AUSTIN, Texas - An Austin woman found shot to death had been notified that her son was absent without leave from a Georgia base, even though he told her he was on leave.
Pvt. Travis Wayne Baczewski (buh-SHOO'-skee) of Austin is charged with capital murder for killing his mother, 54-year-old Violetta Baczewski. He remained in the Travis County Jail on Thursday on $1.1 million bail. Electronic court records did not indicate that he had an attorney.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is warning utility giant Southern Co. to stay out of the region's tri-state water war.
In a letter to company CEO David Ratcliffe Wednesday, Riley said he was surprised to learn that the head of Southern subsidiary Georgia Power was leading a Georgia "impact team" formed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to work on the state's strategy in the dispute, including lobbying Congress.
Teachers are not the only victims to the furloughs and budget cuts plaguing the state.
The Department of Transportation is warning that construction on I-95 in Liberty and McIntosh counties could cause major delays Friday night and Saturday morning.
ATLANTA - A bankruptcy lawyer is fighting to get control of $1 million that the state's top educator won on a game show and planned to give to schools for deaf and blind students.
Georgia Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox had announced she was giving the money she received from her August appearance on Fox's "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" to three public schools for the deaf and blind.
ATLANTA - Georgia's tax collections plummeted sharply again in June, leaving the state's bank account more than $1.9 billion below where it stood this time last year and forcing Gov. Sonny Perdue to dip even deeper into dwindling reserve funds.
Beginning in September, licenses issued to drivers younger than 21 will no longer sport a noticeable red border. Instead, a new vertical license card will be used to identify underage motorists.
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue Thursday announced that Georgia Department of Driver Services is preparing to issue redesigned driver's licenses and ID cards by fall 2009.
SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham County police say an Army private has been charged with the slaying of a soldier whose body was found off a dirt road near the Savannah River.
Police Chief Michael Berkow said Thursday that 21-year-old Pvt. Sylvester Denmark Horton was charged with murder after police found the gun used in the killing in the soldier's car. Berko declined to give a motive.
Road work on I-95 between the Riceboro and Midway exits is slowing traffic through the area. If you can, avoid it by using Highway 17.
ATLANTA - The beginning of July ushers in a slew of new laws in Georgia, including a measure that seeks to celebrate the Confederacy while also honoring a civil rights leader, tighter rules targeting a long-time scourge of cotton farmers and a pair of new laws long sought by prosecutors as a way to strengthen victim's rights.
Those measures and dozens of others are set to take effect on Wednesday, the first day of July. And while many of the new laws aren't among the most high-profile legislation, many are the result of hard-fought legislative battles that could have ...
SAVANNAH - The trial of a former Clinch County judge facing federal corruption charges has been postponed after he suffered life-threatening complications from a ruptured appendix.
Former Superior Court Judge Brooks E. Blitch III had been scheduled to stand trial Monday in U.S. District Court in Valdosta. But the judge presiding over the case delayed it after Blitch's doctor wrote a letter saying he needed at least three months to recover after his appendix ruptured in May.
Department of Driver Services (DDS) Reminds Customers of Increases in License Reinstatement Fees
A wreck on I-95 in Glynn County this morning that closed all four lanes of the highway has been cleared up.
ATLANTA - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider whether to hear the case of death-row inmate Troy Davis, who was convicted of killing a police officer almost 20 years ago.
Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail, but his execution has been delayed three times over concerns that he is not the killer.
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.
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.