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Rep. John Lewis Will Run Again

Rep. John Lewis (D-5) announced Tuesday that he will seek reelection next year. The congressman made the announcement before the Atlanta press club. Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1986, Lewis will be seeking his 14th consecutive term.

More Cities Ready For Sunday Sales Vote

Woodstock, north of Atlanta, is the latest municipality to prepare to place Sunday alcohol sales on its November ballot. The move comes even though the governor has yet to approve the bill.

Savannah Mayor Wants Gun Crackdown

Savannah Mayor Otis S. Johnson is calling for stricter background checks for gun owners.

Agri-Business Team Deploys To Afghanistan

Today Georgia’s first National Guard Agri-business unit deployed to Afghanistan from Fort Gordon in Augusta. The 201st Agri-business Development Team has spent a year training to teach Afghans how to improve their crop yield through modern farming techniques.

Lobbyists Spent $1M During Session

A review of records by The Associated Press shows lobbyists poured close to $1 million into meals, drinks, tickets and gifts for state legislators and bureaucrats during this year's legislative session.

Flag Causing Controversy

On Monday the State of Georgia commemorates Confederate Memorial Day. And 150-years after the Civil War, people in Middle Georgia are still arguing about a controversial flag.

Bill Would Promote Land Conservation

A bill that encourages land conservation awaits the governor’s signature. It would allow landowners to sell their tax credit to companies.

Macon Approves Smoking Ban

The Macon City Council has voted to tighten the rules on smoking. The council voted 9-6 for the new rules Tuesday night.

Tax Breaks’ Benefit Unclear

The 2012 state budget includes tax breaks for manufacturers of airplane parts, developers, and Delta Air Lines. But it’s unclear if they will save or create jobs.

Savannah Council Pays Member $50K

Savannah city council members paid one of their own $50,000 for flood damage. Many of the council member's claims fell outside a legal time limit for getting paid. Like others in her neighborhood, Mary Osborne's house gets flooded in a bad rain.