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Perdue signs 'super speeder' bill

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue is set to sign legislation that would slap Georgia drivers traveling well above the speed limit with stiff new fines.

The fines - expected to total about $23 million a year - are intended to help the state's cash-strapped network of trauma hospitals.

May 05, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Mosquito numbers prompt health emergency

ALBANY - Time to break out the bug spray and citronella candles across south Georgia counties.

Georgia health officials urged citizens Monday to take precautions because the mosquito population has grown dramatically in the wake of last month's heavy rainfall and flooding.

May 05, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Area senator running for governor

ATLANTA -- State Senator Eric Johnson of Savannah announced today that he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2010. Johnson intends to file paperwork for his candidacy tomorrow.

"As I traveled the state campaigning and visiting with Georgians from all walks of life, I was thrilled to see the support and encouragement we received in every corner of this state," said Johnson. "Georgians recognize that we need a steady, tested, and experienced leader to address the challenges we face as a state and to build on the progress we've made under Republican leadership. My vision for our future ...

April 27, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Vacant AG seat leads to frenzy

ATLANTA - The 2010 race for Georgia's attorney general is attracting almost as many candidates as the governor's contest - and for good reason. There hasn't been an open seat in the election for the state's top lawyer in more than 60 years.

That explains why what is normally considered a down-ticket race is already becoming one of the most hotly contested campaigns.

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


Bryan Co. teen gets 30 years for fatal wreck

Tam Duc Le has pleaded guilty to seven charges stemming from the March 21, 2007, deaths of three North Bryan teens in a car wreck,

April 22, 2009 | By Gina Sutherland Bryan County News | State, National


Sugar maker accuses whistleblower of faking warning

SAVANNAH - Attorneys for one of the nation's largest sugar producers accused a whistleblower Monday of faking a report that he says he sent to company executives warning them of the dust hazard at a Georgia refinery days before a blast there killed 14 workers.

Lawyers defending Imperial Sugar in more than 30 lawsuits filed a motion in Chatham County State Court asking a judge to throw out the report and all testimony by Graham H. Graham because he "knowingly provided false testimony." Graham was vice president of operations at the Texas company at the time of the explosion.

April 21, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


GBI: Weapon examiner testing faulty

ATLANTA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a state firearms examiner has resigned over faulty testing and dozens of criminal cases in the state could be in jeopardy.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead says Bernadette Davy admitted to not fully testing guns. She could not be reached for comment Monday after GBI announced she had resigned April 1. She had been an examiner since 1991.

April 21, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Cagle drops from governor's race

ATLANTA - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle fought back tears Wednesday as he reluctantly dropped out of the race for governor, saying he has a degenerative spine condition that will require surgery.

The surprise announcement immediately scrambled the crowded contest to replace Gov. Sonny Perdue when his second term expires in 2010. Cagle was considered a front-runner for the Republican nomination with the primary still more than one year away. The 43-year-old Republican from Gainesville said he will seek re-election as lieutenant governor.

April 15, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Organization seeks volunteer weather watchers

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, better known as CoCoRaHS, is looking for volunteers to help collect rainfall data across Georgia.

April 15, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


New band of storms crossing Southeast

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Another band of heavy storms is marching across the water-logged South.

A day after high winds were blamed for toppling trees that killed one person each in Tennessee and Georgia, more blustery conditions were reported late Monday and early Tuesday across the region.

April 14, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Five shot in Valdosta

VALDOSTA (AP) - A weekend shooting outside a business in south Valdosta left five people wounded.

Valdosta police Lt. Bobbi McGraw, a spokeswoman, said none of the victims suffered a life-threatening wound and all were treated and released.

April 14, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National


Two killed as severe storms sweep Southeast

ATLANTA - A swath of severe weather moved across a storm-weary South on Monday, killing at least two, downing trees and cutting power to thousands of homes.

The storm system that hit Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and northern Florida brought torrential rain, flooding, hail and gusty winds to states still reeling from strong storms and tornadoes last week.

April 13, 2009 | By Dorie Turner Associated Press writer | State, National


Average hurricane season in forecast

RALEIGH, N.C. - The 2009 hurricane season will be less active than last year's flurry of storms, and there's less than a 50 percent chance that a hurricane will hit the southeastern U.S., a researcher said Thursday.

On the Gulf Coast, however, there is a 70 percent chance a hurricane will make landfall.

April 09, 2009 | By Estes Thompson Associated Press writer | State, National


Another Georgia Guard unit heads to Afghanistan

VALDOSTA (AP) - Another group of Georgia Army National Guard personnel is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

A send-off ceremony for 106-members of Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry was held Wednesday night at the Georgia National Guard Armory in Valdosta.

April 09, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National


Major legislation at a glance

Here's how some legislation fared on the final day of Georgia's 40-day legislative session:

April 06, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


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