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Sunday liquor, guns in churches survive crossover day

ATLANTA - In a battle of morality versus modernism, the state Senate signed off on a bill that would allow local governments to ask voters whether to allow the sale of alcohol at grocery and liquor stores on Sundays.

March 17, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Sate Senate OKs Sunday sales proposal

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate has approved a bill that would allow local communities to decide whether to allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays.

March 16, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Sunday alcohol sales bill revived

ATLANTA - Sunday alcohol sales roared back to life at the state Capitol on Monday as the bill's sponsor said he sees fresh support for the measure, now set for a key test in the Senate Rules Committee.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


House OKs $18B budget

The House has approved an $18.25 billion spending plan that boosts health insurance premiums for state employees and teachers by 20 percent but also restores some money for school nurses and low-income Medicaid recipients. The House voted 132-33 to approve the spending blueprint for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The state is grappling with the loss of some $1 billion in federal stimulus dollars. Including the loss in money from Washington, the budget is $1.7 billion leaner than the one for the current year. Republicans called the plan fiscally-responsible for tough economic times. Some Democrats voted ...

March 12, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Quake's death toll in hundreds, climbing

TOKYO (AP) - A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

March 11, 2011 | By Malcom Foster Associated Press writer | State, National


Appeals court hears water wars case

ATLANTA (AP) - A long-running dispute threatening metro Atlanta's main water supply for 3 million people went before appellate judges Wednesday who suggested they could revise or overturn a looming order that would severely restrict the city's use of water from Lake Lanier.

March 10, 2011 | By Ray Henry Associated Press writer | State, National


Lawmakers can't break spending plan deadlock

WASHINGTON - Their opening budget gambits history, lawmakers are returning to the bargaining table in search of a fiscal plan that cuts spending, as voters demanded in the last election, and could carry political value in the next one.

March 10, 2011 | By Laurie Kellman Associated Press writer | State, National


Illinois abolishes death penalty

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - For a mother who lost her son to violence, Illinois' decision to abolish the death penalty is a betrayal. But to a father who lost two daughters and a grandson, it's simply the Christian thing to do.

March 10, 2011 | By Christopher Wills Associated Press writer | State, National


Lawmakers grapple with daylight savings

ATLANTA - As state lawmakers struggle with priorities including balancing the budget and saving Georgia's beloved HOPE scholarship, some in the Senate have found a new issue: daylight saving time.

March 09, 2011 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National


Senate OKs clear-cutting for billboards

ATLANTA - The Senate has approved legislation that would allow billboard owners to clear-cut trees blocking motorists from seeing their signs and strengthens the penalties on obscene advertisements.

March 09, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Distillers asking for fewer restrictions

ATLANTA - A bipartisan group of state legislators is backing a measure that would make it easier for Georgia distillers to turn fruits and grains into liquor.

March 07, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Capitol notes for Feb. 28-March 4

The Georgia House passed a bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration in the state and contains some provisions similar to a tough law enacted in Arizona last year.

March 04, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Lawmakers want to relax gun control further

ATLANTA - A year after Georgia lawmakers passed a sweeping gun-rights expansion that allowed permit-holders to carry guns into some bars and more parking lots, the Legislature is considering new changes that would allow them to carry their weapons into churches and make it easier for them to renew their licenses.

March 04, 2011 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Gingrich exploring presidential bid

ATLANTA - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced Thursday he is exploring a run for president and has launched a website to collect donations so he can gauge support.

March 04, 2011 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Lynn urges partnership against cyber threat

Government and industry must work more closely together to counter the growing threat to the nation's cyber networks, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn told information technology professionals last week.

March 03, 2011 | Special to the Courier | State, National


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