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State Wants Immigration Challenge Tossed

The state on Tuesday filed the motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed earlier this month by civil liberties groups. The civil liberties groups want a judge to declare Georgia's law unconstitutional and also to block it from being enforced.

Top Officials Leave Ethics Agency

The top two people in charge at the state’s ethics agency are on their way out. The board of the state ethics commission says it’s restructuring to save money. Critics say it’s the latest move to dis-empower the commission.

State Denies Execution Clemency

The state pardons board has rejected a bid for clemency for a Georgia death row inmate who is set to die this month for the 1978 slaying of an elderly woman in Savannah. Roy Willard Blankenship would be the first person put to death in Georgia using a new three-drug execution combination.

Immigrants Struggle To Understand Law

Latino organizations are holding meetings with immigrants about a new state law that targets illegal immigration. The groups are trying to allay some immigrants’ fears, and sort out fact from fiction.

Resentment Returns With Redistricting

Lawmakers will be gathering in August for a special session to re-draw legislative maps. High attendance at recent public hearings suggests voters are watching the process closely. Indeed, some Georgians are still simmering over how districts were drawn in the past.

Perdue Defects To Pawlenty Campaign

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said he's joining the leadership team for the presidential campaign of Tim Pawlenty. Perdue had been a national co-chairman for fellow Georgian Newt Gingrich. Meanwhile, Gingrich said he’s staying in the race despite a mass exodus of his top campaign staffers.

Judge Expedites Immigration Challenge

A federal judge has set a June 20 hearing for arguments on an attempt by civil liberties groups to block Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect. The groups earlier this week asked Judge Thomas Thrash to block the law until a lawsuit they filed last week has been resolved.ing down on illegal immigration. The groups filed a request asking the court to block the law from taking effect until the lawsuit they filed last week has been resolved.

Robert Brown To Run For Mayor in Macon

The state senate minority leader formally qualified Thursday at the Bibb County Board of Elections. Brown has served as a senator for Macon for 20 years/

Judges Hear Healthcare Act Arguments

Federal judges heard arguments challenging the federal healthcare overhaul law in an Atlanta courtroom Wednesday. Georgia is among 25 other states in the lawsuit. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says the law violates civil liberties because it would make people purchase health insurance.

Broun: Yucca Mountain Is Safe

A Republican-led house committee says the Obama administration had no scientific basis for closing Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. U.S. Congressman Paul Broun Wednesday discussed the findings with nuclear industry officials in Augusta.

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