RINCON - A 34-year-old Chatham County corrections officer has been fired after he was charged with child molestation Monday.
Rincon police arrested James Jackson Brown at a local home. Rincon police Chief Mike Bohannon says the arrest followed an ongoing investigation.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Gov. Sonny Perdue is ordering more budget cuts by state agencies because some federal stimulus money appropriations are stalled in Congress.
The governor's office told the newspaper the 4 percent cuts would reduce state spending by about $25 million a month.
BRUNSWICK - A prosecutor says a backlog at the state crime lab is slowing analysis of evidence collected in the beating deaths of eight people last year at a mobile home in Brunswick.
Acting District Attorney David Perry told a judge Thursday that blood, DNA and fiber evidence and surveillance video tapes remain to be analyzed before being turned over to attorneys for Guy Heinze Jr., who is charged with killing his father and seven others.
ATLANTA - Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, has been appointed to the Senate Special Committee on Coastal Preparedness.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia voters cast more Republican than Democratic ballots in Tuesday's primary for the first time in state history, a difference of 285,000 votes.
GOP ballots outpaced Democratic ones by a margin of about 3-to-2, according to unofficial returns. (63 percent to 37 percent). Overall, about 1.1 million Georgians - or 22 percent of active registered voters - cast ballots in the gubernatorial contest, which drew the most votes, according to unofficial returns.
STATESBORO -- Kevin Lamont Gourdine, 28, and Keith Denard Fields, 26, both of Pembroke, and Elijah Nahum Simmons, 32, Statesboro were sentenced earlier this week by U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield to lengthy prison sentences for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy operating out of Statesboro and elsewhere.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND - When the elevator in their home got stuck between floors, Sherwood and Caroline Wadsworth found themselves trapped with no way to call for help as temperatures rose into the 90s. They finally died from heat exhaustion in the closet-sized lift.
Autopsies on the elderly couple - he was 90, she was 89 - on Thursday pointed to a tragic end to lives they shared for more than 60 years. Police estimated they had been dead at least four days before a newspaper carrier called 911 out of concern that papers had piled up by their garage.
SAVANNAH - A 12-year-old boy pleaded guilty to armed robbery in the holdup of a Papa John's Pizza delivery man in Savannah.
The boy, who entered the guilty plea on Wednesday to the June 30 robbery, will be sentenced by Chatham County Juvenile Court Judge Patricia Stone at a hearing later. For the time being he will be held at the Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP was encouraged early Friday by results from an experimental cap shutting in oil from its busted Gulf of Mexico well, saying everything was holding steady 17 hours into the effort.
BP vice president Kent Wells said on a conference call that there was no evidence of a leak in the pipe under the sea floor, one of the main concerns. Wells spoke 17 hours after valves were shut to trap oil inside the cap, a test that could last up to 48 hours.
ATLANTA (AP) - Former governor Roy Barnes holds a big lead in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor of Georgia, while the Republican race is likely headed to a runoff, according to a poll reported Thursday.
ATLANTA - Maybe it's a bid for redemption. Or an act of atonement. Or, as former Gov. Roy Barnes says, maybe he is again seeking his old office out of a sense that if he didn't take on Georgia's most pressing problems, no one else would.
SAVANNAH - By now, Bill Bolton suspects he won't be the next governor.
SAVANNAH - Despite a skimpy budget, Democrat Carl Camon has made his bid for governor a statewide effort.
SAVANNAH - Little has changed for Jeff Chapman since last September, when he entered the race for this year's Republican nomination for governor.