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Civil Rights Honors Stalled

The University Board of Regents is still working to grant honorary degrees to Civil Rights activists.The recognition would go to 38 Albany State University students. They were arrested and expelled in the early 1960’s, during the Albany Movement.

Assisted Suicide Appeal Before High Court

Georgia's highest court is set to review an appeal by four members of a suicide group charged with helping a cancer-stricken man kill himself. The Georgia Supreme Court is set to hear the arguments Monday.

Columbus Homelessness Initiative

Columbus is committing nearly $200,000 over three years for a new homeless initiative. Three private organizations also have provided matching funds. The long-term goal is to create a single place for homeless people to receive services.

Mexican Senators Want Immigration Meeting

A group of Mexican senators want to meet with state legislators in states that have enacted strict laws targeting illegal immigration.

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.