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Bill Pushes to Stop GA 400 Toll

State Senator Jon Albers of Roswell wants to stop the toll at Georgia 400.

Talks Loom For Local Option Sales Taxes

When the Census numbers come out in April, Georgia cities won't just have federal and state tax dollars at stake. Some cities are concerned they might lose local dollars as well. That's because cities will have to renegotiate with counties for local option sales tax funds. And since those funds are generally split based on population, declining cities could lose yet another funding source.

Sherrod To Accept Courage Award

A state senator is honoring Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department official who was forced to resign her position after being falsely accused of making racist comments.

Bill Would Allow Public-Private Reservoirs

Gov. Nathan Deal's administration or local governments could contract with private partners to build reservoirs and other water projects in Georgia under legislation

Ga. Conservancy Defends Harbor Position

The Georgia Conservancy is defending its position on the Savannah harbor deepening after an op-ed piece said the evironmental group would not stand in the way of the project. The harbor deepening has angered activists who worry about the project's effects on the coastal environment.

Workforce Troubles For MOX Plant

A nuclear weapons recycling facility under construction near Augusta is having a hard time keeping workers on the job. Officials say expansion of the country’s commercial nuclear power industry could be to blame.

Senate Has Fate Of Sunday Alcohol Sales

Sunday alcohol sales got a hearing in a state Senate caucus meeting Wednesday at the state Capitol. Following was a secret vote count that could determine whether the controversial measure makes it to a full Senate vote.

Lawmakers Target High Prison Rolls

Georgia lawmakers want to set up a special council to study ways of reducing Georgia's prison population. Georgia spends about 18 thousand dollars a year to house a non violent drug offender.

Obama's Budget Restores Coast Guard Unit

The Obama administration has restored funding to a Georgia-based anti-terrorism unit. US Coast Guard officials proposed eliminating the Maritime Safety and Security Team in St. Marys as part of a nationwide force reduction. Local officials believe the effort to restore funding was successful because it also involved other communities.

Chief Justice Urges Sentencing Reform

Chief Justice Carol Hunstein says it's time for Georgia to reform its tough criminal sentences. In her annual State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the state Legislature on Wednesday, Hunstein said many inmates clogging Georgia's prisons "are a greater threat to themselves than to society."

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