WASHINGTON - Their opening budget gambits history, lawmakers are returning to the bargaining table in search of a fiscal plan that cuts spending, as voters demanded in the last election, and could carry political value in the next one.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - For a mother who lost her son to violence, Illinois' decision to abolish the death penalty is a betrayal. But to a father who lost two daughters and a grandson, it's simply the Christian thing to do.
ATLANTA - As state lawmakers struggle with priorities including balancing the budget and saving Georgia's beloved HOPE scholarship, some in the Senate have found a new issue: daylight saving time.
ATLANTA - The Senate has approved legislation that would allow billboard owners to clear-cut trees blocking motorists from seeing their signs and strengthens the penalties on obscene advertisements.
ATLANTA - A bipartisan group of state legislators is backing a measure that would make it easier for Georgia distillers to turn fruits and grains into liquor.
The Georgia House passed a bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration in the state and contains some provisions similar to a tough law enacted in Arizona last year.
ATLANTA - A year after Georgia lawmakers passed a sweeping gun-rights expansion that allowed permit-holders to carry guns into some bars and more parking lots, the Legislature is considering new changes that would allow them to carry their weapons into churches and make it easier for them to renew their licenses.
ATLANTA - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced Thursday he is exploring a run for president and has launched a website to collect donations so he can gauge support.
Government and industry must work more closely together to counter the growing threat to the nation's cyber networks, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn told information technology professionals last week.
ATLANTA - Supporters of legislation that would let local communities vote on whether to have Sunday alcohol sales say the issue is still alive and that lawmakers should let voters weigh in on the issue.
BRUNSWICK - Georgia Forestry Commission officials say firefighters are dealing with an outbreak of wildfires in southeast Georgia, and burning permits for the area have been suspended.
JEKYLL ISLAND - Jekyll Island Authority Chairman Bob Krueger says the authority board does not favor legalized gambling at the state park.
ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal and legislative leaders are set to announce changes in Georgia's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship and prekindergarten programs designed to keep the initiatives from going broke.
ATLANTA - Turns out an unwilling governor wasn't the only obstacle to a vote on Sunday alcohol sales.
SAVANNAH - City officials say they are trying to improve the way they investigate illegal rooming houses in Savannah.