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Ralston: Trade Tennessee Transportation For Water

A top Georgia lawmaker says he has an idea for how the state can get more water for its needs. House Speaker David Ralston is proposing a trade with Tennessee.

SC Ports Board Gets New Members

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's recent appointments to her state's port authority board are raising concern about a cross-state project.

Native Workers May Not Ease Labor Shortages

Governor Nathan Deal says labor shortages at some South Georgia farms could provide jobs for the unemployed. But agriculture and labor experts say harvesting jobs typically don’t appeal to many native-born workers.

Brunswick Gets 'Closure' In Jail Dispute

A bitter, five-year-old dispute over where to expand the jail in coastal Glynn County appears to have a final resolution. County commissioners formally voted to expand the jail away from downtown Brunswick.

ACLU Sues Georgia Over Immigration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed a class action lawsuit today against the state’s new immigration law. The legal complaint alleges that the statute pre-empts federal law. The ACLU says the law is unconstitutional because it compels the federal government to act.

Chambliss Pushes For New Fish Guidelines

A group of senators including Georgia's Saxby Chambliss is urging the Food and Drug Administration to relax fish consumption guidelines for pregnant women. Federal agencies disagree on the harm from mercury-laden seafood.

ACLU Plans to Challenge Immigration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia will hold a press conference today at the state Capitol to announce a lawsuit against Georgia’s new immigration law.

Deal 'Hopeful' Of More Ports Funding

Governor Nathan Deal says a trip to Washington has left him hopeful that Georgia can still secure federal funding this year to start deepening the Port of Savannah's shipping channel in 2012.

DOT Announces Eligible Transport Tax Projects

State officials announced projects that might be eligible for regional transportation tax dollars. That brings residents one step closer to seeing which projects a proposed sales tax might fund.

Harbor Project Enjoys Bipartisan Support

Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed are heading to Washington to lobby for more funds to deepen Savannah's port. The bipartisan duo is scheduled to meet with US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday.

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