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.
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.
ATLANTA - Carlton Gary, known as the "Columbus Stocking Strangler," has declined a special last meal before his execution.
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.
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.
Georgia Sen. Earl "Buddy" Carter was sworn in as a state senator on Sunday at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church.
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.
SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham police are investigating two shootings, including one that resulted in the area's 28th homicide this year.
SAVANNAH - The Georgia Historical Society recently announced it will open the Ossabaw Island and Torrey family papers archival collection for public research.
Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes made a brief social appearance in Midway on Wednesday evening.
Concerted Services' 43rd annual meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the First United Methodist Church in Waycross.
All Department of Driver Services offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 19, for a furlough day.
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.
Candidates for State Senate District 1, Buddy Carter and Dr. Billy Hair, face off in a special election Tuesday.
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.
During World War II, when thousands were starving in Europe, University of Minnesota researchers were trying to learn how to safely help them recover. So they undertook a study in which 36 healthy young men volunteered to starve themselves for research.
Family-friendly policies are meant to help parents balance jobs and family, and help women, in particular, help support their families by staying in the work force.