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Nuclear Equipment Heading To Japan

Thousands of dollars of nuclear equipment at the Savannah River Site near Augusta is nearly ready for shipment to Japan. Officials with the U.S. Department of Energy say it will help the country deal with radiation leaking from its tsunami-damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

Ga. Senate Looks to Heal After Fractured Session

In November, Georgians elected a lieutenant governor. In January, they got nine, after a power struggle among Senate Republican leaders.

Judge Defends Court Under Glass' Lens

A South Georgia Superior Court Judge is speaking out about charges made by public radio's Ira Glass. Glynn County Judge Amanda Williams' defense doesn't satisfy some critics, who say her drug court is too punitive.

Deal Will Sign Immigration Bill

Governor Nathan Deal says he will sign a controversial immigration measure headed to his desk. The bill allows police officers to check the immigration status of people stopped for traffic violations. It also forces many companies to check the citizenship of new hires.

Lawmakers Return This Summer

Lawmakers finished up this year’s legislative session late Thursday night. But they will be back at the state Capitol this summer for a special session on redistricting. And Gov. Nathan Deal will decide what else is on the agenda.

Lawmakers Wrap 2011 Session

The 2011 General Assembly wrapped up by midnight Thursday, and the high profile/controversial bill of immigration reform was passed by the Legislature.

Lawmakers Extend Jobless Benefits

State lawmakers at the 11th hour agreed to a small change in Georgia unemployment law. It will allow 22,000 people to receive an additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits.

Longterm Unemployment Benefits Extended

State lawmakers at the 11th hour agreed to a small change to state unemployment law. It will allow 22,000 Georgians to receive an additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits.

Seniors Can Stay in Assisted Living Longer

A bill that would allow the elderly to remain in assisted living centers will head to Governor Nathan Deal for this signature. Under current Georgia law, seniors are sometimes moved to nursing homes unwillingly when they are no longer mobile or can’t take their medications.

Deal Will Determine Special Session Agenda

Lawmakers are finishing up this year’s legislative session. But they will be back at the Capitol this summer for a special session on redistricting. Gov. Nathan Deal will decide what else is on the agenda.

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