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Opponents of mine near Okefenokee consider options to stop it after state EPD issued draft permits

Tourism operators like the Okefenokee Swamp Park are taking full advantage of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge’s natural wonder.

But at the state level, the battle for House Bill 71, the Okefenokee Protection Act spearheaded by GOP state Rep. Darlene Taylor, rages on as Alabama-based company Twins Pines Minerals, plans to dig for titanium in a 582-acre area near the swamp, sparking public outcry since the Alabama company unveiled plans in 2019.

Georgia Senate approves bill that aims to restrict the ways workers can form unions

Workers of the world, unite – but only if you hold a secret election first.

That’s what the state Senate said Thursday when it passed on party lines a labor union bill backed by Gov. Brian Kemp. Senate Bill 362 bars businesses that open shop in Georgia from receiving state incentives if they recognize labor unions, unless workers vote to unionize with a secret ballot.