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Georgia Combats Rising Obesity

A new report shows an up tick in Georgia’s obesity rate. Now state health officials are working to curb the growing epidemic.

Inmate Set For Execution

A federal judge has rejected a request for a stay of execution by a Georgia inmate claiming the state's plan to use a new lethal injection drug would cause him needless pain and suffering. Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Steve Jones allows the execution of Andrew DeYoung to go forward, although his attorneys are expected to appeal.

Williams Wins District Seat

A Republican businessman from Oconee County is headed to the legislature to represent State House District 113. Unofficial results show Chuck Williams captured 62 percent of the vote in Tuesday's runoff. His challenger, Democrat Dan Matthews, received just 38 percent. Williams drew strong support in the heavily Republican areas of his home county, and Morgan and Oglethorpe Counties.

Macon Mayoral Race Heads To Runoff

Current Mayor Robert Reichert will face former Mayor Jack Ellis on August 16th. Reichert got 48-percent of the vote while Ellis got 38-percent. The other candidates in the race were former State Senator Robert Brown and newcomer Paul Bronson.

Lawyers Fight Looming Execution

Lawyers for a Georgia man set to be put to death on Wednesday have filed a lawsuit seeking to halt his execution, saying the drug authorities plan to use caused "needless suffering" when it was administered to another death row inmate. Georgia corrections officials plan to use pentobarbital, first used in Georgia in the June 23 execution of Roy Blankenship.

Debt Deal Could Hit State Budget

The debate over how to raise the federal debt ceiling could have big repercussions in Georgia. Political experts say, any deal to raise the limit likely would include big cuts to federal spending. Georgia relies on federal spending for everything from road construction to energy assistance.

Macon Primary Election Turns Ugly

Macon is holding a primary election on Tuesday. Several races without Republican challengers could be decided. Four Democrats want to become the next mayor.

'Caylee's Law' Gains Traction

A Georgia lawmaker wants limits on how long parents can wait to report a missing child. It's a response to the disappearance of Caylee Anthony.

Kemp Visits Disputed Border

Secretary of State Brian Kemp travelled to the disputed Bibb/Monroe County border today. The two counties cannot agree on who owns the land. At least a million dollars in tax revenue per year is at stake.

Isakson: 'Debt Deal Is Possible'

Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson says despite the theatrics of meetings, “a deal is possible” out of the debt reduction talks going on in Washington. On Thursday afternoon, key lawmakers and President Barack Obama were to head back for a fifth day of debt-limit negotiations.

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