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Black Officials Gather In Macon

Many of Georgia’s black elected officials will gather in Macon over the weekend. They plan to discuss issues like ethics, the state budget and redistricting.

Utilities Could Fund Campaigns Under Bill

For 36 years, Georgia law has banned utilities from giving money to campaigns for state office. This week state senator Don Balfour,R-Snellville, introduced a bill that would give utilities the same power to fund campaigns as other firms.

Proposed Pre-K Cuts Challenged

Parents and teachers assailed cuts being proposed cuts to the Georgia's pre-kindergarten program.

Racially Divided Council Nominates Manager

A racially-divided Savannah City Council has nominated the city's interim city manager to serve permanently as the city's top municipal administrator.

HOPE Bill Moving Under Gold Dome

A sweeping overhaul of the state's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship has rapidly cleared two hurdles in the Georgia Legislature. The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill 60-2 Thursday morning soon after the higher education subcomittee signed off on it.

Locals Push For 911 Fees

Cities and counties are losing millions in fees intended to boost 911 call centers. Now, there's a legislative push to get that money back into local coffers.

Lawmaker: Bill Not About Harbor Deepening

A bill in the state Senate would streamline private financing of river infrastructure projects. The sponsor says, it's not about the Savannah harbor deepening.

Gov. Deal Announces HOPE Fix

Governor Nathan Deal wants top-performing Georgia high school students to receive free tuition at public colleges. Deal on Tuesday outlined sweeping changes he is proposing to the state's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship, which is struggling financially.

EPD Okays Harbor Deepening, With Caveats

The Savannah harbor deepening project has cleared another hurdle now that state environmental officials have given their okay. The green light was expected.

Bill Pushes to Stop GA 400 Toll

State Senator Jon Albers of Roswell wants to stop the toll at Georgia 400. The 50 cent toll was supposed to stop last year, but Governor Perdue’s administration extended it for 10 years. Authorities have since taken out bonds against future toll revenues.

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