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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


Changes in HOPE, pre-K to be announced

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal and legislative leaders are set to announce changes in Georgia's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship and prekindergarten programs designed to keep the initiatives from going broke.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Sunday alcohol sales bill goes flat

ATLANTA - Turns out an unwilling governor wasn't the only obstacle to a vote on Sunday alcohol sales.

February 17, 2011 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National


Savannah cracking down on rooming houses

SAVANNAH - City officials say they are trying to improve the way they investigate illegal rooming houses in Savannah.

February 17, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


'Savannah' filming starts in that city

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Filming has begun for a movie about interracial business partners who operated in Savannah in the early 1900s.

February 17, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Only light snow falls on Georgia

ATLANTA - Snow fell across north Georgia overnight as predicted, but in metro Atlanta it did little more than coat lawns and roofs.

February 10, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Kingston at Pembroke town hall Saturday

Want to give a member of Congress a piece of your mind, or maybe a pat on the back for a job well done?

February 09, 2011 | Staff report | State, National


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