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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


Palin to campaign for Chambliss in Savannah

ATLANTA -- Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is expected to campaign with Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss on the eve of his Dec. 2 runoff, the senator's campaign said Tuesday.

December 10, 2008 | By Shannon McCaffrey 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


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 15, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


The graduation gap: Why poor kids aren't getting through college

It's a well-known fact that poor kids have a harder time getting into college. But what's not talked about as much is that when they do get in, they have an even harder time graduating.

June 14, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Taylor Swift quietly donates $15K to firefighter who saved family in crash

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A firefighter in Texas, who was shocked to realize his wife and son were involved in a crash he was called to, woke up to another surprise — Taylor Swift had donated $15,000 to their medical funds.

June 14, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


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