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Governors propose port agreement

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford joined together recently to announce a recently completed bi-state agreement whereby the two states would cooperatively develop a new port on the Savannah River in Jasper County.

November 29, 2007 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Governor, others pray for rain

ATLANTA -- As a choir's hymn died down, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue marched to a podium in the shadows of the state Capitol Tuesday to offer a plea to the heavens.

November 28, 2007 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | State, National


Children seeking permanent families

ATLANTA - About 15 children, each with the hope of finding a permanent family, and prospective adoptive families will have the opportunity to get acquainted at an adoption party and videoconference Nov. 17.

November 27, 2007 | Special to the Courier | State, National


State recommends well conservation, tests

ATLANTA - Georgia faces one of the most severe droughts in its history. Rivers and reservoirs are at record lows, and many communities face water shortages that could challenge their ability to meet water supply needs.

November 24, 2007 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Georgians may qualify for online license renewal

The Georgia Department of Driver Services continues to give qualified customers an early birthday present ... the opportunity to renew their driver's licenses without visiting a Customer Service Center in person.

November 22, 2007 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Ongoing drought's ripples get wider, wider

ATLANTA -- Georgia's ongoing drought is having a ripple effect on everything from fishing to flush toilets.

November 21, 2007 | Associated Press | State, National


Tax rewrite plan keeps some exemptions

ATLANTA -- If there are early winners in House Speaker Glenn Richardson's tax plan, the medical and farm industries are near the top of the list. Both are set to keep huge sales tax exemptions worth hundreds of millions of dollars they say are vital to their survival.

November 21, 2007 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press Writer | State, National


Drought-relief legislation being crafted

With Georgia experiencing one of the worst droughts in the state's history, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) announced details of the new Reservoir Development and Drought Relief Act during a recent press conference.

November 17, 2007 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | State, National


Corps to retain more water in lakes

WASHINGTON -- The Army Corps of Engineers would hold back more water in Georgia lakes as the governors of drought-stricken Georgia, Florida and Alabama work toward a water-sharing agreement, under a plan brokered by the Bush administration.

November 16, 2007 | By Ben Evans Associated Press Writer | State, National


Road work funding is $51 billion short

ATLANTA (AP) - A national transportation research group provided ammunition to those looking to pour additional dollars into Georgia's highway construction as it released a report this past Thursday saying the state's roads are not keeping pace with its ballooning population.

November 15, 2007 | Associated Press | State, National


Storm weakens, still tracking off coast

Tropical Storm Noel weakened a little this morning over Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center.

November 14, 2007 | Staff report | State, National


Aquarium among those cutting water use

ATLANTA -- Heeding the call for conservation amid an epic southeastern drought, officials have plugged up some high visibility water consumption, from aquarium tanks to fire hoses.

November 14, 2007 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | State, National


Tax change bill draws opposition

RICHMOND HILL --

The House Resolution 900, or GREAT Plan, was recently compared to the fateful Titanic, by Georgia Municipal Association Executive Director Jim Higdon.

November 14, 2007 | By Jessica Holthaus Special to the Courier | State, National


Oct. 30 is Weatherization Day

The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority's Weatherization Assistance Program hosted a site demonstration recently in Rex on weatherization measures homeowners can take to increase home energy efficiency and to lower their energy bills.

November 13, 2007 | Staff Report | State, National


Scattered rain doesn't bust drought

ATLANTA -- Scattered showers moved through parts of Alabama, north Georgia and Tennessee on Monday, but it was far from busting the drought that's gripped the region for months.

November 07, 2007 | Associated Press | State, National


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DOT sets hearing on pipeline in RH

The Georgia Department of Transportation will have a public hearing on the controversial Palmetto Pipeline project on April 21 at the Richmond Hill City Center.

April 01, 2015 | Special to the Courier | State, National


How one entrepreneur started a $3 million business from prison

As a young man, Frederick Hutson was very enterprising. In his early 20s, he figured out a clever way for his friends to transport marijuana across borders using shipping containers and vacuum-sealed units.

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


Area men have ties to Emmy-winning film

A regional Emmy Award-winning historical documentary more than a decade in the making and shot in North Carolina has a local connection.

March 28, 2015 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | State, National


Offshore drilling meeting draws interest

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An article about the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's "scoping" meeting on offshore drilling held March 24 in Savannah incorrectly characterized the 50-mile buffer. That buffer is only for exploration off the Atlantic coast, not other coasts such as the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska. Also, the term "Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement" was incorrectly stated in the article.

March 26, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


Obama extends troop levels in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has extended troop levels in Afghanistan several months beyond the original drawdown plan, saying it will help Afghan security forces succeed during the upcoming fighting season.

March 26, 2015 | By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity | State, National


Bill would make smoking in vehicle with kids illegal

As I write, the General Assembly has passed the 30th legislative day, or "Crossover Day," as it's commonly called. Any legislation that hasn't crossed over to the House or Senate is dead until we reconvene next year. For the remainder of the session, we will focus on reviewing House bills that crossed over to the Senate.

March 24, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson | State, National


'You can't handle the truth': 96 percent of Americans admit to lying

Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the ninth commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness."

March 24, 2015 | Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News | State, National


Census testing digital nose-count in area

The U.S. Census Bureau is in the middle of an experiment to see if online data collection in the next nose-count of Americans.

March 24, 2015 | By Jessica Leigh Lebos Correspondent | State, National


Despite wage setbacks, economy is recovering

A recent Pew Research Center article reports that the U.S. economy in indeed growing and making a resurgence despite some setbacks.

March 24, 2015 | Matthew Jelalian Deseret News | State, National


Spring, eclipse, supermoon all today

AccuWeather reports that Friday the vernal equinox will occur, again marking the gradual return to warmer days in the Northern Hemisphere and winter's official astronomical end.

March 20, 2015 | By Michael Kuhne AccuWeather.com staff writer | State, National


I should have lost my job

Bee shared a story with anonymousthankyous.com about the kindness of a woman who should have had her fired but instead saved her job and gave her encouragement to keep trying.

March 20, 2015 | Michael McCarlie KSL | State, National


From child marriage to lower wages, women and girls still struggle with equality

Women and girls still suffer the lion’s share of violence, illness and lack of access to opportunity, according to two new studies.

March 19, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


State bill would ban photos, video from private places

As I write, the General Assembly has passed the 30th legislative day, or "Crossover Day," as it's commonly called. Any legislation that hasn't crossed over to the House or Senate is dead until we reconvene next year. For the remainder of the session, we will now exclusively focus on reviewing House bills that crossed over to the Senate.

March 19, 2015 | By State Rep. Ben Watson | State, National


How an outdated welfare rule is forcing low-income families to spend their savings

When President Reagan revamped welfare reform in the '80s, he introduced a crucial change: to be eligible for social programs, a person couldn’t have more than $1,000 in assets. This meant that people in need would have to spend their savings before they could apply for assistance programs — and they did.

March 18, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Senate addresses failing schools, marsh buffer and reglious freedom

The Georgia Senate voted on many bills as "crossover" day, or day 30, loomed (Editor's note: Crossover day was Friday). Day 30 is significant because bills that do not go to the House after day 30 or "crossover day" will not become law this session.

March 16, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson | State, National


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