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House OKs $18B budget

The House has approved an $18.25 billion spending plan that boosts health insurance premiums for state employees and teachers by 20 percent but also restores some money for school nurses and low-income Medicaid recipients. The House voted 132-33 to approve the spending blueprint for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The state is grappling with the loss of some $1 billion in federal stimulus dollars. Including the loss in money from Washington, the budget is $1.7 billion leaner than the one for the current year. Republicans called the plan fiscally-responsible for tough economic times. Some Democrats voted ...

March 12, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Quake's death toll in hundreds, climbing

TOKYO (AP) - A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

March 11, 2011 | By Malcom Foster Associated Press writer | State, National


Appeals court hears water wars case

ATLANTA (AP) - A long-running dispute threatening metro Atlanta's main water supply for 3 million people went before appellate judges Wednesday who suggested they could revise or overturn a looming order that would severely restrict the city's use of water from Lake Lanier.

March 10, 2011 | By Ray Henry Associated Press writer | State, National


Lawmakers can't break spending plan deadlock

WASHINGTON - Their opening budget gambits history, lawmakers are returning to the bargaining table in search of a fiscal plan that cuts spending, as voters demanded in the last election, and could carry political value in the next one.

March 10, 2011 | By Laurie Kellman Associated Press writer | State, National


Illinois abolishes death penalty

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - For a mother who lost her son to violence, Illinois' decision to abolish the death penalty is a betrayal. But to a father who lost two daughters and a grandson, it's simply the Christian thing to do.

March 10, 2011 | By Christopher Wills Associated Press writer | State, National


Lawmakers grapple with daylight savings

ATLANTA - As state lawmakers struggle with priorities including balancing the budget and saving Georgia's beloved HOPE scholarship, some in the Senate have found a new issue: daylight saving time.

March 09, 2011 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National


Senate OKs clear-cutting for billboards

ATLANTA - The Senate has approved legislation that would allow billboard owners to clear-cut trees blocking motorists from seeing their signs and strengthens the penalties on obscene advertisements.

March 09, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Distillers asking for fewer restrictions

ATLANTA - A bipartisan group of state legislators is backing a measure that would make it easier for Georgia distillers to turn fruits and grains into liquor.

March 07, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Capitol notes for Feb. 28-March 4

The Georgia House passed a bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration in the state and contains some provisions similar to a tough law enacted in Arizona last year.

March 04, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Lawmakers want to relax gun control further

ATLANTA - A year after Georgia lawmakers passed a sweeping gun-rights expansion that allowed permit-holders to carry guns into some bars and more parking lots, the Legislature is considering new changes that would allow them to carry their weapons into churches and make it easier for them to renew their licenses.

March 04, 2011 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Gingrich exploring presidential bid

ATLANTA - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced Thursday he is exploring a run for president and has launched a website to collect donations so he can gauge support.

March 04, 2011 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Lynn urges partnership against cyber threat

Government and industry must work more closely together to counter the growing threat to the nation's cyber networks, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn told information technology professionals last week.

March 03, 2011 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Sunday sales proponents keep issue alive

ATLANTA - Supporters of legislation that would let local communities vote on whether to have Sunday alcohol sales say the issue is still alive and that lawmakers should let voters weigh in on the issue.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Wildfires hit southeast Georgia

BRUNSWICK - Georgia Forestry Commission officials say firefighters are dealing with an outbreak of wildfires in southeast Georgia, and burning permits for the area have been suspended.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Jekyll panel opposes gambling plan

JEKYLL ISLAND - Jekyll Island Authority Chairman Bob Krueger says the authority board does not favor legalized gambling at the state park.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


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Have You Seen This? Toddler plays round of hide-and-seek wearing GoPro

OLLY OLLY OXEN FREE — Hide-and-seek is becoming a lost art.

February 08, 2016 | Angie Treasure KSL.com | State, National


Mom whose baby died hears his heart beat for 1st time in 3 years

PHOENIX — A mother whose infant son died heard his heartbeat for the first time in almost three years.

February 04, 2016 | Tracie Snowder KSL.com | State, National


VIDEO: Little girl’s first online beauty tutorial goes adorably wrong

XENIA, Ohio — A budding YouTube beauty star’s first makeup tutorial went in a different but hilarious direction when she discovered scissors in her grandma ...

February 01, 2016 | Tracie Snowder KSL.com | State, National


Video: Award-winning actress transformed into ‘Star Wars’ character using Disney technology

HOLLYWOOD — A new video explaining a bit of movie magic featured in box office blockblaster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” shows Academy Award-winning actress Lupita ...

January 31, 2016 | Angie Treasure KSL.com | State, National


Major Social Security change reduces benefits for couples, divorced individuals

Like a thief in the night, Congress recently approved a significant reduction to Social Security benefits for married and divorced couples. Few noticed because the ...

January 28, 2016 | Flint Stephens KSL.com | State, National


Text-to-911 feature is rare in the U.S. — but this post shows how it could help

A Text-to-911 feature implemented by a metro Atlanta police department proved key to saving two young children.

January 20, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Watch: Alan Rickman helps raise money for refugees in one of his last roles

One of Alan Rickman's final roles before his death Thursday lasted just 30 seconds and mainly featured a tortoise eating a strawberry.

January 20, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Regime supporters use social media to send starving Syrians pictures of food

The Syrian town of Madaya has experienced 23 deaths from starvation under a months-long siege by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, Mic wrote.

January 19, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


The controversial move Arizona's governor is taking to shame 'deadbeat dads'

Arizona parents owing thousands of dollars in overdue child support are about to be shamed by the state — in 140 characters or less.

January 19, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


UK and US partner to bring in-home power to millions of Africans

The effort to electrify Africa got a positive jolt recently when U.K. and United States development agencies agreed to join forces to provide affordable ...

January 19, 2016 | Daniel Lombardi Deseret News | State, National


Watch: Hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar shares powerful message on mentorship

Rapper Kendrick Lamar dropped the album widely acclaimed as 2015's best and garnered 11 nominations for next month's Grammy Awards — but long before ...

January 19, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


2016 children's book award winners unveiled

The American Library Association announced Monday the 2016 winners of awards for children's books — and there are a few rarities along the way.

January 19, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


What people who value time over money have more of

New research hinted people who opt to chase a bit of extra cash all the time might not be doing much for themselves in terms ...

January 19, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Does poverty lead to drug trafficking? The world's notorious trafficker says yes

A picture of Sean Penn made headlines this week by showing the actor shaking hands with the drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as ...

January 18, 2016 | Daniel Lombardi Deseret News | State, National


Toddler's near-death highlights danger of magnets

A Texas mom has a warning for parents after a mishap left her 2-year-old fighting for her life: Children's exposure to magnets might be ...

January 18, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


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