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Interest groups weigh in on immigration bill

ATLANTA - When it came time Tuesday to comment about a bill that would tighten Georgia's rules on illegal immigrants, the state's businesses, immigrant advocates, farmers, churches and local governments had at least one thing in common: They all feared the unintended consequences.

February 09, 2011 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National


Redistricting already producing sparks

ATLANTA - Senate Democrats are calling for the creation of a new office that would address the minority party's concerns in this summer's redistricting showdown.

February 08, 2011 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National


Ethics complaint filed over speaker's trip

ATLANTA - A member of the newly-formed Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform has filed a complaint against the lobbyist who took House Speaker David Ralston and members of his family and staff to Europe during the Thanksgiving holiday.

February 08, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Sunday alcohol sales bill heads to Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - The hot topic of Sunday alcohol sales in Georgia is headed to the Senate floor after a proposal to let local voters decide the matter breezed through committee Wednesday.

February 03, 2011 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National


NASA finds 54 potentially life-friendly planets

WASHINGTON (AP) - An orbiting NASA telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life, spotting more than 50 potential planets that appear to be in the habitable zone.

February 03, 2011 | By Seth Borenstein AP science writer | State, National


Ellabell woman wins $1M in lottery

An Ellabell woman is pumped after winning $1 million during a gas stop. Penny Green, 39, won playing the instant game Georgia Lottery Black.

February 01, 2011 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Federal judge in health suit ruling has own medical story

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The judge who ruled the Obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional questioned whether the government was reaching beyond its power by requiring citizens to buy health insurance because everyone needs medical care.

February 01, 2011 | By Melissa Nelson and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press writers | State, National


Proposed bill would outlaw racial profiling

ATLANTA (AP) - A Democratic state lawmaker is again pushing legislation aimed at outlawing racial profiling.

February 01, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Officials scramble for slain trooper's widow

ATLANTA - A state trooper gunned down in a traffic stop late last year has prompted a scramble at the state Capitol to make sure his widow is able to keep her health insurance benefits.

February 01, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


State sets another execution

ATLANTA - Georgia authorities have set the execution date for a man condemned to death three separate times for murdering a 78-year-old woman who was brutally raped in her Savannah apartment more than 30 years ago.

January 27, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Execution set for 1988 Atlanta murder

ATLANTA - A death row inmate convicted of the 1988 murder of a preschool fitness instructor was set to be executed Tuesday, and his attorneys were readying a flurry of last-minute appeals seeking to postpone the execution.

January 25, 2011 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Isakson sees bankruptcy as option for states

ATLANTA - Sen. Johnny Isakson said states straining under pension debt should not fear what may sound like a drastic solution: bankruptcy.

January 25, 2011 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National


MLK daughter's exit leaves SCLC in doubt

ATLANTA - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by the giants of the American civil rights movement, has spent years in decline and power struggles. Now the once-proud organization faces what might be a final blow with the refusal of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter to take the helm.

January 24, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Lobbyists funded lawmaker's European trip

ATLANTA - Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, his chief of staff and their family members accepted a $17,000 trip to Europe over Thanksgiving week funded by lobbyists interested in building a high-speed train line between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn., according to state records.

January 24, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Powerball pot now estimated at $118 million

ORLANDO, Fla. - None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Wednesday evening matched all six numbers drawn, which were:

January 20, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


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