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Top judge to discuss money crisis

ATLANTA — Georgia's top judge is weeks away from retiring, but first she must deal with a funding crisis that could bring the state's courts to a standstill. Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears last week called Gov. Sonny Perdue's order to cut the funding for state...

06/02/09 - 6:25am

Competency hearing delayed for former SC policeman

COLUMBIA — A hearing has been postponed for a former South Carolina police officer who authorities say kidnapped and held his estranged wife and infant son hostage in Georgia. Defense attorney James Rogers says David Dietz had been scheduled to appear in federal court today for a mental comp...

06/02/09 - 1:38pm

Early voting continues on Richmond County SPLOST

Early voting continues this week in Richmond County for the June 16 election on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Polls will be open at the Board of Elections office at the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St., Room 104, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through this week. Next week, advance voting...

06/02/09 - 6:14am

Savannah sugar plant's safety criticized after deadly explosion

SAVANNAH -- There was no evacuation plan at the Imperial Sugar refinery when it blew up last year, a whistle-blower witness has testified. Nor was there a working fire alarm at the Port Wentworth plant, former Imperial executive Graham H. Graham said. The Feb. 7, 2008, explosion and fire at the pl...

06/02/09 - 6:08am

Ware County police charge nurse with stealing painkillers

WAYCROSS, Ga. -- A south Georgia nurse has been accused of stealing prescription painkillers from her patients at a Ware County nursing home, then selling the narcotics with help from her boyfriend. Mary Elizabeth Cooper, 46, and Donavan Shawn Musgrove, 42, were arrested as the result of an ongoing...

06/02/09 - 5:55am

Typo in hotel contract could cost Jekyll Island $90,000

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - A typographical error on a newly signed hotel contract will lower Jekyll Island State Park revenues by $90,000 per year unless it is fixed. The state park authority staff discovered the error as it began to plan its budget for the upcoming year. The mistake would lower the rent...

06/02/09 - 5:51am

Charter school students exceed state goals, Georgia records show

ATLANTA - Now that school administrators have finished another school year, many of them will be preparing applications for new charter schools, and state figures show the number is growing. State records also indicate that in most regards, charter schools perform better than traditional schools. ...

06/02/09 - 5:45am

Earphones linked to teen killed while walking on train track

A 17-year-old Statham, Ga., boy who might have been listening to music on earphones, was killed Saturday when hit from behind by a freight train as he walked on the tracks, police said Monday. Joshua Gene Whitten was walking about 10 a.m. toward Winder on the CSX tracks that run parallel to Georgia...

06/02/09 - 5:36am

Porter says he'll improve schools

Given eight years as Georgia’s governor, state House minority leader DuBose Porter promised Columbia County Democrats, he could elevate Georgia from the bottom 40s in national education rankings to the top 20. The gubernatorial candidate and Dublin-based newspaper publisher said in a speech to...

06/01/09 - 10:02pm

Man accused in robbery

A man who allegedly robbed an elderly couple at gunpoint was charged with two counts of armed robbery today. John Brandon Kitchens, 27, of 3097 Parrish Road, held the victims at gunpoint and stole a pocketbook, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report. One of the victims said that he a...

06/01/09 - 9:56pm

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SRS shipments halted until 2016

Savannah River Site can't resume shipments of Cold War nuclear waste materials to an underground repository in New Mexico until at least 2016 when the federal government reopens the facility to ...
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