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Charter Schools Could Be Part of Special Session

Georgia lawmakers will return to the state Capitol this summer for a special session to re-draw legislative maps. But there are also other potential agenda items.

More Counties Report Immigration Data

Four more Georgia counties have begun sharing biometric information with federal immigration authorities to help identify criminal immigrants.

State Wants Immigration Challenge Tossed

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other state officials named in a federal lawsuit that seeks to block the state's law cracking down on illegal immigration have asked a judge to dismiss the suit.

Top Officials Leave Ethics Agency

The top two people in charge at the state’s ethics agency are on their way out. The board of the state ethics commission says it’s restructuring to save money. Critics say it’s the latest move to dis-empower the commission.

State Denies Execution Clemency

The state pardons board has rejected a bid for clemency for a Georgia death row inmate who is set to die this month for the 1978 slaying of an elderly woman in Savannah.

Immigrants Struggle To Understand Law

Latino organizations are holding meetings with immigrants about a new state law that targets illegal immigration. The groups are trying to allay some immigrants’ fears, and sort out fact from fiction.

Resentment Returns With Redistricting

Lawmakers will be gathering in August for a special session to re-draw legislative maps. High attendance at recent public hearings suggests voters are watching the process closely. Indeed, some Georgians are still simmering over how districts were drawn in the past.

Perdue Defects To Pawlenty Campaign

A prominent ally to Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is shifting his support to 2012 rival Tim Pawlenty.

Judge Expedites Immigration Challenge

A federal judge has set a June 20 hearing for arguments on an attempt by civil liberties groups to block Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect.

Robert Brown To Run For Mayor in Macon

State Senate minority leader Robert Brown is running for mayor in the City of Macon. He formally qualified Thursday at the Bibb County Board of Elections. He’s served in District 26 for the last 20 years.