Ports from New York to Florida are scrambling for federal money to prepare for super-sized ships.
States say, the funding is critical to grow the economy.
But with federal spending tight, not all ports will get the money.
Candidates statewide are qualifying this week for scores of city and county elections.
Rome, Warner Robins and Gainesville are among the cities holding races.
The Savannah elections so far haven't sparked much heat.
The state legislature will wrap up the special redistricting session this week. Watchdog groups say the process has been somewhat more transparent this time. But the groups are still pushing for an independent redistricting commission.
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed off on state House and Senate redistricting maps. And the congressional maps will likely head his way this week. But debate continues on the maps, and it hinges on interpretations of the federal Voting Rights Act.
The lobbyist for Georgia's public defender system has been named to lead the state's ethics commission.
Holly LaBerge, of Senoia, was selected on Friday as executive secretary of the panel that handles campaign finance complaints and oversees lobbyists.
The Republican-controlled state House approved new congressional district maps Thursday. Democrats say the maps are part of a systematic plan to isolate minority voters. But Republicans insist they are following federal laws designed to protect minority voters.
A key House committee approved draft congressional maps Wednesday. The proposal will keep an air force base near Valdosta in the first congressional district. The draft maps now head to the full House for a vote.