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Separate Transportation Sales Tax Campaigns

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce will coordinate distinct regional marketing campaigns for next year’s transportation sales tax vote. Officials overseeing the campaigns will also be seeking private funds to bankroll them.

Town Explores First Lady's Roots

Tourism may be looking up for a Clayton County city in the near future. Research has shown that first lady Michelle Obama has family ties to Rex, 15 miles south of Atlanta.

97 Communities Pick Sunday Sales Vote

A tally by the Georgia Food Industry Association finds that 97 cities and counties throughout Georgia are set to hold Sunday sales referendums during the November general election later this year. The group said the votes represent about 2.5 million Georgians.

Co-Payments Planned For Peachcare

People who receive government-subsidized health care could deal with higher co-payments this fall. It's an effort to save the state millions of dollars. The proposal would raise co-payments for Medicaid and for the first time require co-payments for Peachcare services.

Court Upholds Open Meetings Ruling

Georgia's top court is requiring the city of Statesboro to pay the legal costs of residents who sued it for violating the state's Open Meetings Act.

Immigration Panel Draws Critics

Controversy flared last week over a Governor Deal appointment to the state’s new immigration enforcement panel. And there are concerns over its potential cost to municipalities.

Dept. Of Agriculture Pushes Fertilizer Check

The Georgia Department of Agriculture wants farmers to check their chemical inventory and reports any shortages to police. The call for vigilance comes in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks Sunday.

DOT Commissioner Resigns

The chairman of the Georgia Department of Transportation says Commissioner Vance Smith has resigned.

Deal Signs Congressional Maps

Gov. Nathan Deal signed off on Georgia’s new congressional districts Wednesday. They now head to Washington, D.C., for review by the federal government.

Death Warrant Revives Execution Debate

A Chatham County judge signed a death warrant Tuesday for Troy Anthony Davis. The document sets into motion a race toward Davis' execution and a fight over what it means. This is Davis' fourth death warrant.

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