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Chatham coroner exits under suspicion

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Even at age 81, Dr. James C. Metts Jr. liked to stay busy. By day, he treated some of Savannah's poorest patients at a downtown medical clinic. By night, or whenever police called, he examined dead bodies as the Chatham County coroner - an elected job that gave Metts a taste of the spotlight in the bestselling book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

January 12, 2013 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National News


Speaker: Health-care a session priority

ATLANTA - House Speaker David Ralston is turning up the heat as state lawmakers consider whether to extend a high-profile hospital industry tax that generates more than $600 million for state health care spending.

January 11, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


World briefly for Jan. 11

WASHINGTON (AP) - Looking for broader remedies to gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry for ideas as the White House seeks to assemble proposals in response to last month's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

January 11, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


Court upholds Heidt convictions

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the 2010 murder convictions of an Effingham County man sentenced to life in prison for the shotgun slayings of his father and brother after they discovered the inmate was having an affair with his brother's wife.

January 10, 2013 | The Associated Press | State, National News


Tax code longer than Bible; little good news

WASHINGTON (AP) - Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club.

January 10, 2013 | By Stephen Ohlemacher Associated Press writer | State, National News


World briefly for Jan. 10

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jack Lew, President Barack Obama's likely nominee for treasury secretary, is a premier federal budget expert who would take the helm of the government's main agency for economic and fiscal policy just as the administration girds itself for a new confrontation with congressional Republicans over the nation's debt and deficits.

January 10, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


Senate moves toward lobbyist gift limit

ATLANTA - The state Senate is headed toward a vote Monday on rules capping the gifts that lobbyists can give senators, though the prospect of those limits becoming law appears dim.

January 10, 2013 | By Ray Henry Associated Press writer | State, National News


Georgia lawmakers split over fiscal cliff

Both chambers of Congress pulled out a deal last week that prevents America from going over the fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts that experts say would have chilled the economy and prompted an extended recession - but there's still much work ahead.

January 09, 2013 | Danielle Hipps Special to the News | State, National News


Four children die in fire near Atlanta

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities outside Atlanta say four children, including an infant, are dead after rescuers tried to save them from a house fire.

January 09, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


World briefly for Jan. 9

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to spur fresh action on gun legislation, Vice President Joe Biden is meeting at the White House with victims groups and gun-safety organizations.

January 09, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


Court declines case banning guns from churches

ATLANTA - The U.S. Supreme Court won't overturn a Georgia law banning firearms in churches and other places of worship.

January 08, 2013 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National News


High court upholds Heidt convictions

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the 2010 murder convictions of an Effingham County man sentenced to life in prison for the shotgun slayings of his father and brother after they discovered the inmate was having an affair with his brother's wife.

January 08, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


World briefly for Jan. 8

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's pick of Chuck Hagel to helm the Pentagon faces rough going in the Senate as a handful of Republicans quickly announced their opposition to a former GOP colleague, and several skeptical Democrats reserved judgment until the nominee explains his views on Israel and Iran.

January 08, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


Georgia state lawmaker seeks to reduce license delays due to immigration law

ATLANTA - A Republican state lawmaker on Thursday pre-filed legislation that aims to reduce unnecessary work some state agencies have complained was caused by a tough Georgia law cracking down on illegal immigration.

January 07, 2013 | Kate Brumback The Associated Press | State, National News


World briefly for Jan. 7

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defying congressional opposition, President Barack Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, setting up a potentially contentious confirmation fight over the former Republican senator's views on Israel and Iran.

January 07, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National News


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