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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

Senate OKs overhaul to property taxes

ATLANTA - The state Senate has approved a wide-ranging overhaul of property taxes in Georgia.

The Senate voted 54-0 for the measure on Thursday.

March 12, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Governor proposes deep health care cuts

ATLANTA - Georgia's hospitals and health-care providers were hammered as part of a new round of cuts proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday to deal with a gaping budget shortfall.

With state tax collections in freefall, Perdue is pushing to cancel the state's weeklong sales back-to-school sales tax holiday. Georgians will also face a host of new or increased fees totaling some $96 million as the state scrambles to balance its books.

March 12, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Indictments for alleged assisted suicide

ATLANTA - A Georgia grand jury indicted four members of an assisted suicide group Tuesday on charges they helped a 58-year-old man with cancer kill himself.

The four - the Final Exit Network's former president, its former medical director and two others - were formally indicted by a Forsyth County grand jury on charges of offering assistance in the commission of suicide, tampering with evidence and violating the state's anti-racketeering charges.

March 09, 2010 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Body of missing Darien teen found

DARIEN - Authorities say the body of a 15-year-old McIntosh County boy was found in a rugged state wildlife management area after a 12-hour search.

McIntosh County Sheriff Steve Jessup says a Georgia Department of Natural Resources ranger and other searchers found the body of Daniel Head Monday afternoon about three miles from the nearest paved road.

March 09, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Gun goes off in Dublin classroom

DUBLIN - Police in Dublin say a 15-year-old is charged with having a firearm on campus after a handgun he was carrying discharged in a classroom and a bullet fragment struck another student.

Dublin Police Chief Wayne Cain says the 15-year-old told authorities he brought the gun to Dublin High School on Monday for self-protection. Cain says he was putting the gun in his backpack when it went off.

March 09, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Georgia is finalist for education funds

Georgia has been named one of 16 finalists in the first round of the Race to the Top competition, the U.S. Secretary of Education announced Thursday. Along with 14 states and the District of Columbia, Georgia scored in the 400-plus range to remain in the running for a piece of a nearly $5 billion pie.

March 08, 2010 | By Jen Alexander McCall Staff writer | State, National

Hearing on regional plan is March 10

The Coastal Regional Commission will have a regional public hearing to take comment on the Regional Plan of Coastal Georgia at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Quality Inn Hotel, 4300 U.S. Highway 17 South in Richmond Hill.

March 05, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Liberty could be hit hard by university cuts

Budget cuts run up the flagpole Monday by the University System of Georgia would:

March 03, 2010 | Staff report | State, National

High court upholds Savannah death sentences

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld death sentences for Darryl Scott Stinski, who was convicted of killing a woman and her 13-year-old daughter in 2002.

In an opinion published Monday the court found that evidence presented in the case was sufficient to conclude "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Stinski was guilty of the slayings of 41-year-old Susan Pittman and her daughter, Kimberly.

March 02, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

State high court reverses murder convictions

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed the murder convictions and life sentences of two men convicted in the 2007 killing a DeKalb County man.

Steven Manley and Robert Allen were found guilty in the shooting death of Emmett "Black" Whatley. Prosecutors said the pair and a third man, Cody Allen-Brown, planned to rob Whatley and shot him on Feb. 9, 2007.

March 02, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

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