Georgia has been named one of 16 finalists in the first round of the Race to the Top competition, the U.S. Secretary of Education announced Thursday. Along with 14 states and the District of Columbia, Georgia scored in the 400-plus range to remain in the running for a piece of a nearly $5 billion pie.
The Coastal Regional Commission will have a regional public hearing to take comment on the Regional Plan of Coastal Georgia at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Quality Inn Hotel, 4300 U.S. Highway 17 South in Richmond Hill.
ATLANTA - A new report ranks Georgia 15th in the nation for killings of women by men in single-victim homicides, most of them murders connected with domestic violence.
The report was released by the Violence Policy Center with help from two prominent Georgia advocacy groups.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to a record 10.4 percent in January, and Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says the job crisis is getting worse.
The rate tops the previous record of 10.3 percent set in December. It's also up 2 percentage points from the 8.4 percent at this same time last year.
SAVANNAH - Sounding a familiar clean-energy theme, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced details of a proposed energy rebate program he hopes will spur demand for insulation and water heaters - and jobs for hurting Americans.
Obama said the administration's "HOMESTAR" program would reward people who buy energy-saving equipment with an on-the-spot rebate of $1,000 or more. He cast the idea as one that would save people money on utility bills, boost the economy and reduce American dependence on oil.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld death sentences for Darryl Scott Stinski, who was convicted of killing a woman and her 13-year-old daughter in 2002.
In an opinion published Monday the court found that evidence presented in the case was sufficient to conclude "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Stinski was guilty of the slayings of 41-year-old Susan Pittman and her daughter, Kimberly.
WASHINGTON - Consumers would collect on-the-spot rebates of $1,000 or more for buying insulation, water heaters or other equipment to make their homes burn energy more efficiently under a rebate program President Barack Obama is promoting.
Obama was traveling to Savannah, Ga., on Tuesday to outline the Home Star program. Obama called for energy rebates in his State of the Union address, and officials hope the plan will be as popular as last year's Cash for Clunkers money-back program for autos.
ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Friday proposed a budget that continues to slash state spending and recommended three more unpaid furlough days for teachers and other state employees over the next six months.
SAVANNAH - Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony A. Alaimo, whose rulings in the 1970s enforced voting rights for blacks and reformed state prisons, died Wednesday after nearly four decades on the bench. He was 89.
Michele Kim, Alaimo's law clerk, confirmed to The Associated Press that Alaimo died Wednesday morning at a hospital in Brunswick, near the judge's home on Sea Island. She said she did not know what caused his death.
ATLANTA - Georgia's powerful House speaker resigned Thursday after a suicide attempt and allegations by his ex-wife of an affair with a lobbyist.
Glenn Richardson, the state's first GOP speaker since Reconstruction, had won sympathy from even his political enemies when he revealed last month that he attempted suicide by swallowing sleeping pills. But then his ex-wife went on TV and accused him of having "a full-out affair" with a lobbyist while they were still married.
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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Ida sloshed ashore with rain and gusty winds Tuesday before weakening to a depression, causing little damage along the Gulf Coast but bringing more rain to the already-soaked Southeast.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Ida's center first touched land on Dauphin Island, Ala., before heading across Mobile Bay toward the Alabama mainland and on to Florida.
Editor's note: The following is from a press release sent Monday afternoon.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The first day of a new law that allows handguns in Tennessee bars and restaurants is being met with opposition from some of the establishments' owners.
It's been just over a decade since Facebook arrived in American lives and changed the way we communicate with the rest of the world.
Not everyone can shell out millions to a good cause like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg. But that's changing, thanks to the explosive growth of donor-based funds, a kind of personal foundation for the average person.
AUSTIN — Elon Musk is the successful inventor who played a role in the creation of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX. In 2013, he made national headlines by proposing an air-tube transit system. Called Hyperloop, it was essentially a futuristic-looking train that traveled through a pressurized tube similar the ones you use at the drive-through of your local bank.