State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, didn't mince words when discussing the happenings - or lack thereof - at this year's state legislative session.
MARIETTA - Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes wants his old job back.
Barnes, who previously served just one term, made the announcement surrounded by family at a news conference Wednesday in Marietta. The Democrat says he wants to improve education and transportation and says he's learned from past mistakes.
ATLANTA - Georgia's top judge is weeks away from retiring, but first she must deal with a funding crisis that could bring the state's courts to a standstill.
Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears last week called Gov. Sonny Perdue's order to cut the funding for state agencies for the month of June "unconstitutional."
ATLANTA - An ATM manufacturer is bringing 2,000 jobs to Georgia.
NCR Corporation is expected to announce plans to relocate its headquarters from Dayton, Ohio, at a news conference outside the capitol Tuesday. Gov. Sonny Perdue will be on hand to welcome the company to Georgia.
ATLANTA - The Justice Department has rejected Georgia's system of checking whether prospective voters are citizens, a process that became the subject of a federal lawsuit in the weeks leading up to November's election.
In a letter released on Monday, the Justice Department said the state's voter verification program is frequently inaccurate and has a "discriminatory effect" on minority voters in Georgia.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A Puerto Rico judge sentenced the son of a convicted killer to 105 years in prison Monday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a pregnant Georgia tourist who made a desperate phone call to her fiance from the trunk of her assailant's car.
The judge imposed the sentence on Eliezer Marquez Navedo in a courtroom in Fajardo, the eastern coastal city where he ambushed Sara Kuszak in February while she jogged alone along a remote road. She was about five months pregnant.
The Department of Natural Resources has named Fort Morris Historic Site in Sunbury to a list of state sites that will be forced to reduce hours and services because of a recent 39 percent reduction in state funds and a 24 percent projected loss of revenue.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The lawyer for a 26-year-old man accused of fatally shooting two young men in Georgia said Wednesday he will fight extradition because he believes his client will not receive a fair trial in the southern U.S. state.
Michael Registe is accused of the July 20, 2007 execution-style killings of two college students in Columbus, Georgia's third-largest city. His St. Maarten-based attorney, Remco Stomp, claims he would not be treated fairly in Georgia's courts because he is black.
ATLANTA - Georgia hopes to turn the old World of Coca-Cola building into a fancy new state history museum, but the dire economy has put those plans on hold.
The state bought the building for $1 million after Coca-Cola left for a new museum two years ago. Gov. Sonny Perdue had tapped $15 million in his budget to renovate the site, which sits just a stone's throw from the state Capitol.
ATLANTA - Georgia's parks are being hit with steep budget cuts that will hike fees and cause some sites to reduce their hours just as the summmer recreation season gets underway.
The plan includes keeping the colonial-era Fort Morris at Sunbury closed most days of the week. We'll have more on how the cuts will hit the east Liberty County attraction in Friday's Courier and on the Web after that.
Monday morning, Georgia DOT crews reopened the I-16 westbound travel lanes beginning at US 441 following damage to the State Route 257 bridge near Dublin.
DUBLIN - The Georgia State Patrol says a tractor-trailer hauling a piece of equipment damaged an overpass on Interstate 16 West at Exit 49, forcing traffic to be diverted.
The Patrol said large chunks of concrete covered all of the westbound lanes Tuesday and officials said it likely will be months before the bridge is repaired.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - They've been rival Southern cities for 276 years, but Savannah and Charleston, S.C., aren't going to risk their courtly reputations by fighting over which one is "America's Most Mannerly City."
After a 12-year reign, Charleston officials have agreed with a survey's organizer that it has held the "Most Mannerly" title long enough, opting to cede it to its Colonial-era sister city on the Georgia coast.
ATLANTA - The State Patrol is predicting a 29 percent increase in fatal traffic accidents in Georgia during the Memorial Day holiday weekend from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday.
Troopers estimate 18 people will die and another 875 will be injured in 2,725 crashes.
DARIEN - A Townsend man was wounded Tuesday night after leading police on a high-speed chase through two counties.
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