Stories by Vicky Eckenrode

Monday, Nov. 12, 2007

Cemetery board draws criticism

ATLANTA - A new state board to regulate cemetery operators has been meeting for a little more than four months, and consumer advocates already are pushing lawmakers to abolish it because nearly ...
By Vicky Eckenrode

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007

Plant will turn waste from pines to ethanol

ATLANTA --- Construction officially started Tuesday on what is expected to be the nation's first plant that will turn waste from the harvesting of pine trees into ethanol car fuel.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007

Blood test's admission is argued in death case

ATLANTA --- Lawyers for an Augusta man accused of causing his passenger to die in a car wreck asked the state's highest court to rule the results from a blood alcohol test inadmissible in the ...
By Vicky Eckenrode

Friday, Nov. 2, 2007

Ex-justice backs indigent defense

ATLANTA - The man who spearheaded Georgia's study into its broken indigent defense program urged lawmakers Thursday not to give up on the new system despite recent criticism over soaring costs.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007

MCG malpractice suit blocked

ATLANTA - A Brunswick man who contracted HIV during a blood transfusion as an infant at Medical College of Georgia Hospital cannot sue his doctors for misdiagnosing his symptoms during a decade of ...
By Vicky Eckenrode

Monday, Oct. 29, 2007

Plant carries Georgia's hopes in different ethanol industry

ATLANTA - A plant's groundbreaking next month is expected to usher in a new phase in Georgia's efforts to take the lead in a new kind of ethanol production.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007

Teen sex convict is released

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court freed Genarlow Wilson from prison Friday, ruling that his 10-year sentence for receiving oral sex as a teen amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Friday, Oct. 26, 2007

Cities sue to halt high electric fee

ATLANTA - City residents would be unfairly burdened by a change in how Georgia Power's franchise fees are collected, attorneys representing municipalities from across the state argued Thursday.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007

Legislators mull pensions

ATLANTA - Retired state employees could see smaller cost-of-living increases in their pensions as administrators of the program look for ways to address the plan's growing costs.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Monday, Oct. 15, 2007

Defenders are kept busy since cutbacks

ATLANTA - The state program to help pay for poor defendants' lawyers continues to run short of money for certain types of cases, and the impact is being felt in different ways in courtrooms across ...
By Vicky Eckenrode

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007

New trial sought in slaying

ATLANTA - The murder conviction of Robert "Jake" Thomas should be overturned because of defense missteps during his Clarke County trial, an attorney argued Wednesday.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007

St. Simon's road dispute is heard

ATLANTA - What's less than 3 yards of roadbed on St. Simons Island worth? Enough to spur an ownership fight that's gone all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Investors sue for control of project

ATLANTA - Investors pouring millions of dollars into an exclusive development off the coast south of Savannah are fighting for control in a case argued before the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Conviction of murder stands despite appeal

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the murder conviction of Michael Wayne Bryant, who killed an Augusta woman in 2000 and then set fire to her mobile home to try to cover up ...
By Vicky Eckenrode

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007

Fight looms over power bills

ATLANTA - Georgia Power customers paying the regulated utility to run their living room lights and factory lines are digging in against a proposed increase in bills.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Friday, Oct. 5, 2007

Legislation to help stop identity theft is revised

ATLANTA - State lawmakers will try again to pass legislation that would allow consumers to block access to their credit information as a way to prevent identity theft.
By Vicky Eckenrode and Walter Jones

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007

Life sciences industry is growing in Georgia

ATLANTA - Edwin Quattlebaum's company does complex research on livestock genomics and growth factors in cattle, which has the potential to overhaul how breeders pick quality animals.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007

Holiday saves money, energy

ATLANTA - Georgians looking to save money on some appliances or their power bills can take advantage of this weekend's sales tax holiday to get energy-saving products.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Monday, Oct. 1, 2007

Prison health costs mount

ATLANTA - As more inmates enter Georgia's prisons, the price tag for their medical care is growing.
By Vicky Eckenrode

Friday, Sept. 28, 2007

Liquid natural gas plan OK'd

ATLANTA - The Georgia Public Service Commission on Thursday cleared the way for Atlanta Gas Light to tap into liquefied natural gas resources near Savannah.
By Vicky Eckenrode
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City inspectors look to demolish Goodale House

Rob Sherman, director of Augusta's License and Inspection Department, said his staff plans to ask a State Court judge in early 2015 to order the endangered property, which was built in 1799 and is ...
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