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Seniors Protest Budget Cuts

Money for meals on wheels is on the chopping block this year as lawmakers work on the state budget. More than a hundred senior citizens rallied at the state capitol against cuts to meal and service programs.

Senate Reverses Zero-Based Budgets

The Senate has unanimously voted to override a veto by former Gov. Sonny Perdue of legislation that would hold lawmakers to use a zero-based approach to a quarter of the budget each year.

Water War Gets Court Date

Georgia authorities are seeking to overturn a ruling that would restrict metro Atlanta's water supply.

Spending Freeze Includes Georgia

President Obama's plan to freeze federal spending could have big budget implications in Georgia. The state is expected to spend about $11 billion of federal funds in the coming year. Most of it goes to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor and disabled. But about a billion also goes to education.

Radiation Tests Need Funding

Plans by the state to conduct radiation tests in areas close to a former nuclear weapons plant near Augusta have been put on hold. It’s because the U.S. Department of Energy can’t fund the program until its budget is passed.

Tax Glitch Wreaks Havoc

The state is blaming a computer glitch for overpaying hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax returns.

Tougher Immigration Bill In Works

State lawmakers have finished crafting a new bill intended to crack down on illegal immigration. Peachtree City Republican Representative Matt Ramsey says the bill expands local law enforcement’s ability to check the citizenship of those suspected of a crime.

Gov. Deal Speaks on Tri State Water Dispute

The Governor spoke at the annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He says while no new reservoir can be built by the 2012 deadline, he wants local governments to start thinking about alternatives.

Ga. Lawmakers Not Pushing Arizona Style Immigration Law

House Speaker David Ralston told Georgia business leaders today that he will make sure any new state immigration legislation will not hurt Georgia’s economy.

British Challenge Execution

Emmanuel Hammond set to die at 7:00 Tuesday night. British government protesting use of execution drugs purchased there. Georgia Supreme Court rejects appeal.

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