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Peace Corps Bill Nears Passage

Peace Corps volunteers will get whistleblower protection and more sexual assault training under a bill passed this week by the U.S. Senate.

Baggy Pants Fines Mount

Almost a year ago, Albany city commissioners banned sagging pants. Since then, officials said they’ve handed out almost 200 citations and collected nearly $4,000 in fines. City Attorney Nathan Davis said complaints about low-hanging pants have dropped in the last year.

Report: Subsidies Fund Junk Food

A new report says federal subsidies pay farmers to grow crops used in junk food that’s linked to high child obesity rates. The U.S. spent $6 billion on these subsidies last year.

Supreme Court Gets Healthcare Appeal

Georgia is asking the Supreme Court to strike down the entire health care overhaul. Attorney General Sam Olens said today the state filed an appeal of a portion of the ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Push For Earlier Primary Date

Some of Georgia's House Republicans say an early presidential primary could make the state a player in the 2012 election. U.S. Representatives Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston say an early primary could be advantageous depending on the race's dynamics.

Funeral Saturday For Troy Davis

The family of Troy Davis has scheduled his funeral for Saturday in his hometown of Savannah. Davis' younger sister, Kimberly Davis, said Tuesday the public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. funeral service at Jonesville Baptist Church.

Immigration Law May Burden Local Governments

A group of petitioners is calling for the ouster of Phil Kent, a member of the state’s new Immigration Enforcement Review Board. The seven member board has the power to investigate and fine local governments that don't comply with Georgia’s new immigration law.

White House Won't Challenge Healthcare Ruling

The Obama administration has decided not to ask a federal appeals court in Atlanta for further review of a ruling striking down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul.

Disaster Aid Funds Safe For Now

Georgia might not be deeply affected by a stoppage of FEMA disaster funds -- at least in the short term.

Minority Poverty Rate Growing

New census figures show the Recession is disproportionately affecting Georgia’s Black and Hispanic populations. The poverty rate among minority youth is especially high.