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Lawmakers give scoop on state budget woes

The last two years have not been easy for lawmakers when it comes to balancing budget, and it's only likely to be more difficult in the years ahead.

June 07, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


Governor signs tax overhaul

ATLANTA (June 4, 2010) - Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers' (R-Woodstock) Property Tax Assessment and Appeals Reform Bill (SB346) was signed into law today by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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


Regional sales tax for road projects now possible

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a long-awaited transportation bill on Wednesday that will allow Georgia voters to decide whether to hike the sales tax to pay for roads and infrastructure.

The legislation, three years in the making, divides Georgia into 12 regions and will ask voters during the 2012 presidential primary whether to hike the sales tax by 1 cent to pay for roads, bridges and rail projects in that part of the state. Only those regions that approve the sales tax increase would have the money to spend.

June 03, 2010 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National


Terrell County sheriff sentenced to jail

ALBANY - Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens will spend five days in jail and pay a fine after a judge determined he ignored an order to bring inmates to court.

Judge Dane Perkins says Bowens intentionally created a lack of personnel on a day inmates were due in court. Perkins says Bowens then claimed he didn't have enough workers to transport inmates safely. The Sheriff's office has 32 employees.

June 03, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Governor to sign seabelts in pickups law

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue is preparing to sign legislation requiring adults riding in pickup trucks to wear seat belts.

Perdue is scheduled to go to Dalton, Ga., to sign the measure Thursday afternoon.

June 03, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


No charges expected in murder-suicide

Authorities are expecting no charges – and little if any other information – to come out of the investigation into a murder suicide early Tuesday morning at 20500 Hwy. 144 in South Bryan.

June 01, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


Lt. governor candidate to speak at banquet

Carol Porter, Democratic candidate for Georgia lieutenant governor, will be the keynote speaker at the Liberty County Democratic Committee's Annual Awards Banquet.

May 31, 2010 | Staff report | State, National


Murder, suicide suspected in Richmond Hill

RICHMOND HILL -- Authorities say a South Bryan man killed his wife, fired shots at a nearby home and set fire to his home before killing himself early Tuesday.

May 26, 2010 | By Lewis Levine Special to the Courier | State, National


Pembroke officer shows up in rap video

The Pembroke police officer that landed a brief spot in a rap video out of Savannah has no ties to any gangs, according to Pembroke Police Chief Mark Crowe.

The appearance of Sgt. Billy Gray in the video for the song "Savannah Anthem," which posted to YouTube on May 14, was really just an unintentional bad idea on the part of the video's director, Crowe said.

May 21, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


DOT seeking millions for high-speed rail planning

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation board has decided to seek more than $16 million from the Federal Railroad Administration to plan rail projects, including a passenger line that would loop around the eastern half of the state.

A committee of the board recommended asking for federal grant money on Wednesday, and the full board approved making the request on Thursday.

May 20, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Dogs found alone in RH home, owner charged

County law enforcement and animal control officials on May 11 rescued more than a dozen dogs and puppies that had been living alone in a Wellington Oaks subdivision home in Richmond Hill.

May 20, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


Jekyll Island panel picks new developer

JEKYLL ISLAND - The Jekyll Island Authority chose three developers Monday to take over key pieces of the state park's extensive makeover, which hit a snag six months ago when its main private partner backed out of the project.

Rather than hire another single developer to tackle all the privately funded components of the island's redevelopment - an investment estimated at $80 million to $100 million - Jekyll Island's board of directors voted to divide them among different firms.

May 17, 2010 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


State school head stepping down

ATLANTA - Kathy Cox is stepping down as Georgia's school superintendent to take over a new national education nonprofit.

A tearful Cox said Monday that she will resign as the state's school's chief June 30.

May 17, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Pembroke cuts utility fees to help economy

The Pembroke City Council voted Monday to reduce water and sewer tap and connection fees for one year, as a way to help residents weather tough economic times.

May 13, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


GOP candidates square off in Statesboro

Candidates discussed states rights, the fair tax, illegal immigration and mercury in Georgia's freshwater fish during Friday night's Statesboro Republican primary gubernatorial debate. About 325 residents and supporters came out to Statesboro High to hear five of the seven GOP candidates for governor stake out their positions on statewide issues.

May 13, 2010 | By Hollie Deal Bragg Special to the Courier | State, National


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Mom whose baby died hears his heart beat for 1st time in 3 years

PHOENIX — A mother whose infant son died heard his heartbeat for the first time in almost three years.

February 04, 2016 | Tracie Snowder KSL.com | State, National


VIDEO: Little girl’s first online beauty tutorial goes adorably wrong

XENIA, Ohio — A budding YouTube beauty star’s first makeup tutorial went in a different but hilarious direction when she discovered scissors in her grandma ...

February 01, 2016 | Tracie Snowder KSL.com | State, National


Video: Award-winning actress transformed into ‘Star Wars’ character using Disney technology

HOLLYWOOD — A new video explaining a bit of movie magic featured in box office blockblaster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” shows Academy Award-winning actress Lupita ...

January 31, 2016 | Angie Treasure KSL.com | State, National


Major Social Security change reduces benefits for couples, divorced individuals

Like a thief in the night, Congress recently approved a significant reduction to Social Security benefits for married and divorced couples. Few noticed because the ...

January 28, 2016 | Flint Stephens KSL.com | State, National


Text-to-911 feature is rare in the U.S. — but this post shows how it could help

A Text-to-911 feature implemented by a metro Atlanta police department proved key to saving two young children.

January 20, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Watch: Alan Rickman helps raise money for refugees in one of his last roles

One of Alan Rickman's final roles before his death Thursday lasted just 30 seconds and mainly featured a tortoise eating a strawberry.

January 20, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Regime supporters use social media to send starving Syrians pictures of food

The Syrian town of Madaya has experienced 23 deaths from starvation under a months-long siege by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, Mic wrote.

January 19, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


The controversial move Arizona's governor is taking to shame 'deadbeat dads'

Arizona parents owing thousands of dollars in overdue child support are about to be shamed by the state — in 140 characters or less.

January 19, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


UK and US partner to bring in-home power to millions of Africans

The effort to electrify Africa got a positive jolt recently when U.K. and United States development agencies agreed to join forces to provide affordable ...

January 19, 2016 | Daniel Lombardi Deseret News | State, National


Watch: Hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar shares powerful message on mentorship

Rapper Kendrick Lamar dropped the album widely acclaimed as 2015's best and garnered 11 nominations for next month's Grammy Awards — but long before ...

January 19, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


2016 children's book award winners unveiled

The American Library Association announced Monday the 2016 winners of awards for children's books — and there are a few rarities along the way.

January 19, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


What people who value time over money have more of

New research hinted people who opt to chase a bit of extra cash all the time might not be doing much for themselves in terms ...

January 19, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Does poverty lead to drug trafficking? The world's notorious trafficker says yes

A picture of Sean Penn made headlines this week by showing the actor shaking hands with the drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as ...

January 18, 2016 | Daniel Lombardi Deseret News | State, National


Toddler's near-death highlights danger of magnets

A Texas mom has a warning for parents after a mishap left her 2-year-old fighting for her life: Children's exposure to magnets might be ...

January 18, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Student pens essay on the perils of binge drinking after doctors told her she might be 'brain dead'

National statistics indicate when Americans under the age of 21 drink, it's in the form of binge drinks — and a blog post penned by ...

January 17, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


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