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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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