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Pre-pay utility bill starts way through House

ATLANTA - Few proposals this legislative session have sparked as much acrimony as a Senate measure that paves the way for Georgia Power to begin charging ratepayers early for a $14 billion nuclear expansion.

The plan, which would effectively increase an average Georgia Power customer's monthly electric bill by about $1.30 starting in 2011, passed the Senate last week. But critics hope they can cripple - or at least delay - the measure as it works its way through the House.

February 19, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Sunday sales being reformulated

ATLANTA - Sunday sales is back for another round.

Backers of a measure to allow Georgia stores to sell booze on the Sabbath launched a fresh push on Wednesday, arguing the state's struggling economy could use the extra revenue. They are also looking to link the bill this year with one that would crack down on those who sell alcohol to minors.

February 19, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Storms rake over state

ATLANTA - One person was killed and at least 7 were injured when tornadoes, thunderstorms and hail downed trees and power lines in a sweep across Georgia and Alabama, authorities said Thursday.

The National Weather Service planned to send out teams to check on possible tornado touchdowns after the severe weather front moved through from Wednesday afternoon into the night.

February 19, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

State budget cuts hurt senior citizens

Proposed budget cuts to state-funded programs could soon affect some of Georgia's most needy residents.

February 18, 2009 | Frenchi Jones | State, National

State to find money to save property tax break

ATLANTA - Georgia will find the money for a homeowner tax break after all.

Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday signed legislation on Tuesday designed to funnel $428 million in state dollars to the homeowner tax relief grant this year. The grant is worth about $200 to $300 per household.

February 17, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Teen charged with arson for Savannah fires

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Savannah teenager has been booked on multiple arson charges for setting fire to five houses in the same neighborhood.

Savannah Metro police and fire investigators said Tuesday the charges stem from a series of arson fires on North Fernwood Avenue between Feb. 4 and Feb. 6.

February 10, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Senate OKs 2 property tax measures

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate handed homeowners a mixed bag with two property tax bills that cleared the chamber Friday.

One would double the statewide homestead exemption. The second would fund a state property tax break worth about $200 to $300 per household this year but could scrap the state-funded grants in future fiscal years.

February 07, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Scarred sugar blast victims hope for new rules

SAVANNAH - A year after he escaped badly burned from a huge blast at the nation's second-largest sugar refinery, Jamie Butler still needs physical therapy once a day to stretch the skin grafts on his arms, hands and legs.

He still takes painkillers. And he needs steroid injections to reduce scarring on his face, now covered by a black mask that applies healing pressure to the skin.

February 06, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National

House votes to split session

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has voted to adjourn in late March and possibly return in late June to give lawmakers flexibility to deal with a possible federal economic stimulus package.

The measure approved Friday allows them to meet three days a week through March 25 and then come back in late June if they need to amend their spending plan. Lawmakers are bound to a 40-day legislative session but don't have to meet consecutively.

February 06, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Glynn judge sets trial in boy's slaying

BRUNSWICK - A judge refused to relocate the death penalty trial of a man charged in the sexual assault and murder of a 6-year-old Brunswick boy, but agreed to pick a jury from a county 90 miles away.

David Edenfield, 59, is scheduled to stand trial May 4 for the slaying of Christopher Michael Barrios, whose body was found wrapped in a trash bag by a roadside a week after he went missing from a mobile home park in March 2007.

February 06, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

State Senate to vote on regional sales tax

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is set to vote on a transportation plan Tuesday that would allow residents to boost the sales tax to pay for road and transit projects.

The bill would permit regions to band together to charge a one-cent sales tax to fund transportation initiatives. Residents in the affected areas must vote to approve the tax hike.

February 03, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

State joblessness jumps over 8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent in December, the highest rate in almost 26 years. The jobless rate was up 3.6 percentage points from 4.5 percent at this same time last year. The December unemployment rate was up seven-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 7.4 percent in November.

The last time Georgia posted a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at this level was in March of 1983 when the rate was also 8.1 percent. The state rate remained above ...

January 22, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Lawmakers dealing with shortfall

ATLANTA - Georgia legislative leaders are returning to the Capitol to begin dealing with a $2 billion budget shortfall.

The General Assembly opened its 2009 session on Jan. 12. Lawmakers took Monday off for Martin Luther King Day and Tuesday for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

January 21, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Canadian plant to employ 150 in Savannah

SAVANNAH - Modular interior manufacturer DIRTT has announced plans to open a new assembly plant in Savannah.

The Canadian-based company said it plans to build an 81,000 square foot facility this spring.

January 20, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

State of state looks to future

ATLANTA - Governor Sonny Perdue today delivered his annual State of the State address before a joint session of the General Assembly detailing how the state continues to fulfill its core mission through challenging economic times. The Governor's Amended FY 2009 and FY 2010 budgets and policy initiatives continue his commitment to education, economic development and government transformation to deliver better value for the taxpayer's dollar.

January 14, 2009 | Providued by governor's office | State, National

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This sit-stand combination might help you avoid health issues brought on by too much of both

Whether sitting too much or standing too much in the office, workers are likely to suffer health issues unless discovering the perfect combination of both.

October 06, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

What's the difference between a migrant and refugee? A lot, according to a new video

Summing up the European refugee crisis proves difficult because of all the factors involved, but a video making the rounds on social media proves knowing ...

October 06, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

The show to help you date online and 7 other tips to find a match

The hosts of a new TLC program dedicated to giving online dating tips feel fairly confident they can help you garner more right swipes on ...

October 05, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

40% of North Carolina's conservatives surveyed think Islam should be illegal

Presidential hopeful Ben Carson incited controversy last month when stating he "would not advocate" a Muslim becoming president, according to The Guardian.

October 04, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

What's your heart's age? It might depend on where you work

A recent study indicated the age listed on people's birth certificates might not matter as much as another figure: the age of people's ...

October 04, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

New Peeple app makes it possible for anyone to rate you

People often say only God can judge them, when it all comes down to it.

October 03, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Lawmakers try to live like low-income workers to draw attention to issue

In a push to pass legislation, 18 Florida lawmakers hope limiting their spending to $17 a day will show those on both sides of the ...

October 01, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Cancer treatment during pregnancy not harmful to baby, new study indicates

A new study suggests pregnant women diagnosed with cancer — a group having to make difficult decisions in regards to delivering children — don't need to ...

October 01, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Best and worst states for teachers released in new ranking

Low pay isn't the only aspect that makes experienced and new teachers alike question if they can stay in education.

September 30, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

How a teacher's demand sparked the debate over writing in cursive again

What started as standard red-inked feedback in regards to a class assignment morphed into another rendition of the debate over cursive writing when a teacher ...

September 29, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Set to purchase an iPhone 6s? Here's what you should know

Consumers purchased 13 million of Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Pluses since Friday, setting a record, according to Reuters.

September 29, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

New workplace inventions that might be coming to an office near you

With two workplace advancements going viral this week, there's a chance you could take a nap at your desk in the near future — or ...

September 29, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Real estate ad pitting working moms against men sparks outrage

SEATTLE — A Washington state real estate ad pitting working moms against child-free men is going viral.

September 29, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder | State, National

The 10 costumes kids want most for Halloween 2015

What kids see in film and TV heavily influences them, and the top children's costumes for Halloween 2015 prove as much, according to Consumer ...

September 27, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Watch pastor parent get wedding advice — from 4-year-old daughter

It wasn't too far different from other parent-child talks about etiquette in public places — except for one detail: the kid gave the lesson with ...

September 26, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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