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Report: Medicaid Cuts Will Hurt Economy

Cutting Medicaid could hurt Georgia’s economy as well as its poor and disabled residents.

Court Approves Reservoir Water Supply

The state is claiming victory in its decades long water dispute with neighboring states over water rights to Lake Lanier. A federal appeals court ruled on Georgia’s behalf. The ruling overturns a lower court’s decision that imperiled Atlanta’s drinking water source.

Immigrants Plan Work Stoppage

Latino groups are calling on immigrants in Georgia to skip work on Friday and refrain from buying anything. That’s the day the state’s new immigration law, known as House Bill 87, goes into effect.

Gingrich Retools Ga. Team

Newt Gingrich is naming a new Georgia leadership team as he works to rebuild his struggling presidential bid.

22 Counties Declared Drought Disasters

Federal agriculture officials have declared 22 Georgia counties disaster areas due to drought conditions that have left crops parched. Gov. Nathan Deal sought the federal help earlier this month in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Pharmacists Face More Speculation

A bill allowing the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to conduct physical and mental evaluations of pharmacists takes effect Friday. Pharmacist and State Senator Buddy Carter says the bill will better protect Georgia patients:

Judge Blocks GA Immigration Law

A federal judge on Monday blocked parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect until a legal challenge is resolved.

Ralston Pays-Up On Late Tax Bill

House Speaker David Ralston has paid about $1,300 in late taxes due on a property owned by his wife.

Texting Ban Proves Hard To Enforce

Sending or reading text messages while behind the wheel has been illegal here since July of last year. Violators are fined up to $100 and given one point on their driver’s license.

No Way To Move The Date of Transportation Sales Tax Vote

A referendum on a proposed transportation sales tax will take place next summer. Some officials have expressed a desire to move the vote to the November general election. But changing the date won’t be easy.