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Perdue would reward teacher success

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue says he wants to reward Georgia principals and teachers who boost student achievement.

Perdue said Tuesday they would receive bonuses and merit pay.

January 13, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Budget looms big over session

The faltering economy's effects on Georgia's and expected cuts in state spending and benefits is the 500-pound gorilla sitting in area lawmakers' front rooms. They do have other fears and priorities for the 2009 General Assembly, which starts Monday. Here's how the sum up their plans and hopes:

January 12, 2009 | Staff report | State, National

New Web site details state finances

ATLANTA (January 5, 2009) - A new Georgia law gives Internet users access to information on billions of dollars in state spending. The "Transparency in Government Act" authored by Senator Chip Rogers requires state spending information be placed on a searchable website allowing Georgia taxpayers easy access to where their tax dollars are being spent.

"This is a great day for Georgia taxpayers. We have taken a major step toward transparent and easily accessible accounting information of how every state tax dollar is spent," said Senator Rogers. "The very best way to prevent wasteful government spending is to let those paying ...

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National

Lawmaker's cookout is Saturday

Saturday, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston will have his annual Friends of Jack Kingston Barbecue. This year's is in Long County.

January 07, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | State, National

Claxton councilman indicted on drug charges

Claxton City Councilman Jerome Woody was indicted today on 25 counts of acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, according to Edmund A. Booth Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

January 06, 2009 | Staff report | State, National

Drought declaration covers most of state

ATLANTA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 146 of 159 Georgia counties a primary disaster area because of production losses due to prolonged drought and high temperatures.

The governor's office said Thursday that the designation is in response to Gov. Sonny Perdue's request last month.

January 03, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Ancient cremation pit found on Ossabaw

SAVANNAH - Exposed by erosion at the edge of a crumbling bluff, the pit discovered beneath 2 feet of sandy dirt at first appeared to be a grave just long and deep enough to bury a human body.

An excavation by archaeologists on Ossabaw Island revealed something more puzzling - just a few small bones, apparently from fingers or toes, mixed with charcoal, bits of burned logs and pottery shards more than 1,000 to 3,000 years old.

January 03, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National

State cuts gas tax 4 cents

ATLANTA - Georgians can celebrate a reduction in the state's gasoline tax as they welcome in the New Year. But it will mean less revenue for transportation projects.

The state tax was lowered by 4 cents per gallon to 14.6 cents starting Thursday. Georgia's gas tax is adjusted twice a year based on the average price of gas. When that average price dips - as it has in recent months - the tax goes down as well. Gov. Sonny Perdue rescinded an executive order he issued in June that froze the tax as prices skyrocketed over the summer.

January 02, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Insurance industry gets tax break from state

ATLANTA - Georgia's budget woes aren't stopping the state from ringing in the new year with a hefty tax break for the insurance industry.

January 01, 2009 | By Shannon McCafferty Associated Press writer | State, National

Accused killer sues public defender system

ATLANTA (AP) - A man who faces a possible death sentence for a killing almost three years ago filed suit Wednesday against officials of Georgia's public defender system, claiming he has been denied representation for eight months.

January 01, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Sunday liquor sales issue to resurface

ATLANTA - Georgia's slumping economy could breathe new life into an effort to permit alcohol sales on Sunday in the state, supporters said.

State Sen. Seth Harp said he will reintroduce the Sunday sales measure in the legislative session set to begin Jan. 12.

January 01, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Economy, drought top Georgia news in 2008

ATLANTA - The vast economic crisis has left scores of Georgia's houses empty, its banks shuttered and sent thousands of its residents searching for jobs even as its unemployment rate balloons to heights not seen since Ronald Reagan was president.

December 31, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National

State told to find homes for foster kids

ATLANTA - State child welfare officials have to do a better job of finding permanent homes for 500 children who have been in foster care for three years or more.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob issued an order Monday as part of the settlement of a lawsuit to reform foster care systems in Fulton and DeKalb counties.

December 31, 2008 | Ass | State, National

Sex offenders must turn over online info

ATLANTA - Privacy advocates are questioning an aggressive Georgia law set to take effect Thursday that would require sex offenders to hand over Internet passwords, screen names and e-mail addresses.

Georgia joins a small band of states complying with guidelines in a 2006 federal law requiring authorities to track Internet addresses of sex offenders, but it is among the first to take the extra step of forcing its 16,000 offenders to turn in their passwords as well.

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

Power back on after explosion

SAVANNAH - Power has been restored to downtown Savannah after an underground electrical explosion rocked the city.

Georgia Power spokesman Jeff Wilson said the company is still investigating the cause of the Monday morning blast. He said it could take a few weeks to determine what happened.

December 30, 2008 | Associated Press | State, National

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Is America's bail system anti-poor?

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced last week he's seeking an overhaul of his state's bail system, eliminating cash bails for those who are ...

November 16, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

Iowa school gives kids a quarter of a graham cracker to teach them about poverty

Western Dubuque High School in Iowa had an interesting assembly Monday, according to The Telegraph Herald.

November 15, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

What a mom-daughter duo is doing to help people struggling with infertility

A mom-daughter duo has helped welcome 16 babies into the world over a three-year span with an organization aimed at supporting people facing fertility issues.

November 15, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

'Ban the box' movement advances with new federal employment regulations

The so-called "ban the box" movement appears to be picking up momentum.

November 12, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

Here's why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

People receive praise when thinking outside the box, but according to Finnish parents, a strategy to keeping babies safe might be in it.

November 12, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Disney fulfills dying man's wish to see 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

The force was strong with 32-year-old Daniel Fleetwood. Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and given mere months to live back in July, the ...

November 11, 2015 | Freeman Stevenson Deseret News | State, National

Why Zooey Deschanel converted to Judaism

Actress Zooey Deschanel never identified with any particular faith — but a "grand gesture" to her husband-to-be changed that, according to Us Weekly.

November 11, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Read this before you participate in the 'Secret Sister' gift exchange

A gift exchange making the rounds on social media since October boasts the chance of participants receiving up to 36 gifts just for purchasing one.

November 11, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Photographer: Cell phones at weddings are out of control

Photographer Thomas Stewart captures the once-in-a-lifetime moments during weddings brides and grooms won't want to forget.

November 10, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Watch how people react to a child getting bullied in this emotional video

In a tear-jerking PSA by UP TV, a girl waits at a bus stop and deals with what the video states 1 in 3 children ...

November 10, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

How one woman found out she was pregnant — an hour before giving birth

When Judy Brown rushed to the hospital Wednesday, she assumed the pain she faced was the byproduct of a gall stone or "massive blockage" in ...

November 10, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' gets a new international trailer

A new international trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has surfaced, proving that the force is in fact awakening. Or, at least, the ad ...

November 09, 2015 | Freeman Stevenson Deseret News | State, National

Who’s best at helping the global poor? Developing countries weigh in

The proliferation of data analytics has given the world a greater capacity to measure the impact that the United Nations and other groups can have ...

November 09, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

Mark Zuckerberg: Becoming a father inspires me to make education better

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks there's no better time to help "unlock human potential" with his resources than now.

November 08, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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