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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


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


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Behind the rapid shift in public opinion on same-sex marriage

Even before the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right last week, there was an aura of inevitability about the outcome that would have been hard to anticipate just seven years ago.

July 02, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | State, National


Shift away from indeterminate sentencing would benefit families as well as prisons

A proposal to revamp New York state's prison sentencing system will not just save taxpayers money and restore fairness, but it will also help families of inmates cope with the social and economic impacts of having a parent behind bars.

June 30, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


How charity fraud happens — and how to make sure it doesn't happen to you

Earlier this month, federal authorities cracked down on four cancer charities that had bilked millions of dollars from donors, and Propublica investigations came down hard on the Red Cross, questioning its use of the half-billion dollars it raised for Haiti relief.

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


Are city rents climbing out of reach for working and middle-class families?

New York isn't the only place where rent is sky high.

June 28, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Low-income housing is in short supply in every U.S county

America's inventory of affordable housing is not keeping pace with its growing number of “extremely low-income” renters, new research shows.

June 25, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


Cop feeds baby after mom has seizure; photo goes viral

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A picture of a cop feeding a baby after her mom had gone into a seizure has captured the hearts of people around the world.

June 24, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


A message about the family and faith is getting lost in the pope's climate message

There's a lot of talk about the political reaction to Pope Francis' 192-page encyclical on climate change. But part of what's being missed, say Catholic leaders, is a message about better caring for communities and families — the "human ecosystems" that allow humans to thrive.

June 24, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


How Arizona's immigration policies have fared in the past decade

The Supreme Court rejected a bid to hear a case concerning a law that denied bail to undocumented immigrants living in Arizona charged with certain felonies.

June 21, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


The detention centers that treat immigrant families like prisoners

Family immigrant detention centers, which serve as holding points for undocumented women and children caught crossing the border, have come under fire in recent weeks.

June 21, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


Why are American paychecks still stuck?

Michael Hall has worked at Seattle's Space Needle for seven years, taking visitors up and down the attraction's elevator.

June 17, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Half of Americans close to retirement haven't saved for it

As baby boomers roll toward retirement, half of them don't have retirement savings, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

June 16, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Half of Americans close to retirement haven't saved for it

As baby boomers roll toward retirement, half of them don't have retirement savings, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

June 15, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


The graduation gap: Why poor kids aren't getting through college

It's a well-known fact that poor kids have a harder time getting into college. But what's not talked about as much is that when they do get in, they have an even harder time graduating.

June 14, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Taylor Swift quietly donates $15K to firefighter who saved family in crash

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A firefighter in Texas, who was shocked to realize his wife and son were involved in a crash he was called to, woke up to another surprise — Taylor Swift had donated $15,000 to their medical funds.

June 14, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


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