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More Counties Mull Property Tax Hikes

A number of counties statewide have made, or are considering, significant hikes in property taxes to make up budget deficits. It’s become a last ditch option for local governments that have already cut spending to the bone.

FAA Shutdown Could Mean Travel Savings

Congress did not extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration Friday. Passengers at Georgia airports won’t see delays or flight cancellations this weekend. But travelers could save some money.

State Videotapes Execution

A Georgia man convicted of killing his parents and sister was executed Thursday after the courts allowed what was likely the nation's first video-recorded execution in almost two decades.

Congressman Wants FDIC Review

Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Grantville, wants the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to take a closer look at how it goes about closing banks.

Georgia DOT Watching Washington

Last year Georgia got 1.2 billion dollars in federal transportation funds. But a new bill in the U.S. House would cut that funding by 34-percent.

Lawmakers Adopt Redistricting Rules

State lawmakers met Wednesday to adopt guidelines for how to redistrict the state. They’re redrawing political regions to reflect population shifts since the last census.

Nearly 30,000 Same-Sex Couples In Ga.

US Census figures show, the number of couples identifying themselves as living in same-sex households in Georgia is on the rise. Statistics released Thursday show the number has grown by 55%.

Videotape Stymies Execution

The attorney general's office is seeking to halt the video recording of a Georgia execution scheduled for Thursday.

Georgia Combats Rising Obesity

Georgia’s obesity rate is on the rise according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control. The report released this week shows that in 2010 more than 30 percent of Georgians were obese. That’s an increase of 3 percentage points over the previous year.

Inmate Set For Execution

A federal judge has rejected a request for a stay of execution by a Georgia inmate claiming the state's plan to use a new lethal injection drug would cause him needless pain and suffering.