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Judge's corruption trial delayed

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.

June 30, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Reinstating suspended license getting more expensive

Department of Driver Services (DDS) Reminds Customers of Increases in License Reinstatement Fees

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


Wreck in Glynn County cleared up

A wreck on I-95 in Glynn County this morning that closed all four lanes of the highway has been cleared up.

June 25, 2009 | Staff report | State, National


U.S. high court to hear Savannah execution case

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.

June 25, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Budget cuts slowing tax refunds

Frankie Thomas is still waiting on about $3,500 from his state taxes and doesn't like having to "go through the dickens to get your money that you've already paid for."

June 17, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | State, National


PSC reconsiders controversial vote

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's Public Service Commission backed down from its decision to elect its own chairman and double the length of the post's term Tuesday after the state's top attorney said it had no authority to do so.

But a majority of the five-member body made it clear they would keep the debate alive by voting to table the issue rather than reverse it. The defiant trio said they are not bound by the attorney general's opinion and would again urge lawmakers to change the rules.

June 17, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Governor visits business expo in Hinesville

In a historic stop in Liberty County, Gov. Sonny Perdue promised crowds at Savannah Technical College on Friday the state will bounce back from a stagnant economy.

June 15, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | State, National


Perdue speaks at school here at noon

Gov. Sonny Perdue is scheduled to be in Hinesville Friday around noon at the Savannah Technical College campus on Airport Road for a statewide business and housing expo. Liberty County is one of the six locations participating in the event, which is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 12, 2009 | Staff report | State, National


Governor reportedly coming to Hinesville

Gov. Sonny Perdue is reportedly scheduled to visit Hinesville Friday at the Savannah Technical College campus on Airport Road.

June 10, 2009 | Staff report | State, National


Session disappoints local lawmaker

State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, didn't mince words when discussing the happenings - or lack thereof - at this year's state legislative session.

June 08, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger | State, National


Roy Barnes enters race for governor

MARIETTA - Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes wants his old job back.

Barnes, who previously served just one term, made the announcement surrounded by family at a news conference Wednesday in Marietta. The Democrat says he wants to improve education and transportation and says he's learned from past mistakes.

June 03, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Funding crisis looming for courts

ATLANTA - Georgia's top judge is weeks away from retiring, but first she must deal with a funding crisis that could bring the state's courts to a standstill.

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears last week called Gov. Sonny Perdue's order to cut the funding for state agencies for the month of June "unconstitutional."

June 02, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


NCR bringing 2,000 jobs to state

ATLANTA - An ATM manufacturer is bringing 2,000 jobs to Georgia.

NCR Corporation is expected to announce plans to relocate its headquarters from Dayton, Ohio, at a news conference outside the capitol Tuesday. Gov. Sonny Perdue will be on hand to welcome the company to Georgia.

June 02, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Justice strikes down Georgia voting rule

ATLANTA - The Justice Department has rejected Georgia's system of checking whether prospective voters are citizens, a process that became the subject of a federal lawsuit in the weeks leading up to November's election.

In a letter released on Monday, the Justice Department said the state's voter verification program is frequently inaccurate and has a "discriminatory effect" on minority voters in Georgia.

June 01, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Puerto Rican gets 105 years for killing Savannah woman

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A Puerto Rico judge sentenced the son of a convicted killer to 105 years in prison Monday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a pregnant Georgia tourist who made a desperate phone call to her fiance from the trunk of her assailant's car.

The judge imposed the sentence on Eliezer Marquez Navedo in a courtroom in Fajardo, the eastern coastal city where he ambushed Sara Kuszak in February while she jogged alone along a remote road. She was about five months pregnant.

June 01, 2009 | By David McFadden Associated Press writer | State, National


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