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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

DNR honors father of marsh protection act

ATLANTA - The Board of Natural Resources on Wednesday recognized Reid Harris of St. Simons Island as the recipient of the 2009 Rock Howard Award at its monthly meeting in Atlanta.

December 04, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Georgia House speaker resigns

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's powerful House speaker resigned Thursday after a suicide attempt and allegations by his ex-wife of an affair with a lobbyist.

Glenn Richardson, the state's first GOP speaker since Reconstruction, had won sympathy from even his political enemies when he revealed last month that he attempted suicide by swallowing sleeping pills. But then his ex-wife went on TV and accused him of having "a full-out affair" with a lobbyist while they were still married.

December 03, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Buddy Carter sworn in as Georgia senator

Georgia Sen. Earl "Buddy" Carter was sworn in as a state senator on Sunday at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church.

December 02, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Work starting on Jekyll's newest park

The Jekyll Island Authority has announced the bid to construct the first phase of the new Great Dunes Park was awarded to Southern Wilderness Construction in Edison.

November 30, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Savannah police probe 28th murder

SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham police are investigating two shootings, including one that resulted in the area's 28th homicide this year.

November 30, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Ossabaw research papers available

SAVANNAH - The Georgia Historical Society recently announced it will open the Ossabaw Island and Torrey family papers archival collection for public research.

November 28, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Roy Barnes: I'll put Georgia back on track

Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes made a brief social appearance in Midway on Wednesday evening.

November 23, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National

Concerted Services annual meeting Friday

Concerted Services' 43rd annual meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the First United Methodist Church in Waycross.

November 18, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Driver's license office closed Nov. 19

All Department of Driver Services offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 19, for a furlough day.

November 12, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National

Carter elected in a rout

Former state Rep. Buddy Carter got 85.61 percent of the Liberty County vote for the District 1 state Senate seat in Tuesday's special election. In sharp contrast, Carter's opponent, Dr. Billy Hair, received 13.92 percent of the county's vote.

November 06, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National

Health care plays role in Senate race

Candidates for State Senate District 1, Buddy Carter and Dr. Billy Hair, face off in a special election Tuesday.

November 02, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National

GSU gets new president

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Monday named Dr. Brooks A. Keel, 53, vice chancellor for research and economic development and professor of biological sciences at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, president of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.

October 28, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

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5-year-old with cancer dies after town, celebrities make dreams come true

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — A little girl from Oregon with terminal cancer who went on a whirlwind of adventures in July and August has passed away.

September 18, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder | State, National

Why students dropping out of school to work actually hurt the workforce

U.S. dropout rates might be at a record low, but as many as 8,300 students still drop out of high school each day ...

September 18, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Here's how much you'd have to make annually to buy a home in 27 metro areas

Deciding whether you can afford to live in your dream city might be as simple as taking a look at a new map.

September 16, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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