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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

Snow falling in North Georgia

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.

March 02, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Rear commander thanks area commission

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey E. Phillips, deputy commanding general, 3rd Infantry Division-rear, addressed the Coastal Georgia Regional Commission on Feb. 10 in Richmond Hill.

February 22, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Local edged out for DOT board

February 19, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National

KKK plans rally in Nahunta

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.

February 16, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Liberty not among suspected test cheaters

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.

February 15, 2010 | By Jen Alexander McCall Staff writer | State, National

House OKs mid-term budget

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.

February 11, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Savannah murder conviction appealed

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.

February 09, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Senator proposes property tax overhaul

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.

February 02, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

More state furloughs possible

ATLANTA - Even more furloughs could be on the way for state employees.

January 22, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

State faces $506M gap for Medicaid

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.

January 22, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Lawmakers consider outlawing texting while driving

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.

January 20, 2010 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National

Museum for Long Co. namesake reopening

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.

January 08, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Atlanta gets half inch of snow

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.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | State, National

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November 04, 2015 | Freeman Stevenson Deseret News | State, National

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Ben Carson: My tax plan is Bible-based

If Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's bid proves successful, Americans might need to memorize an Old Testament verse for one reason in particular, according ...

November 04, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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