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Governor launches new Web site

Continuing his push to make state government "faster, friendlier and easier," Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue launched a new version of the Governor's Office website this week, complete with improved navigation tools and media-rich content.

January 24, 2008 | Staff report | State, National


Water plan goes to lawmakers

ATLANTA - Georgia would get its first statewide water management plan under a proposal approved Tuesday by the drought-stricken state's top environmental officials.

January 24, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | State, National


Missing hiker's body found

DAWSONVILLE (AP) -- Just hours before authorities launched another search for the body of a missing hiker, a drifter accused of kidnapping the woman told them where to look, investigators said.

January 23, 2008 | By Bernard McGhee Associated Press Writer | State, National


Georgia fastest growing state in Southeast

ATLANTA -- Georgia's population grew by more than 200,000 this year and ranked as the fastest growing state in the Southeast, according to new Census Bureau state population estimates released Thursday.

January 11, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National


Atlanta on track for driest year on record

ATLANTA -- With only five days left in 2007, the city is on pace to have its driest year in more than five decades.

January 11, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National


Concerted Services has 41st annual meeting

Concerted Services conducted its 41st annual board meeting Nov. 16 at First United Methodist Church in Waycross.

January 10, 2008 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Protest targets conservation issues

Students and other individuals gathered at the Georgia Power Co. Headquarters in Atlanta on Friday to call attention to the severe water shortages the state has been experiencing. They cited Georgia Power's contribution to the issue by its failing to emphasize resource conservation.

January 10, 2008 | Staff report | State, National


Senator hopes to freeze property taxes

With the start of the Georgia General Assembly's 2008 session less than a month away, state Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) recently pre-filed legislation to create a Constitutional amendment to freeze existing residential property taxes.

January 05, 2008 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | State, National


Governor hopes to update technology

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue recently announced plans to transform state government's information technology infrastructure after a recent comprehensive assessment of state IT services confirmed the need for major system changes.

January 05, 2008 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | State, National


Bush intends to appoint Perdue to panel

President George W. Bush announced his intention last week to appoint Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, the group responsible for advising the president on development, implementation and administration of U.S. trade policy.

January 03, 2008 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | State, National


Rain lightens pressure on water talks

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The governors of three drought-stricken Southeastern states agreed Monday to speed up talks on sharing water during scarcities, hoping to end a nearly 18-year fight over the issue by March.

January 02, 2008 | By David Royse Associated Press Writer | State, National


Former Georgia House speaker dies

ATLANTA -- Former Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy, who loomed larger than life over state politics for more than 20 years, died Monday night, state officials said. He was 83.

January 02, 2008 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press Writer | State, National


Georgia Chamber head praises trauma plan

George Israel, president & CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, had high praise for a proposal to fund a statewide medical trauma care system that was outlined recently by House Speaker Glenn Richardson.

December 29, 2007 | Special to the Courier | State, National


State water plan faces dams

ATLANTA -- The biggest hurdle standing between Georgia and its pursuit of a long-term water management plan might not be the lingering legal fight with Alabama and Florida or the uncertainty about federal intentions.

December 26, 2007 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | State, National


Atlanta BoE bans saggy pants

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta school board voted unanimously Monday night to ban students from wearing sagging pants that expose underwear - a youthful fashion statement deemed to defy classroom decorum.

December 26, 2007 | Associated Press | State, National


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Offshore drilling meet draws interest

One of the last federal open house "scoping" meetings on offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast, held Tuesday in Savannah, drew a handful of people seeking information or expressing their views.

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


Worried sick: The high price of poverty

They say that money can’t buy happiness, but it turns out that maybe the right amount can — $75,000, to be exact.

March 11, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Proposal draws dire predictions from teacher organization

This bill is a major overhaul of the state's approach to improving public schools. Unfortunately, this legislation will impose an unproven system of governance on schools in the state that will do little to improve student achievement, but surely will disrupt the lives of students, parents and teachers.

March 10, 2015 | Georgia Federation of Teachers | State, National


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