Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
Georgia's legislators will be back in Atlanta this week to finish up redistricting that critics say will make Georgia politics more partisan.
Some south Georgia legislators say the new lines do away with districts that used to be a good mix of republicans and democrats.
And they say too many experienced lawmakers are being drawn into districts where they can't win.
At the state capitol last week, South Georgia Senator Freddie Powell Sims had strong words about the new district lines that draw her and the longest serving Senator George Hooks into the same district.
"Under the newly proposed Senate maps southwest Georgians have become potential pawns with muted voices," said Senator Freddie Powell Sims, (D)-District 12.
While everyone knew south Georgia would lose four to six House and Senate seats, the reality of what that looks like has Sims claiming that's not the intention of the voting rights act.
"This significantly dilutes members influence and the power of their vote," said Sims.
Representative Carol Fullerton worries it could hurt the legislature as a whole, affecting south Georgians with the most experience like Hooks.
"It's very important to know the personalities and how people use to vote or how people vote now or just things about the institution itself, learning the rules, that are very important for the person who's serving no matter what party they're in," said rep. Carol Fullerton, (D)-District 151.
Fullerton claims the Democratic Party of Georgia is already planning to file a lawsuit, if the maps signed by Governor Nathan Deal meet Justice Department approval. She worries too many districts like hers and John Lewis's Congressional district that have the ideal mix of voters are being drawn in favor of one party.
"He represented both blacks and whites and it was sort of an evenly split district so it was one of those ideal districts where people came together to elect their representative," said Fullerton.
Along the new Congressional district lines, 10 republican leaning districts are majority white, four democratic districts are a majority black. Fullerton worries House and Senate maps do the same thing and could give Georgia's legislature a look similar to the U.S. Congress where they've recently struggled to reach any compromise.
Fullerton says local legislation, include new maps for Dougherty County and the School System, will come up for consideration this week.
Albany decided to submit its map during next year's regular General Assembly session.