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Coastal Resources Absorb Cuts

Budget cuts in education are getting a lot of attention in this year's gubernatorial race, but a lot of smaller state agencies also are dealing with budget cuts. For instance, the Coastal Resources Division has cut its budget over the past two years by 52%. That's the most of any division within the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Tax Reform Group Tours State

Augusta residents can now voice their concerns about Georgia's tax code at a public meeting taking place tonight.

Ethics Probe Of Campaign Finance Law

An interpretation of a campaign finance law by the state ethics commission worries some lawmakers. It could open the door for contributions between candidates.

Thomas Can't Run As Write-in

The Secretary of State's office announced that former democratic senator Regina Thomas can't run as a write-in candidate in November's election.

Libertarians Switch Candidates

Georgia Libertarian candidate Rhonda Martini has withdrawn from the race for lieutenant governor. Martini reportedly left the race Wednesday to deal with family issues. Georgia law allows a party to choose a new candidate in the event of a withdrawal. The Times newspaper of Gainesville reports that Dan Barber of Buford appeared as the new Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor late Wednesday on the secretary of state's website.

Repairs Coming To Fort Pulaski Bridge

A historical bridge leading to Fort Pulaski on Tybee Island will soon get much needed repairs thanks to $6 million from the National Park Service. The Federal Highway Administration cited crumbling piles, decay in the wood decking, rusting beams and other problems in a recent report on the bridge off U.S. 80. The bridge was given a C rating by the administration, which means it needs substantial repairs to prevent unsafe conditions.

Judicial Misconduct Cases Soaring

The number of Georgia judges who have resigned under clouds of scandal is mounting. After two Atlanta-area judges stepped down this month, a total of sixteen Georgia judges have left their benches in the past two-years amidst controversy and suspicion. Some of the cases involve sexual improprieties, voter fraud and a gross ignorance of the law.

State Investigates Alleged Voter Fraud

The Secretary of State office is looking into dozens of incidents of election fraud from this summer’s primary. The state has launched a criminal investigation into alleged voter fraud in south Georgia.

Perdue Wants New Water Talk Date

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked his counterparts in Alabama and Florida for more talks meant to end a long-running dispute over water usage. Perdue sent a letter earlier this month asking Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley to continue negotiations meant to resolve lawsuits between the states over water usage. The governors last met in December in Alabama, but their staffs have continued talking since then.

Judge Rules Against Troy Davis

A federal judge in Savannah has dealt a setback to the Georgia death row inmate whose case has become a rallying point for death penalty opponents worldwide. Judge William T. Moore says, Troy Anthony Davis did not prove his innocence in an unusual hearing that took place in his Savannah courtroom earlier this summer.

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