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State told to find homes for foster kids

ATLANTA - State child welfare officials have to do a better job of finding permanent homes for 500 children who have been in foster care for three years or more.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob issued an order Monday as part of the settlement of a lawsuit to reform foster care systems in Fulton and DeKalb counties.

December 31, 2008 | Ass | State, National

Sex offenders must turn over online info

ATLANTA - Privacy advocates are questioning an aggressive Georgia law set to take effect Thursday that would require sex offenders to hand over Internet passwords, screen names and e-mail addresses.

Georgia joins a small band of states complying with guidelines in a 2006 federal law requiring authorities to track Internet addresses of sex offenders, but it is among the first to take the extra step of forcing its 16,000 offenders to turn in their passwords as well.

December 30, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Power back on after explosion

SAVANNAH - Power has been restored to downtown Savannah after an underground electrical explosion rocked the city.

Georgia Power spokesman Jeff Wilson said the company is still investigating the cause of the Monday morning blast. He said it could take a few weeks to determine what happened.

December 30, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

Feds could take courthouse shooting case

ATLANTA - Courthouse gunman Brian Nichols avoided a death penalty when a Fulton County jury failed to return a unanimous sentence, but local prosecutors are encouraging their federal counterparts to bring additional charges in hopes that Nichols could still face lethal injection.

Federal prosecutors would face higher legal standards to pursue death charges against Nichols based on the fact that one of his four victims was a federal agent. And the U.S. Attorney must first begin the lengthy process of getting approval from the Justice Department.

December 30, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

No injuries in Savannah explosion

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - An explosion in underground electrical cables blew off manhole covers and started several fires in downtown Savannah Monday morning, prompting police to evacuate several stores and restaurants, many of which were without power. No injuries were immediately reported, police said.

Police received calls around 8:49 a.m. reporting that manhole covers had been blown off at the an intersection in the heart of the downtown district, said department spokesman Gene Harley. About an hour later, firefighters had put out three separate fires where the covers blew off.

December 29, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

Gas prices tumble across state

ATLANTA - Gasoline prices across Georgia are at their lowest level in nearly five years, and may continue to fall.

AAA Georgia said Monday, the statewide average price for a gallon of regular is $1.53, down 20 cents since last month.

December 29, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

Savannah businesses being evacuated

SAVANNAH - Police are evacuating businesses in downtown Savannah after an apparent underground explosion.

Businesses on Bay and River streets are being evacuated after the explosion at 8:45 a.m. Monday that police said blew off three manhole covers.

December 29, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

Judge sentences courthouse shooter to life

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge on Saturday sentenced the man who killed four people in a brazen courthouse escape to multiple life sentences with no chance of parole and hundreds more years on more than fifty charges.

Brian Nichols, 37, was found guilty last month of murder and dozens of other counts for the March 2005 rampage that led from a downtown courthouse to an Atlanta neighborhood and ended with his capture the next day in a suburban county.

December 28, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

White powder sent to Capitol

ATLANTA (AP) - Suspicious white powder found Thursday at Georgia's Capitol does not appear to be toxic, authorities said.

An envelope containing the powder arrived at a state Capitol office that processes mail from constituents to state officials. It was not immediately clear Thursday to whom the envelope was addressed.

December 26, 2008 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Atlanta newspaper cutting back

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will reduce its circulation area to 27 counties around metro Atlanta and cut 156 jobs in its third cost-cutting move since early 2007.

The newspaper said Wednesday that effective Jan. 11 it will eliminate distribution in 22 counties: Banks, Butts, Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Greene, Habersham, Haralson, Heard, Jackson, Lumpkin, Morgan, Pickens, Rabun, Spalding, Towns, Troup, Union, and White in Georgia, and Cherokee, Clay and Macon in North Carolina.

December 26, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

Many school districts don't comply with safety law

ATLANTA - Nearly a decade after Georgia passed a law requiring school systems to get state approval of security plans, nearly 20 percent of the state's districts haven't complied.

The list of schools that have not complied with the law does not include Liberty and Long counties'. The closest schools not in compliance are McIntosh County's.

December 26, 2008 | By Dorie Turner Associated Press writer | State, National

Much of south hit by violent storms

JACKSON, Miss. -- Fickle December weather prepared to deliver the second blow of a one-two punch to much of the deep South on Wednesday, threatening to blanket some areas with snow after a night of unseasonably warm temperatures produced torrential rains and tornadoes across the region.

Sleet was possible in areas of Louisiana and the National Weather Service issued a winter weather watch for parts of Mississippi, warning that a rare snowfall accumulation was possible.

December 25, 2008 | By Holbrook Mohr Associated Press writer | State, National

Troy Davis seeks another day in court

ATLANTA - The risk that Georgia could execute an innocent man should compel the state to hear his claims of innocence, Troy Davis' lawyers told a federal panel on Tuesday.

Attorneys in the case argued for about an hour before a three-judge panel at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, wrangling over whether Davis' lawyers had used the proper protocol in exhausting his options for a new hearing and whether evidence uncovered after his conviction warranted a fresh look at the case.

December 24, 2008 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National

Hearing starts in immigrant attacks

TIFTON -- A sentencing hearing for one of the people charged in the 2005 killings of six Mexican immigrants in brutal attacks in and around Tifton began Monday and is expected to last at least a week.

Jamie Underwood pleaded guilty in September to all four indictments against him. Tift County Superior Court Judge Gary McCorvey sentenced him at the time to 120 years in prison on three of the four indictments. The sentencing on the fourth indictment, which includes murder charges, is being held separately because the prosecution is seeking the death penalty.

December 24, 2008 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National

Lawmakers to forego raise

ATHENS -- Georgia legislative leaders have voted to put off a 2.5 percent cost of living increase for state lawmakers.

December 23, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

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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

40% of North Carolina's conservatives surveyed think Islam should be illegal

Presidential hopeful Ben Carson incited controversy last month when stating he "would not advocate" a Muslim becoming president, according to The Guardian.

October 04, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

What's your heart's age? It might depend on where you work

A recent study indicated the age listed on people's birth certificates might not matter as much as another figure: the age of people's ...

October 04, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

New Peeple app makes it possible for anyone to rate you

People often say only God can judge them, when it all comes down to it.

October 03, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Lawmakers try to live like low-income workers to draw attention to issue

In a push to pass legislation, 18 Florida lawmakers hope limiting their spending to $17 a day will show those on both sides of the ...

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

Cancer treatment during pregnancy not harmful to baby, new study indicates

A new study suggests pregnant women diagnosed with cancer — a group having to make difficult decisions in regards to delivering children — don't need to ...

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

Best and worst states for teachers released in new ranking

Low pay isn't the only aspect that makes experienced and new teachers alike question if they can stay in education.

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

How a teacher's demand sparked the debate over writing in cursive again

What started as standard red-inked feedback in regards to a class assignment morphed into another rendition of the debate over cursive writing when a teacher ...

September 29, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Set to purchase an iPhone 6s? Here's what you should know

Consumers purchased 13 million of Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Pluses since Friday, setting a record, according to Reuters.

September 29, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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