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Commuter Rail Project Nearly Dead

A major commuter rail project that would involve a quarter of the state’s transportation districts—is on life support. The proposed Atlanta-to-Griffin-to-middle Georgia line might not go before voters next year.

Tensions Mount At Capitol

In only the second day of the state's legislative redistricting process, tensions erupted in the Georgia Senate Tuesday as Democrats accused their Republican colleagues of shutting them out and not allowing them to present alternate maps to a plan that could see a vote as soon as this week.

Georgia Appeals Block On Immigration Law

Attorneys for the state of Georgia say they've appealed a federal judge's decision blocking parts of the state's law cracking down on illegal immigration.

Public Redistricting Meeting Held Tuesday

A once-a-decade redistricting session got underway Monday at the state Capitol to re-draw legislative maps. Lawmakers will hold the first public meeting on proposed maps Tuesday. But watchdog groups are already concerned that the public is being shut out of the process.

Macon Voters Heading To Polls

On Tuesday Macon voters head to the polls to elect a new mayor and state senator in a runoff election. The mayor will not take office until January, but the State Senator could be sworn in by next week.

Special Session Starts

Legislators return to the state Capitol Monday for a special session to re-draw legislative maps. It will determine the lines of both state legislative and congressional districts. The process will affect how Georgians vote for the next ten years.

11th Circuit Strikes Health Care Mandate

A blow today to President Obama's health care overhaul. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled against a portion of the Affordable Care Act.

Reapportionment Maps Released

Today lawmakers released maps detailing proposed changes to Georgia’s legislative districts. On Monday the legislature will meet in a special session to finalize the maps.

Gas Tax On Special Session Agenda

Gov. Nathan Deal wants legislators to ratify his decision to temporarily suspend state gas tax increases. It would be part of the special session.

Augusta Doctors Sue Medicare

A group of primary care doctors in Augusta has filed a federal lawsuit against the agencies that oversee Medicare. The suit argues that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is using an illegal system to decide Medicare payments to doctors.