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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."

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.