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Stimulus plan: Spend now, details later (promise)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants governors to hurry up and begin building bridges and schools to revive the economy. His administration is learning that spending $787 billion as quickly and transparently as promised is no easy task.

March 21, 2009 | By Matt Apuzzo and Brett J. Blackledge Associated Press Writers | State, National News


AIG backlash has employees living in fear

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Pillars of the community are now pariahs fearing for their safety in a ritzy area of Connecticut home to many executives at American International Group Inc., hit with a backlash over bonuses it paid to top brass even as it accepted federal bailout money.

March 20, 2009 | By John Christofferson Associated Press | State, National News


Black lawmakers walk out of House after Obama vote

ATLANTA (AP) - Frustrated black lawmakers staged a walkout Friday after the Georgia House decided to delay another vote on a resolution that would have honored President Barack Obama as a politician with an "unimpeachable reputation for integrity, vision and passion."

March 20, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | State, National News


US deficit forecast to hit $1.8 trillion this year

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's budget would generate deficits averaging almost $1 trillion a year over the next decade, according to the latest congressional estimates, significantly worse than predicted by the White House just last month.

March 20, 2009 | By Andrew Taylor Associated Press Writer | State, National News


Senate broadens tuition tax credit

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has voted to broaden the state's new tuition tax credit program, which gives income tax credits to donors who contribute to scholarship programs for students to attend private schools.

March 20, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News


House approves payment for rape exoneree

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a move to pay more than $700,000 to a Georgia man who was wrongly convicted of rape.

March 20, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News


State legislators push fitness tests

ATLANTA (AP) - Students would soon have to complete an annual physical fitness testing under a measure that cleared the Georgia Legislature.

March 19, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News


13 firms receiving bailout owe back taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least 13 firms receiving billions of dollars in bailout money owe a total of more than $220 million in unpaid federal taxes, a key lawmaker said Thursday.

March 19, 2009 | By Stephen Ohlemacher Associated Press Writer | State, National News


Senate votes to scrap annual raise

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Tuesday voted to scrap the system that awards members of Congress an automatic cost-of-living pay raise every year.

March 17, 2009 | By Andrew Taylor Associated Press Writer | State, National News


Wall Street resumes rally following housing report

NEW YORK (AP) - You know things have changed on Wall Street when the housing industry saves the day.

March 17, 2009 | By Stephen Bernard and Tim Paradis AP Business Writers | State, National News


Irish eyes are smiling

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - As bagpipers and shamrock-plastered floats passed the crowd, Nancy Cox raised a Bloody Mary and clicked the heels of her emerald slippers - one of the head-to-toe green accessories of her "Wizard of Oz" costume.

March 17, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press | State, National News


Financial overhaul bill on its way soon?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee said Tuesday he hoped to begin writing legislation by early May on overhauling how the federal government regulates the nation's financial system.

March 17, 2009 | Jim Abrams Associated Press | State, National News


PSC Oks new nuclear power sites

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Public Service Commisison approved Georgia Power's plan to build two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, near Augusta.

March 17, 2009 | For the Bryan County News Associated press | State, National News


Housing starts surge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Housing construction posted a surprisingly large increase in February, bolstered by strength in all parts of the country except the West.

March 17, 2009 | By Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer | State, National News


Georgia's 'immigrant highway'

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) - Odilio Perez aches for a life beyond Buford Highway, a six-lane stretch of strip malls and ethnic diversity that cuts through three counties in the New American South.

March 16, 2009 | John Moreno Gonzales Associated Press | State, National News


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