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Race Divides Savannah Council

A racial rift has opened on Savannah City Council that could make it hard for a new chief executive to take the reigns in the port city. The divide is over the search for a new city manager.

Seniors Protest Budget Cuts

Money for meals on wheels is on the chopping block this year as lawmakers work on the state budget. More than a hundred senior citizens rallied at the state capitol against cuts to the home-delivered meal program and other services.

Senate Reverses Zero-Based Budgets

The Senate has unanimously voted to override a veto by former Gov. Sonny Perdue of legislation that would hold lawmakers to use a zero-based approach to a quarter of the budget each year.

Water War Gets Court Date

An appeals court will hear arguments on the state of Georgia's request to overturn a ruling that could severely restrict metro Atlanta's water supply.

Spending Freeze Includes Georgia

The President's plan to freeze federal spending could effect everything from transportation to schools in Georgia. President Obama laid out the spending freeze in his State of the Union address. Georgia will spend about about $11 billion of federal money in the coming year.

Radiation Tests Need Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy already monitors radiation levels in the water, soil and air surrounding its facility at Savannah River Site. A grant from the agency would help bring back an independent monitoring program administered by Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources.

Tax Glitch Wreaks Havoc

The state is blaming a computer glitch for overpaying hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax returns. Thousands of bank accounts were affected after the department of revenue tried to fix the problem.

Tougher Immigration Bill In Works

State lawmakers have finished crafting a new bill intended to crack down on illegal immigration. Peachtree City Republican Representative Matt Ramsey says the bill expands local law enforcement’s ability to check the citizenship of those suspected of a crime.

Gov. Deal Speaks on Tri State Water Dispute

Governor Nathan Deal has to deal with a 2012 deadline set by a federal judge to solve the tri state water dispute. The Governor spoke at the annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Ga. Lawmakers Not Pushing Arizona Style Immigration Law

House Speaker David Ralston told Georgia business leaders today that he will make sure any new state immigration legislation will not hurt Georgia’s economy. Business leaders worry about consequences of any new laws.

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