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Georgia bills tighten screws on scrap sales

RINGGOLD, GA. (Times Free Press) -- Local police in Georgia say controversial legislation that would revamp regulations on how scrap metal parts can be sold and recycled could help curb the high volume of metal thefts across the state.

But workers in the scrap metal industry worry the two bills could target the businesses instead of the metal thieves.

Scrap metal theft is a costly and growing problem statewide, officials say. Popular targets include copper wires from heating and cooling units and refrigerators, railroad equipment and telephone wiring.

Officials in Ringgold, Ga., have reported several manhole covers swiped off the streets in recent weeks.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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