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State reopens I-16

Monday morning, Georgia DOT crews reopened the I-16 westbound travel lanes beginning at US 441 following damage to the State Route 257 bridge near Dublin.

May 25, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Truck wreck closes I-16

DUBLIN - The Georgia State Patrol says a tractor-trailer hauling a piece of equipment damaged an overpass on Interstate 16 West at Exit 49, forcing traffic to be diverted.

The Patrol said large chunks of concrete covered all of the westbound lanes Tuesday and officials said it likely will be months before the bridge is repaired.

May 21, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Charleston cedes 'most mannerly' to Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - They've been rival Southern cities for 276 years, but Savannah and Charleston, S.C., aren't going to risk their courtly reputations by fighting over which one is "America's Most Mannerly City."

After a 12-year reign, Charleston officials have agreed with a survey's organizer that it has held the "Most Mannerly" title long enough, opting to cede it to its Colonial-era sister city on the Georgia coast.

May 21, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press | State, National

Holiday traffic expected to cause wrecks, some fatal

ATLANTA - The State Patrol is predicting a 29 percent increase in fatal traffic accidents in Georgia during the Memorial Day holiday weekend from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday.

Troopers estimate 18 people will die and another 875 will be injured in 2,725 crashes.

May 21, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Officers shoot aggressive suspect in McIntosh County

DARIEN - A Townsend man was wounded Tuesday night after leading police on a high-speed chase through two counties.

May 13, 2009 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | State, National

PSC changes its rules

ATLANTA (AP) - The State Public Service Commission has defied a 16-year-old state law by voting 3-2 to increase the tenure of its chairman to two years instead of the year set by law.

It then chose Stan Wise to serve in the post for two years beginning in July and voted to replace a state-mandated rotation system with one in which the PSC elects it chairman.

May 12, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Three states face off in water war

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge on Monday complained that a protracted battle over three states' claim to water flowing from a reservoir near Atlanta has been taking place in "never-never land."

U.S. District Judge Paul Manguson is attempting to unravel 19 years of litigation between Florida, Georgia and Alabama over water from Lake Lanier, Atlanta's water supply. Florida and Alabama want to increase the amount of water released from Lanier to benefit downstream power plants, farms and other businesses in their states.

May 12, 2009 | By Ron Word Associated Press writer | State, National

New law targets tas scofflaws in legislature

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers who fail to pay taxes could soon face sanctions from a legislative ethics committee.

Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the ethics bill into law on Tuesday.

May 07, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Perdue signs tax assessment freeze

ATLANTA - Property assessments in Georgia cannot rise until 2011 under a bill signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Supporters say the new law will prevent local governments from hiking assessments during an economic downturn that has driven many property values down. But critics say it could lead counties and cities to boost millage rates instead, meaning tax bills will rise either way.

May 07, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

14-year-old dies in Savannah shootout

SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham police are investigating the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy.

The unnamed teen died in a rolling shootout that involved two vehicles.

May 06, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Perdue signs health agencies

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed a bill that shakes up the state bureaucracy that oversees health and social service programs.

The new law restructures programs now handled by two state agencies, reshuffling them among three. The revamp includes a new Department of Behavioral Health to handle mental health and addictive disease programs.

May 05, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Perdue signs 'super speeder' bill

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue is set to sign legislation that would slap Georgia drivers traveling well above the speed limit with stiff new fines.

The fines - expected to total about $23 million a year - are intended to help the state's cash-strapped network of trauma hospitals.

May 05, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Mosquito numbers prompt health emergency

ALBANY - Time to break out the bug spray and citronella candles across south Georgia counties.

Georgia health officials urged citizens Monday to take precautions because the mosquito population has grown dramatically in the wake of last month's heavy rainfall and flooding.

May 05, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Area senator running for governor

ATLANTA -- State Senator Eric Johnson of Savannah announced today that he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2010. Johnson intends to file paperwork for his candidacy tomorrow.

"As I traveled the state campaigning and visiting with Georgians from all walks of life, I was thrilled to see the support and encouragement we received in every corner of this state," said Johnson. "Georgians recognize that we need a steady, tested, and experienced leader to address the challenges we face as a state and to build on the progress we've made under Republican leadership. My vision for our future ...

April 27, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Vacant AG seat leads to frenzy

ATLANTA - The 2010 race for Georgia's attorney general is attracting almost as many candidates as the governor's contest - and for good reason. There hasn't been an open seat in the election for the state's top lawyer in more than 60 years.

That explains why what is normally considered a down-ticket race is already becoming one of the most hotly contested campaigns.

April 22, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

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