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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

Canadian plant to employ 150 in Savannah

SAVANNAH - Modular interior manufacturer DIRTT has announced plans to open a new assembly plant in Savannah.

The Canadian-based company said it plans to build an 81,000 square foot facility this spring.

January 20, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

State of state looks to future

ATLANTA - Governor Sonny Perdue today delivered his annual State of the State address before a joint session of the General Assembly detailing how the state continues to fulfill its core mission through challenging economic times. The Governor's Amended FY 2009 and FY 2010 budgets and policy initiatives continue his commitment to education, economic development and government transformation to deliver better value for the taxpayer's dollar.

January 14, 2009 | Providued by governor's office | State, National

Sunday alcohol sales proposed again

ATLANTA - As promised, supporters of Sunday sales of alcohol in Georgia are renewing efforts to change Georgia's law.

A bill filed Tuesday by Republican Sen. Seth Harp of Midland says local governments could call elections to let voters decide if they want to allow Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor at grocery, convenience and liquor stores.

January 14, 2009 | Assocuiated Press | State, National

Perdue would reward teacher success

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue says he wants to reward Georgia principals and teachers who boost student achievement.

Perdue said Tuesday they would receive bonuses and merit pay.

January 13, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Budget looms big over session

The faltering economy's effects on Georgia's and expected cuts in state spending and benefits is the 500-pound gorilla sitting in area lawmakers' front rooms. They do have other fears and priorities for the 2009 General Assembly, which starts Monday. Here's how the sum up their plans and hopes:

January 12, 2009 | Staff report | State, National

New Web site details state finances

ATLANTA (January 5, 2009) - A new Georgia law gives Internet users access to information on billions of dollars in state spending. The "Transparency in Government Act" authored by Senator Chip Rogers requires state spending information be placed on a searchable website allowing Georgia taxpayers easy access to where their tax dollars are being spent.

"This is a great day for Georgia taxpayers. We have taken a major step toward transparent and easily accessible accounting information of how every state tax dollar is spent," said Senator Rogers. "The very best way to prevent wasteful government spending is to let those paying ...

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National

Lawmaker's cookout is Saturday

Saturday, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston will have his annual Friends of Jack Kingston Barbecue. This year's is in Long County.

January 07, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | State, National

Claxton councilman indicted on drug charges

Claxton City Councilman Jerome Woody was indicted today on 25 counts of acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, according to Edmund A. Booth Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

January 06, 2009 | Staff report | State, National

Drought declaration covers most of state

ATLANTA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 146 of 159 Georgia counties a primary disaster area because of production losses due to prolonged drought and high temperatures.

The governor's office said Thursday that the designation is in response to Gov. Sonny Perdue's request last month.

January 03, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Ancient cremation pit found on Ossabaw

SAVANNAH - Exposed by erosion at the edge of a crumbling bluff, the pit discovered beneath 2 feet of sandy dirt at first appeared to be a grave just long and deep enough to bury a human body.

An excavation by archaeologists on Ossabaw Island revealed something more puzzling - just a few small bones, apparently from fingers or toes, mixed with charcoal, bits of burned logs and pottery shards more than 1,000 to 3,000 years old.

January 03, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National

State cuts gas tax 4 cents

ATLANTA - Georgians can celebrate a reduction in the state's gasoline tax as they welcome in the New Year. But it will mean less revenue for transportation projects.

The state tax was lowered by 4 cents per gallon to 14.6 cents starting Thursday. Georgia's gas tax is adjusted twice a year based on the average price of gas. When that average price dips - as it has in recent months - the tax goes down as well. Gov. Sonny Perdue rescinded an executive order he issued in June that froze the tax as prices skyrocketed over the summer.

January 02, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

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Losing weight? Here's why you might want to document it in your social network

If you've ever been inspired by a fitness campaign only to later abandon it, researchers say you're not alone.

October 13, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

What happens when cities crack down on the homeless?

Advocates on homelessness have viewed Madison, Wisconsin, as a beacon of social justice for its compassionate approach to dealing with its most fragile population.

October 13, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

What can your kids expect in the future? To live until 120 and work until 100, an expert says

If a British futurologist's predictions indicate anything, it's that today's children have a lot of work — and different types of it — ahead.

October 13, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Would you let a relative name your child for $10,000? This couple didn't

For expecting couples, offers from older relatives of large sums of money in exchange for the right to name their newborn is made more complicated ...

October 12, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Where will Syria be after the war ends?

Europe is learning how to deal with migrants, but the world is no closer to stopping the war in Syria that has created the largest ...

October 12, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

'Historic' floods hit South Carolina — but churches are showing what a little love can do

After rain that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called "a storm of historic proportions," churches in the state have refused to wait the flooding out ...

October 11, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

When child care trumps rent, women must make tough financial choices

Families in many states are forking over more money to their babysitters than landlords.

October 11, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Does your child struggle to focus? Here's why blueberries might be the answer

New University of Reading research indicates teachers might want to keep a bowl of blueberries handy in the classroom for when students daydream.

October 11, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

What parents should consider before giving children melatonin

Parents struggling to help their children get some much-needed sleep are more frequently turning to melatonin.

October 08, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Immigrants are more likely to have college degrees than U.S. citizens

U.S. immigrants are an ever-changing group, and a recent report shows that now they're the most educated they've ever been, according to ...

October 08, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

What you can do daily to boost your loved ones' productivity

Achieving impressive things takes knowledge, drive and perseverance, but "best-self activation" might trump all of those, according to a Harvard Business School working paper.

October 07, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Announcement of new U.S. secretary of education draws mixed reviews

John King, current deputy U.S. Education Secretary, will replace Secretary of Education Arne Duncan when he steps down in December. According to The Huffington ...

October 07, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

This sit-stand combination might help you avoid health issues brought on by too much of both

Whether sitting too much or standing too much in the office, workers are likely to suffer health issues unless discovering the perfect combination of both.

October 06, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

What's the difference between a migrant and refugee? A lot, according to a new video

Summing up the European refugee crisis proves difficult because of all the factors involved, but a video making the rounds on social media proves knowing ...

October 06, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

The show to help you date online and 7 other tips to find a match

The hosts of a new TLC program dedicated to giving online dating tips feel fairly confident they can help you garner more right swipes on ...

October 05, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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