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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."

Immigration Law Could Change Crops

Governor Nathan Deal says he will soon sign stricter immigration rules into law. Farmers say they won’t know the whole impact of the bill until the state fully implements it two years from now. But some agriculture experts say it may change what crops the state produces.

Rural Areas Cool To Sunday Sales Vote

Rural Georgians aren't rushing to put a Sunday alcohol sales question on their ballots. It's been two weeks since Governor Nathan Deal signed a law letting local governments poll voters on the issue. But there's more than dry politics at play.

Newt Gingrich to Run for President

A spokesman for Newt Gingrich says the former House speaker will announce Wednesday he is running for president. Rick Tyler said Gingrich will make the announcement by Facebook and Twitter. He will give an interview to Fox News later that night.

Law Puts More Kids In Booster Seats

More children must use car booster seats under a new state law. Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the bill, which is meant to reduce injuries. Under the measure, nearly all children ages seven and under will now have to sit in booster seats while riding in a car in Georgia.

Olens: Sunshine Violations Widespread

The state Attorney General says, elected officials across the state are violating Georgia's sunshine laws. Sam Olens told members of Savannah's City Council that he expects more open and transparent government.

Deal Signs Bill To Fund Burn Centers

Georgia has two burn centers—one at Atlanta’s Grady Hospital and one at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta. With the stroke of a pen, Governor Deal added those hospitals to the Georgia Trauma Care Network, giving them access to state money.

NAACP Challenges Confederate Flag

Dodge County leaders are refusing to take down a Confederate flag that flies at the county courthouse. The NAACP wants it removed.

New Bills Impact Seniors & Mentally Ill

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a measure into law Wednesday that creates a mental health division within the court system. The goal is to divert more people to treatment and not to jail.