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Judges question health reform law

ATLANTA - Three federal appeals judges expressed unease with a requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance or face penalties, as they repeatedly raised questions about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

June 09, 2011 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Judge sets execution date

ATLANTA - A judge has set the date for the execution of a Georgia death row inmate who was convicted of the 1978 slaying of an elderly woman in Savannah.

June 07, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Deal lobbies for federal money for port

SAVANNAH - Emerging from a round of meetings in Washington, Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday he remains hopeful that Georgia can secure federal funding this year to start deepening the Port of Savannah's shipping channel - though not as much money as port officials had wanted.

June 02, 2011 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Hazy air likely to continue for a while

BRUNSWICK - Forestry officials say numerous fires in the Southeast, along with a lack of rainfall, could keep the air hazy and smoky in coastal Georgia for a while.

June 02, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Sen. Carter talks with Rotarians

District 1 State Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, told the Hinesville Rotary Club on Tuesday that the Georgia Legislature is required by the state constitution to pass a balanced budget during its regular 40-day session. Carter spoke about taxes, a new immigration bill and the HOPE scholarship during the hour-long Rotary club meeting at Western Sizzlin' Steak House.

June 02, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | State, National


Water could control area's growth

Expected growth along Georgia's coast is leading members of the Coastal Regional Water Resource Planning Council to monitor water usage, and possibly look for alternative water sources.

May 31, 2011 | By Crissie Elrick Correspondent | State, National


Former Ga. Gov. Barnes treated for prostate cancer

ATLANTA - Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes said Tuesday he was treated for prostate cancer earlier this year but is hopeful he has "whipped" the disease.

May 26, 2011 | Shannon McCaffrey The Associated Press | State, National


Former governor treated for cancer

ATLANTA (AP) - Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes says he's been treated for prostate cancer but is hopeful he has "whipped" the disease.

May 24, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Poll: Nearly half struggling with gas prices

WASHINGTON - With gasoline prices hovering at $4 a gallon nationally, many Americans are making tough choices: scaling back summer vacations, driving less or ditching the car altogether. Some seniors are choosing a tank of gas over their prescriptions.

May 22, 2011 | By Jennifer Agiesta and Jennifer C. Kerr Associated Press writers | State, National


Murder indictment for leaving stepson in swamp

DARIEN - A Georgia man was indicted on murder charges this week in the death in his teenage stepson, who died in near-freezing weather on a hog-hunting trip in a rugged swamp near the Georgia coast.

May 20, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Forecasters predict 3-6 major storms

MIAMI - U.S. government forecasters are expecting three to six major hurricanes from an above average Atlantic storm season.

May 19, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Apocalypse Saturday?

For some, it's Judgment Day. For others, it's party time.

May 19, 2011 | By Tom Breen Associated Press writer | State, National


Senate blocks bid to speed offshore drilling

WASHINGTON - A GOP bid to expand and hasten offshore oil drilling in the face of $4-a-gallon gasoline prices suffered an overwhelming defeat in the Senate on Wednesday, four days after President Barack Obama directed his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production.

May 19, 2011 | By Matthew Daly Associated Press writer | State, National


Justice's visit to Georgia stirs debate

AUGUSTA - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was welcomed with a mostly standing ovation when he took the podium Wednesday to dedicate Augusta's sparkling new courthouse, but not everyone stood. Some in the crowd remained conspicuously seated, greeting the Georgia native with a studied silence.

May 19, 2011 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Boy, 14, arrested for knives at school

BRUNSWICK, - Glynn County officials say a 14-year-old who brought two weapons to a middle school has been arrested by school police.

May 19, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


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