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$18 billion budget advances in Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - A Senate panel on Monday signed off on an $18.2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that adds millions of dollars in new borrowing for capital projects for the state's university system and also finds funds for new investigators to track down tax cheats.

March 29, 2011 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Grocery tax plan killed

Lawmakers have abandoned plans to reinstate the state sales tax on groceries but still want to lower Georgia's personal income tax rate to at least 4.5 percent.

March 28, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Regional reporton 3 major wildfires

SAVANNAH - Firefighters scrambled Friday to contain three major wildfires in southeast Georgia, where the blazes had burned more than 53 square miles total as strong winds spread the flames into woods as dry as tinder.

March 25, 2011 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Police cite 16 Savannah bars

SAVANNAH - Savannah police say they handed out citations to 16 bar employees during the city's bustling St. Patrick's Day celebration last week, mostly for allegations of selling alcohol to people under age 21.

March 24, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


Serial killer conviction appealed

ATLANTA (AP) - Andrew Scott Haley used the online moniker "catchmekiller" to post a video claiming he killed 16 people, a callous lie that led investigators down dead-end trails and wasted countless hours of detective work, prosecutors said Monday.

March 22, 2011 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


State population swells over 9 million

ATLANTA - While nearly 2 million people have flocked to Georgia in the past decade, fewer than 4,000 since 2000 have trickled into the state's capital - long regarded as the jewel of the New South.

March 18, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National


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


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