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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


Perdue signs fee, tax cut legislation

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed legislation that would increase dozens of Georgia user fees and slap a new tax on hospitals to help balance the state's struggling budget.

The legislation Perdue signed Wednesday would also cut taxes for property owners and upper-income senior citizens.

May 13, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Carter grandson wins state Senate seat

ATLANTA - The eldest grandson of former President Jimmy Carter has won a suburban Atlanta state Senate seat in a special election Tuesday night.

Jason Carter became the first in his family to win elected office since his grandfather took the White House more than three decades ago.

May 12, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


North Georgia race goes into runoff

ATLANTA - The special election for a north Georgia congressional seat vacated by Nathan Deal proved to be an early test of tea party strength in the state, although no candidate emerged with a majority and a runoff was set for June 8.

The race between former state Rep. Tom Graves and former state Sen. Lee Hawkins could provide a glimpse of what kind of candidate Georgia Republicans want this Midterm election year.

May 12, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Green groups sue to derail coal plants

ATLANTA - Environmental groups filed new challenges Monday in hopes of blocking an ambitious $2 billion plan to build the state's first new coal-fired plant in more than two decades in southwest Georgia and a separate, smaller project designed for the central part of the state.

The coalition of environmental advocates said they filed the five challenges in a bid to stop what they see as an unprecedented wave of new permits for coal-fired power plants at a time when environmental regulators in other states are supporting alternative energy proposals.

May 11, 2010 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


State races competitive; not local

Several incumbent candidates who had no opposition when they qualified to run for re-election early last week do now. A number of challengers qualified late last week before qualifying ended April 30.

May 05, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


Pickup drivers must now wear seatbelts

ATLANTA - With Tuesday's House passage of Senate Bill 458, Georgians should see fewer traffic fatalities and injuries in the months and years ahead. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Don Thomas, eliminates the current exemption from Georgia's safety-belt law for occupants of pickups. Georgia is the only state that exempts pickups from its safety-belt law.

May 03, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Pembroke celebrates Cities Week

The City of Pembroke celebrated Georgia Cities Week with a range of activities. Here's a look at the week's events.

April 26, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Qualifying for Bryan elections this week

Area residents who may be considering running for elected office this year have only next week to make up their minds.

April 26, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


RH neighborhood getting rid of ducks

The residents of Piercefield Forest and surrounding subdivisions will soon being saying farewell to their feathered foes.

April 26, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


Georgia films top box office

ATLANTA - Movies filmed in Georgia have grossed more than $415 million at the box office so far this year, cementing the state's position as a leading location for filming.

April 26, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Area arts group driven, despite funding drama

Nearly $900,000 has been restored to support the Georgia Council for the Arts in the 2011 state budget passed by the Senate, giving the state a renewed chance to pursue federal support for the arts. At the local level, however, a twofold challenge remains: find the funds to provide arts opportunities and the manpower to develop and produce the ideas behind those opportunities.

April 26, 2010 | By Jen Alexander McCall Staff writer | State, National


Rep. Stephens announces re-election bid

State Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) announced he will be seeking the re-election to House District 164 in the Georgia General Assembly. Stephens is chairman of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee and has represented the district since 1997.

April 22, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Area lawmaker not seeking re-election

After 30 years in office, Georgia State Rep. Bob Lane is retiring.

April 22, 2010 | By Hollie Deal Bragg Special to the Courier | State, National


Senate budget restores arts council funds

ATLANTA - Georgia's arts council was granted a reprieve on Tuesday from the state Senate.

April 21, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


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As feds file suit over health insurance deals, Georgia postpones hearing

The state's Department of Insurance on Thursday postponed a hearing scheduled for this week on the Aetna-Humana merger after federal antitrust officials filed suit ...

July 26, 2016 | By Andy Miller Georgia Health News | State, National


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