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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.

Scott Gets Earful From Constituents

After his first 100 days in Congress freshman Representative Austin Scott is back meeting with constituents in the 8th District. Most of the 60 people that showed up for today’s Town Hall meeting in Macon had one thing on their minds. Nearly every question centered on the federal budget.

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.