ATLANTA - The state Senate has approved a wide-ranging overhaul of property taxes in Georgia.
The Senate voted 54-0 for the measure on Thursday.
ATLANTA - Georgia's hospitals and health-care providers were hammered as part of a new round of cuts proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday to deal with a gaping budget shortfall.
With state tax collections in freefall, Perdue is pushing to cancel the state's weeklong sales back-to-school sales tax holiday. Georgians will also face a host of new or increased fees totaling some $96 million as the state scrambles to balance its books.
ATLANTA - A Georgia grand jury indicted four members of an assisted suicide group Tuesday on charges they helped a 58-year-old man with cancer kill himself.
The four - the Final Exit Network's former president, its former medical director and two others - were formally indicted by a Forsyth County grand jury on charges of offering assistance in the commission of suicide, tampering with evidence and violating the state's anti-racketeering charges.
DARIEN - Authorities say the body of a 15-year-old McIntosh County boy was found in a rugged state wildlife management area after a 12-hour search.
McIntosh County Sheriff Steve Jessup says a Georgia Department of Natural Resources ranger and other searchers found the body of Daniel Head Monday afternoon about three miles from the nearest paved road.
DUBLIN - Police in Dublin say a 15-year-old is charged with having a firearm on campus after a handgun he was carrying discharged in a classroom and a bullet fragment struck another student.
Dublin Police Chief Wayne Cain says the 15-year-old told authorities he brought the gun to Dublin High School on Monday for self-protection. Cain says he was putting the gun in his backpack when it went off.
Georgia has been named one of 16 finalists in the first round of the Race to the Top competition, the U.S. Secretary of Education announced Thursday. Along with 14 states and the District of Columbia, Georgia scored in the 400-plus range to remain in the running for a piece of a nearly $5 billion pie.
The Coastal Regional Commission will have a regional public hearing to take comment on the Regional Plan of Coastal Georgia at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Quality Inn Hotel, 4300 U.S. Highway 17 South in Richmond Hill.
Budget cuts run up the flagpole Monday by the University System of Georgia would:
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld death sentences for Darryl Scott Stinski, who was convicted of killing a woman and her 13-year-old daughter in 2002.
In an opinion published Monday the court found that evidence presented in the case was sufficient to conclude "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Stinski was guilty of the slayings of 41-year-old Susan Pittman and her daughter, Kimberly.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed the murder convictions and life sentences of two men convicted in the 2007 killing a DeKalb County man.
Steven Manley and Robert Allen were found guilty in the shooting death of Emmett "Black" Whatley. Prosecutors said the pair and a third man, Cody Allen-Brown, planned to rob Whatley and shot him on Feb. 9, 2007.
ATLANTA - Snow fell across north Georgia as far south as metro Atlanta Tuesday morning, and some counties in the northeast portion of the state closed their schools.
The Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Heard, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union and White County school systems all said they would close because of snow and icy roads. Gainesville city schools and Brenau University also are closed.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey E. Phillips, deputy commanding general, 3rd Infantry Division-rear, addressed the Coastal Georgia Regional Commission on Feb. 10 in Richmond Hill.
NAHUNTA - A Ku Klux Klan rally is planned for this small southeast Georgia city, and the mayor is urging people to go about their business.
The Knight Riders of the Ku Klux Klan has a permit for a rally in Nahunta, about 35 miles east of Brunswick in Brantley County, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
A recent report from the governor's office that alleges cheating on standardized tests in about 20 percent of Georgia elementary and middle schools has prompted calls for investigations in more than a dozen school districts. Liberty County schools are not among those under scrutiny. For more details, pick up a copy of Sunday's Coastal Courier.