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PSC reviewing nuclear power plant request

ATLANTA, August 1, 2008 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) will begin reviewing the Georgia Power Company (Company) filing today seeking Commission certification of two new nuclear power generation units at Plant Vogtle in southeast Georgia. As required by law, the Commission will set a fee amount reasonably necessary to defray the Commission's expense in reviewing the filing. The Commission will also issue a Procedural and Scheduling Order (PSO) to set the hearing schedule for this fall and winter. The fee and PSO will be established by October 1, 2008. A Commission decision is expected in March 2009.

August 16, 2008 | Special to the Courier | State, National


State senator quitting leadership post

ATLANTA -- Eric Johnson said Friday he will step aside as president pro tem of the Georgia Senate, with an eye toward a running for lieutenant governor.

August 16, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National


Congress to hear of dangerous conditions in sugar mill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An executive at Imperial Sugar Co. is expected to testify to Congress Tuesday about dangerous conditions at the company's Georgia refinery leading up to an explosion that killed 13 people in February.

August 13, 2008 | Staff Report | State, National


Win orders can now be shipped direct

ATLANTA - Effective July 1, Georgia residents can order wine from wineries located either in the state or outside the state and have the wine shipped directly to a Georgia address.

August 05, 2008 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Five Democrats jockeying for nomination

ATLANTA - In a year when the battle for the White House has pumped up political passions, Georgia's five-man race for the chance to challenge Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss has been a sleeper.

July 29, 2008 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Storm likely to impact area

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A storm off the Southeast coast that sent bands of rain into Georgia and South Carolina developed into a tropical depression late Friday night, the National Hurricane Center said.

July 22, 2008 | By Bruce Smith Associated Press writer | State, National


Riverkeepers win lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield has handed down a decision that will protect Georgia's coast from an abuse of tree-harvesting operations and further shield forested wetlands throughout the United States.

June 20, 2008 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Georgia Ports Authority, Suez Canal Authority solidify strategic alliance

Savannah - The Georgia Ports Authority and the Suez Canal Authority signed a historic agreement to jointly promote the all-water shipping route between Asia/Indian Subcontinent and the North American East Coast and the Port of Savannah via the Suez Canal.

June 20, 2008 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Governor suspends scheduled gas-tax increase

ATLANTA - Today Governor Sonny Perdue signed an executive order suspending a scheduled increase in gas taxes that would have taken effect on July 1.

June 17, 2008 | Special to the Courier | State, National


State to sell rehabilitated horses

The Georgia Department of Agriculture will auction about 22 horses that were impounded in poor condition and nursed back to good health.

June 11, 2008 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Oxendine's office offers free assistance

Georgia residents with insurance problems or questions can receive assistance directly from Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine's office by contacting the insurance investigator working in your area.

June 11, 2008 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Rep. Williams faces questions about Sailor

A South Georgia lawmaker said Thursday that federal investigators have interviewed him about former House colleague and convicted money launderer Ron Sailor and a controversial bill they supported.

June 11, 2008 | By Ben Smith The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | State, National


Deadly weekend forecasted

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia State Patrol predicts that there will be more than 2,300 traffic accidents resulting in 19 deaths during the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday weekend beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

June 06, 2008 | Staff Report | State, National


Condemned man asks for clemency

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia is preparing to execute it's second death row inmate in less than three weeks.

June 06, 2008 | Staff Report | State, National


Georgia toughens penalties for dogfighting

The penalties for dogfighting in Georgia got a lot tougher last week when Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation making the activity a felony offense in the state.

June 04, 2008 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | State, National


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How one entrepreneur started a $3 million business from prison

As a young man, Frederick Hutson was very enterprising. In his early 20s, he figured out a clever way for his friends to transport marijuana across borders using shipping containers and vacuum-sealed units.

March 29, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Area men have ties to Emmy-winning film

A regional Emmy Award-winning historical documentary more than a decade in the making and shot in North Carolina has a local connection.

March 28, 2015 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | State, National


Offshore drilling meeting draws interest

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An article about the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's "scoping" meeting on offshore drilling held March 24 in Savannah incorrectly characterized the 50-mile buffer. That buffer is only for exploration off the Atlantic coast, not other coasts such as the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska. Also, the term "Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement" was incorrectly stated in the article.

March 26, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


Obama extends troop levels in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has extended troop levels in Afghanistan several months beyond the original drawdown plan, saying it will help Afghan security forces succeed during the upcoming fighting season.

March 26, 2015 | By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity | State, National


Bill would make smoking in vehicle with kids illegal

As I write, the General Assembly has passed the 30th legislative day, or "Crossover Day," as it's commonly called. Any legislation that hasn't crossed over to the House or Senate is dead until we reconvene next year. For the remainder of the session, we will focus on reviewing House bills that crossed over to the Senate.

March 24, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson | State, National


'You can't handle the truth': 96 percent of Americans admit to lying

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 ninth commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness."

March 24, 2015 | Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News | State, National


Census testing digital nose-count in area

The U.S. Census Bureau is in the middle of an experiment to see if online data collection in the next nose-count of Americans.

March 24, 2015 | By Jessica Leigh Lebos Correspondent | State, National


Despite wage setbacks, economy is recovering

A recent Pew Research Center article reports that the U.S. economy in indeed growing and making a resurgence despite some setbacks.

March 24, 2015 | Matthew Jelalian Deseret News | State, National


Spring, eclipse, supermoon all today

AccuWeather reports that Friday the vernal equinox will occur, again marking the gradual return to warmer days in the Northern Hemisphere and winter's official astronomical end.

March 20, 2015 | By Michael Kuhne AccuWeather.com staff writer | State, National


I should have lost my job

Bee shared a story with anonymousthankyous.com about the kindness of a woman who should have had her fired but instead saved her job and gave her encouragement to keep trying.

March 20, 2015 | Michael McCarlie KSL | State, National


From child marriage to lower wages, women and girls still struggle with equality

Women and girls still suffer the lion’s share of violence, illness and lack of access to opportunity, according to two new studies.

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


State bill would ban photos, video from private places

As I write, the General Assembly has passed the 30th legislative day, or "Crossover Day," as it's commonly called. Any legislation that hasn't crossed over to the House or Senate is dead until we reconvene next year. For the remainder of the session, we will now exclusively focus on reviewing House bills that crossed over to the Senate.

March 19, 2015 | By State Rep. Ben Watson | State, National


How an outdated welfare rule is forcing low-income families to spend their savings

When President Reagan revamped welfare reform in the '80s, he introduced a crucial change: to be eligible for social programs, a person couldn’t have more than $1,000 in assets. This meant that people in need would have to spend their savings before they could apply for assistance programs — and they did.

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


Senate addresses failing schools, marsh buffer and reglious freedom

The Georgia Senate voted on many bills as "crossover" day, or day 30, loomed (Editor's note: Crossover day was Friday). Day 30 is significant because bills that do not go to the House after day 30 or "crossover day" will not become law this session.

March 16, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson | State, National


A brilliant way old buses can be used to help the homeless

Homeless people struggle to get some of the things they need to be healthy: food, shelter and a hot shower.

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


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