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Economy, drought top Georgia news in 2008

ATLANTA - The vast economic crisis has left scores of Georgia's houses empty, its banks shuttered and sent thousands of its residents searching for jobs even as its unemployment rate balloons to heights not seen since Ronald Reagan was president.

December 31, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


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


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Supreme Court allows indirect testimony of children in abuse cases

The Supreme Court ruled recently that the indirect testimonies of children can be used in abuse cases, specifically conversations teachers have with young children who are too young to testify.

July 20, 2015 | Mandy Morgan Deseret News | State, National


A bad deal for Greece could be a bargain for tourists there

The financial debacle that is Greece may not be so gloomy for one sector of its beleagured economy: tourism.

July 17, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


Money doesn't make the rich happier, but poverty makes the poor sadder

Too much of a good thing may be wonderful, but it turns out that when it comes to money, more of it doesn't make the rich happier. But lack of money does make the poor sadder.

July 16, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


The UN is redefining what it means to live in poverty

Data from the United Nation's 2015 report on global poverty is out showing the number of poor people is growing thanks to an evolving definition of poverty.

July 16, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


'Poor doors' in New York housing are no more

“Poor doors” — the separate building entrance for low-income renters living in New York City’s high-income housing — are no more.

July 16, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


How property taxes are keeping poor students from going to good schools

Since the Great Depression, the number of communities in concentrated poverty has doubled, and the public school funding system's reliance on property taxes is partly to blame, according to an education nonprofit.

July 15, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


The disgusting bacteria lurking on the bottom of your shoes

The easiest way to stop germs from getting in your house is to leave your shoes at the door. A new study found 40 percent of shoe soles contain the bacteria C. difficile.

July 15, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


Can we regulate payday loans without leaving the poor in the cold?

Many families take for granted that they can fix their water heater when it breaks, or take their child to a dentist if she has a toothache.

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


Why working-class citizens are struggling to recover from the housing crisis

The post-recession housing crisis sent millions of American homes into foreclosure or made the loans underwater. Since then, many communities have bounced back — but that largely depends on where they are and who owns the homes in them.

July 09, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Why friends are more important to well-being than money

Money is nice, but friends are better — or at least that's the findings from recent research on well-being and poverty.

July 08, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


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