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Injunction Filed Against GA Immigration Law

Civil rights groups have filed an injunction to block a Georgia law that cracks down on illegal immigration. They’re asking a federal judge to halt the law before it goes into effect on July 1. The groups are also asking the judge to expedite a hearing on a class-action lawsuit filed last week.

Ralston: Trade Tennessee Transportation For Water

A top Georgia lawmaker says he has an idea for how the state can get more water for its needs. House Speaker David Ralston is proposing a trade with Tennessee. In his idea, Ralston says Tennessee would get better connections to Georgia’s transportation links. In return, Georgia would get access to water from the Tennessee River.

SC Ports Board Gets New Members

A member of the South Carolina state ports authority board is urging people not to read too much into a new pair of political appointments. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley recently appointed two new members. Neither of them are from the Beaufort area, near Savannah.

Native Workers May Not Ease Labor Shortages

Governor Nathan Deal says labor shortages at some South Georgia farms could provide jobs for the unemployed. But agriculture and labor experts say harvesting jobs typically don’t appeal to many native-born workers.

Brunswick Gets 'Closure' In Jail Dispute

Commissioners in coastal Glynn County appear to have put to rest a bitter, five-year-old controversy over the site of a jail expansion. The dipute began when commissioners proposed expanding the jail near the courthouse downtown. Business and civic leaders objected -- and eventually filed lawsuits -- to halt construction.

ACLU Sues Georgia Over Immigration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed a class action lawsuit today against the state’s new immigration law. The legal complaint alleges that the statute pre-empts federal law.

Chambliss Pushes For New Fish Guidelines

Georgia's Saxby Chambliss is joining 12 other US Senators in calling on Food and Drug Administration officials to relax seafood advice for pregnant women. The Senators say, the agency's guidelines to avoid fish because of mercury are not consistent with new federal dietary recommendations.

ACLU Plans to Challenge Immigration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia will hold a press conference today at the state Capitol to announce a lawsuit against Georgia’s new immigration law.

Deal 'Hopeful' Of More Ports Funding

Governor Nathan Deal says a trip to Washington has left him hopeful that Georgia can still secure federal funding this year to start deepening the Port of Savannah's shipping channel in 2012.

DOT Announces Eligible Transport Tax Projects

State officials announced projects that might be eligible for regional transportation tax dollars. That brings Georgia residents one step closer to seeing which projects a proposed sales tax might fund.

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