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  Funds from gas tax increase used to fix bridges, resurface roads and widen interstates

South Carolinians want to know if the extra pennies they’re paying at the pump are actually making a difference.

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

  New Hinesville District 5 councilman ready to get to work

Candidates running for President in 2020

Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

  Savannah mayoral candidate arrested on aggravated stalking charges

  Lawmakers file ridesharing safety legislation in honor of Samantha Josephson

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Last day of Georgia session: Marijuana, school safety plans

  Georgia lawmakers pass measure giving access for low-THC oil

  Tuesday is ‘Sine Die Day’ at the Atlanta Capitol

  GA lawmakers denounce HBCU senate bill; another bill introduced

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Joe Biden

  ‘Placeholder bill’ introduced in regards to incorporation of Chatham Islands

  Margie’s Law makes it to GA governor’s desk

A Savannah woman may be helping make changes at the federal level.We’ve been telling you about Margie Singleton’s fight against breast cancer and her fight for a new law in Georgia - Margie’s Law.

  GA lawmakers debating bill that could allow farmers to grow hemp

Georgia lawmakers are debating a bill that could allow farmers to make millions of dollars off a crop that’s been illegal to grow for decades.

Georgia House approves Bible electives for public schools

Public high schools in Georgia could soon have greater freedom to offer courses on Christianity under legislation approved by the state House.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

GA State Senate passes ‘Heartbeat Bill,’ now goes back to House

GA Sec of State Office opens investigation over possible missing absentee applications

  Ohio Senator proposes Medicare buy-in

  85 percent vote in favor of ESPLOST renewal in Vidalia, Toombs County

  Richmond Hill City Council fills Post 3 seat

“Richmond Hill is a great small town that’s growing rapidly. I look forward to the challenges of managing that growth along with the council. I look forward to getting very involved in the community," he said.

  Richmond Hill voters elect council member for Post 1 seat

Richmond Hill voters have elected a new representative for the District 1 area.

  Results in for special election on Skidaway Island incorporation

Voters have chosen to not incorporate Skidaway Island into its own city.

Georgia Special Elections results are in

Georgia voters have visited their precincts and voted for special elections in Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, and Toombs counties.

  Coastal Empire citizens prepare for special elections on Tuesday

Liberty County is holding an election for council district 5 seat, Skidaway Island voters will choose if they want to become their own city, and voters in Richmond Hill will choose a new city council representative.

Anti-abortion bill clears Georgia Senate committee

The Georgia Senate Committee approved a measure on Monday that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

GA governor to be special guest at 2019 Feast of St. Patrick Mass

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is expected to be a special guest at the 2019 Feast of St. Patrick Mass on Saturday morning in Savannah.

New legislation could let you take more of your favorite craft beer home

Some legislation being debated in the South Carolina Senate would allow breweries to open a satellite taproom away from their production area.

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday.

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

Weeks of teasing an announcement are behind him, but O'Rourke now must prove whether the energy he brought to the Texas campaign will resonate on a much larger stage.

  Georgia leaders push for new squadron at 165th Airlift Wing

Georgia’s top elected officials are making a case to the Pentagon that Savannah would be the best home for a new Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.

  Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce hosts ‘Meet the Candidates’ forum

The Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Meet the Candidates" forum on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond Hill High School in the east campus cafeteria.

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

Treasury Department figures show a 77 percent spike in the deficit over the first four months of the budget year, driven by falling revenues and steady growth in spending.

  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

He was convicted in August of eight felony counts for tax fraud and other financial crimes and faced up to 24 years in prison.

  Forum held to discuss Skidaway Island incorporation vote

Skidaway Island residents met Wednesday night to discuss whether they want to branch off and start their own city.

House of Representatives oversight committee to investigate 2018 Ga. gubernatorial election

The chairman of the committee states that during Governor Kemp's tenure as Secretary of State, Georgia canceled more than 1.4 million voter registrations. The state also closed more than 200 polling places.

  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Dismantling parts of the long-range rocket launch facility was among several steps North Korea took last year amid diplomatic talks with the United States and South Korea.

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

President Donald Trump tried to pressure top aides to approve a security clearance for his daughter Ivanka Trump, according to a CNN report.

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

Gov. Kemp declares state of emergency for 3 southwest Ga. counties

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of an emergency on Monday in three southwestern Georgia counties following Sunday night’s storms.

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  Sanders returns to NY roots, says he can defeat Trump

Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign Saturday miles from the rent-controlled apartment where he grew up in Brooklyn and forcefully made the case that he is nothing like fellow New Yorker Donald Trump.

Congressman Carter appointed to serve on climate crisis committee

U.S. Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter is now on the select committee on the climate crisis.

Renewed push for ‘constitutional carry’ in South Carolina

There are bills filed at the State House that would allow anyone who can legally purchase a gun, to carry it on public places that permit it.

  Chatham Co. Board of Elections meets to discuss voting bill

The Secretary of State says the point of the bipartisan bill is for Republican leaders in the House of Representatives to bring Georgia’s voters a more secure, accessible, and transparent election system.

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

Solar companies keeping close eye on Energy Freedom Act

Solar companies and advocates for the bill say if it isn’t signed into law, South Carolina could lose thousands of solar jobs and potential investments.

  So you want to run for mayor of Savannah?

Three people have officially committed to running to become Savannah’s next Mayor. WTOC is looking in to exactly who can run, and the field is pretty open.

Early voting underway for Skidaway Island special election

Early voting begins Monday, Feb. 25 for a special election in Chatham County.

  South Carolina’s role in setting the field for presidential elections

Potential presidential candidates from across the country continue to visit the Palmetto State ahead of next year’s primaries.

  VP Mike Pence tours opportunity zone in Columbia, SC

Opportunity zones were created to incentivize developers for investing in areas that have been overlooked in the past.

  ‘Margie’s Law’ would require healthcare facilities to notify patients of dense breast tissue

Lisa Walls met Margie over 20 years ago. She says after Margie found out about her dense breast tissue, she wanted to do something to help other women. Margie’s Army came together to form House Bill 62 - Margie’s Law.

  GA Supreme Court makes changes to DUI law

A Georgia Supreme Court decision on DUI laws will change the way police handle traffic stops with suspected drunk drivers - and how those cases are handled in criminal court.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

House Democrats’ measure blocking Trump emergency declaration coming Friday

House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border.

Unofficial results for the special election for HHI Ward 6 council seat

The unofficial results are in for the special election on Hilton Head Island.

  Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

  Savannah Mayor comments on Alderman’s decision to run

Savannah District 1 Alderman Van Johnson has announced he is running to be the next mayor of Savannah.

Paul Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison, court filing says

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges.

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee received a sweeping request for financial records this week from prosecutors in New Jersey.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says special counsel’s team interviewed her

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

A lower court blocked the Trump administration from adding the question to the 2020 Census.

  Gov. Kemp signs bill allowing vote on Skidaway municipality

Residents of Skidaway Island are one step closer to voting on whether or not they want to become their own municipality.

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

In House’s Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Lawmakers in both parties are increasingly uneasy over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and skeptical of the U.S. partnership with the Saudi-led coalition, especially in light of Saudi Arabia's role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family.

  Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.