ATLANTA - Georgia legislative leaders are returning to the Capitol to begin dealing with a $2 billion budget shortfall.
The General Assembly opened its 2009 session on Jan. 12. Lawmakers took Monday off for Martin Luther King Day and Tuesday for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
SAVANNAH - Modular interior manufacturer DIRTT has announced plans to open a new assembly plant in Savannah.
The Canadian-based company said it plans to build an 81,000 square foot facility this spring.
ATLANTA - Governor Sonny Perdue today delivered his annual State of the State address before a joint session of the General Assembly detailing how the state continues to fulfill its core mission through challenging economic times. The Governor's Amended FY 2009 and FY 2010 budgets and policy initiatives continue his commitment to education, economic development and government transformation to deliver better value for the taxpayer's dollar.
ATLANTA - As promised, supporters of Sunday sales of alcohol in Georgia are renewing efforts to change Georgia's law.
A bill filed Tuesday by Republican Sen. Seth Harp of Midland says local governments could call elections to let voters decide if they want to allow Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor at grocery, convenience and liquor stores.
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue says he wants to reward Georgia principals and teachers who boost student achievement.
Perdue said Tuesday they would receive bonuses and merit pay.
The faltering economy's effects on Georgia's and expected cuts in state spending and benefits is the 500-pound gorilla sitting in area lawmakers' front rooms. They do have other fears and priorities for the 2009 General Assembly, which starts Monday. Here's how the sum up their plans and hopes:
ATLANTA (January 5, 2009) - A new Georgia law gives Internet users access to information on billions of dollars in state spending. The "Transparency in Government Act" authored by Senator Chip Rogers requires state spending information be placed on a searchable website allowing Georgia taxpayers easy access to where their tax dollars are being spent.
"This is a great day for Georgia taxpayers. We have taken a major step toward transparent and easily accessible accounting information of how every state tax dollar is spent," said Senator Rogers. "The very best way to prevent wasteful government spending is to let those paying ...
Saturday, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston will have his annual Friends of Jack Kingston Barbecue. This year's is in Long County.
Claxton City Councilman Jerome Woody was indicted today on 25 counts of acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, according to Edmund A. Booth Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.
ATLANTA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 146 of 159 Georgia counties a primary disaster area because of production losses due to prolonged drought and high temperatures.
The governor's office said Thursday that the designation is in response to Gov. Sonny Perdue's request last month.
SAVANNAH - Exposed by erosion at the edge of a crumbling bluff, the pit discovered beneath 2 feet of sandy dirt at first appeared to be a grave just long and deep enough to bury a human body.
An excavation by archaeologists on Ossabaw Island revealed something more puzzling - just a few small bones, apparently from fingers or toes, mixed with charcoal, bits of burned logs and pottery shards more than 1,000 to 3,000 years old.
ATLANTA - Georgians can celebrate a reduction in the state's gasoline tax as they welcome in the New Year. But it will mean less revenue for transportation projects.
The state tax was lowered by 4 cents per gallon to 14.6 cents starting Thursday. Georgia's gas tax is adjusted twice a year based on the average price of gas. When that average price dips - as it has in recent months - the tax goes down as well. Gov. Sonny Perdue rescinded an executive order he issued in June that froze the tax as prices skyrocketed over the summer.
ATLANTA - Georgia's budget woes aren't stopping the state from ringing in the new year with a hefty tax break for the insurance industry.
ATLANTA (AP) - A man who faces a possible death sentence for a killing almost three years ago filed suit Wednesday against officials of Georgia's public defender system, claiming he has been denied representation for eight months.
ATLANTA - Georgia's slumping economy could breathe new life into an effort to permit alcohol sales on Sunday in the state, supporters said.
State Sen. Seth Harp said he will reintroduce the Sunday sales measure in the legislative session set to begin Jan. 12.
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.
The financial debacle that is Greece may not be so gloomy for one sector of its beleagured economy: tourism.
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.
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.
“Poor doors” — the separate building entrance for low-income renters living in New York City’s high-income housing — are no more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Money is nice, but friends are better — or at least that's the findings from recent research on well-being and poverty.
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