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Early Voting Period To Shrink

A new state law going into effect Friday will shorten Georgia’s early voting period to 21 days. Supporters say it will save counties money and reduce confusion for voters. Since 2008, Georgia has had one of the longest early voting periods in the nation, at 45 days.

GBI Investigating County Tax Office

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation team is going through records at the Wilkinson County Tax Commissioner's Office looking into possible theft. Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright says he wrote a letter to the GBI requesting the investigation.

Cities, Counties Redistricting, Too

State lawmakers are gearing up for a special session to re-draw Congressional and state legislative boundaries. Meanwhile, a more informal redistricting process is happening locally. Cities and counties are re-drawing their own lines.

Report: Medicaid Cuts Will Hurt Economy

Cutting Medicaid could hurt Georgia’s economy as well as its poor and disabled residents.

Court Approves Reservoir Water Supply

The state is claiming victory in its decades long water dispute with neighboring states over water rights to Lake Lanier. A federal appeals court ruled on Georgia’s behalf. The ruling overturns a lower court’s decision that imperiled Atlanta’s drinking water source.

Immigrants Plan Work Stoppage

Latino groups are calling on immigrants in Georgia to skip work on Friday and refrain from buying anything. That’s the day the state’s new immigration law, known as House Bill 87, goes into effect.

Gingrich Retools Ga. Team

Newt Gingrich is naming a new Georgia leadership team as he works to rebuild his struggling presidential bid.

22 Counties Declared Drought Disasters

Federal agriculture officials have declared 22 Georgia counties disaster areas due to drought conditions that have left crops parched. Gov. Nathan Deal sought the federal help earlier this month in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Pharmacists Face More Speculation

A bill allowing the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to conduct physical and mental evaluations of pharmacists takes effect Friday. Pharmacist and State Senator Buddy Carter says the bill will better protect Georgia patients:

Judge Blocks GA Immigration Law

A federal judge on Monday blocked parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect until a legal challenge is resolved.

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