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Report Promotes Nuclear Waste Repository

A new report asks Congress to revive plans for a site to house thousands of tons of nuclear waste. Officials with the Government Accountability Office say the U.S. Department of Energy acted too quickly when it shut down the Yucca Mountain waste repository near Las Vegas.

Deal Signs Immigation Crackdown

Governor Nathan Deal has signed the state’s controversial immigration bill. The bill is similar to an Arizona statute targeting illegal immigrants that's under constitutional review.

Utilities Can Give To Politicians

Utilities will be allowed to contribute to political campaigns under a new law the governor signed yesterday. Watchdog groups are concerned the law poses a conflict of interest. William Perry with Common Cause says the law is unethical.

Lawyers Prepare To Block Immigration Bill

Governor Nathan Deal is expected to sign the state’s immigration bill this week. But immigration lawyers are already gearing up to sue to stop the law.

Republican State Convention Starts Friday

On Friday 2-thousand people arrive in Macon for the Georgia Republican Party’s State Convention. The gathering will include speeches by two presidential candidates and a contentious election for party chairman.

Revenue Surplus Would Go To Reserves

Georgia could round out this fiscal year with a surplus. April’s 2.6 percent revenue spike is the tenth consecutive month of growth. House Appropriations Chair Terry England says any extra money will go straight to the state’s reserve fund.

Georgia Eyes Federal Transportation Center

Georgia is hoping to out-bid Tennessee for a federal transportation research center. Gov. Nathan Deal says if the state wins the so-called University Transportation Center, it comes with a $2.25 million yearly federal appropriation.

Chambliss Bill Supports Guantanamo

Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss is among a group of Senators pushing a bill to keep the Guantanamo Bay prison open. The detention facility off the island of Cuba holds terrorism suspects.

Bill Extends Jobless Benefits

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill to extend unemployment benefits for thousands of out-of-work Georgians and another that hands Savannah-based Gulfsream Aerospace a tax break. They were some of the 44 bills the Republican governor signed into law on Wednesday.

Gingrich Georgia's 2nd Presidential Candidate

Newt Gingrich announced his presidential campaign late Wednesday afternoon via Twitter. The former House speaker says, "Today I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States."