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Savannah names veteran as police chief

SAVANNAH - A 36-year veteran of Savannah's police department has been named the city's first black police chief.

Mayor Otis Johnson announced Wednesday that officials have chosen 60-year-old Willie Lovett to lead the Savannah-Chatham County Metropolitan Police Department.

April 01, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

New Middle Georgia marshal has ties to this area

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Sitting in his office on the top floor of the William Augustus Bootle Federal Building in downtown Macon, Middle Georgia's new U.S. marshal says he's come back home.

Appointed by President Obama, Willie L. Richardson Jr. has returned to the Middle District of Georgia, where he was first assigned after graduating from recruit training 21 years ago.

April 01, 2010 | By Amy Leigh Womack Macon Telegraph | State, National

Georgia senator back in hospital

ATLANTA - U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was admitted to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta on Monday night after doctors found an irregular heartbeat during a routine appointment to check Isakson's progress in recovering from a bacterial infection.

March 31, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National

High court lets death penalty case proceed

ATLANTA - A divided Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday allowed state prosecutors to seek the death penalty against an inmate who claimed his right to a speedy trial has been violated because he has waited in jail for more than two years without an attorney.

The 4-3 ruling found that a lack of funding "was not the sole factor" that delayed the trial of Jamie Ryan Weis. The opinion, written by Justice Harold Melton, concluded that Weis played a key role in delaying the trial, too, when he refused to work with new public defenders appointed to represent him.

March 26, 2010 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Lawmakers hit crossover day

ATLANTA - Friday marks the daylong scramble for senators and representatives to keep bills in play or see their causes put off on issues ranging from transportation, ethics, education, racial profiling and abortion.

While much of the focus this year has been on the state's looming budget crisis, senators and representatives have priorities of their own. Though Gov. Sonny Perdue has had success on water conservation, his transportation plan has stalled.

March 26, 2010 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National

Beach High faculty, staff fired

ATLANTA - A failing Savannah high school is firing its entire staff in an effort to avoid further sanctions from the state and to make the school eligible for up to $6 million in federal money, officials said Thursday.

The 200 employees at Beach High School - including the principal - will work there through the end of the year but will not be rehired for that school, said Karla Redditte, spokeswoman for the Savannah-Chatham County school district.

March 26, 2010 | By Dorie Turner Associated Press writer | State, National

Vigil remembers Pembroke teens killed in wreck

Family members and friends gathered Saturday to remember three teenage girls killed in a car accident on the way to Bryan County High School in 2007.

March 24, 2010 | By Ross Blair Special to the Courier | State, National

Lottery says its having record year

ATLANTA - The Georgia Lottery Corporation recently announced record first-half profits for education. Georgia Lottery profits for the first half of 2010 totaled $429,754,000, surpassing the record set last fiscal year by more than $8.49 million.

March 24, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National

State bill to opt out of health mandates dies

ATLANTA - Georgia waded into the polarizing debate over health care reform Monday as the Republican-controlled House rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed the state's residents to opt out of federal health mandates in a sweeping bill approved by Congress.

Gov. Sonny Perdue, meanwhile, blasted the federal health legislation as a "colossal unfunded mandate" and said his office was investigating "any and all legal options to challenge" the Democratic-backed measure.

March 23, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Need tax reform? Form a committee

ATLANTA - Georgia's tax code needs a facelift.

The leadership of the House and Senate on Thursday pushed for the creation of two panels that would offer suggestions for revamping Georgia's tax laws, which they say are outdated and must be fixed before the economy rebounds if the state is to remain competitive and attractive.

March 19, 2010 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National

Senate OKs texting while driving ban

ATLANTA - The Senate proposal to ban texting while driving has received unanimous support.

The bill, approved 46-0, would prohibit the practice for all drivers and come with a fine and driver's license penalties.

March 19, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Hospital offers discounts on late bills

FOLKSTON - Charlton Memorial Hospital is offering patients with overdue bills a chance to pay them off at a discount.

The south Georgia hospital says patients whose bills are past due at least 90 days as of Feb. 28 will be given a 50 percent discount if they pay by March 31.

March 19, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Savannah St. Pat's wet; successful

SAVANNAH - Irish and Irish at heart gathered in Savannah Wednesday as the city marked its 186th annual St. Patrick's Day celebration.

The city's St. Patrick's Day festivities attract hundreds of thousands of people, the biggest tourist event of the year in the city of about 150,000.

March 18, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

High court affirms sex offender registry

ATLANTA - Georgia's top court has upheld the state's sex offender registration law, rebuffing a challenge that the stiff requirements are unconstitutional because they require some who have not committed sex crimes to register as offenders.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 5-2 ruling Monday found that it is of "no consequence whether or not one has committed an offense that is 'sexual' in nature before being required to register."

March 15, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Officials struggling with budget options

March 15, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National

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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

Twitter's parody accounts cause laughs but have a shady side

Twitter parody accounts might seem like a laughing matter, but in Peoria, Illinois, the creation of one led to warrants, a raid, arrests and a ...

September 15, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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