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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.

Talks Loom For Local Option Sales Taxes

Georgia cities and counties will have to renegotiate agreements over local option sales tax funds after this year's Census figures come out. And for some cities, that might be a painful process.

Sherrod To Accept Courage Award

A state senator is honoring Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department official who was forced to resign her position after being falsely accused of making racist comments.

Bill Would Allow Public-Private Reservoirs

Gov. Nathan Deal's administration or local governments could contract with private partners to build reservoirs and other water projects in Georgia under legislation proposed by state lawmakers.

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.