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.
ATLANTA - Snow fell across north Georgia as far south as metro Atlanta Tuesday morning, and some counties in the northeast portion of the state closed their schools.
The Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Heard, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union and White County school systems all said they would close because of snow and icy roads. Gainesville city schools and Brenau University also are closed.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey E. Phillips, deputy commanding general, 3rd Infantry Division-rear, addressed the Coastal Georgia Regional Commission on Feb. 10 in Richmond Hill.
NAHUNTA - A Ku Klux Klan rally is planned for this small southeast Georgia city, and the mayor is urging people to go about their business.
The Knight Riders of the Ku Klux Klan has a permit for a rally in Nahunta, about 35 miles east of Brunswick in Brantley County, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
A recent report from the governor's office that alleges cheating on standardized tests in about 20 percent of Georgia elementary and middle schools has prompted calls for investigations in more than a dozen school districts. Liberty County schools are not among those under scrutiny. For more details, pick up a copy of Sunday's Coastal Courier.
ATLANTA - House budget writers have rejected Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposal to take money from the state lottery reserves to pay for scholarships and grants typically funded with taxpayer dollars.
The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a $17.4 billion midyear spending plan by a 53-5 vote. Several Democrats voted against the spending plan, contending it doesn't adequately fund education.
ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man convicted of murdering a young Savannah debutante is appealing his life prison sentence.
Kevin Huckabee is set to ask the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn his conviction for the murder of Jennifer Ross, a 19-year-old Mercer University student gunned down during a robbery attempt in December 2005.
ATLANTA - A top Republican in the state Senate has proposed a wide-ranging overhaul of property taxes in Georgia.
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers' legislation would make more than 40 changes to the tax system. The Woodstock Republican said that while home values have tumbled in Georgia, assessments often remain artificially high.
ATLANTA - Even more furloughs could be on the way for state employees.
ATLANTA (AP) - Facing a massive gap in Medicaid funding, Georgia's top health official on Thursday urged state legislators to adopt a tax hike on hospitals and health care plans.
ATLANTA - Two Georgia lawmakers are proposing a ban on texting behind the wheel that could make the practice illegal for all drivers.
State Republicans Allen Peake and Amos Amerson on Tuesday introduced bills in the Georgia House that would prohibit the practice and come with a fine and driver's license penalties.
JEFFERSON - The Crawford Long Museum in Jefferson is holding its grand reopening Saturday after being closed more than a year for renovations.
The museum - dedicated to the celebrated Georgia physician who discovered anesthesia in 1842 - will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes free horse-drawn carriage tours of historic downtown Jefferson.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are asking motorists to avoid driving on the state's icy roads.
Department of Transportation spokesman Paul Marshall urged drivers to stay home if possible and warned them to stay away from downtown Atlanta in particular.
ATLANTA - Some $75 million in federal stimulus dollars have been awarded to road widening and resurfacing projects throughout Georgia.
State Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith said 72 projects have received the cash.
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