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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.

Republican State Lawmaker Wants An Apology From Democrat

Republican State Representative Allen Peake says Democratic State Senator Robert Brown owes him an apology after suggesting a Democrat who recently switched parties to become a Republican is sympathetic to the Ku Klux Klan.

Sports Hall Of Fame Bids Due This Week

On Friday at 5:00pm bids are due for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon. Only two cities, Athens and Macon are expected to bid. Athens is also trying to get the Music Hall of Fame moved to their city.

Judicial Watchdog Agency Short On Funds

The state agency that investigates and prosecutes bad judges is running out of money. The head of the Judicial Qualification’s Commission says they needs 50-thousand dollars in emergency funds to keep working.

Paintings Coming Down In State Building

A Prominent Georgia artist’s paintings could be removed from a public building and put in storage. That’s because a newly elected official says they are not acceptable.

Perdue Legacy

Sonny Perdue's legacy was written on two election nights. In 2002 he entered the history books as Georgia's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. This Nov. 2, Georgia voters went to the polls and effectively validated GOP rule, ushering in a Republican state government.

Chatham Seeks Utility Fee Relief

When the upcoming legislative session gavels open, Chatham County leaders will ask for a change in the law regarding utility franchise fees. County leaders say, the law makes some residents pay a fee that doesn't benefit them.

Voting Irregularities Lead To Ten Arrests In South Georgia

Ten people have been arrested in South Georgia following a 5-month investigation into voter fraud. They’re accused of illegally helping people vote by absentee ballot.

Deal Names Policy Chief, Others

Governor-elect Nathan Deal Wednesday continued the process of filling out his incoming staff.

Arrests In Southwest Ga. Voting Probe

A five-month probe into voter irregularities in Brooks County by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has resulted in 10 arrests.