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Isakson raps health-care reform bill

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., expressed concerns during a meeting Tuesday in Statesboro about the nation's proposed health-care bill. At Forest Heights Country Club, Isakson spoke against the proposed "dramatic change in health care," saying the bill favored by President Barack Obama is designed "to drive everybody to a government option" when it comes to health care.

August 27, 2010 | By Hollie Deal Bragg Special to the News | State, National News


Another Atlantic storm gets name

MIAMI - Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the open Atlantic Ocean, but the system is far from land.

Earl has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and is expected to become a hurricane by Friday.

August 25, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Licenses offices getting holiday

All Department of Driver Services driver's licensing and testing customer service centers will be closed Saturday, Sept. 4 and will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 7. DDS centers are closed statewide every Monday. The first business day following a closed day typically is busy, so plan accordingly.

August 25, 2010 | Special to the News | State, National News


Judge: Troy Davis failed to prove innocence

SAVANNAH - A Georgia death row inmate given a rare chance to prove his innocence by the U.S. Supreme Court failed to clear his name with a case that was "largely smoke and mirrors," a federal judge said Tuesday in a ruling that sets the stage for the state to resume planning his execution.

The case of Troy Anthony Davis has been a rallying point for death penalty opponents and groups such as Amnesty International and the NAACP. Davis has insisted he was wrongly convicted of killing an off-duty Savannah police officer in 1989 - and that he had evidence to ...

August 24, 2010 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National News


Feds OK state voter check system

ATLANTA - The Justice Department has given Georgia approval to again verify voters' identity and citizenship, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced on Monday.

Federal officials have precleared a modified new program designed to confirm that prospective voters are U.S. citizens. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division had repeatedly rejected similar versions of the Georgia program.

August 24, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National News


Judge lets church gun ban stand

MACON - A federal judge did not immediately block a new Georgia law that would ban the carrying of firearms into houses of worship.

Gun rights advocates say they were disappointed in the decision Monday by U.S. District Court Judge C. Ashley Royal.

August 24, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Danielle hits hurricane strength; not threatening U.S.

MIAMI - Hurricane Danielle has strengthened to a Category 2 storm as it churns far out over the Atlantic.

The hurricane has maximum sustained winds Tuesday near 100 mph (160 kph) and could become a major hurricane by early Wednesday.

August 24, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


Hville starting up transit system

It's time to make the wheels on the bus go round and round. Starting in September, eight public buses will serve Liberty County.

August 23, 2010 | By Seraine Page Special to the News | State, National News


Bryan bucks statewide GOP results

Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal won the state's Republican nomination Tuesday in the primary runoff for governor, but if it was up to Bryan County, his challenger Karen Handel would be on the ballot in November.

August 16, 2010 | Staff report | State, National News


Fight to finish for Barnes, Deal

ATLANTA - As anti-establishment anger swept other parts of the nation, Georgia Republicans tapped an 18-year congressional veteran dogged by ethics allegations as the party's nominee for governor.

August 13, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National News


FBI says it caught 'Granddad Bandit'

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The so-called "Granddad Bandit" suspected of robbing banks in 13 states eluded authorities for about two years even as he stayed in plain, unremarkable sight.

Michael Francis Mara, 52, had recently moved into a modest home in Baton Rouge with his new wife, a schoolteacher. She told neighbors about his frequent business trips around the country.

August 12, 2010 | By Melinda Deslatte Associated Press writer | State, National News


Handel concedes to Deal

ATLANTA - Gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel has conceded her runoff for the Republican nomination, saying she will not seek a recount against Nathan Deal.

August 11, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National News


DOT seeks funding for high-speed rail

ATLANTA - Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance C. Smith Jr. announced Monday that the department applied for $34 million in federal funding to accelerate development of high-speed rail service from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tenn., continuing to Nashville and eventually to Louisville, Ky.

August 11, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National News


House reconvening on jobs, border security

WASHINGTON - Hoping to show disenchanted voters that they are the party that cares about jobs, House Democrats are convening an emergency session to pass a bill aimed at saving hundreds of thousands of teachers and other public workers from unemployment.

Lawmakers rushing back from town hall meetings and vacations for the one-day session Tuesday may also address another issue that will be on voters' minds this November - lax border security - with passage of a $600 million bill to beef up surveillance along the U.S.-Mexican border.

August 10, 2010 | By Jim Abrams Associated Press writer | State, National News


Deal brings campaign to Richmond Hill

Nathan Deal, Republican gubernatorial candidate in the primary runoff election, addressed the Richmond Hill community at What's the Scoop Cafe on Tuesday and spoke on issues, such as personal ethics, campaign tactics, health care and immigration.

August 09, 2010 | By Caitlyn Boza Staff writer | State, National News


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18 songs that will help keep your relationship fresh

Music can help us get over the pain of a breakup quicker — or revel in the pleasure of a committed patrnership longer.

February 12, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | State, National News


Call for boycott of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Popular film site IMDb lists "BDSM" (bondage, domination, sadism and masochism) and perversion as just a few of the many plot keywords for an upcoming movie. No, it won't be a video-only release with brown paper wrapping. The movie will be released on the big screen at your local movie theater. Based on the novel by the same name, "Fifty Shades of Grey" is slated for release on Valentine's Day 2015.

February 11, 2015 | Jenelle Stone Deseret News | State, National News


5 lessons from your first love

Valentine’s Day is a time to reflect on your romantic relationships. This includes first loves, who people rarely forget about.

February 11, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | State, National News


Have You Seen This? 'The Simpsons' gets pixelated

SPRINGFIELD — It’s true, some people cringe and mock when they hear the word "hipster," but not me, because it’s those hipsters who look to the past to bring things I loved back to the forefront with a fresh take.

February 11, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | State, National News


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