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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.

Savannah To Get Open Meetings Lesson

Georgia's attorney general is coming to Savannah to teach the mayor and City Council a lesson about the basics of open government after they recently ran afoul of state sunshine laws.

More Cities OK Sunday Sales Vote

Two more Georgia communities are set to put Sunday alcohol sales before voters. The Dalton City Council in northwest Georgia voted unanimously Monday to place the issue on the ballot in November.

Gov. Deal OK's New Evidence Code

Georgia’s evidence code is getting a rewrite. The governor signed a bill Tuesday that updates how and what evidence can be introduced in court.

Gov. Signs Reservoir Bill

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that paves the way for public-private partnerships to build reservoirs and other water infrastructure projects. Deal signed the legislation Monday at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce at Cobb Galleria.

Isakson: Bin Laden Killing Sends 'Signal'

Reaction to the death of Osama Bin Laden is coming in from Georgia lawmakers. U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson says the years long effort and success in getting Bin Laden should show the world the resolve of the U.S.

Details Emerge About Killing Of Bin Laden

The U.S. was prepared to take Osama bin Laden alive during a raid on a compound north of Islamabad, a top administration official said Monday as President Obama declared it "a good day for America."

Heavy Bill-Signing Schedule for Deal This Week

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign at least one bill every day this week, making stops in Milledgeville, Augusta and Tifton to do so. He is steadily addressing the nearly 300 bills the legislature passed this year, and soon he'll have to act on the session’s most important legislation.