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Deal Adopts Cabbage Patch Dolls

Governor-elect Nathan Deal and the soon-to-be first lady of the state Sandra Deal received two cabbage patch kids made in their likeness. At the state capitol Friday, Deal adopted the dolls made in Cleveland Georgia, a city near his own hometown.

Nathan Deal Puts Assets In Trust

Governor Elect Nathan Deal has set up a blind trust to control his personal assets while in office. Jimmy Allen, a Tifton-based accountant will oversee the governor's assets while he's in office. Allen is also a Deal supporter.

Lawmakers Seek Citizenship Limits

A measure to deny birthright U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants was introduced in Washington Wednesday. The push is being made by a group of state lawmakers from across the country, including Georgia.

Millions in Fees Redirected

The state has collected millions of dollars over the years in fees that aren’t going toward their original purpose. Local officials say if lawmakers continue to divert fees to other purposes they shouldn’t pass any more of them.

Ga. Delegation Hits The Hill

Georgia will have two new U.S. House members take their oath in Washington later today as the new Congress convenes. Tifton Republican Austin Scott out of Georgia’s 8th district, and Lawrenceville Republican Rob Woodall from the 7th.

Lawmakers Face Tough Choices

State lawmakers return to the Capitol next week to open the new General Assembly session. And it promises to be dominated once again by tough budget issues. Legislators have already sliced more than $3 billion over the past two years. And there will be more cuts coming.

Trauma Vote Could Propel Tobacco Tax

In November, voters decided they didn't want to increase car tag fees to pay for a statewide trauma network. Now, some business groups are urging lawmakers to consider other ideas to pay for it.

Community Hospitals Defend Tax Breaks

Georgia's non-profit hospitals are defending their tax-exempt status. A legislative panel is looking into sweeping changes to Georgia's tax breaks.

Perdue May Appoint New Regents

Governor Sonny Perdue could make last-minute appointments to the Board of Regents as his days in office draw to a close. The terms of two regents expire on January 1. Perdue has been busy preparing for the transfer to Governor-Elect Nathan Deal, who’s also taking part in the decision.

Savannah Smoking Ban Begins Saturday

As new laws go into effect Saturday, one in Savannah will have many people stepping out into the cold. The city will have a new smoking ban with the new year. The ban applies to virtually all public indoor locations and some places on the streets as well.