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KKK plans rally in Nahunta

NAHUNTA - A Ku Klux Klan rally is planned for this small southeast Georgia city, and the mayor is urging people to go about their business.

The Knight Riders of the Ku Klux Klan has a permit for a rally in Nahunta, about 35 miles east of Brunswick in Brantley County, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

February 16, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Liberty not among suspected test cheaters

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.

February 15, 2010 | By Jen Alexander McCall Staff writer | State, National


House OKs mid-term budget

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.

February 11, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Savannah murder conviction appealed

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.

February 09, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Senator proposes property tax overhaul

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.

February 02, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


More state furloughs possible

ATLANTA - Even more furloughs could be on the way for state employees.

January 22, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


State faces $506M gap for Medicaid

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.

January 22, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Lawmakers consider outlawing texting while driving

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.

January 20, 2010 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National


Museum for Long Co. namesake reopening

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.

January 08, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Atlanta gets half inch of snow

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.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | State, National


Georgia getting $75M from stimulus for roads

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.

January 05, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Icy weather to continue

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.

January 05, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Governor appoints new secretary of state

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue today announced that he is appointing former state Sen. Brian Kemp as secretary of state.

January 04, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Super speeder law takes effect Friday

Starting today, speed can really cost you.

December 31, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National


Secretary of state quits to run for governor

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.

December 23, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


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Lawmaker appointed to whip committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four months into his first term, Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter, R-Ga., has earned an appointment to the House Republican Whip Team.

May 02, 2015 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Have You Seen This? Hiker catches volcano eruption on camera

THE VOLCANO — Last week, Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted not once but twice in just 24 hours.

April 29, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | State, National


Can mobile homes save home ownership?

Colleen Preston lives in a manufactured home community in Cape Cod that's nestled into a pine forest that overlooks cranberry bogs. From her deck, she can watch the cranberry harvest each fall. It's picturesque, she says. It's peaceful.

April 27, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Is the World Bank really helping to end poverty?

The mission of the World Bank is to end extreme poverty, but a new investigative report says that in some cases, it might be harming the world's poor more than helping.

April 23, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Anti-sex trafficking bill clears hurdles in the Senate

After weeks of difficult deliberations, the Senate on Tuesday reached an agreement on a bill that would provide support for sex trafficking victims in the U.S., including social services and job placement programs, and would help law enforcement crack down on criminal traffickers.

April 23, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


How car reliance is squeezing the middle class

Where your money goes — whether it's on housing or food — depends a lot on if you're rich or poor. But odds are, if you're middle class, a disproportionate amount of your income is getting sucked up by your car.

April 22, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Deal signs bill easing police traffic safety duties

GLENNVILLE - Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Thursday, during the 28th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation BBQ, that is expected to make law-enforcement officers' traffic-safety duties easier.

April 20, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


Can New York City end homelessness by 2020?

The biggest city in America is known for bright lights and big money, but it's also known for a problem that takes a little sheen off the Big Apple — homelessness.

April 19, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


What causes do men care about? Kids, and moustaches

The Golden Halo Awards are given every year to exceptional marketing campaigns for causes — kind of like the CLIO's for charities — and the winners get recognized in Advertising Age.

April 18, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Teens build village of tiny houses for Seattle homeless

Incomes in Seattle have steadily risen, making it one of the wealthiest places in the country, but at the same time, homelessness has been on the rise, too.

April 18, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


What it's like for a poor kid at Harvard

Getting into an Ivy League college can be the chance of a lifetime. But for some low-income students, it comes with a price of loneliness and isolation.

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


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