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Isakson raps health-care reform bill

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., expressed concerns during a meeting Tuesday in Statesboro about the nation's proposed health-care bill. At Forest Heights Country Club, Isakson spoke against the proposed "dramatic change in health care," saying the bill favored by President Barack Obama is designed "to drive everybody to a government option" when it comes to health care.

August 27, 2010 | By Hollie Deal Bragg Special to the News | State, National News


Another Atlantic storm gets name

MIAMI - Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the open Atlantic Ocean, but the system is far from land.

Earl has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and is expected to become a hurricane by Friday.

August 25, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Licenses offices getting holiday

All Department of Driver Services driver's licensing and testing customer service centers will be closed Saturday, Sept. 4 and will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 7. DDS centers are closed statewide every Monday. The first business day following a closed day typically is busy, so plan accordingly.

August 25, 2010 | Special to the News | State, National News


Judge: Troy Davis failed to prove innocence

SAVANNAH - A Georgia death row inmate given a rare chance to prove his innocence by the U.S. Supreme Court failed to clear his name with a case that was "largely smoke and mirrors," a federal judge said Tuesday in a ruling that sets the stage for the state to resume planning his execution.

The case of Troy Anthony Davis has been a rallying point for death penalty opponents and groups such as Amnesty International and the NAACP. Davis has insisted he was wrongly convicted of killing an off-duty Savannah police officer in 1989 - and that he had evidence to ...

August 24, 2010 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National News


Feds OK state voter check system

ATLANTA - The Justice Department has given Georgia approval to again verify voters' identity and citizenship, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced on Monday.

Federal officials have precleared a modified new program designed to confirm that prospective voters are U.S. citizens. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division had repeatedly rejected similar versions of the Georgia program.

August 24, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National News


Judge lets church gun ban stand

MACON - A federal judge did not immediately block a new Georgia law that would ban the carrying of firearms into houses of worship.

Gun rights advocates say they were disappointed in the decision Monday by U.S. District Court Judge C. Ashley Royal.

August 24, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Danielle hits hurricane strength; not threatening U.S.

MIAMI - Hurricane Danielle has strengthened to a Category 2 storm as it churns far out over the Atlantic.

The hurricane has maximum sustained winds Tuesday near 100 mph (160 kph) and could become a major hurricane by early Wednesday.

August 24, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Hville starting up transit system

It's time to make the wheels on the bus go round and round. Starting in September, eight public buses will serve Liberty County.

August 23, 2010 | By Seraine Page Special to the News | State, National News


Bryan bucks statewide GOP results

Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal won the state's Republican nomination Tuesday in the primary runoff for governor, but if it was up to Bryan County, his challenger Karen Handel would be on the ballot in November.

August 16, 2010 | Staff report | State, National News


Fight to finish for Barnes, Deal

ATLANTA - As anti-establishment anger swept other parts of the nation, Georgia Republicans tapped an 18-year congressional veteran dogged by ethics allegations as the party's nominee for governor.

August 13, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National News


FBI says it caught 'Granddad Bandit'

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The so-called "Granddad Bandit" suspected of robbing banks in 13 states eluded authorities for about two years even as he stayed in plain, unremarkable sight.

Michael Francis Mara, 52, had recently moved into a modest home in Baton Rouge with his new wife, a schoolteacher. She told neighbors about his frequent business trips around the country.

August 12, 2010 | By Melinda Deslatte Associated Press writer | State, National News


Handel concedes to Deal

ATLANTA - Gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel has conceded her runoff for the Republican nomination, saying she will not seek a recount against Nathan Deal.

August 11, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


DOT seeks funding for high-speed rail

ATLANTA - Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance C. Smith Jr. announced Monday that the department applied for $34 million in federal funding to accelerate development of high-speed rail service from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tenn., continuing to Nashville and eventually to Louisville, Ky.

August 11, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National News


House reconvening on jobs, border security

WASHINGTON - Hoping to show disenchanted voters that they are the party that cares about jobs, House Democrats are convening an emergency session to pass a bill aimed at saving hundreds of thousands of teachers and other public workers from unemployment.

Lawmakers rushing back from town hall meetings and vacations for the one-day session Tuesday may also address another issue that will be on voters' minds this November - lax border security - with passage of a $600 million bill to beef up surveillance along the U.S.-Mexican border.

August 10, 2010 | By Jim Abrams Associated Press writer | State, National News


Deal brings campaign to Richmond Hill

Nathan Deal, Republican gubernatorial candidate in the primary runoff election, addressed the Richmond Hill community at What's the Scoop Cafe on Tuesday and spoke on issues, such as personal ethics, campaign tactics, health care and immigration.

August 09, 2010 | By Caitlyn Boza Staff writer | State, National News


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Cutting unemployment benefits reduces unemployment, study shows

A study sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research claims that the elimination of the federal unemployment benefit program in 2014 resulted in 1.8 million new jobs that year, suggesting that offering unemployment benefits can slow job growth.

March 02, 2015 | Matthew Jelalian Deseret Media Companies | State, National News


Can tourism end poverty in the most remote place in the world?

Bo White has done a lot of treks. Between a career in international development and a love for climbing and hiking, the 31-year-old has been all over the world. But nowhere quite like the Pamir.

March 02, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National News


One Texas teacher gave her first-grade student a kidney

Six-year-old Matthew Parker needed a new kidney. His elementary school teacher, Lindsey Painter, gave him one.

March 01, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | State, National News


Have You Seen This? Talking husky puppy

BARKLEY SQUARE — When any creature is new to life, it takes awhile to sort things out, from basic getting around to communicating.

March 01, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | State, National News


How one photo of a dress became an advertising opportunity

The top trending hashtags on Twitter Thursday night weren't about ISIS or Internet neutrality, but #thedress and #whiteandgold.

March 01, 2015 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | State, National News


Unique challenge posed by terrorists on social media

Targeting terrorist organizations like ISIS on social media is not as easy as it sounds, experts say.

February 28, 2015 | Michael Bryant KSL | State, National News


Premium users of LinkedIn to receive $1 each in password-leak settlement

To settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged LinkedIn failed to protect the passwords and private information of its premium subscriber customers, the company has agreed to pay $1.25 — or about $1 each — million to approximately 800,000 people who were premium users of the social media network between March 2006 and June 2012.

February 28, 2015 | William E. Lewis Jr. KSL | State, National News


Google and Reddit are cracking down on Internet pornography

This week, two notable Internet websites reevaluated their stances on pornographic material and have taken steps to eliminate this content from the public sphere.

February 27, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | State, National News


How the Internet is changing science

In less than a second, the sun makes as much energy as the United States uses in one year.

February 27, 2015 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | State, National News


Community saves autistic boy’s birthday party after none of his classmates show

KISSIMMEE, Florida — When none of her son’s classmates showed up to his birthday party, a Florida mother took to social media to express her despair. Within hours, her community rallied to make her little boy’s day nothing short of magical.

February 27, 2015 | Jessica Ivins KSL | State, National News


Education, not harsh penalties, a more effective solution for teen sexting

At least once a week, Det. Rich Wistocki or one of his officers sits down with a teen caught sexting and lays out a series of consequences.

February 27, 2015 | Sara Israelsen-Hartley Deseret Media Companies | State, National News


Have You Seen This? Deep thoughts with Cookie Monster

SESAME STREET — On this sunny Tuesday, let me help you chase any clouds away with a nice kick in the nostalgia made better with a modern trend.

February 26, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | State, National News


Marketers bet big on location-based advertising

In the advertising world, tailoring the message to the intended target is key. Today's hot marketing trend is tapping into the location services built into a smartphone.

February 26, 2015 | Torin Koos KSL | State, National News


Legend's Oscar speech raises questions about more than race in the U.S.

Musician John Legend picked up an Oscar this past weekend for "Glory," an original song for the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, "Selma," and used his time at the podium to draw attention to America's black incarceration rate.

February 25, 2015 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | State, National News


The worst kind of bullying can happen in your own home, study says

Nationwide efforts are trying to stamp out bullying in schools, but a new study suggests the biggest bully might be in your own home.

February 25, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National News


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