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Haiti worries storm experts more than oil spill

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A hurricane might help break up the oil spill staining the Gulf of Mexico, but the oil won't change significantly how tropical storms develop or the damage they inflict, the director of the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday.

A hurricane making landfall west of the spill could drive the oil inland with surging seawater to the north and northeast. Forecasters don't know what kind of environmental hazards to expect, though, because sizable oil spills are rare in the main hurricane breeding grounds. Storm surge usually carries other toxic materials from flooded cisterns, septic systems and ...

May 27, 2010 | By Jennifer Kay Associated Press writer | State, National News


Hinesville resident wins $500,000

Winning $500,000 from an instant-win Monopoly ticket is certainly a big deal, but so far Phillip Lambert hasn't made big plans to match. He bought the winning ticket at Clyde's Market on the corner of Highway 84 and Airport Road.

May 21, 2010 | By Jen Alexander McCall Special to the News | State, National News


State plans hearing on nuclear plant costs

ATLANTA - Utility regulators are planning hearings on the cost of adding two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia.

The state's Public Service Commission will hear testimony next week on how much money Georgia Power has spent on what is expected to be a $14 billion project. The Southern Co. subsidiary says the project remains on schedule and under budget.

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


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


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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


YouTube releases a new video app just for kids

Earlier today, popular video site YouTube unveiled a new app called YouTube Kids, a family-friendly version of YouTube made just for children. It will be available starting today on Google Play and in the Android app store.

February 25, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | State, National News


Is growing income inequity hurting Social Security?

As America recovers from the recession, wealthy households are recovering faster than low-income ones, whose incomes have stagnated or declined since the crash. A new report says that this widening gap is sapping Social Security.

February 24, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National News


Wealthy businessman gives back by helping addicts

GILBERT, Ariz. — Sometimes it takes the right kind of help and a generous donation to save people from self-destruction.

February 23, 2015 | Carole Mikita KSL | State, National News


'New' Dr. Seuss work coming this summer

July is for book lovers. Or, at least, this coming July.

February 23, 2015 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | State, National News


Is exposure to porn inevitable for kids?

One study estimates 83% of five-to-eight year olds know how to use a smartphone or table. Add to that the $3 billion mobile porn industry, and experts say exposure is inevitable.

February 22, 2015 | Mary Richards KSL | State, National News


Children with same-sex parents are worse off, study says

According to a new study from researchers at the Catholic University of America, children of same-sex parents are more likely to suffer from emotional issues than children of heterosexual couples. The researchers define "emotional issues" generally, but note that it can include ADHD, learning disabilities and seeking help from mental health professionals.

February 22, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | State, National News


Key to weight loss could be found in teen brain scans, study says

The key to successful weight loss could be found by studying brain scans of hungry teens.

February 20, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | State, National News


Have You Seen This? Personal trainer for hire

TOUGH TOWN — It’s that time of year again. The time where news articles, blogs and social media start asking you if you’ve already slacked on your New Year's fitness resolutions.

February 20, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | State, National News


By end of high school, nearly all kids have seen pornography

Experts say it's an issue that may frighten parents, but it's not going away. Children are viewing and getting addicted to pornography on smartphones and other devices, sometimes as young as seven years old.

February 19, 2015 | Mary Richards KSL | State, National News


Have You Seen This? Basketball game pro amazes

HOOP DREAMSVILLE — More than enough people spend hours perfecting a seemingly useless skill simply to gain a bit of Internet fame.

February 19, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | State, National News


Many Catholics take up Facebook fast for Lent

Forget the popular Lenten sacrifices like chocolate or soda. These days, Christians observing Lent give up a major daily vice: technology.

February 19, 2015 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | State, National News


The dollar is strong; time for Europe

Got the travel bug? Here are some ways for you to travel affordably during your next vacation:

February 19, 2015 | Whitney Evans Deseret News | State, National News


This high school student raised $700,000 for clean water

For her senior project, Paige Dellerman knew that she wanted to use her love of fashion to raise money for a cause close to her heart — clean water.

February 18, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National News


Helping the long-term unemployed?

Gallup CEO Jim Clifton made headlines last week when he published an op-ed calling attention to a problem that most people don't know: Unemployment numbers are grossly misleading.

February 18, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National News


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