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Feds OK state voter check system

ATLANTA - The Justice Department has given Georgia approval to again verify voters' identity and citizenship, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced on Monday.

Federal officials have precleared a modified new program designed to confirm that prospective voters are U.S. citizens. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division had repeatedly rejected similar versions of the Georgia program.

August 24, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Judge lets church gun ban stand

MACON - A federal judge did not immediately block a new Georgia law that would ban the carrying of firearms into houses of worship.

Gun rights advocates say they were disappointed in the decision Monday by U.S. District Court Judge C. Ashley Royal.

August 24, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Danielle hits hurricane strength; not threatening U.S.

MIAMI - Hurricane Danielle has strengthened to a Category 2 storm as it churns far out over the Atlantic.

The hurricane has maximum sustained winds Tuesday near 100 mph (160 kph) and could become a major hurricane by early Wednesday.

August 24, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


So what did they find at Fort Lawton?

MILLEN - During the waning days of the Civil War, the Confederates built a prisoner of war camp near Millen.

August 18, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


'Granddad Bandit's' wife describes quiet life

BATON ROUGE, La. - Patsy Mara doesn't doubt the man the FBI calls the "Granddad Bandit," suspected in a string of bank robberies across the country, is her husband. The 61-year-old schoolteacher, however, still has trouble reconciling the image of a holdup man who snatched money from more than two dozen banks with the gentle, loving husband she married just a year ago.

Michael Mara, 52, was arrested Wednesday after police and FBI agents acting on a tip surrounded their modest home in Baton Rouge. He surrendered peacefully after a nearly six-hour standoff.

August 13, 2010 | By Melinda Deslatte Associated Press writer | State, National


Fight to finish for Barnes, Deal

ATLANTA - As anti-establishment anger swept other parts of the nation, Georgia Republicans tapped an 18-year congressional veteran dogged by ethics allegations as the party's nominee for governor.

August 13, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


FBI says it caught 'Granddad Bandit'

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The so-called "Granddad Bandit" suspected of robbing banks in 13 states eluded authorities for about two years even as he stayed in plain, unremarkable sight.

Michael Francis Mara, 52, had recently moved into a modest home in Baton Rouge with his new wife, a schoolteacher. She told neighbors about his frequent business trips around the country.

August 12, 2010 | By Melinda Deslatte Associated Press writer | State, National


Handel concedes to Deal

ATLANTA - Gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel has conceded her runoff for the Republican nomination, saying she will not seek a recount against Nathan Deal.

August 11, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


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


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As feds file suit over health insurance deals, Georgia postpones hearing

The state's Department of Insurance on Thursday postponed a hearing scheduled for this week on the Aetna-Humana merger after federal antitrust officials filed suit ...

July 26, 2016 | By Andy Miller Georgia Health News | State, National


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