ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Lottery posted a 12th consecutive year of profit growth last year, despite a slight decrease in ticket sales, game officials announced Wednesday.
The lottery rang up more than $3.6 billion in ticket sales for the fiscal year that ended June 30, down about $17 million from the previous year. But the games also brought in $883.8 million in profits, up from $872 million in 2009.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Police are investigating the deaths of an elderly couple found in an elevator that had become stuck between floors of a home on St. Simons Island.
Glynn County coroner Jimmy Durden said it appears Sherwood Wadsworth, 90, and his wife, Caroline Wadsworth, 89, died of natural causes. They had been dead for several days before their bodies were discovered Wednesday.
Fees for U.S Passport Books and U.S Passport Cards increased Tuesday. The increase will be an additional $35 for adults (age 16 & over) and an additional $20 for minors (under age 16) for passport books. Passport cards will be increasing an additional $10 for adults and an additonal $5 for minors.
The Coastal Regional Commission is requesting nominations of cultural, historic and natural resources for inclusion in the Regionally Important Resources Plan for the Region. The nomination form is attached.
NEW ORLEANS - In a potentially pivotal moment in the Gulf crisis, BP planned to begin closing valves Tuesday in a slow and methodical process that could finally choke off the geyser of crude at the bottom of the sea after three gloomy months and up to 180 million gallons spilled.
WAYCROSS - CSX Transportation says a loose valve allowed anhydrous ammonia to escape and form a vapor cloud above a tank car parked at the company's rail yard in Waycross.
ATLANTA - A hunter convicted of murder for fatally shooting his brother has been released from a Georgia prison.
Sixty-eight years after the federal government took their land through eminent domain, members of the Harris Neck Land Trust Organization are hopeful the latest developments will bring them closer to reclaiming their plots.
Conservation organizations from around the state are speaking out about sources of mercury to south Georgia's waterways. Currently, thousands of miles of Georgia's streams and reservoirs have advisories for limiting the amount of fish you eat
ATLANTA - The state agency that oversees services for people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases is launching a new website to deliver news about the agency directly to the public.
BRUNSWICK - A Brunswick man sentenced to death last year for sexually abusing and killing a 6-year-old boy says he deserves a new trial because a prosecutor called him an "animal" during the trial.
Attorneys for David Edenfield told a Glynn County Superior Court judge Thursday the outburst by District Attorney Stephen Kelley inflamed jurors and unfairly influenced their sentence after his October trial.
Georgia House Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, spoke to members of the Hinesville Rotary Club on Tuesday during the group's regular weekly meeting. The lawmaker described the 2010 legislative session, which ended April 29, as one of the toughest in recent memory because of the state's budget woes.
SAVANNAH - A Georgia death row inmate is due back in federal court in Savannah for a second day in a rare hearing ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to give him a shot at proving his innocence.
Prosecutors for Georgia's attorney general will have their turn Thursday to present evidence rebutting claims by Troy Anthony Davis that he was wrongly convicted of murder in the 1989 slaying of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.
DARIEN - A Darien man has been charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in the death of his 15-year-old stepson, who was left alone after the two got lost on a hunting trip and the man went to seek help.
ATLANTA - The hot weather that's moved into Georgia is expected to continue for the next few days, and the National Weather Service says it may get even warmer.
The weather service predicts high temperatures ranging from the 90s to about 100 for most of the state with some chance of showers or thundershowers Monday, with not much change on Tuesday. Some areas in the mountains should be a few degrees cooler.
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