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Pembroke officer shows up in rap video

The Pembroke police officer that landed a brief spot in a rap video out of Savannah has no ties to any gangs, according to Pembroke Police Chief Mark Crowe.

The appearance of Sgt. Billy Gray in the video for the song "Savannah Anthem," which posted to YouTube on May 14, was really just an unintentional bad idea on the part of the video's director, Crowe said.

May 21, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


DOT seeking millions for high-speed rail planning

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation board has decided to seek more than $16 million from the Federal Railroad Administration to plan rail projects, including a passenger line that would loop around the eastern half of the state.

A committee of the board recommended asking for federal grant money on Wednesday, and the full board approved making the request on Thursday.

May 20, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Dogs found alone in RH home, owner charged

County law enforcement and animal control officials on May 11 rescued more than a dozen dogs and puppies that had been living alone in a Wellington Oaks subdivision home in Richmond Hill.

May 20, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


Jekyll Island panel picks new developer

JEKYLL ISLAND - The Jekyll Island Authority chose three developers Monday to take over key pieces of the state park's extensive makeover, which hit a snag six months ago when its main private partner backed out of the project.

Rather than hire another single developer to tackle all the privately funded components of the island's redevelopment - an investment estimated at $80 million to $100 million - Jekyll Island's board of directors voted to divide them among different firms.

May 17, 2010 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


State school head stepping down

ATLANTA - Kathy Cox is stepping down as Georgia's school superintendent to take over a new national education nonprofit.

A tearful Cox said Monday that she will resign as the state's school's chief June 30.

May 17, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Pembroke cuts utility fees to help economy

The Pembroke City Council voted Monday to reduce water and sewer tap and connection fees for one year, as a way to help residents weather tough economic times.

May 13, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


GOP candidates square off in Statesboro

Candidates discussed states rights, the fair tax, illegal immigration and mercury in Georgia's freshwater fish during Friday night's Statesboro Republican primary gubernatorial debate. About 325 residents and supporters came out to Statesboro High to hear five of the seven GOP candidates for governor stake out their positions on statewide issues.

May 13, 2010 | By Hollie Deal Bragg Special to the Courier | State, National


Perdue signs fee, tax cut legislation

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed legislation that would increase dozens of Georgia user fees and slap a new tax on hospitals to help balance the state's struggling budget.

The legislation Perdue signed Wednesday would also cut taxes for property owners and upper-income senior citizens.

May 13, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Carter grandson wins state Senate seat

ATLANTA - The eldest grandson of former President Jimmy Carter has won a suburban Atlanta state Senate seat in a special election Tuesday night.

Jason Carter became the first in his family to win elected office since his grandfather took the White House more than three decades ago.

May 12, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


North Georgia race goes into runoff

ATLANTA - The special election for a north Georgia congressional seat vacated by Nathan Deal proved to be an early test of tea party strength in the state, although no candidate emerged with a majority and a runoff was set for June 8.

The race between former state Rep. Tom Graves and former state Sen. Lee Hawkins could provide a glimpse of what kind of candidate Georgia Republicans want this Midterm election year.

May 12, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Green groups sue to derail coal plants

ATLANTA - Environmental groups filed new challenges Monday in hopes of blocking an ambitious $2 billion plan to build the state's first new coal-fired plant in more than two decades in southwest Georgia and a separate, smaller project designed for the central part of the state.

The coalition of environmental advocates said they filed the five challenges in a bid to stop what they see as an unprecedented wave of new permits for coal-fired power plants at a time when environmental regulators in other states are supporting alternative energy proposals.

May 11, 2010 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


State races competitive; not local

Several incumbent candidates who had no opposition when they qualified to run for re-election early last week do now. A number of challengers qualified late last week before qualifying ended April 30.

May 05, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


Pickup drivers must now wear seatbelts

ATLANTA - With Tuesday's House passage of Senate Bill 458, Georgians should see fewer traffic fatalities and injuries in the months and years ahead. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Don Thomas, eliminates the current exemption from Georgia's safety-belt law for occupants of pickups. Georgia is the only state that exempts pickups from its safety-belt law.

May 03, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Pembroke celebrates Cities Week

The City of Pembroke celebrated Georgia Cities Week with a range of activities. Here's a look at the week's events.

April 26, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Qualifying for Bryan elections this week

Area residents who may be considering running for elected office this year have only next week to make up their minds.

April 26, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


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How to hack your budget and cut costs — the right way

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August 28, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


What seekers of financial advice can learn from Buddhism

A philosophy that endorses the idea that "wealth is temporary and no path to happiness" might not seem like the first source those seeking financial ...

August 27, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Mother tests supposed sleep-inducing children's book on toddler

Most authors hope the books they write keep readers turning pages, but Swedish psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin had a different goal with his children's ...

August 25, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Should we make it easier for people with criminal records to find work?

In 2011, things were finally looking up for Robert Williams — at least it seemed that way.

August 24, 2015 | Mercedes White Deseret News | State, National


Unpaid United Nations intern lived in a tent

David Hyde, 22, felt fortunate to land an internship with the United Nations, until he discovered the costly irony of his decision.

August 19, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


The 'sexual abuse to prison pipeline' that puts America's girls behind bars

Too often, underage American girls who are sexually assaulted or exploited don't get help. Instead they get sent to prison, according to a new ...

August 13, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Strangers repaint elderly man’s house after teens’ heartless comments

PENDLETON, Ore. — Josh Cyganik walks by an old, rundown house every day on his way to work and waves hi to the elderly man always ...

August 12, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


America's greatest idea

For the past few weeks, we’ve been doing what can only be termed "the Great American Road Trip."

August 12, 2015 | Tiffany Gee Lewis Deseret News | State, National


You'll soon be able to know exactly where your donations are going

There might soon be a way to track your charitable giving. The International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian relief organization, has made available to all ...

August 11, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


Most children in the world are happy, but here's what happens when they go without

A new survey of 53,000 children ages 10 to 12, from 15 countries, reveals that, by and large, children are happy with their lives.

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


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