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DOT seeking millions for high-speed rail planning

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation board has decided to seek more than $16 million from the Federal Railroad Administration to plan rail projects, including a passenger line that would loop around the eastern half of the state.

A committee of the board recommended asking for federal grant money on Wednesday, and the full board approved making the request on Thursday.

May 20, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Scientists watching where oil spill heads

WASHINGTON - Scientists are anxiously awaiting signals about where a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico may be heading, while containment of the looming environmental catastrophe proves elusive.

With fears growing that the gushing well could spread damage from Louisiana to Florida, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a Senate panel Tuesday that his agency had been lax in overseeing offshore activities and that may have contributed to the disastrous spill.

May 19, 2010 | By Ben Evans Associated Press writer | State, National News


Anti-D.C. candidates get voter backing

WASHINGTON - With the electorate's intense anger reverberating across the country, this is all but certain: It's an anti-Washington, anti-establishment year. And candidates with ties to either better beware.

Any doubt about just how toxic the political environment is for congressional incumbents and candidates hand-picked by national Republican and Democratic leaders disappeared late Tuesday, when voters fired Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, forced Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a run-off in Arkansas and chose tea party darling Rand Paul to be the GOP nominee in Kentucky's Senate race.

May 19, 2010 | By Liz Sidoti Associated Press writer | State, National News


Jekyll Island panel picks new developer

JEKYLL ISLAND - The Jekyll Island Authority chose three developers Monday to take over key pieces of the state park's extensive makeover, which hit a snag six months ago when its main private partner backed out of the project.

Rather than hire another single developer to tackle all the privately funded components of the island's redevelopment - an investment estimated at $80 million to $100 million - Jekyll Island's board of directors voted to divide them among different firms.

May 17, 2010 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National News


State school head stepping down

ATLANTA - Kathy Cox is stepping down as Georgia's school superintendent to take over a new national education nonprofit.

A tearful Cox said Monday that she will resign as the state's school's chief June 30.

May 17, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


GOP candidates square off in Statesboro

Candidates discussed states rights, the fair tax, illegal immigration and mercury in Georgia's freshwater fish during Friday night's Statesboro Republican primary gubernatorial debate. About 325 residents and supporters came out to Statesboro High to hear five of the seven GOP candidates for governor stake out their positions on statewide issues.

May 13, 2010 | By Hollie Deal Bragg Special to the News | State, National News


Iraqi officers tour post

Several high-ranking Iraqi military officials visited Fort Stewart on Saturday. Brig. Gen. Thomas Vandal, deputy commanding general-support, escorted his Iraqi and Kurdish counterparts, who were eager to see U.S. soldiers in action on their home turf and learn more about Army operations.

May 12, 2010 | By Jennifer Scales Fort Stewart Public Affairs | State, National News


Carter grandson wins state Senate seat

ATLANTA - The eldest grandson of former President Jimmy Carter has won a suburban Atlanta state Senate seat in a special election Tuesday night.

Jason Carter became the first in his family to win elected office since his grandfather took the White House more than three decades ago.

May 12, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National News


North Georgia race goes into runoff

ATLANTA - The special election for a north Georgia congressional seat vacated by Nathan Deal proved to be an early test of tea party strength in the state, although no candidate emerged with a majority and a runoff was set for June 8.

The race between former state Rep. Tom Graves and former state Sen. Lee Hawkins could provide a glimpse of what kind of candidate Georgia Republicans want this Midterm election year.

May 12, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National News


Green groups sue to derail coal plants

ATLANTA - Environmental groups filed new challenges Monday in hopes of blocking an ambitious $2 billion plan to build the state's first new coal-fired plant in more than two decades in southwest Georgia and a separate, smaller project designed for the central part of the state.

The coalition of environmental advocates said they filed the five challenges in a bid to stop what they see as an unprecedented wave of new permits for coal-fired power plants at a time when environmental regulators in other states are supporting alternative energy proposals.

May 11, 2010 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National News


Murder conviction draws life plus five years

"I meant to hurt her. I meant to cut her, but I didn't mean for her to die," defendant Richard Geiger told jurors Friday under cross examination by Atlantic Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Russell Mabrey.

May 10, 2010 | By Patty Leon Special to the Courier | State, National News


State races very competitive

Several incumbent candidates who had no opposition when they qualified to run for re-election early last week do now. A number of challengers qualified late last week before qualifying ended April 30.

May 05, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Special to the News | State, National News


Pickup drivers must now wear seatbelts

ATLANTA - With Tuesday's House passage of Senate Bill 458, Georgians should see fewer traffic fatalities and injuries in the months and years ahead. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Don Thomas, eliminates the current exemption from Georgia's safety-belt law for occupants of pickups. Georgia is the only state that exempts pickups from its safety-belt law.

May 03, 2010 | Special to the News | State, National News


Cause of oil spill needs to be understood

While the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is likely reinforcing the opinions of opponents to offshore drilling, some of those in favor of drilling off the Atlantic coast are taking more of a "wait and see" approach.

May 03, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Staff writer | State, National News


Vets work to improve benefits

Disabled veterans Donald Singletary of Richmond Hill, Kraig Gates of Savannah and with Bruce McCartney of Midway led a multi-state delegation to Congress on April 21 to fight for a VA benefit designed for "the most severely disabled veterans" that has become VA's best kept secret, the Independent Living Program.

May 03, 2010 | Special to the News | 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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