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Supreme Court Rejects Troy Davis Appeal

The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for Georgia to set an execution date for Troy Davis. Davis' case has sparked international condemnation. Amnesty International is among the groups that doubt Davis killed Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989.

Key Senate Panel OK's Budget

The Senate Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved an $18.2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year.

Lawmakers Have Full Week Ahead

State lawmakers only have seven working days left in this year’s legislative session. Monday, they reconvene for day-34 on the calendar. It begins a full five-day week.

Big Votes This Week in Georgia Statehouse

State lawmakers only have seven working days left in this year’s legislative session. This week they will cast final votes on some key issues, including the budget, Sunday alcohol sales and possibly immigration.

Democrats Court Voters Outside Atlanta

The party that ruled Georgia politics for a century has been losing ground for a decade. Republicans now control the legislature and all constitutional offices. So state Democrats want to reach voters outside of the party’s base in Atlanta.

Echols: Privatize Nuclear Waste Disposal

As Japan struggles to contain radiation at its damaged nuclear reactors, Georgia’s newest Public Service Commission member wants to make sure that country's problems don't slow America’s nuclear renaissance.

Redistricting Already Mired in Controversy

Lawmakers will be back at the Capitol this summer for a special session. They need to redraw legislative maps from new census data. And the redistricting effort is already off to a rough start.

Landfill Bill Delayed

Some Middle Georgians are organizing against what they call a threat to their drinking water. They say Senate Bill 110 would make it easier to get landfill permits.

Committee Considers Tax Reform Ideas

State legislative leaders on Thursday proposed lowering the income tax rate and leaving groceries untaxed. During a special committee meeting, lawmakers endorsed some recommendations from a tax reform council but rejected others.

Thousands Of Immigration Activists Rally

More than 5,000 opponents of two state immigration bills rallied at the state Capitol Thursday. The rally included chants, drumming, prayers and a song by a homegrown duo.