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Chemical group blames Imperial for blast

SAVANNAH - Imperial Sugar Co. and managers of its Georgia refinery ignored known dangers of explosive dust for decades before a chain of dust-fueled fireballs erupted at the plant last year and killed 14 people, investigators said in a report Thursday.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which investigates industrial accidents, said it found written warnings of explosive dust hazards in refinery memos from the 1960s and that the deaths likely could have been prevented by routine housekeeping.

September 25, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Qualifying for Senate, House seats ends Wednesday

Candidate qualifying for special elections to fill the unexpired terms of state Sen. Eric Johnson (District 1) and state Rep. Buddy Carter (District 159) will end at noon today.

September 23, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


Rain to continue; ease some

ATLANTA - Docile creeks turned into surging rivers and rivers into raging floodwaters as storms raking the Southeast for days dropped up to 20 inches of rain, killing six people and leaving communities under water.

"Any rain that fell has no place to go," said Georgia climatologist David Stooksbury said Monday. "This rainfall on top of already saturated soils really made the situation worse."

September 22, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Portions of interstates closed in North Georgia

ATLANTA - Portions of interstate highways in the Atlanta area were closed to traffic because of flooding during Tuesday morning rush hour.

The state Department of Transportation reported that a portion of Interstate 285, Atlanta's perimeter highway, was closed in Cobb County at a bridge crossing the Chattahoochee River.

September 22, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Flooding death toll now at 8

ATLANTA - The death toll in Southeast flooding has reached eight after rescuers found the body a 15-year-old boy in northwest Georgia after days of heavy rain turned docile creeks into surging rivers and rivers.

The teen's body was found in the Chattooga River on Tuesday morning.

September 22, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


'Megasite' plant to create 500 area jobs

POOLER - Gov. Sonny Perdue announced today that Mitsubishi Power Systems will locate a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing plant near Savannah, ultimately creating 500 jobs and investing $325 million.

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


Area senator resigns seat

ATLANTA - Savannah Republican Eric Johnson announced Tuesday that he is resigning from the state Senate to focus on his campaign for governor.

"I am fully committed in my race for governor and find that I am not capable of being a full-time senator and servant first and a full-time candidate and do not want to leave my constituents behind," Johnson said at a news conference under the Capitol rotunda.

September 16, 2009 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National


Death penalty sought in Brunswick killings

BRUNSWICK - A prosecutor said Monday he will seek the death penalty for a 22-year-old man charged with killing his father and seven others in their Georgia mobile home before he cried in a frantic 911 call "My whole family's dead."

A Glynn County grand jury on Monday indicted Guy Heinze Jr. on eight counts of malice murder, one count of attempted murder and two drug possession charges.

September 15, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Former judge pleads to corruption

MACON - A former Superior Court judge pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge Friday after striking a deal to avoid prison, ending a lengthy legal battle that toppled him from his post as one of rural Clinch County's most powerful politicians.

Prosecutors' agreement to drop 13 charges against Brooks E. Blitch III - and to seek probation instead of a prison sentence - stunned U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson, who took a 20 minute break to decide if he would accept the deal.

September 12, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Robert Redford to shoot movie in Savannah

SAVANNAH - Robert Redford has chosen Savannah as the shooting location for his post-Civil War film about a woman who was hanged for aiding the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, city officials announced Friday.

Savannah's department of Tourism and Film Services said Redford plans to direct the movie "The Conspirator" this fall in Georgia's oldest city.

September 12, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Cumberland Island to be on quarter

ATLANTA - Cumberland Island has been chosen to represent Georgia on a new series of quarters to be issued by the U.S. Mint.

The series of quarters featuring national parks and other sites will be issued starting next year. Each U.S. state and territory will be represented in the series.

September 09, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Trails for area getting closer

The Liberty County Commission blessed a project that will soon link parts of Coastal Georgia with the rest of the East Coast through a recreation project spanning the height of the country.

September 09, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | State, National


Warrants: Brunswick victims were beaten

BRUNSWICK - Arrest warrants for a Georgia man charged with killing his father and seven others in their mobile home say the victims were all beaten to death with a blunt weapon.

September 09, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Perdue appoints former Hinesville mayor to council

ATLANTA - Former Hinesville Mayor Tom Ratcliffe has been appointed to the Coastal Regional Commission Council of Georgia by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

September 07, 2009 | Staff report | State, National


Man who called in killings, charged for them

BRUNSWICK - The 911 call was chilling: A frantic 22-year-old told a dispatcher he had returned home from a night out to find his entire family dead in his father's mobile home.

After a week working a case so murky they could not say whether a killer was on the loose, police said Guy Heinze Jr. was responsible for the slayings he reported and charged him with eight counts of first-degree murder. Among the dead were seven of his relatives, including his father.

September 05, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


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DOT sets hearing on pipeline in RH

The Georgia Department of Transportation will have a public hearing on the controversial Palmetto Pipeline project on April 21 at the Richmond Hill City Center.

April 01, 2015 | Special to the Courier | State, National


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


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