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HB 87 Having Unintended Consequences

Agriculture and hospitality industry officials told state Senators Wednesday that the new immigration bill continues to hurt Georgia companies. One official said some businesses are beginning to avoid hiring people with ethnic last names.

Rep. Franklin Dead at 56

A conservative state lawmaker known for his plethora of “no” votes has died. Rep. Bobby Franklin was found dead at his home in Marietta. He was 56. Franklin was elected to the statehouse in 1996.

White, Minority Wealth Gap Widens

A Pew Research Center study shows the wealth gap between whites and minority residents in the U.S. widened sharply during the Recession. The finding is especially notable in Georgia, where the minority population is large and growing.

More Counties Mull Property Tax Hikes

A number of counties statewide have made, or are considering, significant hikes in property taxes to make up budget deficits. It’s become a last ditch option for local governments that have already cut spending to the bone.

FAA Shutdown Could Mean Travel Savings

Congress did not extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration Friday. Passengers at Georgia airports won’t see delays or flight cancellations this weekend. But travelers could save some money.

State Videotapes Execution

A Georgia man convicted of killing his parents and sister was executed Thursday after the courts allowed what was likely the nation's first video-recorded execution in almost two decades.

Congressman Wants FDIC Review

Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Grantville, wants the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to take a closer look at how it goes about closing banks.

Georgia DOT Watching Washington

Last year Georgia got 1.2 billion dollars in federal transportation funds. But a new bill in the U.S. House would cut that funding by 34-percent.

Lawmakers Adopt Redistricting Rules

State lawmakers met Wednesday to adopt guidelines for how to redistrict the state. They’re redrawing political regions to reflect population shifts since the last census.

Nearly 30,000 Same-Sex Couples In Ga.

US Census figures show, the number of couples identifying themselves as living in same-sex households in Georgia is on the rise. Statistics released Thursday show the number has grown by 55%.

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