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Senator proposes property tax overhaul

ATLANTA - A top Republican in the state Senate has proposed a wide-ranging overhaul of property taxes in Georgia.

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers' legislation would make more than 40 changes to the tax system. The Woodstock Republican said that while home values have tumbled in Georgia, assessments often remain artificially high.

February 02, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


More state furloughs possible

ATLANTA - Even more furloughs could be on the way for state employees.

January 22, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


State faces $506M gap for Medicaid

ATLANTA (AP) - Facing a massive gap in Medicaid funding, Georgia's top health official on Thursday urged state legislators to adopt a tax hike on hospitals and health care plans.

January 22, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Lawmakers consider outlawing texting while driving

ATLANTA - Two Georgia lawmakers are proposing a ban on texting behind the wheel that could make the practice illegal for all drivers.

State Republicans Allen Peake and Amos Amerson on Tuesday introduced bills in the Georgia House that would prohibit the practice and come with a fine and driver's license penalties.

January 20, 2010 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National


Museum for Long Co. namesake reopening

JEFFERSON - The Crawford Long Museum in Jefferson is holding its grand reopening Saturday after being closed more than a year for renovations.

The museum - dedicated to the celebrated Georgia physician who discovered anesthesia in 1842 - will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes free horse-drawn carriage tours of historic downtown Jefferson.

January 08, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Atlanta gets half inch of snow

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are asking motorists to avoid driving on the state's icy roads.

Department of Transportation spokesman Paul Marshall urged drivers to stay home if possible and warned them to stay away from downtown Atlanta in particular.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | State, National


Georgia getting $75M from stimulus for roads

ATLANTA - Some $75 million in federal stimulus dollars have been awarded to road widening and resurfacing projects throughout Georgia.

State Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith said 72 projects have received the cash.

January 05, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Icy weather to continue

ATLANTA - Icy weather continues across Georgia, and commuters in Atlanta had to deal with at least one major street closing after water from a broken fire hydrant created hazardous driving conditions.

The broken hydrant was on DeKalb Avenue, used by many commuters as a route into the city from the east. Police barricaded the street Monday night after cars began skidding on black ice. In south Atlanta, commuters were hindered by a water main break.

January 05, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Governor appoints new secretary of state

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue today announced that he is appointing former state Sen. Brian Kemp as secretary of state.

January 04, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Super speeder law takes effect Friday

Starting today, speed can really cost you.

December 31, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National


Secretary of state quits to run for governor

ATLANTA - Karen Handel said Tuesday that she will step down as secretary of state to focus full time on her bid to become Georgia's first female governor.

December 23, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Labor commissioner asks for loan for unemployment benefits

ATLANTA - State officials will request $70 million in federal loans to sustain Georgia's dwindling unemployment insurance trust fund or face being unable to pay benefits to 260,000 unemployed Georgians as soon as next week.

December 18, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


State high court blocks execution

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's top court halted Wednesday's planned execution of a man convicted of strangling three elderly women with their own stockings in the 1970s and ordered a judge to decide whether to allow more testing of evidence his attorney said could exonerate him.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 5-2 decision required a Muscogee County judge to determine if authorities should conduct DNA testing of hair, semen and fingernail scrapings found on Carlton Gary's alleged victims. The testing was not available when he was convicted of the murders in 1986 and sentenced to death.

December 17, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Water wars summit set

ATLANTA - Georgia must aggressively conserve water, expand reservoirs, reduce outdoor watering and upgrade plumbing systems, but even that might not be enough to head off a looming crisis over Atlanta's water supply, members of a state water task force say.

December 14, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Execution set for Wednesday

ATLANTA - Carlton Gary, known as the "Columbus Stocking Strangler," has declined a special last meal before his execution.

December 14, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


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6 reasons adults of all ages need to be thinking about Social Security

Most people rarely think about Social Security before age 60. That is unfortunate, because many workers need Social Security benefits long before they reach retirement. Also, calculations that determine benefit amounts are based on a person’s complete work history, often extending back to part-time jobs in high school or college.

May 22, 2015 | Flint Stephens KSL | State, National


Pay-as-you-go schooling might not be an option for college students any more

In the grand tradition of summer jobs, many of America's freshly minted high school grads will pick up work flipping burgers and delivering pizzas this summer. But it's unlikely that those jobs will come close to paying tuition in the fall.

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


How automation of "routine' jobs is making it harder to bounce back from recession

The American labor market was once built on routine work -- jobs in factories and offices that required human bodies to perform repetitive tasks, whether it was stamping widgets or making phone calls.

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


Does it matter where you go to college?

This month, high school kids across America will throw their caps in the air with an eye toward college in the fall. Many will head to community colleges and state schools around the country, and a select few will head to the country's elite campuses. But does it really matter where you go to college?

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


Statesboro area lawmaker is new majority leader

An office closer to the gold dome comes with the job of majority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, so Rep. Jon Burns was in Atlanta Tuesday, moving his office contents from the second floor of the Capitol to the third.

May 13, 2015 | By Al Hackle Correspondent | State, National


One thing mothers around the world have in common

What do mothers in Tanzania have in common with mothers in America?

May 10, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Governor comes out against pipeline

An Augusta television station is reporting that Gov. Nathan Deal has said the state will oppose plans by Kinder Morgan to bury a pipeline through Georgia, including Bryan and Liberty counties and the rest of the coast.

May 07, 2015 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Families struggle, comfort each other after Nepal earthquake

Adhikaar is a nonprofit advocacy group in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of New York's most diverse neighborhoods, and home to the majority of New York's estimated 40,000 Nepalese residents. Until last week, Adhikaar provided English lessons and worker's rights advocacy to about 1,000 Nepali women — mostly nannies and nail salon workers.

May 07, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Educators name Williams educator of year

The Georgia Association of Educators has named Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, as its 2015 Legislator of the Year.

May 05, 2015 | Special to the Courier | State, National


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