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Special Election For Huckaby's Seat

Gov. Nathan Deal has set a June 21 special election to replace state Rep. Hank Huckaby. The Republican resigned his seat when he became the lone finalist to take over as chancellor of the University System of Georgia. A Georgia native, Huckaby retired in 2006 as the senior vice president for finance and administration at the University of Georgia.

Deal Signs Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill paving the way for communities to approve Sunday alcohol sales at stores.

Deal: No Plans to Waive Gas Tax Hike

The state gas tax will go up Sunday unless Gov. Nathan Deal waives the increase. Deal says he knows high gas prices are causing hardships but has no plans to freeze it.

Senate GOP Tackles Leadership

Republicans in the state Senate are meeting today outside of Atlanta to discuss leadership issues. Senator Don Balfour of Snelling said the caucus would be meeting for much of today to discuss the issues.

Report: State Pensions Well-Funded

A national report gives Georgia high marks for setting aside money for its state employee pension funds. But the Pew Center for the States study also says, Georgia isn't saving nearly enough to cover workers' future health care bills. But Georgia isn't alone in underfunding health care promises to state employees.

Congressman Lewis Will Seek Re-election

Rep. John Lewis (D-5) announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election next year. The congressman made the announcement while speaking at the Atlanta Press Club.

Rep. John Lewis Will Run Again

Rep. John Lewis (D-5) announced Tuesday that he will seek reelection next year. The congressman made the announcement before the Atlanta press club. Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1986, Lewis will be seeking his 14th consecutive term.

More Cities Ready For Sunday Sales Vote

Woodstock, north of Atlanta, is the latest municipality to prepare to place Sunday alcohol sales on its November ballot. The move comes even though the governor has yet to approve the bill.

Savannah Mayor Wants Gun Crackdown

Savannah Mayor Otis S. Johnson is calling for stricter background checks for gun owners. The Savannah Morning News reports that during a Monday news conference, he urged Savannah residents to support tougher gun background checks. He was joined at the news conference by mothers of sons who were murdered and by police officers who have dodged bullets.

Agri-Business Team Deploys To Afghanistan

Georgia’s first National Guard Agri-business team deployed to Afghanistan from Fort Gordon near Augusta. The unit’s mission is to help farmers make more money from their crops.

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