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Lawmaker's cookout is Saturday

Saturday, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston will have his annual Friends of Jack Kingston Barbecue. This year's is in Long County.

January 07, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | State, National

Claxton councilman indicted on drug charges

Claxton City Councilman Jerome Woody was indicted today on 25 counts of acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, according to Edmund A. Booth Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

January 06, 2009 | Staff report | State, National

Drought declaration covers most of state

ATLANTA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 146 of 159 Georgia counties a primary disaster area because of production losses due to prolonged drought and high temperatures.

The governor's office said Thursday that the designation is in response to Gov. Sonny Perdue's request last month.

January 03, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Ancient cremation pit found on Ossabaw

SAVANNAH - Exposed by erosion at the edge of a crumbling bluff, the pit discovered beneath 2 feet of sandy dirt at first appeared to be a grave just long and deep enough to bury a human body.

An excavation by archaeologists on Ossabaw Island revealed something more puzzling - just a few small bones, apparently from fingers or toes, mixed with charcoal, bits of burned logs and pottery shards more than 1,000 to 3,000 years old.

January 03, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National

State cuts gas tax 4 cents

ATLANTA - Georgians can celebrate a reduction in the state's gasoline tax as they welcome in the New Year. But it will mean less revenue for transportation projects.

The state tax was lowered by 4 cents per gallon to 14.6 cents starting Thursday. Georgia's gas tax is adjusted twice a year based on the average price of gas. When that average price dips - as it has in recent months - the tax goes down as well. Gov. Sonny Perdue rescinded an executive order he issued in June that froze the tax as prices skyrocketed over the summer.

January 02, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Insurance industry gets tax break from state

ATLANTA - Georgia's budget woes aren't stopping the state from ringing in the new year with a hefty tax break for the insurance industry.

January 01, 2009 | By Shannon McCafferty Associated Press writer | State, National

Accused killer sues public defender system

ATLANTA (AP) - A man who faces a possible death sentence for a killing almost three years ago filed suit Wednesday against officials of Georgia's public defender system, claiming he has been denied representation for eight months.

January 01, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Sunday liquor sales issue to resurface

ATLANTA - Georgia's slumping economy could breathe new life into an effort to permit alcohol sales on Sunday in the state, supporters said.

State Sen. Seth Harp said he will reintroduce the Sunday sales measure in the legislative session set to begin Jan. 12.

January 01, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Economy, drought top Georgia news in 2008

ATLANTA - The vast economic crisis has left scores of Georgia's houses empty, its banks shuttered and sent thousands of its residents searching for jobs even as its unemployment rate balloons to heights not seen since Ronald Reagan was president.

December 31, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

State told to find homes for foster kids

ATLANTA - State child welfare officials have to do a better job of finding permanent homes for 500 children who have been in foster care for three years or more.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob issued an order Monday as part of the settlement of a lawsuit to reform foster care systems in Fulton and DeKalb counties.

December 31, 2008 | Ass | State, National

Sex offenders must turn over online info

ATLANTA - Privacy advocates are questioning an aggressive Georgia law set to take effect Thursday that would require sex offenders to hand over Internet passwords, screen names and e-mail addresses.

Georgia joins a small band of states complying with guidelines in a 2006 federal law requiring authorities to track Internet addresses of sex offenders, but it is among the first to take the extra step of forcing its 16,000 offenders to turn in their passwords as well.

December 30, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Power back on after explosion

SAVANNAH - Power has been restored to downtown Savannah after an underground electrical explosion rocked the city.

Georgia Power spokesman Jeff Wilson said the company is still investigating the cause of the Monday morning blast. He said it could take a few weeks to determine what happened.

December 30, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

Feds could take courthouse shooting case

ATLANTA - Courthouse gunman Brian Nichols avoided a death penalty when a Fulton County jury failed to return a unanimous sentence, but local prosecutors are encouraging their federal counterparts to bring additional charges in hopes that Nichols could still face lethal injection.

Federal prosecutors would face higher legal standards to pursue death charges against Nichols based on the fact that one of his four victims was a federal agent. And the U.S. Attorney must first begin the lengthy process of getting approval from the Justice Department.

December 30, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

No injuries in Savannah explosion

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - An explosion in underground electrical cables blew off manhole covers and started several fires in downtown Savannah Monday morning, prompting police to evacuate several stores and restaurants, many of which were without power. No injuries were immediately reported, police said.

Police received calls around 8:49 a.m. reporting that manhole covers had been blown off at the an intersection in the heart of the downtown district, said department spokesman Gene Harley. About an hour later, firefighters had put out three separate fires where the covers blew off.

December 29, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

Gas prices tumble across state

ATLANTA - Gasoline prices across Georgia are at their lowest level in nearly five years, and may continue to fall.

AAA Georgia said Monday, the statewide average price for a gallon of regular is $1.53, down 20 cents since last month.

December 29, 2008 | Associated Press | 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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