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Georgia Gets Federal Disaster Aid

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that President Obama approved a federal disaster declaration for 16 counties devastated by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and associated flooding on April 27-28. The storms killed 15 people and hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged.

Special Election For Huckaby's Seat

Gov. Nathan Deal has set a June 21 special election to replace state Rep. Hank Huckaby. The Republican resigned his seat when he became the lone finalist to take over as chancellor of the University System of Georgia.

Deal Signs Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill paving the way for communities to approve Sunday alcohol sales at stores. Deal signed the legislation Thursday morning before heading to north Georgia to survey severe storm damage.

Deal: No Plans to Waive Gas Tax Hike

The state gas tax will go up Sunday unless Gov. Nathan Deal waives the increase. Deal says he knows high gas prices are causing hardships but has no plans to freeze it.

Senate GOP Tackles Leadership

Republicans in the state Senate are meeting today outside of Atlanta to discuss leadership issues. Senator Don Balfour of Snelling said the caucus would be meeting for much of today to discuss the issue.

Report: State Pensions Well-Funded

Researchers at a Washington, D.C.-based think tank say, Georgia's doing better than most states in setting aside money for state worker pensions. But the state still isn't saving enough to cover retiree health benefits.

Congressman Lewis Will Seek Re-election

Rep. John Lewis (D-5) announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election next year. The congressman made the announcement while speaking at the Atlanta Press Club.

Rep. John Lewis Will Run Again

Rep. John Lewis (D-5) announced Tuesday that he will seek reelection next year. The congressman made the announcement before the Atlanta press club. Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1986, Lewis will be seeking his 14th consecutive term.

More Cities Ready For Sunday Sales Vote

Woodstock, north of Atlanta, is the latest municipality to prepare to place Sunday alcohol sales on its November ballot. The move comes even though the governor has yet to approve the bill.

Savannah Mayor Wants Gun Crackdown

Savannah Mayor Otis S. Johnson is calling for stricter background checks for gun owners.

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