A recent report from the governor's office that alleges cheating on standardized tests in about 20 percent of Georgia elementary and middle schools has prompted calls for investigations in more than a dozen school districts. Liberty County schools are not among those under scrutiny. For more details, pick up a copy of Sunday's Coastal Courier.
ATLANTA - House budget writers have rejected Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposal to take money from the state lottery reserves to pay for scholarships and grants typically funded with taxpayer dollars.
The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a $17.4 billion midyear spending plan by a 53-5 vote. Several Democrats voted against the spending plan, contending it doesn't adequately fund education.
ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man convicted of murdering a young Savannah debutante is appealing his life prison sentence.
Kevin Huckabee is set to ask the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn his conviction for the murder of Jennifer Ross, a 19-year-old Mercer University student gunned down during a robbery attempt in December 2005.
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.
ATLANTA - Even more furloughs could be on the way for state employees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue today announced that he is appointing former state Sen. Brian Kemp as secretary of state.
Starting today, speed can really cost you.
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.
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.
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