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Troy Davis seeks another day in court

ATLANTA - The risk that Georgia could execute an innocent man should compel the state to hear his claims of innocence, Troy Davis' lawyers told a federal panel on Tuesday.

Attorneys in the case argued for about an hour before a three-judge panel at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, wrangling over whether Davis' lawyers had used the proper protocol in exhausting his options for a new hearing and whether evidence uncovered after his conviction warranted a fresh look at the case.

December 24, 2008 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National


Hearing starts in immigrant attacks

TIFTON -- A sentencing hearing for one of the people charged in the 2005 killings of six Mexican immigrants in brutal attacks in and around Tifton began Monday and is expected to last at least a week.

Jamie Underwood pleaded guilty in September to all four indictments against him. Tift County Superior Court Judge Gary McCorvey sentenced him at the time to 120 years in prison on three of the four indictments. The sentencing on the fourth indictment, which includes murder charges, is being held separately because the prosecution is seeking the death penalty.

December 24, 2008 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National


Lawmakers to forego raise

ATHENS -- Georgia legislative leaders have voted to put off a 2.5 percent cost of living increase for state lawmakers.

December 23, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National


UGA economists see long recession ahead

ATLANTA -- Georgia economic forecasters offered another dose of bad news Wednesday, predicting that the recession will last a year-and-a-half - the state's longest economic slump since the Great Depression - and won't start to turn around until late next year.

Robert Sumichrast, who heads the University of Georgia's business school, also predicted unemployment will spike, housing prices will continue to plummet and the economy will be "dreadful" through the first half of next year.

December 19, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Republican leading PSC voting

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Senate race may have grabbed much of the headlines, but voters also quietly decided heated contests to fill open seats on the Court of Appeals and the Public Service Commission.

With 46 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Lauren "Bubba" McDonald had 59 percent of the vote to Democrat Jim Powell's 41 percent of the vote in the contest to fill the open seat on the Public Service Commission.

December 17, 2008 | The Associated Press | State, National


Chambliss takes early lead

ATLANTA -- Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss jumped out to an early lead Tuesday over Democrat Jim Martin in Georgia's U.S. Senate runoff that attracted light voter turnout despite the contest's high stakes on the balance of power in Washington.

With 16 percent of precincts reporting, Chambliss had 65 percent of the vote to Martin's 35 percent. The early returns came mostly from rural counties where Republicans traditionally wield significant sway in a still-overwhelmingly red state. None of the urban Democratic strongholds had yet reported results an hour after the polls closed.

December 17, 2008 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Chambliss wins re-election to Senate

ATLANTA -- Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss handed the GOP a firewall against Democrats eager to flex their newfound political muscle in Washington, winning a bruising runoff battle Tuesday night that had captured the national limelight.

Chambliss' victory thwarted Democrats' hopes of winning a 60 seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. It came after a bitter month long runoff against Democrat Jim Martin that drew political luminaries from both parties to the state and flooded the airwaves with fresh attack ads weeks after campaigns elsewhere had ended.

December 17, 2008 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


McDonald wins PSC seat

ATLANTA -- Republican Lauren "Bubba" McDonald reclaimed a seat on the Public Service Commission Tuesday by fending off a spirited challenge from Jim Powell, striking a blow to Democrats seeking a foothold on the five-member panel.

It was a second helping of bad news for Democrats searching for a key statewide victory on a day when Democrat Jim Martin's effort to unseat Republican U.S. Saxby Chambliss fell short. The party had thrown its support behind the "two Jims," parading the candidates across the state.

December 17, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


State schools face deeper cuts

ATLANTA -- Georgia colleges are bracing themselves for even steeper cuts.

The state Board of Regents will meet in a specially called session Wednesday to vote on slashing college budgets, increasing health care costs to employees and hiking student fees.

December 17, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National


Turnout reported to be light

ATLANTA -- Polling precincts around Georgia reported light turnout and few problems as thousands of Georgia voters cast their ballots Tuesday to decide the contest between U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin.

For some beleaguered voters, it was their fourth trip to the polls to vote for the Senate seat in this grueling race that has attracted a seemingly endless list of political heavyweights, gobs of advertising and hoards of volunteers from both camps.

December 17, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Freeze possible tonight

The National Weather service is predicting a possible freeze for our area tonight. Here's the forecast:

December 17, 2008 | Staff report | State, National


Georgians deciding congressional power today

ATLANTA - Georgia voters had their hands on the balance of power in the next U.S. Senate as polls opened Tuesday for a runoff election, one of two unresolved races that Democrats need to win to get a 60-seat majority impervious to GOP filibusters.

Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss faces Democrat Jim Martin after a monthlong sprint of post-general election campaigning that drew national political heavyweights from both parties. Polls opened in Georgia at 7 a.m. and were scheduled to close 12 hours later.

December 17, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Chambliss battles for political survival

GAINESVILLE -- Republican Saxby Chambliss likes to say he never expected to be at the "epicenter of the political world," but that's exactly where he finds himself as he battles for his political survival in the last big election of 2008.

As the man standing between Democrats and their long-sought 60-seat supermajority in the Senate, Chambliss heads into his Dec. 2 runoff against Democrat Jim Martin carrying the weight of the Republican establishment on his shoulders.

December 14, 2008 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Martin looking to oust Chambliss

MILLEDGEVILLE -- Democrat Jim Martin has heard it before: he's too nice to win the big election. But the mild-mannered former state lawmaker has already surprised many by forcing his way into a runoff with Sen. Saxby Chambliss, an incumbent who once seemed invincible.

"I'm nice, but I am also tough," Martin said during a recent bus tour of middle Georgia. "I've proven that I can go toe-to-toe with Saxby."

December 14, 2008 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Macon eyes consolidating with county

MACON -- Macon Mayor Robert Reichert plans to start talks with state and Bibb County officials about consolidating the city and county governments.

Reichert says he is encouraged by the election of a new county commission chairman, Sam Hart. The commission under incumbent chairman Charlie Bishop has not been willing to have consolidation talks.

December 11, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National


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Is the World Bank really helping to end poverty?

The mission of the World Bank is to end extreme poverty, but a new investigative report says that in some cases, it might be harming the world's poor more than helping.

April 23, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Anti-sex trafficking bill clears hurdles in the Senate

After weeks of difficult deliberations, the Senate on Tuesday reached an agreement on a bill that would provide support for sex trafficking victims in the U.S., including social services and job placement programs, and would help law enforcement crack down on criminal traffickers.

April 23, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


How car reliance is squeezing the middle class

Where your money goes — whether it's on housing or food — depends a lot on if you're rich or poor. But odds are, if you're middle class, a disproportionate amount of your income is getting sucked up by your car.

April 22, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Deal signs bill easing police traffic safety duties

GLENNVILLE - Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Thursday, during the 28th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation BBQ, that is expected to make law-enforcement officers' traffic-safety duties easier.

April 20, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


Can New York City end homelessness by 2020?

The biggest city in America is known for bright lights and big money, but it's also known for a problem that takes a little sheen off the Big Apple — homelessness.

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


What causes do men care about? Kids, and moustaches

The Golden Halo Awards are given every year to exceptional marketing campaigns for causes — kind of like the CLIO's for charities — and the winners get recognized in Advertising Age.

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


Teens build village of tiny houses for Seattle homeless

Incomes in Seattle have steadily risen, making it one of the wealthiest places in the country, but at the same time, homelessness has been on the rise, too.

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


What it's like for a poor kid at Harvard

Getting into an Ivy League college can be the chance of a lifetime. But for some low-income students, it comes with a price of loneliness and isolation.

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


If money can't buy happiness, what actually does?

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 tenth commandment, "Thou shalt not covet."

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


Beautiful or average? Ad campaign asks women to choose beauty

Dove’s created another powerful video about beauty perception, and this time they’re asking women to literally choose to be beautiful.

April 09, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


Fit Links: Which diet is the best? Is salt really bad for you?

Which diet is the best? Is salt really as bad for you as the government says it is? Which type of exercise will help you live longer? These questions and more are answered in this week’s round up of health studies you might have missed.

April 09, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


How a Miss Colorado beauty queen ended up homeless

Former beauty queen Blair Griffith grew up in an affluent family, but that changed quickly when her father died of prostate cancer when she was 15.

April 07, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Why more Americans want to kill the death penalty

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 sixth commandment, "Thou shalt not kill."

April 06, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | State, National


Governor will sign transportation bill

Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday that the landmark transportation bill passed Tuesday night will give Georgia dedicated resources to maintain the state's roads and bridges.

April 02, 2015 | News release from governor's office | State, National


Do the poor give more than the rich?

This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that he will give his fortune to charity, joining the ranks of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, and other uber rich benefactors. It seems like the wealthy are, admirably, giving away their fortunes left and right to good causes.

April 02, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


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