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GBI: Weapon examiner testing faulty

ATLANTA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a state firearms examiner has resigned over faulty testing and dozens of criminal cases in the state could be in jeopardy.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead says Bernadette Davy admitted to not fully testing guns. She could not be reached for comment Monday after GBI announced she had resigned April 1. She had been an examiner since 1991.

April 21, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Cagle drops from governor's race

ATLANTA - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle fought back tears Wednesday as he reluctantly dropped out of the race for governor, saying he has a degenerative spine condition that will require surgery.

The surprise announcement immediately scrambled the crowded contest to replace Gov. Sonny Perdue when his second term expires in 2010. Cagle was considered a front-runner for the Republican nomination with the primary still more than one year away. The 43-year-old Republican from Gainesville said he will seek re-election as lieutenant governor.

April 15, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Organization seeks volunteer weather watchers

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, better known as CoCoRaHS, is looking for volunteers to help collect rainfall data across Georgia.

April 15, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


New band of storms crossing Southeast

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Another band of heavy storms is marching across the water-logged South.

A day after high winds were blamed for toppling trees that killed one person each in Tennessee and Georgia, more blustery conditions were reported late Monday and early Tuesday across the region.

April 14, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Five shot in Valdosta

VALDOSTA (AP) - A weekend shooting outside a business in south Valdosta left five people wounded.

Valdosta police Lt. Bobbi McGraw, a spokeswoman, said none of the victims suffered a life-threatening wound and all were treated and released.

April 14, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National


Two killed as severe storms sweep Southeast

ATLANTA - A swath of severe weather moved across a storm-weary South on Monday, killing at least two, downing trees and cutting power to thousands of homes.

The storm system that hit Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and northern Florida brought torrential rain, flooding, hail and gusty winds to states still reeling from strong storms and tornadoes last week.

April 13, 2009 | By Dorie Turner Associated Press writer | State, National


Average hurricane season in forecast

RALEIGH, N.C. - The 2009 hurricane season will be less active than last year's flurry of storms, and there's less than a 50 percent chance that a hurricane will hit the southeastern U.S., a researcher said Thursday.

On the Gulf Coast, however, there is a 70 percent chance a hurricane will make landfall.

April 09, 2009 | By Estes Thompson Associated Press writer | State, National


Another Georgia Guard unit heads to Afghanistan

VALDOSTA (AP) - Another group of Georgia Army National Guard personnel is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

A send-off ceremony for 106-members of Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry was held Wednesday night at the Georgia National Guard Armory in Valdosta.

April 09, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National


Major legislation at a glance

Here's how some legislation fared on the final day of Georgia's 40-day legislative session:

April 06, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Lawmakers face deadline in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers rushed to consider vast changes to the state's transportation network and a series of sweeping new tax plans as they faced the tightest of political deadlines on Friday, the chaotic last day of the legislative session.

The Georgia Legislature's sole obligation during the 40-day legislative session is to pass the $18.6 billion spending plan, which would make deep spending cuts amid the lagging economy.

April 03, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


More storms expected today

ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service has placed Georgia under a high risk forecast.

Meteorologists warn Thursday could be a rough one.

April 02, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Governor's race crowded already

ATLANTA - Secretary of State Karen Handel has officially thrown her hat in the ring for governor in Georgia.

Handel, a Republican, said Friday she has filed the paperwork to enter the 2010 race to replace outgoing Gov. Sonny Perdue. Handel said in January she planned to run.

March 27, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Senate expected to nix transportation plan

ATLANTA - A compromise plan on transportation funding in Georgia is expected to receive a thumbs down from the state Senate.

Jeff Mullis, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said his chamber would vote to disagree with the new House-sponsored plan when it comes up on Thursday.

March 26, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Corporations, not homeowners would get tax breaks

ATLANTA - House Democrats have again helped defeat a plan to double a tax break for homeowners. But Georgia-based businesses were big winners Wednesday in the state Senate, which voted to begin gradually wiping out the corporate income tax for companies with headquarters in the state.

The Republican-backed plan, which passed 43-7 in the Senate, would also give a tax break to businesses that hire jobless workers who are either collecting unemployment benefits or who have been out of work for 60 days or more.

March 26, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Teen gets 10 years for stepdad's death

BRUNSWICK - A 15-year-old faces 10 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the December 2007 fatal shooting of his stepfather in Glynn County.

March 25, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


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Unpaid United Nations intern lived in a tent

David Hyde, 22, felt fortunate to land an internship with the United Nations, until he discovered the costly irony of his decision.

August 19, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


The 'sexual abuse to prison pipeline' that puts America's girls behind bars

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August 13, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


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August 12, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


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August 12, 2015 | Tiffany Gee Lewis Deseret News | State, National


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There might soon be a way to track your charitable giving. The International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian relief organization, has made available to all ...

August 11, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


Most children in the world are happy, but here's what happens when they go without

A new survey of 53,000 children ages 10 to 12, from 15 countries, reveals that, by and large, children are happy with their lives.

August 10, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


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