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After Delay, Unemployment Checks Go Out

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced Thursday that federal extended unemployment insurance benefits are now being paid to nearly 91,000 jobless Georgians. The law extends the qualifying time for eligible recipients from June 2 through Nov. 30. Checks mailed today to Georgians totaled more than $76 million.

Transportation Plan Takes Next Step

State transportation board members got an overview Thursday of new funding plan.It will let voters decide in 20-12 if they want a new tax to pay for projects in their areas.

Sherrod Suing Blogger

Former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod from Albany says she will sue the blogger that broadcast a video of her. The video was edited and appeared to contain racially inflammatory comments. Suing could prove difficult/

Deal Says He's Not A Target of Probe

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal says as far as he knows he is not the target or the subject of a grand jury probe into his longtime business arrangement with the state. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained documents showing that Georgia Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham was subpoenaed by a grand jury last month regarding a meeting he had with Deal last year.

Ralston Wants "Jobs-Friendly" Tax System

A group that’s charged with rewriting Georgia’s tax code met for the first time today. House Speaker David Ralston wants something that he says is more quote "jobs friendly". A room packed with lobbyists was all ears as Speaker Ralston gave the opening speech.

Candidate McKinney No Show At Debate

Ray McKinney declined an invitation by the Atlanta Press Club to appear with challenger Carl Smith in the 12th district Republican run-off debate, which aired statewide on GPB-TV Sunday evening.

State Agencies Slash 4 Percent

Governor Sonny Perdue has ordered state agencies cut 4 percent from their budgets in case an extension of Medicaid funds doesn’t pass Congress. Georgia created its budget depending on $375 million of the money, but conservatives in US senate won’t approve it if it raises the national debt.

Perdue Appoints Cousin To Ports Board

His spokesman says, it isn't nepotism. Government watchdogs say, the appearance of it raises red flags.

With “Regret”, Obama Calls Ousted Worker

The White House says President Barack Obama has conveyed "his regret" to ousted Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod over her ouster in the midst of a racially-tinged firestorm.

Possible Recount In Dem Labor Commissioner Race

A close race in the Democratic primary for state labor commissioner could end in a recount.

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