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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.

Gov. Deal Disagrees With Gingrich

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal remains supportive of Newt Gingrich's presidential bid but disagrees with the former House speaker on allowing some illegal immigrants to remain in the country.

Redistricting Map Review Underway

Georgians have until Dec. 23 to comment on new state and congressional district maps. The U.S. Department of Justice is in the midst of its 60 day-review of the maps. Voter advocate groups say this may be the last chance to comment before the maps go into effect for a decade.

Court Backs Execution Standards

A federal appeals court has ruled that death penalty defendants in Georgia will have to prove they are mentally disabled beyond a reasonable doubt to avoid execution, the most stringent legal standard in the nation.

Expanding Plant Vogtle Costlier

Construction costs for Georgia Power’s two new nuclear reactors are rising. The utility told the Georgia Public Service Commission this week that the total project remains under budget because of lower financing costs. But ongoing labor issues are posing problems.

Episcopal Church Wins Ruling

Georgia's highest court says, Savannah's Christ Church belongs to the national Episcopal Church. The ruling sets up the possibility of an emotional Christmastime eviction and homecoming in a four year old case. Georgia's oldest church split in 2007 over theological issues.

Columbus Wants In On Rail Talk

Columbus leaders do not want to be left out of Georgia’s passenger rail discussion. So Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is creating a Mayor’s Commission on Passenger Rail to make sure Columbus is not forgotten.

Georgia Has 'Personhood' Bills

A Democratic state lawmaker plans to propose a constitutional amendment that would define a fertilized human egg as a person. A Republican state legislator filed a similar bill earlier this year.

Panel Tackles Overcrowded Jails

A panel created to overhaul the state's tough sentencing laws has released a report suggesting alternative programs for certain nonviolent offenders and more community-based supervision to reduce growing corrections spending.

Georgia Debate Could Sway Votes

Georgia Republicans announced late Monday they will co-host a presidential candidate debate in Atlanta just before Georgia’s primary.