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Can Georgia Ban Guns In Church?

Gun rights group wants a U.S. appeals court to overturn a state ban on guns in places of worship. The sides made their cases to a federal appeals court last week.

Health Care Waiver Decision Delayed

The US Health and Human Services Department will take another 30 days to decide whether Georgia can phase in a key provision of health care reform more slowly. Georgia's top insurance official wants Georgia exempt from a part of the law until 2014.

Redistricting Maps Go to Court

Georgia officials said Thursday they will seek approval from a federal court for new state and congressional district maps drawn by the Republican-controlled state legislature. The state will also simultaneously submit them to the U.S. Department of Justice for review.

Jail Mail Goes ‘Postcards Only’

Authorities say inmates at the Troup County Jail can no longer receive enveloped letters from loved ones. The policy went into effect Saturday.

Civil Rights Leader Dead At 90

Civil rights leader the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, who was hailed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for his courage and energy, has died. He was 89. Princeton Baptist Medical Center spokeswoman Jennifer Dodd confirms he died at the Birmingham hospital Wednesday morning.

Guns In Churches Ban Challenged

A federal appeals court is set to consider whether Georgia's ban on guns in places of worship is constitutional. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear arguments Thursday on whether the 2010 law violates the First Amendment's religious freedom protections.

Wall Street Protest Moves South

As the “Occupy Wall Street” protest moves into its third week in New York City, the movement is spreading to other parts of the U.S., including Georgia. “Occupy” movements have sprung up in Athens, Atlanta, Columbus and Savannah.

Citizens Demand Ogeechee Oversight

People living along the Ogeechee River in South Georgia are demanding third party oversight of the waterway. They don’t trust the Environmental Protection Division to oversee a company that was illegally polluting the river for years.

Georgia High Court Upholds Execution Stay

The Georgia Supreme Court Wednesday rejected a motion by prosecutors who want the execution of a convicted murderer to go forward.

Survey Documents Crop Losses

A University of Georgia survey estimates that the state’s fruit and vegetable farmers saw at least $70 million in crop losses in the spring.