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Redistricting Meetings Tonight, Tomorrow in S.Ga.

State lawmakers will continue to seek public input this week on how to redraw the state's political boundaries. But people attending the redistricting meetings probably won't hear much from lawmakers.

Cain Enters Presidential Race

Presidential hopeful Herman Cain announced his formal candidacy Saturday in Atlanta. He’s the second Georgian who’s entered the race. Newt Gingrich officially entered the race last week. Cain, an Atlanta, native, made his announcement at a rally in Centennial Olympic Park.

No State Money For Lanier Study

There is no money in the state budget to study raising the level of Lake Lanier, says the Governor's office. Lawmakers wanted to use state money to urge the federal government to do the research.

NASCAR Train Rides To Promote Rail

Newly elected Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols think Georgians need a taste of train travel to convince them to support passenger rail in the state. So, the freshman PSC member is arranging public train rides to Georgia’s next NASCAR race in September.

Watchdogs Warn of Gerrymandering

Government watchdogs are urging lawmakers not to draw legislative maps solely to create safe seats for sitting legislators. Their comments come as redistricting meetings continue across the state.

Augustans Fret Over Redistricting Transparency

About 60 Augusta area residents came out to the second of 12 statewide redistricting hearings Tuesday. Many of those who spoke had misgivings about a redistricting process controlled by the Republican legislature.

Deal Signs Budget, Vetoes 9 Bills

Governor Nathan Deal has signed an $18.3 billion budget that increases health insurance premiums for state employees and slashes funding for Georgia's college system.

Lawmakers Visit Halls Of Fame

State lawmakers traveled to Macon last week to tour the state-run Georgia Music and Sports Halls of Fame. They’re part of the newly formed oversight committee to look after the two museums.

Law To Open More Health Plans

A new law will let health insurance plans sold in other states be available to Georgians. The intent is to broaden the market and give people more choices, but critics say it leaves the consumer vulnerable.

Chambliss Says Gang Of Six In No Hurry

As Congress debates raising the debt ceiling a bipartisan group of Senators, including Georgia’s Saxby Chambliss, continue to work on long-term solutions. Chambliss says the so-called Gang of Six is not in a hurry.

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