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DHS says furloughs won't hurt services

ATLANTA - The head of Georgia's social services department says a 12-day furlough plan won't affect critical services because they will still be available online.

Department of Human Services Commissioner B.J. Walker said child welfare and adult protective services will be available online during the 12 furlough days when the agency will completely shut down over the next year.

August 29, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


State tax refunds trickle in

The Georgia Department of Revenue delivered 34,000 more refunds to residents last week and is on schedule to process more returns by the end of the month, according to a recent update from the department.

August 28, 2009 | By Jen Alexander McCall Correspondent | State, National


Mega Million pot grows to $325 million

ATLANTA (AP) - The grand prize in the Mega Millions multistate lottery game is growing fatter still, to $325 million for the next drawing on Friday.

The jackpot has been rolled over because no player matched all the winning numbers in Tuesday's $252 million drawing.

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National


Williams reported still delinquent on taxes

ATLANTA - Three Georgia lawmakers could face sanctions for failing to pay their state taxes under a new law that gave ethics officials power to investigate and penalize delinquent legislators.

August 26, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Savannah police chief resigning

SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham County police chief Michael Berkow has announced his resignation.

Berkow was hired as chief in 2006 and is leaving after less than three years on the job.

August 25, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Teen hit by lightning goes home

Dalton Raulerson, the Pembroke teen who was struck by lightning Aug. 5 during football practice at Pinewood Christian Academy, was released from the hospital Thursday and is home.

August 22, 2009 | By Ross Blair Bryan County News | State, National


AASU lecture by former Iran hostage

The Armstrong Center for Professional and Continuing Education will host a free open house on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 4-6:30 p.m. at 13040 Abercorn St., Savannah.

August 21, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


House panel puts native in charge of DOT

ATLANTA - House lawmakers have approved Georgia's first transportation planning director.

The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to make Todd Long the Department of Transportation's first director of planning.

August 20, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


DOT reports balanced budget

ATLANTA - A Georgia Department of Transportation official says the DOT's budget is balanced for now, but faces an uncertain future.

DOT Treasurer Kate Pfirman told board members at their monthly meeting Wednesday that the state's budget from gas taxes balanced out exactly for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

August 20, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


New hearing set for death row inmate

ATLANTA - The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a new hearing for death row inmate Troy Davis, giving the condemned killer a chance to present evidence his lawyers say could clear him in the murder of an off-duty police officer almost 20 years ago.

The court told a federal judge to hold a hearing to decide whether evidence "that could not have been obtained at the time of trial" could establish Davis' innocence. His case has become a rallying cry for death penalty opponents.

August 18, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Judge delays trial in boy's slaying

BRUNSWICK - Another delay is pushing back the death penalty trial of a man charged with sexual assault and murder in the 2007 slaying of a 6-year-old Brunswick boy.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett has ordered jury selection in the trial of David Edenfield to begin Sept. 21, nearly two weeks later than a date the judge scheduled months ago.

August 14, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Conservation program protects Altamaha forest

A Georgia Land Conservation Program project in Long and McIntosh counties to protect several miles of land along to the Altamaha River, an ancient forest containing champion trees, and rare and endangered species, was announced recently.

August 12, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Water use up slightly after restrictions lifted

ATLANTA - Water use in north Georgia has risen slightly since the state relaxed strict outdoor water restrictions put in place amid a historic drought - but remains far below the water use levels of two years ago - encouraging officials seeking to prove Georgia residents are not "water pigs."

The figures released Wednesday are the first snapshot since state officials lifted the restrictions last month and are considered an important test for a state locked in a legal battle with Alabama and Florida over federal water rights.

July 30, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Texas mom was notified soldier son was AWOL

AUSTIN, Texas - An Austin woman found shot to death had been notified that her son was absent without leave from a Georgia base, even though he told her he was on leave.

Pvt. Travis Wayne Baczewski (buh-SHOO'-skee) of Austin is charged with capital murder for killing his mother, 54-year-old Violetta Baczewski. He remained in the Travis County Jail on Thursday on $1.1 million bail. Electronic court records did not indicate that he had an attorney.

July 30, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


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


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Supreme Court allows indirect testimony of children in abuse cases

The Supreme Court ruled recently that the indirect testimonies of children can be used in abuse cases, specifically conversations teachers have with young children who are too young to testify.

July 20, 2015 | Mandy Morgan Deseret News | State, National


A bad deal for Greece could be a bargain for tourists there

The financial debacle that is Greece may not be so gloomy for one sector of its beleagured economy: tourism.

July 17, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


Money doesn't make the rich happier, but poverty makes the poor sadder

Too much of a good thing may be wonderful, but it turns out that when it comes to money, more of it doesn't make the rich happier. But lack of money does make the poor sadder.

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


The UN is redefining what it means to live in poverty

Data from the United Nation's 2015 report on global poverty is out showing the number of poor people is growing thanks to an evolving definition of poverty.

July 16, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


'Poor doors' in New York housing are no more

“Poor doors” — the separate building entrance for low-income renters living in New York City’s high-income housing — are no more.

July 16, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


How property taxes are keeping poor students from going to good schools

Since the Great Depression, the number of communities in concentrated poverty has doubled, and the public school funding system's reliance on property taxes is partly to blame, according to an education nonprofit.

July 15, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


The disgusting bacteria lurking on the bottom of your shoes

The easiest way to stop germs from getting in your house is to leave your shoes at the door. A new study found 40 percent of shoe soles contain the bacteria C. difficile.

July 15, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


Can we regulate payday loans without leaving the poor in the cold?

Many families take for granted that they can fix their water heater when it breaks, or take their child to a dentist if she has a toothache.

July 10, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Why working-class citizens are struggling to recover from the housing crisis

The post-recession housing crisis sent millions of American homes into foreclosure or made the loans underwater. Since then, many communities have bounced back — but that largely depends on where they are and who owns the homes in them.

July 09, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Why friends are more important to well-being than money

Money is nice, but friends are better — or at least that's the findings from recent research on well-being and poverty.

July 08, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


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