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Many New Laws Now In Effect

A federal judge blocked two sections of Georgia's immigration law, but the rest of the law is set to take effect. Beginning Friday, it will be a felony to use false documents when applying for a job.

Alabama Pushes Water Lawsuit

Lawyers for Alabama want a lawsuit targeting Georgia's water use in a shared river system to proceed and say negotiations have not produced a settlement.

State Defends Appointee

Governor Nathan Deal’s office is fending off criticism over his appointment of Georgia’s new mental health ombudsman. Corinna Magelund will serve as an advocate for the mentally and developmentally disabled.

Deal Says Reservoirs Still A Priority

Tuesday’s court ruling that secures the federal reservoir Lake Lanier as a water source for north Georgia and metro Atlanta hasn’t changed the push for new reservoir projects. Building them is still a priority for Governor Nathan Deal.

Kemp Wants Early Primary

The state’s top elections official thinks Georgia should be among the first Republican presidential primaries in 2012.

Immigration Law Starts Friday

A federal judge blocked two sections of Georgia's immigration law earlier this week, but the rest of the law is set to take effect.

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.