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State tax refunds trickle in

The Georgia Department of Revenue delivered 34,000 more refunds to residents last week and is on schedule to process more returns by the end of the month, according to a recent update from the department.

August 28, 2009 | By Jen Alexander McCall Correspondent | State, National

Mega Million pot grows to $325 million

ATLANTA (AP) - The grand prize in the Mega Millions multistate lottery game is growing fatter still, to $325 million for the next drawing on Friday.

The jackpot has been rolled over because no player matched all the winning numbers in Tuesday's $252 million drawing.

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National

Williams reported still delinquent on taxes

ATLANTA - Three Georgia lawmakers could face sanctions for failing to pay their state taxes under a new law that gave ethics officials power to investigate and penalize delinquent legislators.

August 26, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Savannah police chief resigning

SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham County police chief Michael Berkow has announced his resignation.

Berkow was hired as chief in 2006 and is leaving after less than three years on the job.

August 25, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Teen hit by lightning goes home

Dalton Raulerson, the Pembroke teen who was struck by lightning Aug. 5 during football practice at Pinewood Christian Academy, was released from the hospital Thursday and is home.

August 22, 2009 | By Ross Blair Bryan County News | State, National

AASU lecture by former Iran hostage

The Armstrong Center for Professional and Continuing Education will host a free open house on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 4-6:30 p.m. at 13040 Abercorn St., Savannah.

August 21, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

House panel puts native in charge of DOT

ATLANTA - House lawmakers have approved Georgia's first transportation planning director.

The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to make Todd Long the Department of Transportation's first director of planning.

August 20, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

DOT reports balanced budget

ATLANTA - A Georgia Department of Transportation official says the DOT's budget is balanced for now, but faces an uncertain future.

DOT Treasurer Kate Pfirman told board members at their monthly meeting Wednesday that the state's budget from gas taxes balanced out exactly for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

August 20, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

New hearing set for death row inmate

ATLANTA - The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a new hearing for death row inmate Troy Davis, giving the condemned killer a chance to present evidence his lawyers say could clear him in the murder of an off-duty police officer almost 20 years ago.

The court told a federal judge to hold a hearing to decide whether evidence "that could not have been obtained at the time of trial" could establish Davis' innocence. His case has become a rallying cry for death penalty opponents.

August 18, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Judge delays trial in boy's slaying

BRUNSWICK - Another delay is pushing back the death penalty trial of a man charged with sexual assault and murder in the 2007 slaying of a 6-year-old Brunswick boy.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett has ordered jury selection in the trial of David Edenfield to begin Sept. 21, nearly two weeks later than a date the judge scheduled months ago.

August 14, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Conservation program protects Altamaha forest

A Georgia Land Conservation Program project in Long and McIntosh counties to protect several miles of land along to the Altamaha River, an ancient forest containing champion trees, and rare and endangered species, was announced recently.

August 12, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Water use up slightly after restrictions lifted

ATLANTA - Water use in north Georgia has risen slightly since the state relaxed strict outdoor water restrictions put in place amid a historic drought - but remains far below the water use levels of two years ago - encouraging officials seeking to prove Georgia residents are not "water pigs."

The figures released Wednesday are the first snapshot since state officials lifted the restrictions last month and are considered an important test for a state locked in a legal battle with Alabama and Florida over federal water rights.

July 30, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Texas mom was notified soldier son was AWOL

AUSTIN, Texas - An Austin woman found shot to death had been notified that her son was absent without leave from a Georgia base, even though he told her he was on leave.

Pvt. Travis Wayne Baczewski (buh-SHOO'-skee) of Austin is charged with capital murder for killing his mother, 54-year-old Violetta Baczewski. He remained in the Travis County Jail on Thursday on $1.1 million bail. Electronic court records did not indicate that he had an attorney.

July 30, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Alabama tells utility to butt out of water war

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is warning utility giant Southern Co. to stay out of the region's tri-state water war.

In a letter to company CEO David Ratcliffe Wednesday, Riley said he was surprised to learn that the head of Southern subsidiary Georgia Power was leading a Georgia "impact team" formed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to work on the state's strategy in the dispute, including lobbying Congress.

July 30, 2009 | By Ben Evans Associated Press writer | State, National

All state workers being asked to sacrifice

Teachers are not the only victims to the furloughs and budget cuts plaguing the state.

July 27, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | State, National

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Parents: Bunchems is perfect gift for 'child you hate'

Parents want to "scoop up" the hottest new toys of 2015 to give their kids in time for Christmas, according to BuzzFeed.

December 01, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Snack on this — French vending machines spit out short stories

In Grenoble, France, when people with a bit of downtime toggle vending machine buttons, short stories spit out rather than fatty snacks.

December 01, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

How Amazon wants to deliver your packages in 30 minutes or less

A video released by Amazon shows how shoppers across the U.S. might receive packages in the "not-too-distant future": with a drone-delivery service the company ...

December 01, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Here's what women can do to avoid extreme stress during the holidays

New York City area resident Heather Haviland said she sought to make the holidays great for her family, but a 16-hour day of reminders of ...

November 30, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

The new scam online shoppers need to know about

If new cybersecurity research indicates anything, getting shoved to retailers' floors in pursuit of the hottest Christmas gifts isn't the only peril shoppers might ...

November 30, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Mark Zuckerberg is taking two months paternity leave — and here's why it matters

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's family-oriented Friday announcement might hint at his most influential move since the creation of the social media giant ...

November 26, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

More like mom or dad? Here's why answering is not so easy

Conversation in regards to family lineage often turns to whether people share more in common with their mother or father, but hopefully they don't ...

November 25, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Watch what happens when Stephen Colbert debates faith with outspoken atheist Bill Maher

"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert isn't the perfect Catholic — but he still tries.

November 23, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Why Americans are finding cheaper prices on Thanksgiving foods

Avian flu killed 8 million turkeys earlier this year — but consumers are still finding "bargain birds" on their pre-Thanksgiving shopping trips, according to NPR.

November 23, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

The raisin-cup game to test your kid's future academic successes

Researchers indicated parents who want to test the future intelligence of the toddlers they're raisin’ might just need a dried grape and cup.

November 21, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

How people can view religion from space — trends in global fires

A new scientific paper suggests global wildfires might share a common characteristic with people: They rest on Sundays, according to The Washington Post.

November 21, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

'Godzilla El Niño' expected to devastate fragile populations

The world’s most vulnerable populations are facing six months of increased food and water shortages as El Nino brings drought to Africa, South Asia ...

November 19, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

10 Thanksgiving travel tips families can be grateful for

Spurred by cheap gas prices, 47 million Americans plan to travel away from home over Thanksgiving weekend, according to The Washington Post.

November 19, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Want your children to meet Santa this holiday season? It might cost you

Annual family trips to visit Santa Claus at the mall might've induced stress, annoyance and awkwardness in parents — but at least they came at ...

November 18, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

What's up with Oxford Dictionaries' 'word' of 2015?

Oxford Dictionaries' choice for 2015 Word of the Year shows that because of tech-driven means of communication, words have fallen on tough times: They're ...

November 18, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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