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Environmental groups fighting proposed power plant

Conservation organizations from around the state are speaking out about sources of mercury to south Georgia's waterways. Currently, thousands of miles of Georgia's streams and reservoirs have advisories for limiting the amount of fish you eat

July 05, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


DBHDD launches website for news

ATLANTA - The state agency that oversees services for people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases is launching a new website to deliver news about the agency directly to the public.

June 30, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Man convicted in boy's slaying appealing

BRUNSWICK - A Brunswick man sentenced to death last year for sexually abusing and killing a 6-year-old boy says he deserves a new trial because a prosecutor called him an "animal" during the trial.

Attorneys for David Edenfield told a Glynn County Superior Court judge Thursday the outburst by District Attorney Stephen Kelley inflamed jurors and unfairly influenced their sentence after his October trial.

June 25, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Williams sums up 2010 session

Georgia House Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, spoke to members of the Hinesville Rotary Club on Tuesday during the group's regular weekly meeting. The lawmaker described the 2010 legislative session, which ended April 29, as one of the toughest in recent memory because of the state's budget woes.

June 25, 2010 | By Amy Johstono | State, National


Hearing for Troy Davis in second day

SAVANNAH - A Georgia death row inmate is due back in federal court in Savannah for a second day in a rare hearing ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to give him a shot at proving his innocence.

Prosecutors for Georgia's attorney general will have their turn Thursday to present evidence rebutting claims by Troy Anthony Davis that he was wrongly convicted of murder in the 1989 slaying of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

June 24, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Darien man charged with killing stepson

DARIEN - A Darien man has been charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in the death of his 15-year-old stepson, who was left alone after the two got lost on a hunting trip and the man went to seek help.

June 18, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Heat expected to continue

ATLANTA - The hot weather that's moved into Georgia is expected to continue for the next few days, and the National Weather Service says it may get even warmer.

The weather service predicts high temperatures ranging from the 90s to about 100 for most of the state with some chance of showers or thundershowers Monday, with not much change on Tuesday. Some areas in the mountains should be a few degrees cooler.

June 14, 2010 | Staff Report | State, National


Bryan Co. man, Savannah guard accused of having sex with 13-year-old

A former Chatham County Sheriff's deputy living in Bryan County was arrested last week after reportedly admitting to molesting the 13-year-old daughter of his best friend with whom he was living with in Ellabell.

June 09, 2010 | Bryan County News | State, National


Texting behind wheel banned

In an effort to cut down on techno-savvy drivers' deadly distractions, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill last week banning texting while driving and cell phone use behind the wheel by teen drivers.

June 09, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


Richmond Hill men get state appointments

Bryan County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Burnsed has been appointed to serve on the state's Public Health Commission.

June 07, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


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


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