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Ga. Conservancy Defends Harbor Position

Officials with the Georgia Conservancy say, the organization has not changed its position on Savannah harbor deepening. The group is facing questions after its Savannah staff was fired and an op-ed piece raised eyebrows.

Workforce Troubles For MOX Plant

The 4.8 billion dollar mixed oxide, or MOX, plant at Savannah River Site is designed to get rid of weapons grade plutonium by turning it into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors. The National Nuclear Security Administration oversees the construction.

Senate Has Fate Of Sunday Alcohol Sales

Sunday alcohol sales got a hearing in a state Senate caucus meeting Wednesday at the state Capitol. Following was a secret vote count that could determine whether the controversial measure makes it to a full Senate vote.

Lawmakers Target High Prison Rolls

Georgia lawmakers want to set up a special council to study ways of reducing Georgia's prison population. Like other states around the country Georgia is pushing for reforms in how it deals with non violent offenders.

Obama's Budget Restores Coast Guard Unit

President Barack Obama's budget restores funding to an elite Coast Guard unit. The 85-member Maritime and Safety Security Team is based in St. Marys. The team is responsible for high-level specialized security and is part of the nation's anti-terrorism response.

Chief Justice Urges Sentencing Reform

Chief Justice Carol Hunstein says it's time for Georgia to reform its tough criminal sentences.

Advocates Push Ethics Reform

Ethics Reform Advocates are pushing for limits on lobbyist spending. Interests groups and representatives from both parties lobbied at the capitol today in support of a $100 limit on lobbyist spending.

Sunday Sales To Get GOP Senate Caucus Hearing

Senate Republicans will meet Wednesday to decide whether a bill to allow Sunday sales of alcohol in Georgia will make it to the full Senate for a vote.

Lawmakers Consider Sidewalk Biking Bill

Right now children 12 and under can bike down sidewalks in some parts of the state. Under a bill proposed by representative Doug McKillip, R-Athens, the age limit would be thrown out.

Bills Would Change PSC

Some lawmakers want to make the elected body that regulates utilities in the state more accountable to the public. The Public Service Commission recently approved one of the biggest energy rate hikes in Georgia history.