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Qualifying for Senate, House seats ends Wednesday

Candidate qualifying for special elections to fill the unexpired terms of state Sen. Eric Johnson (District 1) and state Rep. Buddy Carter (District 159) will end at noon today.

September 23, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


Rain to continue; ease some

ATLANTA - Docile creeks turned into surging rivers and rivers into raging floodwaters as storms raking the Southeast for days dropped up to 20 inches of rain, killing six people and leaving communities under water.

"Any rain that fell has no place to go," said Georgia climatologist David Stooksbury said Monday. "This rainfall on top of already saturated soils really made the situation worse."

September 22, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Portions of interstates closed in North Georgia

ATLANTA - Portions of interstate highways in the Atlanta area were closed to traffic because of flooding during Tuesday morning rush hour.

The state Department of Transportation reported that a portion of Interstate 285, Atlanta's perimeter highway, was closed in Cobb County at a bridge crossing the Chattahoochee River.

September 22, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Flooding death toll now at 8

ATLANTA - The death toll in Southeast flooding has reached eight after rescuers found the body a 15-year-old boy in northwest Georgia after days of heavy rain turned docile creeks into surging rivers and rivers.

The teen's body was found in the Chattooga River on Tuesday morning.

September 22, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


'Megasite' plant to create 500 area jobs

POOLER - Gov. Sonny Perdue announced today that Mitsubishi Power Systems will locate a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing plant near Savannah, ultimately creating 500 jobs and investing $325 million.

September 21, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Area senator resigns seat

ATLANTA - Savannah Republican Eric Johnson announced Tuesday that he is resigning from the state Senate to focus on his campaign for governor.

"I am fully committed in my race for governor and find that I am not capable of being a full-time senator and servant first and a full-time candidate and do not want to leave my constituents behind," Johnson said at a news conference under the Capitol rotunda.

September 16, 2009 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National


Death penalty sought in Brunswick killings

BRUNSWICK - A prosecutor said Monday he will seek the death penalty for a 22-year-old man charged with killing his father and seven others in their Georgia mobile home before he cried in a frantic 911 call "My whole family's dead."

A Glynn County grand jury on Monday indicted Guy Heinze Jr. on eight counts of malice murder, one count of attempted murder and two drug possession charges.

September 15, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Former judge pleads to corruption

MACON - A former Superior Court judge pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge Friday after striking a deal to avoid prison, ending a lengthy legal battle that toppled him from his post as one of rural Clinch County's most powerful politicians.

Prosecutors' agreement to drop 13 charges against Brooks E. Blitch III - and to seek probation instead of a prison sentence - stunned U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson, who took a 20 minute break to decide if he would accept the deal.

September 12, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Robert Redford to shoot movie in Savannah

SAVANNAH - Robert Redford has chosen Savannah as the shooting location for his post-Civil War film about a woman who was hanged for aiding the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, city officials announced Friday.

Savannah's department of Tourism and Film Services said Redford plans to direct the movie "The Conspirator" this fall in Georgia's oldest city.

September 12, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Cumberland Island to be on quarter

ATLANTA - Cumberland Island has been chosen to represent Georgia on a new series of quarters to be issued by the U.S. Mint.

The series of quarters featuring national parks and other sites will be issued starting next year. Each U.S. state and territory will be represented in the series.

September 09, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Trails for area getting closer

The Liberty County Commission blessed a project that will soon link parts of Coastal Georgia with the rest of the East Coast through a recreation project spanning the height of the country.

September 09, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | State, National


Warrants: Brunswick victims were beaten

BRUNSWICK - Arrest warrants for a Georgia man charged with killing his father and seven others in their mobile home say the victims were all beaten to death with a blunt weapon.

September 09, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Perdue appoints former Hinesville mayor to council

ATLANTA - Former Hinesville Mayor Tom Ratcliffe has been appointed to the Coastal Regional Commission Council of Georgia by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

September 07, 2009 | Staff report | State, National


Man who called in killings, charged for them

BRUNSWICK - The 911 call was chilling: A frantic 22-year-old told a dispatcher he had returned home from a night out to find his entire family dead in his father's mobile home.

After a week working a case so murky they could not say whether a killer was on the loose, police said Guy Heinze Jr. was responsible for the slayings he reported and charged him with eight counts of first-degree murder. Among the dead were seven of his relatives, including his father.

September 05, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Man arrested after slayings granted bond

BRUNSWICK - A Georgia man who reported "My whole family's dead!" in a frantic 911 call, then was arrested on charges of evidence tampering, lying to police and drug possession, was granted bond Wednesday in his first court appearance.

Guy Heinze Jr., 22, was taken into custody hours after police Saturday found the bodies of seven people inside the family's mobile home. An eighth person later died at a hospital and the lone survivor, a young child, remains in critical condition.

September 02, 2009 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National


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Behind the rapid shift in public opinion on same-sex marriage

Even before the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right last week, there was an aura of inevitability about the outcome that would have been hard to anticipate just seven years ago.

July 02, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | State, National


Shift away from indeterminate sentencing would benefit families as well as prisons

A proposal to revamp New York state's prison sentencing system will not just save taxpayers money and restore fairness, but it will also help families of inmates cope with the social and economic impacts of having a parent behind bars.

June 30, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


How charity fraud happens — and how to make sure it doesn't happen to you

Earlier this month, federal authorities cracked down on four cancer charities that had bilked millions of dollars from donors, and Propublica investigations came down hard on the Red Cross, questioning its use of the half-billion dollars it raised for Haiti relief.

June 29, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Are city rents climbing out of reach for working and middle-class families?

New York isn't the only place where rent is sky high.

June 28, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Low-income housing is in short supply in every U.S county

America's inventory of affordable housing is not keeping pace with its growing number of “extremely low-income” renters, new research shows.

June 25, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


Cop feeds baby after mom has seizure; photo goes viral

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A picture of a cop feeding a baby after her mom had gone into a seizure has captured the hearts of people around the world.

June 24, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


A message about the family and faith is getting lost in the pope's climate message

There's a lot of talk about the political reaction to Pope Francis' 192-page encyclical on climate change. But part of what's being missed, say Catholic leaders, is a message about better caring for communities and families — the "human ecosystems" that allow humans to thrive.

June 24, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


How Arizona's immigration policies have fared in the past decade

The Supreme Court rejected a bid to hear a case concerning a law that denied bail to undocumented immigrants living in Arizona charged with certain felonies.

June 21, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


The detention centers that treat immigrant families like prisoners

Family immigrant detention centers, which serve as holding points for undocumented women and children caught crossing the border, have come under fire in recent weeks.

June 21, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


Why are American paychecks still stuck?

Michael Hall has worked at Seattle's Space Needle for seven years, taking visitors up and down the attraction's elevator.

June 17, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Half of Americans close to retirement haven't saved for it

As baby boomers roll toward retirement, half of them don't have retirement savings, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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


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