Georgia's population grew by 18.3% in the last decade, to a total of 9,687,653 as of April 1, 2010. In 2000, Georgia's popluation stood at a total of about 8.2 million. With the increase, Georgia gains one seat in Congress, to a new total of 14.
The US Census Bureau will release population figures Tuesday that will determine which areas of the country will lose and gain seats in Congress.
The numbers also will affect which parts of the state will lose and gain seats in Georgia's General Assembly.
Atlanta will not fight laws allowing permitted gun owners to carry into unsecured areas of Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport. A state law passed earlier this year allows weapons in curbside areas. But the measure was met by opposition from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
A state program designed to help rural areas shift away from tobacco economies has awarded a $7 million grant to a big national corporation based in one of Georgia's large cities.
Gulfstream Aerospace is getting the money because officials note the company's statewide impact.
Two Georgia gun stores are among the nation’s top 10 sources for so-called “crime guns.” The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau data was published by the Washington Post. The report has ignited debate over the spirit versus the letter of gun laws.