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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.

Judges Hear Healthcare Act Arguments

Federal judges heard arguments challenging the federal healthcare overhaul law in an Atlanta courtroom Wednesday. Georgia is among 25 other states in the lawsuit.

Broun: Yucca Mountain Is Safe

A Republican-led U.S. House Committee says the Obama administration closed Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository for political, not scientific reasons.

Injunction Filed Against GA Immigration Law

Civil rights groups have filed an injunction to block a Georgia law that cracks down on illegal immigration. They’re asking a federal judge to halt the law before it goes into effect on July 1.

Ralston: Trade Tennessee Transportation For Water

A top Georgia lawmaker says he has an idea for how the state can get more water for its needs. House Speaker David Ralston is proposing a trade with Tennessee.

SC Ports Board Gets New Members

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's recent appointments to her state's port authority board are raising concern about a cross-state project.

Native Workers May Not Ease Labor Shortages

Governor Nathan Deal says labor shortages at some South Georgia farms could provide jobs for the unemployed. But agriculture and labor experts say harvesting jobs typically don’t appeal to many native-born workers.

Brunswick Gets 'Closure' In Jail Dispute

A bitter, five-year-old dispute over where to expand the jail in coastal Glynn County appears to have a final resolution. County commissioners formally voted to expand the jail away from downtown Brunswick.

ACLU Sues Georgia Over Immigration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed a class action lawsuit today against the state’s new immigration law. The legal complaint alleges that the statute pre-empts federal law. The ACLU says the law is unconstitutional because it compels the federal government to act.

Chambliss Pushes For New Fish Guidelines

A group of senators including Georgia's Saxby Chambliss is urging the Food and Drug Administration to relax fish consumption guidelines for pregnant women. Federal agencies disagree on the harm from mercury-laden seafood.