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PSC grants Georgia Power rate hike

ATLANTA - Georgia Power bills will jump more than $14 for average residential customers next month under a plan approved Tuesday by the state's Public Service Commission.

December 22, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Judge rejects air permit for plant

ATLANTA - A state judge on Thursday rejected an air permit that allows the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in central Georgia – a decision that cheered environmentalist groups and dealt the project's developers a stinging setback.

December 22, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Census raises House count for state

ATLANTA - Georgia's population has swelled to nearly 9.7 million, boosting its representation in Congress, numbers released by the U.S. Census show.

December 22, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Our lawmakers wanted to keep 'Don't ask...'

Senators Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson and Congressman Jack Kingston are opposed to the imminent repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. All three elected officials voted not to repeal DADT. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the repeal today, overturning the 17-year old policy that bars gay men and women from serving openly in the military.

December 22, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National News


State, nation continue to grow

ATLANTA - Georgia's population has swelled to nearly 9.7 million, boosting its representation in Congress, numbers released by the U.S. Census show.

December 22, 2010 | By Beth Haines Associated Press writer | State, National News


Kingston loses bid for committee chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., lost his bid to lead the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee.

December 13, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Heidt found guilty

SPRINGFIELD - A Georgia jury has convicted an Effingham County man of murder for the 2008 shotgun slayings of his father and brother.

December 09, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Trial paints family in turmoil

SPRINGFIELD - A Georgia man's lies to police, bruises on his arm and a family feud over his affair with his brother's wife all point to one conclusion - that he committed the 2008 shotgun slayings of his father and brother, a prosecutor told an Effingham County jury Thursday.

December 09, 2010 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National News


Heidt murder trial goes to jury

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia jury is deliberating the case of an Effingham County man accused of killing his father and brother in a bloody end to a family feud over the defendant's affair with his slain brother's wife.

December 09, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Farm Bureau cautions over immigration

LYONS - Georgia farmers who are dependent on immigrant labor have fired a warning shot at state lawmakers considering ways to crack down on illegal immigrants.

December 08, 2010 | By Ray Henry Associated Press writer | State, National News


Area senator on DoE transition team

ATLANTA – Senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, has been named to State School Superintendent-Elect Dr. John Barge's transition team.

December 08, 2010 | Special to the News | State, National News


Liberty gets a new sheriff

At his swearing-in on the courthouse steps Tuesday morning, Sheriff Steve Sikes pledged to serve all the citizens of Liberty County and mend a rift among voters caused by a close runoff election.

December 08, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Correspondent | State, National News


President proposes federal pay freeze

On Monday President Barack Obama proposed a two-year federal pay freeze to aid in reducing the federal deficit. The proposed freeze would not affect military pay, and would require congressional action to become law.

December 06, 2010 | Special to the News | State, National News


Effingham victim can't ID shooter

SPRINGFIELD - The sole survivor of a fatal shooting attack that left an Effingham County father and son dead said Wednesday she does not know who shot her.

December 03, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue Special to the News | State, National News


Double murder trial starting in Rincon

A jury of eight women and four men will begin to hear evidence and testimony this morning in the trial of an Effingham County man accused of killing his father and brother.

December 01, 2010 | Special to the News | State, National News


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