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Legislature begins, despite snowstorm

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Legislature kicked off its 2011 session on Monday with snow blanketing the Capitol's gold dome and dozens of new faces among the House and Senate lawmakers that took the oath of office.

January 10, 2011 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National News


Kingston sworn in, shares priorities

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston was sworn in Wednesday on Capital Hill with the rest of the House of Representatives, and he took with him a determination to reduce the size of government and reign in spending.

January 10, 2011 | By Hallie D. Martin Staff writer | State, National News


Panel recommends reinstating grocery tax

ATLANTA - A panel created by the state legislature to revamp Georgia's tax code on Friday recommended reinstating the 4 percent state sales tax on groceries.

January 10, 2011 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National News


Governor puts finances in blind trust

ATLANTA - Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has named a political supporter to oversee many of his assets while he's in office and has restructured more than $1 million in personal debt remaining from a failed family business venture.

January 07, 2011 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National News


Craig Heidt sentenced to life in prison

SPRINGFIELD - A Georgia man convicted of killing his brother and father with a shotgun has been sentenced to life in prison by an Effingham County judge.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National News


Proposal could end birthright citizenship

ATLANTA (AP) - A key Georgia lawmaker said Wednesday the state should consider legislation that could keep the children of illegal immigrants born in the United States from being granted automatic citizenship.

January 06, 2011 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National News


Columbus attorney to be next state IG

COLUMBUS - A Columbus attorney is preparing to become Georgia's next inspector general.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National News


River deepening plan raises concerns

SAVANNAH - Tybee resident Lou Off was shocked recently to learn what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has in store for Tybee's beach in the wake of harbor deepening.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National News


One lottery winner claims prize

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington winner of the Mega Millions lottery jackpot planned to discuss his windfall Thursday, while officials in Idaho waited for another lucky ticket-holder to come forward and claim half of the $380 million prize.

January 06, 2011 | By Curt Woodward Associated Press writer | State, National News


Lawmakers share goal for 2011 session

The 2011 Georgia legislative session is expected to be one of the toughest in recent years, but Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, says he is eager to tackle the budget deficit and other challenges.

January 05, 2011 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Special to the News | State, National News


Georgia Aquarium buys Marineland

ATLANTA - The Georgia Aquarium has bought the historic Florida marine park that houses its dolphin conservation program, officials announced Monday.

January 04, 2011 | By Dorie Turner Associated Press writer | State, National News


Missing woman's brother finds remains

CLEVELAND, Ga. - The brother of a woman who vanished while out for a walk more than a year ago found her burned, skeletal remains this weekend in the north Georgia woods after one of his many hours of diligent searching, authorities said Monday.

January 04, 2011 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National News


Twelve die on state roads over holiday

ATLANTA - Georgia safety officials say 12 people were killed in car wrecks over the New Year's holiday weekend.

January 04, 2011 | Associated Press | State, National News


State seeks public input

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division will hold eight public meetings across the state in order to accept public input on the recently completed "Report of the Land Management Steering Committee."

December 31, 2010 | Bryan County News | State, National News


State delegates oppose repeal of DADT

Congressman Jack Kingston and U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson are opposed to the imminent repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

December 28, 2010 | Denise Etheridge Special to the News | State, National News


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