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This Sept. 10, 2008 file photo, chickens huddle in their cages at an egg processing plant at the Dwight Bell Farm in Atwater, Calif.
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A Georgia congressman wants the federal government to let poultry companies speed up their processing lines.

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U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, a Republican from Gainesville, is asking U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to allow poultry processing plants to increase the speed of evisceration lines.

It's the part of the poultry production process in which machines remove chickens' internal organs. 

Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA-09)
Office of Congressman Doug Collins / U.S. Government

 

Pressure has been building for U.S. Congress members to hold in-person town halls in their districts. On Thursday night, northeast Georgia Rep. Doug Collins held one over the phone.

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In an hourlong call, Collins took 12 full questions from constituents. He assured listeners that his staff doesn’t unfairly screen calls.

“They simply put up the questions so we can get as many as we want to,” Collins said.

Authorities say a northeast Georgia woman is in federal custody after prosecutors say she threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican.

An indictment filed this week in U.S. District Court in Georgia states that Pam Spivey of Lavonia threatened to kill Collins as well as an immediate family member of the congressman.

The indictment doesn't identify the family member, nor does it reveal a possible motive.

Spivey is charged with influencing a federal official by threat; and influencing a federal official by threatening an immediate family member.