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Savannah police chief resigning

SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham County police chief Michael Berkow has announced his resignation.

Berkow was hired as chief in 2006 and is leaving after less than three years on the job.

August 25, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Teen hit by lightning goes home

Dalton Raulerson, the Pembroke teen who was struck by lightning Aug. 5 during football practice at Pinewood Christian Academy, was released from the hospital Thursday and is home.

August 22, 2009 | By Ross Blair Bryan County News | State, National

AASU lecture by former Iran hostage

The Armstrong Center for Professional and Continuing Education will host a free open house on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 4-6:30 p.m. at 13040 Abercorn St., Savannah.

August 21, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

House panel puts native in charge of DOT

ATLANTA - House lawmakers have approved Georgia's first transportation planning director.

The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to make Todd Long the Department of Transportation's first director of planning.

August 20, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

DOT reports balanced budget

ATLANTA - A Georgia Department of Transportation official says the DOT's budget is balanced for now, but faces an uncertain future.

DOT Treasurer Kate Pfirman told board members at their monthly meeting Wednesday that the state's budget from gas taxes balanced out exactly for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

August 20, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

New hearing set for death row inmate

ATLANTA - The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a new hearing for death row inmate Troy Davis, giving the condemned killer a chance to present evidence his lawyers say could clear him in the murder of an off-duty police officer almost 20 years ago.

The court told a federal judge to hold a hearing to decide whether evidence "that could not have been obtained at the time of trial" could establish Davis' innocence. His case has become a rallying cry for death penalty opponents.

August 18, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Judge delays trial in boy's slaying

BRUNSWICK - Another delay is pushing back the death penalty trial of a man charged with sexual assault and murder in the 2007 slaying of a 6-year-old Brunswick boy.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett has ordered jury selection in the trial of David Edenfield to begin Sept. 21, nearly two weeks later than a date the judge scheduled months ago.

August 14, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Conservation program protects Altamaha forest

A Georgia Land Conservation Program project in Long and McIntosh counties to protect several miles of land along to the Altamaha River, an ancient forest containing champion trees, and rare and endangered species, was announced recently.

August 12, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Water use up slightly after restrictions lifted

ATLANTA - Water use in north Georgia has risen slightly since the state relaxed strict outdoor water restrictions put in place amid a historic drought - but remains far below the water use levels of two years ago - encouraging officials seeking to prove Georgia residents are not "water pigs."

The figures released Wednesday are the first snapshot since state officials lifted the restrictions last month and are considered an important test for a state locked in a legal battle with Alabama and Florida over federal water rights.

July 30, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Texas mom was notified soldier son was AWOL

AUSTIN, Texas - An Austin woman found shot to death had been notified that her son was absent without leave from a Georgia base, even though he told her he was on leave.

Pvt. Travis Wayne Baczewski (buh-SHOO'-skee) of Austin is charged with capital murder for killing his mother, 54-year-old Violetta Baczewski. He remained in the Travis County Jail on Thursday on $1.1 million bail. Electronic court records did not indicate that he had an attorney.

July 30, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Alabama tells utility to butt out of water war

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is warning utility giant Southern Co. to stay out of the region's tri-state water war.

In a letter to company CEO David Ratcliffe Wednesday, Riley said he was surprised to learn that the head of Southern subsidiary Georgia Power was leading a Georgia "impact team" formed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to work on the state's strategy in the dispute, including lobbying Congress.

July 30, 2009 | By Ben Evans Associated Press writer | State, National

All state workers being asked to sacrifice

Teachers are not the only victims to the furloughs and budget cuts plaguing the state.

July 27, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | State, National

I-95 work could cause delays

The Department of Transportation is warning that construction on I-95 in Liberty and McIntosh counties could cause major delays Friday night and Saturday morning.

July 23, 2009 | Staff report | State, National

Lawyers fight for Cox's $1M TV show prize

ATLANTA - A bankruptcy lawyer is fighting to get control of $1 million that the state's top educator won on a game show and planned to give to schools for deaf and blind students.

Georgia Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox had announced she was giving the money she received from her August appearance on Fox's "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" to three public schools for the deaf and blind.

July 23, 2009 | By Dorie Turner Associated Press writer | State, National

Revenue collections continue falling

ATLANTA - Georgia's tax collections plummeted sharply again in June, leaving the state's bank account more than $1.9 billion below where it stood this time last year and forcing Gov. Sonny Perdue to dip even deeper into dwindling reserve funds.

July 13, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

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Mark Zuckerberg is taking two months paternity leave — and here's why it matters

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's family-oriented Friday announcement might hint at his most influential move since the creation of the social media giant ...

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

More like mom or dad? Here's why answering is not so easy

Conversation in regards to family lineage often turns to whether people share more in common with their mother or father, but hopefully they don't ...

November 25, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Watch what happens when Stephen Colbert debates faith with outspoken atheist Bill Maher

"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert isn't the perfect Catholic — but he still tries.

November 23, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Why Americans are finding cheaper prices on Thanksgiving foods

Avian flu killed 8 million turkeys earlier this year — but consumers are still finding "bargain birds" on their pre-Thanksgiving shopping trips, according to NPR.

November 23, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

The raisin-cup game to test your kid's future academic successes

Researchers indicated parents who want to test the future intelligence of the toddlers they're raisin’ might just need a dried grape and cup.

November 21, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

How people can view religion from space — trends in global fires

A new scientific paper suggests global wildfires might share a common characteristic with people: They rest on Sundays, according to The Washington Post.

November 21, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

'Godzilla El Niño' expected to devastate fragile populations

The world’s most vulnerable populations are facing six months of increased food and water shortages as El Nino brings drought to Africa, South Asia ...

November 19, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

10 Thanksgiving travel tips families can be grateful for

Spurred by cheap gas prices, 47 million Americans plan to travel away from home over Thanksgiving weekend, according to The Washington Post.

November 19, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Want your children to meet Santa this holiday season? It might cost you

Annual family trips to visit Santa Claus at the mall might've induced stress, annoyance and awkwardness in parents — but at least they came at ...

November 18, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

What's up with Oxford Dictionaries' 'word' of 2015?

Oxford Dictionaries' choice for 2015 Word of the Year shows that because of tech-driven means of communication, words have fallen on tough times: They're ...

November 18, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

The 25 most popular gift cards for Christmas 2015

A recent report indicated only Santa himself, holiday parties and time off from school rival gift cards' prominence during Christmas.

November 17, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Anne Frank's diary now has a co-author — and here's who

"The Diary of Anne Frank" provides readers a glimpse into the experiences of a teen girl living in World War II-era Europe — but now it ...

November 17, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

The Wukchumni language is dying, and its last speaker is doing this to preserve it

The world's lone person still fluent in Wukchumni, Marie Wilcox's goal proves a bit difficult to put into words.

November 16, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Why 1.2 million public housing units could be smoke-free soon

In a notable step in the government's decades-long "crackdown" on tobacco products, the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed Thursday a rule to ...

November 16, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Michigan restaurant offers lonely people a free meal on Thanksgiving

He faced loneliness, homelessness and hunger as a young adult overseas — and now the owner of a Michigan restaurant "pays it forward" at Thanksgiving, according ...

November 16, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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