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DOT seeks funding for high-speed rail

ATLANTA - Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance C. Smith Jr. announced Monday that the department applied for $34 million in federal funding to accelerate development of high-speed rail service from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tenn., continuing to Nashville and eventually to Louisville, Ky.

August 11, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


GOP governor's race too close to call

ATLANTA - Leaders in Georgia's fractured Republican Party preached unity even as the outcome of the bruising primary runoff for governor remained in doubt. Some 2,500 votes separated the two candidates, leaving the race too close to call and a recount likely.

In unofficial returns, Nathan Deal and Karen Handel each claimed 50 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Deal did hold a slim lead with an unknown number of provisional, overseas and military ballots yet to be counted. Under Georgia law, the runner-up can request a recount if the margin is less than 1 ...

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


House reconvening on jobs, border security

WASHINGTON - Hoping to show disenchanted voters that they are the party that cares about jobs, House Democrats are convening an emergency session to pass a bill aimed at saving hundreds of thousands of teachers and other public workers from unemployment.

Lawmakers rushing back from town hall meetings and vacations for the one-day session Tuesday may also address another issue that will be on voters' minds this November - lax border security - with passage of a $600 million bill to beef up surveillance along the U.S.-Mexican border.

August 10, 2010 | By Jim Abrams Associated Press writer | State, National


Runoff elections Tuesday

Deal kicks off barnstorming tour

August 09, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


FBI dragnet seeks 'Granddad Bandit'

RICHMOND, Va. - Photos of a balding, stocky man believed to have robbed 25 banks in 13 states will be plastered on billboards around the country as authorities try to catch the "Granddad Bandit," the FBI announced Monday.

The agency recently traced the string of robberies back to a 2008 holdup of a SunTrust Bank in downtown Richmond. Since then, he is believed to have robbed banks all over the eastern and central U.S.

August 03, 2010 | By Dena Potter Associated Press writer | State, National


Obama repeats end of Iraq combat promise

ATLANTA - Nearing a milestone in the long and divisive Iraq war, President Barack Obama on Monday hailed this month's planned withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops - "as promised and on schedule" - as a major success despite deep doubts about the Iraqis' ability to police and govern their country.

Portraying the end of America's combat role in the 7-year war as a personal promise kept, Obama said Iraq will have 90,000 fewer U.S. troops by September than when he took office - a steady homeward flow he called "a season of homecomings." But there could still be ...

August 03, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Dangerous heat to continue across state

ATLANTA - Extremely hot and humid weather will continue across Georgia.

August 03, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Depression could hit storm strength

The National Weather Service is starting to track a tropical depression that is, at present headed toward the Southeast Coast, but is still a long way off.

August 02, 2010 | Staff report | State, National


Texting while driving ban to be enforced

ATLANTA - Got a quick message you want to send to a friend or a family member?

August 02, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Missing man's death ruled homicide

SPRINGFIELD - An Effingham County man's death has been ruled a homicide months after his skeletal remains turned up in a field.

Effingham sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor says Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy results show Robert Mack died from unspecified trauma.

July 27, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Officer fired after molestation charges

RINCON - A 34-year-old Chatham County corrections officer has been fired after he was charged with child molestation Monday.

Rincon police arrested James Jackson Brown at a local home. Rincon police Chief Mike Bohannon says the arrest followed an ongoing investigation.

July 27, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


More state budget cuts being reported

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Gov. Sonny Perdue is ordering more budget cuts by state agencies because some federal stimulus money appropriations are stalled in Congress.

The governor's office told the newspaper the 4 percent cuts would reduce state spending by about $25 million a month.

July 23, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Lab backlog slowing Brunswick beating case

BRUNSWICK - A prosecutor says a backlog at the state crime lab is slowing analysis of evidence collected in the beating deaths of eight people last year at a mobile home in Brunswick.

Acting District Attorney David Perry told a judge Thursday that blood, DNA and fiber evidence and surveillance video tapes remain to be analyzed before being turned over to attorneys for Guy Heinze Jr., who is charged with killing his father and seven others.

July 23, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


What effect will oil spill have here?

ATLANTA - Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, has been appointed to the Senate Special Committee on Coastal Preparedness.

July 22, 2010 | Staff report | State, National


More GOP votes cast than Democrats for first time in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia voters cast more Republican than Democratic ballots in Tuesday's primary for the first time in state history, a difference of 285,000 votes.

GOP ballots outpaced Democratic ones by a margin of about 3-to-2, according to unofficial returns. (63 percent to 37 percent). Overall, about 1.1 million Georgians - or 22 percent of active registered voters - cast ballots in the gubernatorial contest, which drew the most votes, according to unofficial returns.

July 22, 2010 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National


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Man sentenced to die Dec. 6 has Liberty ties

A man sentenced to die for the 1990 slaying of his father-in-law in rural Bacon County lived in a trailer in Liberty County at the ...

November 17, 2016 | Staff report Coastal Courier | State, National


Gratitude for this democratic mess

No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, or if you walk smack down the center, the last few weeks have been tough ...

November 17, 2016 | Tiffany Gee Lewis Deseret News | State, National


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