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  Georgia reclaims top US pecan producer; Kemp declares pecans official state nut

Georgia has now reclaimed the number one spot for pecan production in the U.S., according to a recent report by the USDA.

Statewide Judicial Emergency extended for the 13th time

Sheriffs across U.S. pen letter to Biden on illegal immigration

Raffensperger refers 3 Ga. counties for drop box investigation

Deputy stabbed to death at Georgia jail; another deputy hurt

Kemp, lawmakers respond to Supreme Court ruling declaring Georgia victory in water war with Fla.

Georgia lawmakers ink final deal on $27.3B state budget

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What passed and failed in 2021 Georgia General Assembly

Supreme Court gives Georgia win in water war with Florida

  Ga. Access to Medical Cannabis Commission evaluating state cannabis production licenses

  Raffensperger comments on new voting law lawsuit against him

Kemp signs new COVID-19 executive orders; some restrictions to roll back

Kemp in quarantine following COVID-19 exposure

Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing

Court challenges to Republican-led election restrictions in Georgia and elsewhere face an uncertain road in a legal system that has grown more conservative in recent years.

New local eatery brings New Orleans fare to Columbus

A new local restaurant has brought some New Orleans flair right here to Columbus.

City of Newnan work to recover after tornado

Law enforcement and firefighters from other counties, including both Troup and Harris, came to help their neighboring community.

Kemp, Raffensperger respond to criticism of new voting law

Georgia’s governor and the state’s top elections official are responding to criticism of a newly-signed elections law.

WATCH: Kemp to get COVID-19 vaccine in Waycross

Meet David Cowan, a trusted messenger for Georgians

WATCH: Kemp to sign voting bill into law

LIVE: Vaccine eligibility to expand to all Georgia adults

Georgia GOP voting bills advance as some provisions dropped

Senate Bill 202 aiming to change voting laws in Georgia

  Ga. organizations react to ‘wait times’ effects when purchasing a firearm

Current state law indicates there’s no waiting period when buying a gun.

Georgia Senate seeks to put its stamp on $27.3B budget

It puts back a fraction of the money cut last year.

  ‘This one was actually fairly simple’: Georgia Labor Commissioner talks stimulus package, unemployment changes

Georgia Labor Commissioner, Mark Butler, said the stimulus package will not be groundbreaking for Georgia’s economy.

Georgia House announces upcoming FEMA COVID-19 funeral assistance

FEMA is currently working with stakeholder groups to provide this assistance and enlist their help with outreach to families and communities.

WATCH LIVE: Chief Justice Melton delivers final Ga. State of the Judiciary address

The annual address to Georgia's legislative branch what the state’s court system has accomplished in the past year.

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands to those 55 and older in Georgia

Vaccine eligibility in Georgia will expand to all those 55 and older on Monday, March 15.

Four-vehicle crash leaves three people dead in Bulloch County

Westbound lanes of Interstate 16 are closed around mile markers 132 and 137 due to a couple of incidents.

“I’m still here!” Columbus woman celebrates 104th birthday

A Columbus woman is celebrating her 104th birthday with a proclamation from the city.

  Georgia senators work to secure millions in funding for SWGA

Albany and Dougherty County leaders championed the American Rescue Plan and the money it’s bringing to local communities.

Mother charged with felony abduction of children at center of N.C. AMBER Alert

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office says 4-year-old Easton G. Redmon and 2-year-old Annsleigh R. Redmon were found safe just before 1 a.m. Thursday in Georgia.

Jimmy Carter says he’s sad, angry over Georgia voting bills

The Democratic former president said the Republican-backed proposals appeared to be rooted in partisan interests and “not the interests of all Georgia voters.”

Georgia House passes bill making changes to state’s citizen’s arrest statute

The Georgia House voted to pass House Bill 479, which would make changes to the state’s citizen’s arrest statute.

Georgia Senate passes bill to nix no-excuse absentee voting

Georgia’s state Senate has narrowly passed a Republican-backed bill that would end no-excuse absentee voting.

Miss Georgia contestants meeting for forum in Columbus to prepare for competition

Seventy-five candidates are vying to become the next Miss Georgia and Miss Georgia Outstanding Teen.

Georgia Southern designated as one of the best schools for military members

A national military group ranks Georgia Southern University among the best schools for those who’ve served their country to get an education.

Georgia Senate passes bill to stop time changes

You’ll have to change your clocks again on March 14.

Georgia Sec. of State recommends even more alleged election violations for prosecution

The board considered 75 cases during its third meeting of the month, and Raffensperger said dozens of them were sent to the attorney general or local district attorneys for prosecution.

Kemp lets teachers, some with health issues get vaccines

Gov. Brian Kemp says child care workers and K-12 school employees can start getting COVID-19 vaccines in the state starting March 8.

Georgia House passes bill to block ‘defunding’ police

The Georgia state House has passed a bill that would block cities and counties from defunding the police.

GOHS grant helps DDS stay current with criminal convictions

DDS said GECPS provides a secure, electronic transmission of conviction data from Georgia courts to meet a federally mandated time frame for posting convictions to individual driving records within ten days of adjudication.

Georgia senators pass bill to require ID for absentee voting

Georgia senators are pushing through the first of what could be a raft of restrictive voting measures.

Bill would require certification for sheriff candidates

Aspiring Georgia sheriffs would have to earn their law enforcement certification before they pin on their badge under a bill advancing in the state Senate.

Looking back at the Arbery case and where do we go from here?

Three months after Ahmaud Arbery’s death, an attorney leaked the graphic video of Arbery’s killing.

Gov. Kemp reflects on Ahmaud Arbery’s death, promises changes in Georgia

Some change has come in the year since Ahmaud Arbery’s killing. Right now in the Georgia Statehouse, there’s bipartisan support for repealing the state’s citizen’s arrest statute.

Vets can get food at Dublin VA

The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center and the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank of Macon are teaming up to give away food to area veterans. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at buildings 34/35 on the Dublin VAMC campus.

Perdue rules out Senate campaign

Perdue called this a personal decision, not a political one, made after much prayer and reflection.

Tuesday marks one year since Ahmaud Arbery slaying

Tuesday marks one year since the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Ga.

Georgia Senate committee OKs photo ID for absentee voting

The Senate Ethics Committee voted Thursday in favor of Senate Bill 67.

WATCH LIVE: Kemp to introduce legislation to tackle street racing

The legislation will tackle reckless street racing.

WATCH LIVE: Kemp to announce overhaul of Citizen’s Arrest Statute

The announcement is set for 2 p.m.

Former Sen. Perdue files to run in 2022 against Warnock

Perdue previously served as a U.S. Senator from 2015-2021

Gov. Kemp issues new executive order on COVID-19 guidance in GA

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has issued a new executive order on COVID-19 guidance in the state.

WATCH LIVE: Kemp signs amended state budget

Gov. Brian Kemp and other legislative leaders will sign the amended 2021 fiscal year budget Monday afternoon.

State Election Board refers voter fraud cases for prosecution

A Valdosta resident was one of the people bound over for prosecution for allegedly voting in another person’s name.

GOP lawmakers pushing for stricter voting requirements in Georgia

GOP senators in the Georgia state legislature are pushing for new voting laws following former president Donald Trump’s defeat in the Peach State, which flipped the state blue in Nov. and in Jan.’s senate runoffs.

Gov. Kemp announces $1k bonuses for state employees

Gov. Kemp announced that the amended 2021 fiscal year budget for Georgia will include a one-time bonus of $1,000 to state employees making less than $80,000 per year.

Senate passes Georgia budget changes aiding K-12 and health

An amended state budget that increases spending on K-12 schools and public health has passed the Georgia state Senate on a 52-0 vote, racing one step closer to passage.

Cyber child exploitation heightened with more time being spent online during pandemic

With more kids online during the pandemic, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports a 90 percent increase in calls to their CyberTipline.

U.S. attorney to resign, return to private practice

His resignation is effective Tuesday, his office said in a statement.

Bill: Widen tuition aid for Georgia special needs students

The Senate Education and Youth Committee heard testimony Monday on Senate Bill 47 and is expected to vote next week.

Georgia remains in Phase 1A of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

After almost two months of administering doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, we Phase 1A is still underway, which is includes first responders, healthcare workers, and seniors citizens.

WATCH: Kemp makes broadband access announcement

The announcement is set for 2 p.m.

FBI arrest N.Y. man in child porn ring involving Columbus, Ga. victims

A New York man is behind bars in a child porn ring and the FBI is looking to identify all of his victims.

Georgia court officials eye March for jury trial resumption

Georgia court officials say they are hopeful jury trials will resume in March given the recent decline in coronavirus cases along with the rollout of vaccines.

The Georgia roots of Super Bowl LV

Something cool about the Super Bowl – the turf it was played on is quite literally rooted here in Georgia.

Mystery wallet found in Tybee cottage wall returned to family 66 years later

The story of a mystery wallet found hidden in the wall of an old Tybee Island cottage continues.

Georgians taking key step to purchase guns in record numbers

In 2020, a record 904,000 Georgians got firearms background checks.

Dublin VA distributes COVID-19 vaccine with Warner Robins center

The vaccine will be available at the Warner Robins VECTR Center starting Monday. Eligible Veterans can schedule their appointment at (478) 277-6762

Senators seek raises for troopers, more public health money

Georgia’s state senators want to give raises to some state troopers and add money to public health spending atop what House members already added.

Good News: Revolutionary portable X-Ray machine developed in Savannah

A medical device that could soon streamline doctors’ visits and make them more convenient for patients can now be put into use.

New law to help remove some criminal records in Ga.

A Savannah attorney is working to make sure those with a criminal past know about Georgia’s newest expungement law.

ICE detainee from Mexico passes away from COVID-19 at Piedmont Columbus Regional

A Mexican detainee in the custody of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has died from COVID-19 complications at Piedmont Columbus Regional.

Police: Train conductor spots man on tracks, averts tragedy

Police said the conductor was able to stop the train in time. They said he would have been killed instantly if the conductor had not seen him.

Gov. Kemp announces adoption and foster care reform legislation

Gov. Brian Kemp announced his administration’s adoption and foster care reform initiatives for the 2021 legislative session, introduced by Rep. Bert Reeves and Sen. Bo Hatchett.

Georgia Pre-K teachers to get $1,000 bonuses

The latest round of federal coronavirus aid will provide $1,000 bonuses to Georgia’s state-funded prekindergarten and child care teachers.

Georgia bill would require photo ID copies for mail voting

Senate Bill 29 was introduced by Republican Sen. Jason Anavitarte of Dallas.

  Georgia expected to receive more vaccines as health departments fall short

As demand increased, the South Health District feared falling short for the second dose and wanted to prioritize having those vaccines on hand on time for those individuals.

Georgia to receive more doses of COVID-19 vaccines

The federal government announced that Georgia will begin receiving 25,000+ more COVID-19 vaccines weekly.