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State of state looks to future

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.

January 14, 2009 | Providued by governor's office | State, National


Sunday alcohol sales proposed again

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.

January 14, 2009 | Assocuiated Press | State, National


Perdue would reward teacher success

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.

January 13, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Budget looms big over session

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:

January 12, 2009 | Staff report | State, National


New Web site details state finances

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 ...

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National


Lawmaker's cookout is Saturday

Saturday, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston will have his annual Friends of Jack Kingston Barbecue. This year's is in Long County.

January 07, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | State, National


Claxton councilman indicted on drug charges

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.

January 06, 2009 | Staff report | State, National


Drought declaration covers most of state

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.

January 03, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Ancient cremation pit found on Ossabaw

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.

January 03, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


State cuts gas tax 4 cents

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.

January 02, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Insurance industry gets tax break from state

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.

January 01, 2009 | By Shannon McCafferty Associated Press writer | State, National


Accused killer sues public defender system

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.

January 01, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Sunday liquor sales issue to resurface

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.

January 01, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Economy, drought top Georgia news in 2008

ATLANTA - The vast economic crisis has left scores of Georgia's houses empty, its banks shuttered and sent thousands of its residents searching for jobs even as its unemployment rate balloons to heights not seen since Ronald Reagan was president.

December 31, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


State told to find homes for foster kids

ATLANTA - State child welfare officials have to do a better job of finding permanent homes for 500 children who have been in foster care for three years or more.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob issued an order Monday as part of the settlement of a lawsuit to reform foster care systems in Fulton and DeKalb counties.

December 31, 2008 | Ass | State, National


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August 13, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


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August 12, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


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August 12, 2015 | Tiffany Gee Lewis Deseret News | State, National


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There might soon be a way to track your charitable giving. The International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian relief organization, has made available to all ...

August 11, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


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A new survey of 53,000 children ages 10 to 12, from 15 countries, reveals that, by and large, children are happy with their lives.

August 10, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


This man is a Harvard-educated lawyer — he's homeless, too

Alfred Postell is a Harvard-educated lawyer. He’s also chronically homeless.

August 07, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | State, National


5-year-old Batman saves baby trapped in hot car

EAST SUSSEX, England — John and Caroline Penny took their grandbaby Iris grocery shopping on a hot, muggy day in England.

August 07, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National


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