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Court: Law protects marsh only, not adjacent land

SAVANNAH - The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday that a state law protecting coastal marshes doesn't extend to residential developments on dry land, handing a setback to environmentalists hoping for tougher construction standards along the state's 100-mile coast.

The court ruled 5-2 in favor of the developers of Cumberland Harbour, a 1,014-acre gated subdivision being built on a peninsula near the Georgia-Florida border. It was the first time the court has considered whether upland development is covered by the state Coastal Marshlands Protection Act.

December 03, 2008 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National

'Pre-filed' bills target tax assessements

ATLANTA (AP) _ Property taxes look like they will again be a hot topic for Georgia lawmakers when they return to the state Capitol.

Among the handful of early bills "pre-filed" Monday in the Georgia House were two looking to slow the rise of home assessments.

December 03, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

Jury convicts man of killing federal agent

BRUNSWICK - It took a Glynn County Superior Court jury less than three hours to convict Harold Kinlaw of kidnapping his former wife and murdering her friend, a U.S. Customs and Enforcement agent.

The seven-day trial ended Monday night with the jury convicting Kinlaw of murder with malice, kidnapping, aggravated stalking, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

December 03, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

Freeze hits much of state

ATLANTA - Freezing temperatures swept across much of Georgia Monday night-Tuesday morning as a blast of cold air from Canada made its way into the state and it will probably be colder tonight.

The National Weather Service says temperatures Tuesday night and early Wednesday are expected to range from the upper teens in far north Georgia to the upper 20s and mid 30s near the coast.

December 03, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

State Senate gets new leader

ATLANTA -- The state Senate majority announced new leadership today during the Republican caucus elections today.

December 03, 2008 | Staff report | State, National

Gasoline price average drops below $2 in Georgia

ATLANTA - Gasoline prices across Georgia have fallen below the $2 a gallon mark.

December 02, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

Right whales return to Georgia waters

BRUNSWICK -- It is seen from a research vessel lookout - a solitary V-shaped "blow" and then something dark on the water's surface. Often, the return of right whales to Georgia is as subtle as that. But this winter, thanks to a new ruling more of these mperiled whales will have a better chance at making the annual journey safely.

In October, the National Marine Fisheries Service established a rule that will implement speed restrictions for vessels 65 feet or longer. The restrictions call for a speed of no more than 10 knots during certain times of the year in areas ...

December 02, 2008 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Senate candidates looking to boost turnout

ATLANTA - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin are searching for new ways to coax weary Georgia voters back to the polls next month to help decide one of the nation's most hotly contested Senate races.

The Dec. 2 runoff is a daunting challenge for resurgent Georgia Democrats eager to win back the seat they lost in 2002 - and a key litmus test for the state's dominant Republican base to flex its muscle.

November 30, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Drought tightens grip on north Georgia

ATLANTA - The epic drought gripping north Georgia is growing worse as water levels in lakes and streams across the state plumb record depths, feeding the dry conditions that spread rapidly across the northeast corner of the state.

Light rainfall and low groundwater fed the "exceptional" drought - the government's worst category - as it swelled like an angry ink blot throughout the northeast corner of the state, state climatologist David Stooksbury said Thursday.

November 29, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Lawmaker stands by comment about Obama

WASHINGTON -- A Republican congressman from Georgia is standing by comments that he fears President-elect Barack Obama could be planning to build a domestic security force so that he can impose a Marxist dictatorship.

November 27, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

Georgia representative warns of Obama dictatorship

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship.

"It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this national security force," Rep. Paul Broun said of Obama in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. "I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may - may not, I hope not - but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism."

November 26, 2008 | By Ben Evans Associated Press writer | State, National

Millions vote across Georgia

ATLANTA -- The millions of Georgia voters headed to the polls Tuesday were largely greeted by surprisingly short waits, a welcome change from the lengthy lines that frustrated metro Atlanta voters who waited hours to cast their ballot last week.

November 19, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Turnout strong early across Georgia

ATLANTA -- Millions of Georgia voters are set to crowd polling sites across the state Tuesday amid warnings that some residents could wait in lines that could stretch hours long.

The lengthy lines have fast become a familiar sight in Georgia as computer glitches and higher-than-expected turnout forced voters to wait as long as eight hours during advance voting last week.

November 19, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

Debate fires up Senate race

ATLANTA - The political ad war blanketing the Georgia airwaves spilled over into a U.S. Senate debate Friday night as the two major party candidates sparred over the bruising attacks face to face.

November 11, 2008 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Davis gets new stay of execution

ATLANTA - A federal appeals court gave a last-minute reprieve Friday to a Georgia man set to be executed for the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer even though several witnesses have changed their accounts of the crime.

November 08, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

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How a high school student earned $80K from this year-old scholarship program

If all high school students knew Abby Saxastar's story, they might not be so quick to consider the less glamorous parts of their four-year ...

September 21, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Why this mom decided to give her a 3-year-old kid a knife in the kitchen

Baking sweets with her 3-year-old son, Sujata Gupta hoped to help him "learn through exploration," according to NPR.

September 18, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

5-year-old with cancer dies after town, celebrities make dreams come true

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — A little girl from Oregon with terminal cancer who went on a whirlwind of adventures in July and August has passed away.

September 18, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder | State, National

Why students dropping out of school to work actually hurt the workforce

U.S. dropout rates might be at a record low, but as many as 8,300 students still drop out of high school each day ...

September 18, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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