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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


Execution set for Wednesday

ATLANTA - Carlton Gary, known as the "Columbus Stocking Strangler," has declined a special last meal before his execution.

December 14, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


DNR honors father of marsh protection act

ATLANTA - The Board of Natural Resources on Wednesday recognized Reid Harris of St. Simons Island as the recipient of the 2009 Rock Howard Award at its monthly meeting in Atlanta.

December 04, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Georgia House speaker resigns

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's powerful House speaker resigned Thursday after a suicide attempt and allegations by his ex-wife of an affair with a lobbyist.

Glenn Richardson, the state's first GOP speaker since Reconstruction, had won sympathy from even his political enemies when he revealed last month that he attempted suicide by swallowing sleeping pills. But then his ex-wife went on TV and accused him of having "a full-out affair" with a lobbyist while they were still married.

December 03, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Buddy Carter sworn in as Georgia senator

Georgia Sen. Earl "Buddy" Carter was sworn in as a state senator on Sunday at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church.

December 02, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


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May 16, 2016 | Carlos Baquerizo KSL.com | State, National


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