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March 27, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News


Two Atlanta-area schools on lockdown after shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Two DeKalb County schools were on lockdown after a shooting in the neighborhood that left one man dead.

March 27, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News


Administration unveils financial system overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the financial system designed to impose greater regulation on major players like hedge funds.

March 26, 2009 | By Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer | State, National News


Jobless claims top 5.5 million

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of laid-off Americans filing initial jobless benefit claims rose slightly last week while the number of people continuing to claim benefits set a record for the ninth straight week, the Labor Department said Thursday.

March 26, 2009 | By Christopher S. Rugaber AP Economics Writer | State, National News


State seeks to remove stream buffers

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Legislature is seeking to soften mandatory buffers aimed at protecting Georgia's waterways from pollution and development.

March 26, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News


17 injured after tornado rips through Mississippi

MAGEE, Miss. (AP) - Severe weather across the South unleashed tornadoes in rural Mississippi, including one that shattered dozens of homes, flattened a church and injured at least 17 people, authorities said Thursday.

March 26, 2009 | By Holbrook Mohr Associated Press Writer | State, National News


Panhandling meters raise $500

ATLANTA (AP) - A campaign to cut panhandling across Atlanta by directing would-be donations to "giving meters" has raised around $500 over the past six months.

March 26, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News


Mortgage rates drop to record low

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell this week to the lowest level on record after the Federal Reserve launched a new effort to assist the staggering U.S. housing market.

March 26, 2009 | By Alan Zibel AP Real Estate Writer | State, National News


VA hiring vets to find comrades who need help

MIAMI (AP) - Derek Graner can scan a crowd of veterans and pick out those needing help.

March 24, 2009 | By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel Associated Press Writer | Military


Stronger seat belt law hits a pothole

ATLANTA (AP) - A bid to require adults in pickup trucks to buckle their seat belts was narrowly defeated by a House panel Tuesday, defying supporters of stronger safety standards that have been adopted by much of the nation.

March 24, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Asssociated Press Writer | State, National News


Stocks surge on bank plan, rise in home sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street got the news it wanted on the economy's biggest problems - banks and housing - and celebrated by hurtling the Dow Jones industrials up nearly 500 points.

March 23, 2009 | By Tim Paradis AP Business Writer | State, National News


Georgia among states missing out on extra unemployment benefits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - More than a half-million unemployed workers in Ohio and several other states are missing out on extended federal benefits because of the way laws in their states are written.

March 23, 2009 | By Stephen Majors Associated Press Writer | State, National News


Transportation plan hits speed bump

ATLANTA (AP) - Plans to raise the sales tax to pay for transportation projects in Georgia have hit a speed bump.

March 23, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News


In some places, 4-day school weeks are becoming an option

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - With the nation's school districts strapped for cash, more are considering a schedule that delights students and makes working parents cringe: Class only four days a week.

March 22, 2009 | By Christine Armario Associated Press | State, National News


New Mexico mystery solved

March 22, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News


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