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House panel OKs $18.9 billion budget

ATLANTA - Grappling with the worst deficit in Georgia's history, the House budget-writing panel on Wednesday approved an $18.9 billion spending plan that funnels hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money into Medicaid and education.

Plummeting state tax collections have ripped a giant hole in the state's revenues. The budget approved on Wednesday by a voice vote in the House Appropriations Committee slashes $2.6 billion in state revenues for the current fiscal year.

February 25, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Drought back in much of state

ATLANTA - Drought conditions have returned to much of Georgia, and the state's climatologist is warning it could get worse.

State climatologist David Stooksbury said Wednesday that drought has returned to many parts of the state that had emerged from dry conditions last year, including swaths of south Georgia. Some 102 counties are in moderate drought, and parts of northeast Georgia are still mired in "severe" and "extreme" conditions.

February 25, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Pre-pay utility bill starts way through House

ATLANTA - Few proposals this legislative session have sparked as much acrimony as a Senate measure that paves the way for Georgia Power to begin charging ratepayers early for a $14 billion nuclear expansion.

The plan, which would effectively increase an average Georgia Power customer's monthly electric bill by about $1.30 starting in 2011, passed the Senate last week. But critics hope they can cripple - or at least delay - the measure as it works its way through the House.

February 19, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Sunday sales being reformulated

ATLANTA - Sunday sales is back for another round.

Backers of a measure to allow Georgia stores to sell booze on the Sabbath launched a fresh push on Wednesday, arguing the state's struggling economy could use the extra revenue. They are also looking to link the bill this year with one that would crack down on those who sell alcohol to minors.

February 19, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Storms rake over state

ATLANTA - One person was killed and at least 7 were injured when tornadoes, thunderstorms and hail downed trees and power lines in a sweep across Georgia and Alabama, authorities said Thursday.

The National Weather Service planned to send out teams to check on possible tornado touchdowns after the severe weather front moved through from Wednesday afternoon into the night.

February 19, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


State budget cuts hurt senior citizens

Proposed budget cuts to state-funded programs could soon affect some of Georgia's most needy residents.

February 18, 2009 | Frenchi Jones | State, National


State to find money to save property tax break

ATLANTA - Georgia will find the money for a homeowner tax break after all.

Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday signed legislation on Tuesday designed to funnel $428 million in state dollars to the homeowner tax relief grant this year. The grant is worth about $200 to $300 per household.

February 17, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Teen charged with arson for Savannah fires

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Savannah teenager has been booked on multiple arson charges for setting fire to five houses in the same neighborhood.

Savannah Metro police and fire investigators said Tuesday the charges stem from a series of arson fires on North Fernwood Avenue between Feb. 4 and Feb. 6.

February 10, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Senate OKs 2 property tax measures

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate handed homeowners a mixed bag with two property tax bills that cleared the chamber Friday.

One would double the statewide homestead exemption. The second would fund a state property tax break worth about $200 to $300 per household this year but could scrap the state-funded grants in future fiscal years.

February 07, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Scarred sugar blast victims hope for new rules

SAVANNAH - A year after he escaped badly burned from a huge blast at the nation's second-largest sugar refinery, Jamie Butler still needs physical therapy once a day to stretch the skin grafts on his arms, hands and legs.

He still takes painkillers. And he needs steroid injections to reduce scarring on his face, now covered by a black mask that applies healing pressure to the skin.

February 06, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


House votes to split session

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has voted to adjourn in late March and possibly return in late June to give lawmakers flexibility to deal with a possible federal economic stimulus package.

The measure approved Friday allows them to meet three days a week through March 25 and then come back in late June if they need to amend their spending plan. Lawmakers are bound to a 40-day legislative session but don't have to meet consecutively.

February 06, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Glynn judge sets trial in boy's slaying

BRUNSWICK - A judge refused to relocate the death penalty trial of a man charged in the sexual assault and murder of a 6-year-old Brunswick boy, but agreed to pick a jury from a county 90 miles away.

David Edenfield, 59, is scheduled to stand trial May 4 for the slaying of Christopher Michael Barrios, whose body was found wrapped in a trash bag by a roadside a week after he went missing from a mobile home park in March 2007.

February 06, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


State Senate to vote on regional sales tax

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is set to vote on a transportation plan Tuesday that would allow residents to boost the sales tax to pay for road and transit projects.

The bill would permit regions to band together to charge a one-cent sales tax to fund transportation initiatives. Residents in the affected areas must vote to approve the tax hike.

February 03, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


State joblessness jumps over 8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent in December, the highest rate in almost 26 years. The jobless rate was up 3.6 percentage points from 4.5 percent at this same time last year. The December unemployment rate was up seven-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 7.4 percent in November.

The last time Georgia posted a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at this level was in March of 1983 when the rate was also 8.1 percent. The state rate remained above ...

January 22, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Lawmakers dealing with shortfall

ATLANTA - Georgia legislative leaders are returning to the Capitol to begin dealing with a $2 billion budget shortfall.

The General Assembly opened its 2009 session on Jan. 12. Lawmakers took Monday off for Martin Luther King Day and Tuesday for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

January 21, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


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Behind the rapid shift in public opinion on same-sex marriage

Even before the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right last week, there was an aura of inevitability about the outcome that would have been hard to anticipate just seven years ago.

July 02, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | State, National


Shift away from indeterminate sentencing would benefit families as well as prisons

A proposal to revamp New York state's prison sentencing system will not just save taxpayers money and restore fairness, but it will also help families of inmates cope with the social and economic impacts of having a parent behind bars.

June 30, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


How charity fraud happens — and how to make sure it doesn't happen to you

Earlier this month, federal authorities cracked down on four cancer charities that had bilked millions of dollars from donors, and Propublica investigations came down hard on the Red Cross, questioning its use of the half-billion dollars it raised for Haiti relief.

June 29, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Are city rents climbing out of reach for working and middle-class families?

New York isn't the only place where rent is sky high.

June 28, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Low-income housing is in short supply in every U.S county

America's inventory of affordable housing is not keeping pace with its growing number of “extremely low-income” renters, new research shows.

June 25, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


Cop feeds baby after mom has seizure; photo goes viral

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A picture of a cop feeding a baby after her mom had gone into a seizure has captured the hearts of people around the world.

June 24, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


A message about the family and faith is getting lost in the pope's climate message

There's a lot of talk about the political reaction to Pope Francis' 192-page encyclical on climate change. But part of what's being missed, say Catholic leaders, is a message about better caring for communities and families — the "human ecosystems" that allow humans to thrive.

June 24, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


How Arizona's immigration policies have fared in the past decade

The Supreme Court rejected a bid to hear a case concerning a law that denied bail to undocumented immigrants living in Arizona charged with certain felonies.

June 21, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


The detention centers that treat immigrant families like prisoners

Family immigrant detention centers, which serve as holding points for undocumented women and children caught crossing the border, have come under fire in recent weeks.

June 21, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


Why are American paychecks still stuck?

Michael Hall has worked at Seattle's Space Needle for seven years, taking visitors up and down the attraction's elevator.

June 17, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Half of Americans close to retirement haven't saved for it

As baby boomers roll toward retirement, half of them don't have retirement savings, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

June 16, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Half of Americans close to retirement haven't saved for it

As baby boomers roll toward retirement, half of them don't have retirement savings, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

June 15, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


The graduation gap: Why poor kids aren't getting through college

It's a well-known fact that poor kids have a harder time getting into college. But what's not talked about as much is that when they do get in, they have an even harder time graduating.

June 14, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Taylor Swift quietly donates $15K to firefighter who saved family in crash

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A firefighter in Texas, who was shocked to realize his wife and son were involved in a crash he was called to, woke up to another surprise — Taylor Swift had donated $15,000 to their medical funds.

June 14, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


Lawmaker opens Savannah office

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., cut the ribbon on his new district office in Savannah on Friday.

June 12, 2015 | Special to the Courier | State, National


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