ATLANTA - Savannah Republican Eric Johnson announced Tuesday that he is resigning from the state Senate to focus on his campaign for governor.
"I am fully committed in my race for governor and find that I am not capable of being a full-time senator and servant first and a full-time candidate and do not want to leave my constituents behind," Johnson said at a news conference under the Capitol rotunda.
BRUNSWICK - A prosecutor said Monday he will seek the death penalty for a 22-year-old man charged with killing his father and seven others in their Georgia mobile home before he cried in a frantic 911 call "My whole family's dead."
A Glynn County grand jury on Monday indicted Guy Heinze Jr. on eight counts of malice murder, one count of attempted murder and two drug possession charges.
MACON - A former Superior Court judge pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge Friday after striking a deal to avoid prison, ending a lengthy legal battle that toppled him from his post as one of rural Clinch County's most powerful politicians.
Prosecutors' agreement to drop 13 charges against Brooks E. Blitch III - and to seek probation instead of a prison sentence - stunned U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson, who took a 20 minute break to decide if he would accept the deal.
SAVANNAH - Robert Redford has chosen Savannah as the shooting location for his post-Civil War film about a woman who was hanged for aiding the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, city officials announced Friday.
Savannah's department of Tourism and Film Services said Redford plans to direct the movie "The Conspirator" this fall in Georgia's oldest city.
ATLANTA - Cumberland Island has been chosen to represent Georgia on a new series of quarters to be issued by the U.S. Mint.
The series of quarters featuring national parks and other sites will be issued starting next year. Each U.S. state and territory will be represented in the series.
The Liberty County Commission blessed a project that will soon link parts of Coastal Georgia with the rest of the East Coast through a recreation project spanning the height of the country.
BRUNSWICK - Arrest warrants for a Georgia man charged with killing his father and seven others in their mobile home say the victims were all beaten to death with a blunt weapon.
ATLANTA - Former Hinesville Mayor Tom Ratcliffe has been appointed to the Coastal Regional Commission Council of Georgia by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
BRUNSWICK - The 911 call was chilling: A frantic 22-year-old told a dispatcher he had returned home from a night out to find his entire family dead in his father's mobile home.
After a week working a case so murky they could not say whether a killer was on the loose, police said Guy Heinze Jr. was responsible for the slayings he reported and charged him with eight counts of first-degree murder. Among the dead were seven of his relatives, including his father.
BRUNSWICK - A Georgia man who reported "My whole family's dead!" in a frantic 911 call, then was arrested on charges of evidence tampering, lying to police and drug possession, was granted bond Wednesday in his first court appearance.
Guy Heinze Jr., 22, was taken into custody hours after police Saturday found the bodies of seven people inside the family's mobile home. An eighth person later died at a hospital and the lone survivor, a young child, remains in critical condition.
BRUNSWICK - The eight people slain in a weekend mobile home attack in coastal Georgia included a father and four older children and other members of an extended family, police and relatives said Tuesday.
BRUNSWICK - A frantic caller told authorities he had just come home to find several relatives apparently beaten to death and another barely breathing, according to a 911 tape released Monday from the weekend attack at a mobile home park in southeastern Georgia.
"My whole family is dead!" screamed Guy Heinze Jr., 22. "It looks like they've been beaten to death. I don't know what to do, man."
BRUNSWICK - Toni Mugavin says she wonders if she needs to sleep with a gun under her pillow, afraid the killer of eight people at a Georgia mobile home is still on the loose and frustrated with the lack of information about what happened.
The eighth casualty came Sunday, a day after police discovered seven bodies and two survivors in one mobile home in Brunswick. The latest victim was Michael Toler, 19, who lived in the home and had been hospitalized Saturday. He is the first and only victim police have named.
BRUNSWICK - The man who called 911 to report finding seven people slain in a dingy mobile home on a historic Georgia plantation was arrested on drug-related charges, though police refused to say Sunday whether he was a suspect in the killings.
Two people survived the attack, with brutal injuries.
ATLANTA - The head of Georgia's social services department says a 12-day furlough plan won't affect critical services because they will still be available online.
Department of Human Services Commissioner B.J. Walker said child welfare and adult protective services will be available online during the 12 furlough days when the agency will completely shut down over the next year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four months into his first term, Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter, R-Ga., has earned an appointment to the House Republican Whip Team.
THE VOLCANO — Last week, Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted not once but twice in just 24 hours.
Colleen Preston lives in a manufactured home community in Cape Cod that's nestled into a pine forest that overlooks cranberry bogs. From her deck, she can watch the cranberry harvest each fall. It's picturesque, she says. It's peaceful.
The mission of the World Bank is to end extreme poverty, but a new investigative report says that in some cases, it might be harming the world's poor more than helping.
After weeks of difficult deliberations, the Senate on Tuesday reached an agreement on a bill that would provide support for sex trafficking victims in the U.S., including social services and job placement programs, and would help law enforcement crack down on criminal traffickers.
Where your money goes — whether it's on housing or food — depends a lot on if you're rich or poor. But odds are, if you're middle class, a disproportionate amount of your income is getting sucked up by your car.
GLENNVILLE - Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Thursday, during the 28th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation BBQ, that is expected to make law-enforcement officers' traffic-safety duties easier.
The biggest city in America is known for bright lights and big money, but it's also known for a problem that takes a little sheen off the Big Apple — homelessness.
The Golden Halo Awards are given every year to exceptional marketing campaigns for causes — kind of like the CLIO's for charities — and the winners get recognized in Advertising Age.
Incomes in Seattle have steadily risen, making it one of the wealthiest places in the country, but at the same time, homelessness has been on the rise, too.
Getting into an Ivy League college can be the chance of a lifetime. But for some low-income students, it comes with a price of loneliness and isolation.
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