Shelly M. Simmons Sr.

Haley Speaks On Savannah Port

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is defending her appointees' actions on Savannah harbor deepening. Haley says, Georgia got what it deserved when a South Carolina agency approved the project.

Bibb Consolidation Support Grows

Business leaders are joining forces to support consolidating the governments of Macon and Bibb County. The effort comes as Bibb County’s legislative delegation prepares to hammer out a bill.

More Charged With Voter Fraud

Two additional people have been indicted in a voter fraud case stemming from a primary election in Brooks County, bringing the number of people facing charges to 12.

Chambliss and Gang Of Six Return

The so-called Gang of Six plan to meet in Washington Monday now that the Super Committee has failed to come up with a plan to cut the federal deficit. One member of the bi-partisan group of legislators is Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss.

Waiting Period for City Status Proposed

A state lawmaker has filed a bill that would delay how long it takes for communities to become independent cities. Metro Atlanta counties have seen a spate of new cities in recent years. But the bill aims to address both urban and rural municipal issues.

Ruling Affects 63,000 Georgia Acres

A federal court ruling is expected to lead to new protections for Georgia's national forests. Members of Congress still could challenge the Clinton-era "roadless rule."

South Carolina Fights Over Savannah Harbor

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is rebuffing some of her state's lawmakers on Savannah harbor deepening. Haley said, she won't meet with lawmakers about a permit her appointees approved for the port expansion.