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Savannah murder conviction appealed

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man convicted of murdering a young Savannah debutante is appealing his life prison sentence.

Kevin Huckabee is set to ask the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn his conviction for the murder of Jennifer Ross, a 19-year-old Mercer University student gunned down during a robbery attempt in December 2005.

February 09, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Senator proposes property tax overhaul

ATLANTA - A top Republican in the state Senate has proposed a wide-ranging overhaul of property taxes in Georgia.

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers' legislation would make more than 40 changes to the tax system. The Woodstock Republican said that while home values have tumbled in Georgia, assessments often remain artificially high.

February 02, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

More state furloughs possible

ATLANTA - Even more furloughs could be on the way for state employees.

January 22, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

State faces $506M gap for Medicaid

ATLANTA (AP) - Facing a massive gap in Medicaid funding, Georgia's top health official on Thursday urged state legislators to adopt a tax hike on hospitals and health care plans.

January 22, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Lawmakers consider outlawing texting while driving

ATLANTA - Two Georgia lawmakers are proposing a ban on texting behind the wheel that could make the practice illegal for all drivers.

State Republicans Allen Peake and Amos Amerson on Tuesday introduced bills in the Georgia House that would prohibit the practice and come with a fine and driver's license penalties.

January 20, 2010 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National

Museum for Long Co. namesake reopening

JEFFERSON - The Crawford Long Museum in Jefferson is holding its grand reopening Saturday after being closed more than a year for renovations.

The museum - dedicated to the celebrated Georgia physician who discovered anesthesia in 1842 - will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes free horse-drawn carriage tours of historic downtown Jefferson.

January 08, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Atlanta gets half inch of snow

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are asking motorists to avoid driving on the state's icy roads.

Department of Transportation spokesman Paul Marshall urged drivers to stay home if possible and warned them to stay away from downtown Atlanta in particular.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | State, National

Georgia getting $75M from stimulus for roads

ATLANTA - Some $75 million in federal stimulus dollars have been awarded to road widening and resurfacing projects throughout Georgia.

State Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith said 72 projects have received the cash.

January 05, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Icy weather to continue

ATLANTA - Icy weather continues across Georgia, and commuters in Atlanta had to deal with at least one major street closing after water from a broken fire hydrant created hazardous driving conditions.

The broken hydrant was on DeKalb Avenue, used by many commuters as a route into the city from the east. Police barricaded the street Monday night after cars began skidding on black ice. In south Atlanta, commuters were hindered by a water main break.

January 05, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Governor appoints new secretary of state

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue today announced that he is appointing former state Sen. Brian Kemp as secretary of state.

January 04, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Super speeder law takes effect Friday

Starting today, speed can really cost you.

December 31, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National

Secretary of state quits to run for governor

ATLANTA - Karen Handel said Tuesday that she will step down as secretary of state to focus full time on her bid to become Georgia's first female governor.

December 23, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Labor commissioner asks for loan for unemployment benefits

ATLANTA - State officials will request $70 million in federal loans to sustain Georgia's dwindling unemployment insurance trust fund or face being unable to pay benefits to 260,000 unemployed Georgians as soon as next week.

December 18, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

State high court blocks execution

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's top court halted Wednesday's planned execution of a man convicted of strangling three elderly women with their own stockings in the 1970s and ordered a judge to decide whether to allow more testing of evidence his attorney said could exonerate him.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 5-2 decision required a Muscogee County judge to determine if authorities should conduct DNA testing of hair, semen and fingernail scrapings found on Carlton Gary's alleged victims. The testing was not available when he was convicted of the murders in 1986 and sentenced to death.

December 17, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Water wars summit set

ATLANTA - Georgia must aggressively conserve water, expand reservoirs, reduce outdoor watering and upgrade plumbing systems, but even that might not be enough to head off a looming crisis over Atlanta's water supply, members of a state water task force say.

December 14, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

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Is America's bail system anti-poor?

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced last week he's seeking an overhaul of his state's bail system, eliminating cash bails for those who are ...

November 16, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

Iowa school gives kids a quarter of a graham cracker to teach them about poverty

Western Dubuque High School in Iowa had an interesting assembly Monday, according to The Telegraph Herald.

November 15, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

What a mom-daughter duo is doing to help people struggling with infertility

A mom-daughter duo has helped welcome 16 babies into the world over a three-year span with an organization aimed at supporting people facing fertility issues.

November 15, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

'Ban the box' movement advances with new federal employment regulations

The so-called "ban the box" movement appears to be picking up momentum.

November 12, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

Here's why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

People receive praise when thinking outside the box, but according to Finnish parents, a strategy to keeping babies safe might be in it.

November 12, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Disney fulfills dying man's wish to see 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

The force was strong with 32-year-old Daniel Fleetwood. Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and given mere months to live back in July, the ...

November 11, 2015 | Freeman Stevenson Deseret News | State, National

Why Zooey Deschanel converted to Judaism

Actress Zooey Deschanel never identified with any particular faith — but a "grand gesture" to her husband-to-be changed that, according to Us Weekly.

November 11, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Read this before you participate in the 'Secret Sister' gift exchange

A gift exchange making the rounds on social media since October boasts the chance of participants receiving up to 36 gifts just for purchasing one.

November 11, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Photographer: Cell phones at weddings are out of control

Photographer Thomas Stewart captures the once-in-a-lifetime moments during weddings brides and grooms won't want to forget.

November 10, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Watch how people react to a child getting bullied in this emotional video

In a tear-jerking PSA by UP TV, a girl waits at a bus stop and deals with what the video states 1 in 3 children ...

November 10, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

How one woman found out she was pregnant — an hour before giving birth

When Judy Brown rushed to the hospital Wednesday, she assumed the pain she faced was the byproduct of a gall stone or "massive blockage" in ...

November 10, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' gets a new international trailer

A new international trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has surfaced, proving that the force is in fact awakening. Or, at least, the ad ...

November 09, 2015 | Freeman Stevenson Deseret News | State, National

Who’s best at helping the global poor? Developing countries weigh in

The proliferation of data analytics has given the world a greater capacity to measure the impact that the United Nations and other groups can have ...

November 09, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

Mark Zuckerberg: Becoming a father inspires me to make education better

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks there's no better time to help "unlock human potential" with his resources than now.

November 08, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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