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Texas mom was notified soldier son was AWOL

AUSTIN, Texas - An Austin woman found shot to death had been notified that her son was absent without leave from a Georgia base, even though he told her he was on leave.

Pvt. Travis Wayne Baczewski (buh-SHOO'-skee) of Austin is charged with capital murder for killing his mother, 54-year-old Violetta Baczewski. He remained in the Travis County Jail on Thursday on $1.1 million bail. Electronic court records did not indicate that he had an attorney.

July 30, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Alabama tells utility to butt out of water war

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is warning utility giant Southern Co. to stay out of the region's tri-state water war.

In a letter to company CEO David Ratcliffe Wednesday, Riley said he was surprised to learn that the head of Southern subsidiary Georgia Power was leading a Georgia "impact team" formed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to work on the state's strategy in the dispute, including lobbying Congress.

July 30, 2009 | By Ben Evans Associated Press writer | State, National


All state workers being asked to sacrifice

Teachers are not the only victims to the furloughs and budget cuts plaguing the state.

July 27, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | State, National


I-95 work could cause delays

The Department of Transportation is warning that construction on I-95 in Liberty and McIntosh counties could cause major delays Friday night and Saturday morning.

July 23, 2009 | Staff report | State, National


Lawyers fight for Cox's $1M TV show prize

ATLANTA - A bankruptcy lawyer is fighting to get control of $1 million that the state's top educator won on a game show and planned to give to schools for deaf and blind students.

Georgia Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox had announced she was giving the money she received from her August appearance on Fox's "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" to three public schools for the deaf and blind.

July 23, 2009 | By Dorie Turner Associated Press writer | State, National


Revenue collections continue falling

ATLANTA - Georgia's tax collections plummeted sharply again in June, leaving the state's bank account more than $1.9 billion below where it stood this time last year and forcing Gov. Sonny Perdue to dip even deeper into dwindling reserve funds.

July 13, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Driver's licenses changing in fall

Beginning in September, licenses issued to drivers younger than 21 will no longer sport a noticeable red border. Instead, a new vertical license card will be used to identify underage motorists.

July 13, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | State, National


State changing driver's licenses

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue Thursday announced that Georgia Department of Driver Services is preparing to issue redesigned driver's licenses and ID cards by fall 2009.

July 09, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Soldier charged with killing another in Savannah

SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham County police say an Army private has been charged with the slaying of a soldier whose body was found off a dirt road near the Savannah River.

Police Chief Michael Berkow said Thursday that 21-year-old Pvt. Sylvester Denmark Horton was charged with murder after police found the gun used in the killing in the soldier's car. Berko declined to give a motive.

July 09, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Lane closures slowing traffic on I-95

Road work on I-95 between the Riceboro and Midway exits is slowing traffic through the area. If you can, avoid it by using Highway 17.

July 07, 2009 | Staff report | State, National


New laws go into effect Wednesday

ATLANTA - The beginning of July ushers in a slew of new laws in Georgia, including a measure that seeks to celebrate the Confederacy while also honoring a civil rights leader, tighter rules targeting a long-time scourge of cotton farmers and a pair of new laws long sought by prosecutors as a way to strengthen victim's rights.

Those measures and dozens of others are set to take effect on Wednesday, the first day of July. And while many of the new laws aren't among the most high-profile legislation, many are the result of hard-fought legislative battles that could have ...

June 30, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


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


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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


If money can't buy happiness, what actually does?

Editor's Note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the tenth commandment, "Thou shalt not covet."

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


Beautiful or average? Ad campaign asks women to choose beauty

Dove’s created another powerful video about beauty perception, and this time they’re asking women to literally choose to be beautiful.

April 09, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


Fit Links: Which diet is the best? Is salt really bad for you?

Which diet is the best? Is salt really as bad for you as the government says it is? Which type of exercise will help you live longer? These questions and more are answered in this week’s round up of health studies you might have missed.

April 09, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


How a Miss Colorado beauty queen ended up homeless

Former beauty queen Blair Griffith grew up in an affluent family, but that changed quickly when her father died of prostate cancer when she was 15.

April 07, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Why more Americans want to kill the death penalty

Editor's Note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the sixth commandment, "Thou shalt not kill."

April 06, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | State, National


Governor will sign transportation bill

Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday that the landmark transportation bill passed Tuesday night will give Georgia dedicated resources to maintain the state's roads and bridges.

April 02, 2015 | News release from governor's office | State, National


Do the poor give more than the rich?

This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that he will give his fortune to charity, joining the ranks of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, and other uber rich benefactors. It seems like the wealthy are, admirably, giving away their fortunes left and right to good causes.

April 02, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


DOT sets hearing on pipeline in RH

The Georgia Department of Transportation will have a public hearing on the controversial Palmetto Pipeline project on April 21 at the Richmond Hill City Center.

April 01, 2015 | Special to the Courier | State, National


How one entrepreneur started a $3 million business from prison

As a young man, Frederick Hutson was very enterprising. In his early 20s, he figured out a clever way for his friends to transport marijuana across borders using shipping containers and vacuum-sealed units.

March 29, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Area men have ties to Emmy-winning film

A regional Emmy Award-winning historical documentary more than a decade in the making and shot in North Carolina has a local connection.

March 28, 2015 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | State, National


Offshore drilling meeting draws interest

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An article about the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's "scoping" meeting on offshore drilling held March 24 in Savannah incorrectly characterized the 50-mile buffer. That buffer is only for exploration off the Atlantic coast, not other coasts such as the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska. Also, the term "Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement" was incorrectly stated in the article.

March 26, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


Obama extends troop levels in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has extended troop levels in Afghanistan several months beyond the original drawdown plan, saying it will help Afghan security forces succeed during the upcoming fighting season.

March 26, 2015 | By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity | State, National


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