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Isakson's Peace Corps Protection Bill Passes

A bill sponsored by Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson to give whistleblower protection to Peace Corps volunteers passed on 406-0 vote in the U.S. House Tuesday. Now the measure is headed to the president’s desk.

Arts Council Regroups

The Georgia Council for the Arts launched a nine-month strategic planning process Monday. The council is adjusting to a smaller budget and a new home.

Nuclear Waste Could Head West

Energy Department officials are considering shipping some plutonium from the Savannah River Site near Aiken to a federal storage site in New Mexico.

Iran Supplier Gets Three Years

An American supplier was sentenced to more than three years in prison for shipping fighter jet and attack helicopter parts to help repair Iran's aging aircraft fleet. Michael Todd of Macon also was sentenced Wednesday to pay more than $100,000 in restitution.

House Loan Bill Considers Energy Use

Georgia Republican Senator Johnny Isakson is co-sponsoring a bill aimed at mortgage underwriting. The measure would give federal loan agencies access to information that predicts a homeowner’s energy bills.

$3.5 Million Transportation Campaign

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has begun raising $3.5 million to fund an educational and marketing campaign for the transportation tax vote.

Fort Benning Delays Expansion

Officials at Fort Benning say a plan to expand training land at the post by 82,800 acres has been put on hold.

Police Move Occupy Athens Protesters

The area around the famous arch at the University of Georgia has been home to Occupy Athens protesters round-the-clock since Oct. 6.

Alligator Case Headed To Supreme Court

The Georgia Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case testing the extent to which property owners are responsible for animal attacks. The justices will hear from lawyers representing the heirs of a woman eaten by alligator.

Democrats Open New Headquarters

Democrats opened a larger state party headquarters in Atlanta Wednesday. It’s aimed at reviving the Democratic party in Georgia.