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Area lawmaker gets committee chair

ATLANTA - Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, has been named chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee for the 2013-14 term by the Senate Committee on Assignments.

January 28, 2013 | Special to the Courier | State, National


World briefly for Jan. 28

SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AP) - The bodies of the young college students were found piled up just inside the entrance of the Kiss nightclub, among more than 230 people who died in a cloud of toxic smoke after a blaze enveloped the crowded locale within seconds and set off a panic.

January 28, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


World briefly for Jan. 26

DENVER (AP) - A political generation ago, the West signaled the nation's rightward swing - from the emergence of Ronald Reagan to the success of tax-limitation ballot measures in California and Colorado. But now the fabled expanse of jagged peaks, arid deserts and emerald coastlines is trending in a different direction.

January 26, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


Kingston implies he'd considering Senate run

SAVANNAH – Congressman Jack Kingston. GA-1st, released the following statement upon learning of Senator Chambliss' decision to retire at the end of his current term:

January 25, 2013 | News release | State, National


Chambliss not expected to seek re-election

WASHINGTON - Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss will not run for a third term next year, avoiding a likely fight with the tea party for the Republican nomination, a congressional aide said Friday.

January 25, 2013 | By Donna Cassata Associated Press writer | State, National


World briefly for Jan. 25

WASHINGTON (AP) - There is a legal avenue to try to get any gun you want somewhere in the U.S., thanks to the maze of gun statutes across the country and the lack of certain federal laws.

January 25, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


GPB producer resigns as protest

ATLANTA - A veteran Georgia Public Broadcasting producer has handed in a letter of resignation following the hiring of former Republican state Sen. Chip Rogers.

January 24, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


World briefly for Jan. 24

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat presents a daunting challenge to top military leaders who now will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men.

January 24, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


SSU student killed driving into parking lot

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Police in Savannah have identified a woman shot to death in her car as a 21-year-old Savannah State University student.

January 23, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


Weak economy pares back state budget

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that his legislative agenda will be pared back because a still-weak economy is limiting how much Georgia can spend, a problem likely to linger for several years.

January 23, 2013 | By Ray Henry Associated Press writer | State, National


World briefly for Jan. 23

WASHINGTON (AP) - With tacit support from President Barack Obama, House Republicans are moving to try to defuse a potential debt crisis with legislation to prevent an economy-rattling fiscal crisis for at least three months.

January 23, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


Opinions sought on Cumberland Island

CUMBERLAND ISLAND - The National Park Service is seeking suggestions from Georgia residents on a new document intended to guide management and planning on Cumberland Island.

January 22, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


World briefly for Jan. 22

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama devoted one word - "deficit" - to the issue that brought Washington to the brink of fiscal crises time and again during his first term.

January 22, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


Read text of Obama's inauguration speech

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

January 21, 2013 | The White House As prepared for delivery | State, National


Obamas start inauguration day at church

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama went to church on a sunny, historic Monday, launching a day of prayer, pledges and parties as the country celebrated its 57th presidential inauguration and he officially began his encore as chief executive.

January 21, 2013 | By Julia Pace Associated Press writer | State, National


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Articles by Section - State, National


Offshore drilling meet draws interest

One of the last federal open house "scoping" meetings on offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast, held Tuesday in Savannah, drew a handful of people seeking information or expressing their views.

March 26, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


Obama extends troop levels in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has extended troop levels in Afghanistan several months beyond the original drawdown plan, saying it will help Afghan security forces succeed during the upcoming fighting season.

March 26, 2015 | By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity | State, National


Bill would make smoking in vehicle with kids illegal

As I write, the General Assembly has passed the 30th legislative day, or "Crossover Day," as it's commonly called. Any legislation that hasn't crossed over to the House or Senate is dead until we reconvene next year. For the remainder of the session, we will focus on reviewing House bills that crossed over to the Senate.

March 24, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson | State, National


'You can't handle the truth': 96 percent of Americans admit to lying

Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the ninth commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness."

March 24, 2015 | Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News | State, National


Census testing digital nose-count in area

The U.S. Census Bureau is in the middle of an experiment to see if online data collection in the next nose-count of Americans.

March 24, 2015 | By Jessica Leigh Lebos Correspondent | State, National


Despite wage setbacks, economy is recovering

A recent Pew Research Center article reports that the U.S. economy in indeed growing and making a resurgence despite some setbacks.

March 24, 2015 | Matthew Jelalian Deseret News | State, National


Spring, eclipse, supermoon all today

AccuWeather reports that Friday the vernal equinox will occur, again marking the gradual return to warmer days in the Northern Hemisphere and winter's official astronomical end.

March 20, 2015 | By Michael Kuhne AccuWeather.com staff writer | State, National


I should have lost my job

Bee shared a story with anonymousthankyous.com about the kindness of a woman who should have had her fired but instead saved her job and gave her encouragement to keep trying.

March 20, 2015 | Michael McCarlie KSL | State, National


From child marriage to lower wages, women and girls still struggle with equality

Women and girls still suffer the lion’s share of violence, illness and lack of access to opportunity, according to two new studies.

March 19, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


State bill would ban photos, video from private places

As I write, the General Assembly has passed the 30th legislative day, or "Crossover Day," as it's commonly called. Any legislation that hasn't crossed over to the House or Senate is dead until we reconvene next year. For the remainder of the session, we will now exclusively focus on reviewing House bills that crossed over to the Senate.

March 19, 2015 | By State Rep. Ben Watson | State, National


How an outdated welfare rule is forcing low-income families to spend their savings

When President Reagan revamped welfare reform in the '80s, he introduced a crucial change: to be eligible for social programs, a person couldn’t have more than $1,000 in assets. This meant that people in need would have to spend their savings before they could apply for assistance programs — and they did.

March 18, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Senate addresses failing schools, marsh buffer and reglious freedom

The Georgia Senate voted on many bills as "crossover" day, or day 30, loomed (Editor's note: Crossover day was Friday). Day 30 is significant because bills that do not go to the House after day 30 or "crossover day" will not become law this session.

March 16, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson | State, National


A brilliant way old buses can be used to help the homeless

Homeless people struggle to get some of the things they need to be healthy: food, shelter and a hot shower.

March 16, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Worried sick: The high price of poverty

They say that money can’t buy happiness, but it turns out that maybe the right amount can — $75,000, to be exact.

March 11, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Proposal draws dire predictions from teacher organization

This bill is a major overhaul of the state's approach to improving public schools. Unfortunately, this legislation will impose an unproven system of governance on schools in the state that will do little to improve student achievement, but surely will disrupt the lives of students, parents and teachers.

March 10, 2015 | Georgia Federation of Teachers | State, National


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