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Paula Deen back in the public’s eye

Paula Deen is making her way back into the public’s eye, so far with good reception. She made her first public appearance in Houston last week, where she got a…

Annual Savannah Jazz Festival begins Sunday

The 32nd annual Savannah Jazz Festival includes the Savannah Country Day School Jazz Ensemble, Savannah Arts Academy Skylite Orchestra and the Armstrong Atlantic State University Jazz Ensemble. Source: WTOC-TV…

OPINION: Tom Crawford – Georgia turns students away from its colleges

“In many states, one of the top policy objectives is to provide a K-12 and college education for as many people as possible in the belief that a well-educated citizenry…

S.C. professor says he’s solved a mystery over slave’s novel

Gregg Hecimovich, the chairman of the English department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., has uncovered previously unknown details about Hannah Bond’s life that have shed light on how…

Filming in Georgia: Tybee Island hosting a SpongeBob SquarePants meeting

Tybee Island will be one location for the production of “SpongeBob SquarePants 2: The Movie” beginning this month. Source: Savannah Morning News • “Walking Dead” to film in Milner Source: Barnesville Herald-Gazette (registration) …

Tyres could soon be named ‘Young Farm Family of the Year’

Tyres could soon be named ‘Young Farm Family of the Year’

Cory and Janie Tyre of Alma are continuing their tradition of putting Alma farm families on the map, as well as making the Tyre family name well known in Georgia…

Tyler Perry apparently buys more land in Douglas County

Filmmaker Tyler Perry’s company has apparently purchased more land in Douglasville. Residents in Tributary at New Manchester have been notified by their homeowners association that Perry’s company has purchased more…

Girl abducted in home invasion found safe in Conyers

A 14-year-old Georgia girl abducted in a home invasion robbery was found alive on Wednesday after a massive search by multiple law enforcement agencies. Ayvani Hope Perez had been taken…

Suspects seeking $10K ransom for abducted teen

As law enforcement agencies all around Georgia search for 14-year-old kidnapping victim Ayvani Perez, one of her best friends is praying for her safe return. “I want to tell her…

Filming in Georgia: “Fast & Furious 7″ to be filmed in and around Gwinnett County

The movie is holding casting calls — today and Tuesday, they are looking specifically for Hispanic males to shoot scenes. On Sept. 18, producers need “hot, hip and trendy cool…

Former Savannah businessman sentenced in Paula Deen extortion plot

Thomas George Paculis, 62, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for attempting to extort $200,000 from celebrity chef Paula Deen. Source: Athens Banner-Herald/AP  …

Former Georgia and NFL OL Scott Adams dies at 46

Adams died Monday in Oconee County; the cause of death was not disclosed. He played for Georgia from 1985-1988 and six seasons in the NFL. Source: Athens Banner-Herald  …

Georgia agritourism spot to hold biggest event yet on Saturday

Farm Heritage Day is Saturday, September 21 in Brooklet, hosted by Hunter Cattle Co. Source: WJCL-TV  …

No more free football tickets for.Georgia lawmakers

One college football tradition in Georgia will soon disappear: Letting politicians into the stadium for free. A new law taking effect next year bans lobbyists from giving Georgia’s politicians free…

EyeNetra aims to shake up optometry with DIY kit

EyeNetra aims to shake up optometry with DIY kit

Vitor Pamplona isn’t a doctor. He’s not even an optician. He can’t write you a prescription for glasses, or sell you a pair. Still, he’s pretty sure he’s going to…

Summer enrollment drop could indicate problems for colleges

Summer enrollment drop could indicate problems for colleges

A general drop in enrollment this summer foreshadows what’s expected to be a rare decrease in the number of students attending the University System of Georgia this fall. Fewer students…

Patient bills soar as health law program falters

Patient bills soar as health law program falters

Coping with advanced cancer, Bev Veals was in the hospital for chemo this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down. Then, the substitute insurance…

Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria

Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria

With members of Congress returning to Washington on Monday, more of them are beginning to weigh in on their positions regarding a possible strike on Syria. Sen. Johnny Isakson, (R)…

Georgia law trims reimbursement money to local jails

Georgia’s 2012 criminal justice reform law reduces the amount of money some local jails receive. One example, Whitfield County. The law changed some property and drug-related crimes from felonies to…

Georgia’s US senators: President should have called Congress back

Georgia’s US senators: President should have called Congress back

Georgia’s U.S. Senators are responding to President Obama in the wake of his statement earlier today. The president said he has already authorized military force against Syria, but will take…

Savannah adds more electric vehicle charging stations

On Friday, Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols and Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson hosted an “Electric Car Brainteam” to discuss how to deploy more electric vehicle chargers and cars throughout the…

UFOs spotted over Derby and Georgia

An American woman claims to have videotaped the crash-landing of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO), as it appears to fall out of skies. The video was shot on 21 August,…

Advocate for rebels wields influence with Kerry, McCain

Advocate for rebels wields influence with Kerry, McCain

The woman whose opinion lawmakers are relying on to go to war in Syria is also a paid advocate for the war-torn country’s rebels. On Wednesday, Secretary of State John…

Former Atlanta schools chief charged in test cheating scandal has cancer

Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta schools superintendent accused of a participating in a large-scale conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests, has breast cancer, her lawyer said Thursday. Hall is receiving…

Woman accused of cooking, selling meth Inside Thomasville home

Several complaints from residents in Thomasville led Narcotic Agents to a house along Vernon Lane. “We had information that she has been possibly cooking and selling methamphetamine,” said Agent Kevin…

Gregg Allman to perform Macon concert in December

Gregg Allman to perform Macon concert in December

Hometown music legend Gregg Allman is returning to Macon this year for a concert at the Grand Opera House. Allman, an original member of the Allman Brothers Band, which recorded…

Freezer roof collapses at Savannah food bank over weekend

Freezer roof collapses at Savannah food bank over weekend

The large, walk-in freezer’s roof collapsed and no one was injured; workers tried to save as much frozen food as possible. Workers Tuesday morning arrived at the 2501 E. President…

OPINION: No martyr, Hasan will die a murderer’s death

A military jury made the right decision Wednesday when it sentenced Nidal Hasan to death in the murders of 13 unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. Source: Albany Herald…

OPINION: Port of Brunswick must be higher priority

The Port of Brunswick is unimportant. While he didn’t say so directly, Col. Thomas Tickner, the new commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, might as well have…

OPINION: Back to the gridiron of dreams

Football has not returned all at once this year in South Georgia. Some teams played earlier than others, but it’s back. Football is back. Winning is very much part of…

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer charged with DUI

New Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Wednesday night. Budenholzer was stopped in Atlanta around 10:30 p.m. ET because the taillights on…

ASPCA rescues 367 dogs from three-state dog fighting ring

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), at the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and…

AP Bulletin: Chemical weapons used in Syria

AP: Kerry says chemical weapons were used in Syria, accuses Assad of destroying evidence.…

Georgia Power warns of suspicious phone calls

More than 70 Georgia Power residential and business customers have reported to the company that they’re getting phone calls of threats to get their power turned off unless they pay…

Synthetic marijuana warning issued after 8 hospitalized

Synthetic marijuana warning issued after 8 hospitalized – http://pulse.me/s/pAfWp…

Fort Hood killer guilty on all counts

The Associated Press has just reported that  Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan has been was found guilty on all counts in the Fort Hood massacre.…

Cities cut hours over Obamacare

Many cash-strapped cities and counties facing the prospect of shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars in new health-care costs under the Affordable Care Act are opting instead to reduce…

Georgia most expensive state to operate an automobile

Georgia is the most expensive state to operate a motor vehicle and Oregon is the cheapest, according to a new Bankrate.com report. Bankrate factored in the costs of gasoline, insurance,…

Video purports to show dozens of dead children after chemical attack

There are reports of new attacks in the Damascus suburbs just one day after an alleged chemical attack against innocent Syrian civilians killed dozens of children. United Nations teams are…

BULLETIN: Nasdaq halts trading

The AP has announced that Nasdaq has halted trading in Nasdaq-listed stocks and options due to a technical issue.…

Forever 21 reducing work hours due to ObamaCare

Forever 21 reducing work hours due to ObamaCare

Forever 21 Inc. is the latest national company to cut employee hours to counter the impact of ObamaCare. Policymic.com reported Forever 21 will limit non-management workers’ hours to 29.5 a…

NPR CEO Gary Knell announces he’s leaving for Nat Geo

NPR CEO Gary Knell announces he’s leaving for Nat Geo

After fewer than 21 months on the job, NPR CEO Gary Knell announced at mid-day Monday that he’s leaving the organization to become president and CEO at the National Geographic…

Woman killed as boat collides with Ogeechee train trestle

Authorities say a 25-year-old woman died Sunday after a boating accident on the Ogeechee River in the Savannah area. The Savannah Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/18FkmBG) that police and paramedics responded…

OPINION | The Water Wars: Deal right to fight if necessary

Welcome back to “the water wars.” Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared on Tuesday that he will file suit against Georgia for its “unchecked and growing consumption of water, which is…

Georgia jobless rate up to 8.8 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.8 percent in July. The rate was three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the…

Study: Electrified water kills pathogens in beef

University of Georgia researchers have used electrolyzed oxidizing water to sanitize poultry, kill funguses on nursery-grown plants and remove pathogens from produce. Now they’re using it to reduce shiga toxin-producing…

Bainbridge Manufacturing expected to spur job, economic growth

Bainbridge Manufacturing expected to spur job, economic growth

A new company is coming to south Georgia and is expected to bring about 250 jobs with it. The city of Bainbridge bought an empty 180-thousand square foot facility for…

Clayton sheriff found not guilty In racketeering trial

Clayton sheriff found not guilty In racketeering trial

Jurors on Thursday acquitted Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill of 27 felony charges including theft and giving false statements, clearing the way for him to resume his law enforcement career…

South Georgia woman accused of abusing disabled clients

South Georgia woman accused of abusing disabled clients

A south Georgia woman has been arrested after a raid on a Thomasville home. Earnistine Yates was arrested August 15 after a raid by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Thomasville…

Bert Lance, confidant of Jimmy Carter, dead at 82

Bert Lance, confidant of Jimmy Carter, dead at 82

Bert Lance, the former state highway director who helped Jimmy Carter climb to the presidency and then joined his White House administration, died Thursday evening. He was 82. State Sen.…

State troopers, other officers idled over certification problems

Authorities say more than 10 percent of the sworn officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety are off the job until administrative glitches involving their certification can be worked…

Postal Service may withdraw from federal health benefits program

The United States Postal Service is expecting to run out of cash again – real soon.After the loss of another $740 million in the past quarter, and $3.9 billion over…

Florida governor to sue Georgia over water rights

Florida governor to sue Georgia over water rights

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state is going to sue the state of Georgia over its increased consumption of water that is limiting flow to the Apalachicola River. Scott…

Covington school officials: Student’s ‘God is Dead’ art will remain on display

Administrators at a Georgia high school say there are no plans to remove student artwork with the proclamation that “God is Dead!” despite complaints from at least one parent. Crystal…

Man killed in stadium fall was lifelong Braves fan

The mother of a man who died after falling from the upper deck of Turner Field in Atlanta says her son was a life-long Braves fan. Connie Homer of Conyers,…

Lawmakers move toward earlier 2014 primary date

There is growing support among leading politicians to move next year’s primary vote to the earliest date in Georgia history, a move some Republicans hope could prevent the contest for…

Race discrimination claims against Deen thrown out

A federal judge in Georgia has thrown out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big…

Former FBI task force head faces criminal probe

Former FBI task force head faces criminal probe

A North Georgia judge revealed this morning that FBI Special Agent Ken Hillman, former head of the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, faces a criminal investigation in connection…

Labor commissioner shares good, bad news

In recent years, there’s been good news and bad news about Georgia’s job market. #State Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler shared a bit of both when he spoke at…

APS takes action on mold issue at high school

APS takes action on mold issue at high school

Atlanta Public School district leaders say they are taking aggressive action after parents complained of mold at a local high school. Parents at Booker T. Washington High School in southwest…

Sen. Fort, alumni say ‘scandalous’ stadium dealings are threat to Morris Brown

State Sen. Vincent Fort and a group of Morris Brown College alumni on Friday criticized recent negotiations surrounding the future site of a new $1 billion stadium for the Atlanta…

GE Appliances expands cooking appliance plant in LaFayette

A ribbon cutting was held on August 9 on a new expansion of GE Appliances cooking products plant in LaFayette. The expansion will include a new 1,100-ton power press (pictured),…

Report: Amazon.com to collect sales tax in Georgia beginning in September

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Amazon.com will begin collecting sales tax in Georgia on Sept. 1. The newspaper reported Friday that a company spokesman confirmed the move, which was hailed…

Falcon fans not thrilled with the new NFL bag policy

Clear plastic, vinyl and PVC bags in sizes up to 12-by-6-by-12 are the new requirement. Fans can still carry items in their pockets and small clutch purses are allowed, but…

Senate control hinges on southern Democrats

The fate of Democratic incumbents in GOP-trending Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, the ability of the 71-year-old GOP leader to hold his Kentucky seat and the eventual outcome of a…

Georgia to limit abortion coverage in employee plan

Georgia will join seven other states that ban coverage of abortions in nearly all instances for those enrolled in the state employee health insurance plan. The decision Thursday by the…

Georgia’s food stamp numbers are troubling economic indicator

Georgia legislators have a pressing issue to tackle when they convene for the 2014 session of the General Assembly in January. They must focus on the reason or reasons for…

Source of Braves’ hot streak might be waffles

Behold, the power of the waffle. The Atlanta Braves are the hottest team in baseball, having won 13 straight games. But that run might not be due to solid pitching…

Gwinnett grandma chases, rams van into fleeing burglars

Gwinnett grandma chases, rams van into fleeing burglars

A Gwinnett County grandmother chased burglars from her home and rammed their car twice with her minivan to get them to stop. via ActionNewsJax.com.…

Atlanta immigration activist ‘polite but uncompromising’

He says the United States is filling up with immigrants who do not respect the law or the American way of life. He refers to Latino groups as “the tribalists,”…

Lilburn teenager charged in fake emergency calls to Pittsburgh 911

A 17-year-old Georgia teen has been charged with posing as a 13-year-old girl whose mother had been shot during a domestic abuse incident in Westmoreland County, leading to the deployment…

State schools superintendent may run for governor

State schools superintendent may run for governor

Georgia state schools Superintendent John Barge says he’s considering challenging Gov. Nathan Deal in next year’s Republican primary. WALB.com…

Teens hospitalized after homeowner opens fire during attempted burglary

DeKalb County police say two teens accused of breaking into a house were shot by the homeowner and have been hospitalized.  The Republic…

Washington Post to be sold to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

The Washington Post Co. will sell its flagship newspaper and one of the most respected news organizations in the country to Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, the company announced in…

A-Rod sole holdout on MLB suspensions

A-Rod sole holdout on MLB suspensions

Alex Rodriguez remained the lone holdout while All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were among 12 players who accepted 50-game penalties from Major League Baseball on Monday as…

Chattanooga newspaper fires editor for headline critical of Obama

The opinion page editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press has been fired over a headline of an editorial that was highly critical of President Barack Obama’s new “jobs plan.” Editor &…

Failing Newsweek sold to IBT

Newsweek, the iconic newsmagazine brand, has been acquired by IBT Media, which publishes the news website International Business Times. Editor & Publisher…

Maher: Comparing Islam to Christianity just wrong

On HBO’s “Real Time” on Friday night, host Bill Maher entertained CSU-San Bernardino professor Brian Levin, director of the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism, who maintained that despite…

Gun purchases in Newtown nearly double since Sandy Hook

Gun purchases in Newtown nearly double since Sandy Hook

According to a Wall Street Journal report, applications for permits to purchase guns (for the record, it’s ridiculous to need a permit just to purchase a gun), have nearly doubled year…

Source: MLB tells Yankees that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended

Source: MLB tells Yankees that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended

NEW YORK | Major League Baseball told the New York Yankees that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended Monday for his links to a clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs…

Georgia becomes the center of the political storm over Obamacare

ATLANTA — For three days last week, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens put Georgia into the center of the political storm over Obamacare, and as is usually the case with politics,…

UGA workshops aimed at home-based businesses

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and Small Business Development Centers are collaborating to offer workshops across the state to help individuals think through the decision to start a home-based…

Meet Nathan Deal, Georgia’s food stamp governor

Remember when Newt Gingrich cynically slapped the “food stamp president” label on Barack Obama? Obama didn’t deserve it. When he made his racially-tinged crack, the ex-speaker hoped you’d forgotten that…

Rome police motorcycle officer hit by car

Rome police motorcycle officer hit by car

A Rome Police Department motorcycle officer was struck from behind this morning by the driver of a car on Riverside Parkway behind Applebee’s. RN-T.com.…

Economy not on Organizing for Action’s ‘Action August’ agenda

Organizing for Action, the nonprofit organization assembled from the remnants of President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, is pushing for the president’s second-term agenda during a month-long “Action August” of advocacy…

Manning acquitted

Manning acquitted

Army PFC Bradley Manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy by giving secrets to WikiLeaks, according to the Associated Press.…

AP: Court rules against NYC’s soda ban

The courts have ruled that New York City’s ban on sugary drinks is unconstitutional, according to the Associated Press.…

FBI conducts child prostitution raids across nation

The FBI said it rescued 105 children and arrested 150 people it described as “pimps” and others in a series of raids in 76 American cities – including Atlanta. The…

Georgia lawsuit targets payday lenders

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has filed a lawsuit aimed at forcing two payday lenders to stop doing business in the Peach State. Atlanta Business Chronicle.…

Study: Online sales taxes would boost economies in Georgia and Florida

ATLANTA | Retailers across Georgia and in neighboring states are hopeful that a report issued by a well-known conservative economist will bring needed support in Congress for legislation to tax…

Waffle House patron opens fire on would-be robber, wounding him

UNION CITY  — Authorities say a customer at a Waffle House outside Atlanta shot and wounded a suspect who was trying to rob the restaurant. via Daily Reporter.…

Another Georgia family stars in reality show: ‘Hollywood Hillbillies’

Honey Boo Boo is getting some competition. Another family from rural Georgia is coming to reality television, with “Hollywood Hillbillies” set to debut in January on ReelzChannel. The show follows…

Heavy rains cause septic tank problems for some

Recent rains left some homeowners tackling septic tank problems. Saturated soils aren’t able to take up additional water from drainfield lines. Georgia FACES.…

Unisex uniforms debut as Army opens units to women

FORD GORDON, Ga.  — A new combat uniform with special consideration to the female body is now available at Fort Gordon, almost a month after the Army announced plans to…

‘Justice For Trayvon’ Movement Struggles To Find Focus

‘Justice For Trayvon’ Movement Struggles To Find Focus

In the two weeks since George Zimmerman’s acquittal, the same activists galvanized by his trial are finding it hard to focus the energy of the Trayvon Martin movement. via GPB.…

Synovus repays TARP

Synovus repays TARP

Synovus Financial Corp. on Friday officially paid back about $967.9 million it borrowed from regulators as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).   Atlanta Business Chronicle.…

Could door-to-door Postal Service delivery end soon?

In an effort designed to cut costs at the cash-strapped agency by up to $4.5 billion a year, Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is proposing the U.S Postal Service phase out…

State jobless rate up to 8.6 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor announced this week that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in June. The rate was up three-tenths of a percentage point from…

Policy changes should not affect wood-pellet plans at Wilmington port

Energy policy changes across the Atlantic could affect how long the boom in the U.S. wood pellet industry will last, forestry experts and industry opponents say. StarNewsOnline.com.…

GOP to donors: Democratic Senate majority is in serious trouble

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is making the case to top donors and senators in a new memo obtained by NBC News that a GOP majority is within their grasp.…

Flowers Foods completes Hostess bread buyout

Flowers Foods Inc. has completed its $355 million acquisition of several breads, bakeries and other assets from the company previously known as Hostess Brands. ActionNewsJax.com.…

Georgia sticking with nationwide Common Core curriculum but will write own exams, governor says

ATLANTA | Georgia won’t be part of a multi-state testing plan that was part of the controversial Common Core curriculum agreement, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday. jacksonville.com.…

State gasoline prices up 3.9 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.53/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia.…

DJJ completes internal investigation

Today Commissioner Avery D. Niles announced the conclusion of the state Department of Juvenile Justice’s month-long internal investigation to determine causes behind department deficiencies that prevented the completion of DJJ…

Georgia man killed In Florida panhandle crash

A Georgia driver was killed and his passenger suffered serious injuries in a Friday night traffic crash in Gulf County. WMBB…

Alabama burglary results in chase through Georgia, Tennessee

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a burglary in northeast Alabama sparked a police chase that crossed into Georgia before ending in Tennessee.  WSFA.com…

Venerable peach gives way to brash upstart blueberry

Venerable peach gives way to brash upstart blueberry

In a little-noticed development, the value of blueberry production in Georgia beat the peach crop in 2005 — and the gap has grown even bigger since then, according to U.S.…

Georgia congressman calls for VA secretary to resign

Georgia congressman calls for VA secretary to resign

A Georgia congressman is calling for the secretary of Veterans Affairs to step down over concerns with oversight at Atlanta’s VA Medical Center. AccessNorthGa.…

Georgia Democrats blame their numbers on gerrymandering

This week, Georgia’s revered civil rights icon and congressman U.S. Rep. John Lewis testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the first congressional hearing after the Supreme Court’s decision last…

Despite rains, no blueberry blues for Georgia

In the wake of a cold spring and more than 35 inches of rain, Georgia’s blueberry crop has prevailed. UGA.…

Thomaston Ritz Theatre featured in music video by T Hardy Morris

Thomaston Ritz Theatre featured in music video by T Hardy Morris

ATLANTA – The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce Georgia’s “Places in Peril” will be featured in a series of music videos for “Audition Tapes,” the debut…

Georgia unemployment rate rises to 8.6% in June

Georgia’s unemployment rate went up again in June as education workers are generally unemployed during the summer and new college graduates are unemployed until they find a job, Georgia Department…

Detroit becomes the largest city in US history to file for bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit has become the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. savannahnow.com.…

Immigration Reform: Pathway to citizenship?

Immigration reform appears to have hit a roadblock in Congress. Some Democrat and Republican representatives are at odds over whether a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million illegal immigrants should…

Woman arrested for DUI dies after booking into Oconee County jail

A Madison County woman arrested Tuesday evening on a DUI charge died shortly after she was booked into the Oconee County Jail, authorities said Wednesday. jacksonville.com.…

That ain’t country

I laugh at people like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (not to his face, of course), the beardy guy on “Duck Dynasty,” Honey Boo Boo and about half of the singers…

Hundreds march in Atlanta over Zimmerman acquittal

Hundreds march in Atlanta over Zimmerman acquittal

ATLANTA — Hundreds of people in metro Atlanta marched in protest of George Zimmerman’s acquittal Monday night. www.wsbtv.com.…

Rallies against Zimmerman verdict erupt across country

Rallies against Zimmerman verdict erupt across country

NEW YORK — From New York to California, demonstrators are rallying against a Florida verdict acquitting George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. savannahnow.com.…

Zimmerman found not guilty.

Zimmerman found not guilty.

George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin at 10 p.m. tonight after deliberating for more than 15 hours over two days. The jury returned the…

Leesburg girl to serve as Ronald McDonald House poster child

Leesburg girl to serve as Ronald McDonald House poster child

LEESBURG — Over the last few years, circumstances have resulted in Stephanie Oxley, as well as a few of her family members, making good use of the Ronald McDonald House…

Albany Herald | Farm bill has tough row to hoe

The Senate adopted farm legislation in June and sent it to the House. Among those in the Senate who endorsed the legislation in the 66-27 vote was Georgia’s senior Sen.…

Appeals court reverses summary judgment against Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance

The Georgia Court of Appeals reversed the grant of summary judgment to Vincent and Patricia Croft in their action against Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company (“GFB”) in which the…

AP reports Napolitano resigning

The Associated Press is reporting that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning from her post to take a senior post in the University of California system. Napolitano has held…

Column Commandos get inside info on Rogers radio gig

When I heard that former State Sen. Chip Rogers was to debut his much-anticipated radio show on Georgia Public Broadcasting, I was curious to know about any last-minute details as…

Students in limbo after loan interest rate talks stall

WASHINGTON / ATLANTA — Senate Democrats on Wednesday failed to restore lower interest rates on subsidized student loans, again coming up short and perhaps signaling that undergraduates might really face…

June rains soaked state but kept it cooler than normal

Georgia saw a soggy June, with almost all counties receiving more rain than normal and a few cities seeing record-breaking amounts. UGA.…

Georgia Power approved for solar expansion

ATLANTA — Georgia Power must purchase more solar power for its energy system under a plan approved Thursday by state utility regulators, a move sought by solar developers and renewable…

Widesread Google outage hits UGA, other spots in South

University of Georgia computer users had trouble on Wednesday using Google, but the problem extended far beyond the campus. Online Athens.…

Insurance commissioner, two staffers took expensive gifts from lobbyists, disclosures show

ATLANTA | Georgia’s top insurance regulator and two senior staffers accepted $100 a head meals and, in one case, a round of golf last month funded by the industry they…

Isakson, Chambliss, and 44 others call for Obamacare delay

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., along with all 44 of their Republican colleagues, sent a letter today to President Obama urging him to permanently delay the…

Democratic aide brings gun into courthouse, gets ticket

Democratic aide brings gun into courthouse, gets ticket

An aide to Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers got off with a warning after illegally bringing a gun into a public building.   The Daily Caller.…

Death of Atlanta police officer ruled homicide

Authorities say a suburban Atlanta police officer who was found dead in her house was killed by a gunshot wound to her head. NorthJersey.com.…

Florida accidentally bans smartphones and computers

As the story goes, Florida recently passed a law banning Internet cafes that offer slot machine-like games. “The Legislature and governor acted with dizzying speed, leaving many questions as to…

Conservative groups want no legalization for those in country illegally

ATLANTA | A coalition of groups in Georgia is urging the state’s members of Congress to vote against any immigration reform bill that includes a path to legalization for people…

One grower’s grapes of wrath

One grower’s grapes of wrath

KERMAN, Calif. — In the world of dried fruit, America has no greater outlaw than Marvin Horne, 68.   The Washington Post.…

State gas prices fall 1.5 cents per gallon

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 1.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.32/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia.…

Woman’s body dumped at Jax cemetery

A woman’s body was found Sunday on the north side of Jacksonville at Restlawn Cemetery. News – Home.…

Athens police department adds hybrids to its fleet

ATHENS, Ga. AP –The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has added 18 hybrid cars to its patrol fleet. ActionNewsJax.com.…

Georgia’s per capita income ranking continues to tumble

ATLANTA | Georgia has slipped toward the lower rankings of states in per capita income during the last decade. jacksonville.com.…

School lunch choices

Last August, Georgia students returned to school and found some familiar friends missing from their cafeterias — sodium, fat and sugar. This school year, processed grains continue their exit. UGA.…

Two jailed for posting ‘Townies Go Home’ stickers at Jax beach

Two men were arrested overnight after police said they were placing stickers around Jacksonville Beach that read “Townies Go Home.” News – Home.…

Supporters of Egyptian president say military coup is underway

CAIRO — Armored cars, tanks and troops deployed in the Egyptian capital on Wednesday, and advisers said they had lost contact with President Mohammed Morsi in what they described as…

Researchers tout progress in glioblastoma fight

University of Florida Health researchers have discovered a molecular pathway involved in the deadly spread of the most lethal kind of brain cancer. Their findings, which appear in the advanced…

Obamacare employer mandate implementation postponed

Businesses won’t be fined for not providing health insurance to their employees for one more year, the Obama administration said Tuesday evening, announcing that they would delay the implementation of…

Lake Seminole shooting victims identified

Two people were found dead inside a South Georgia home Monday morning. The house is in the 8000 block of Northwood Drive in Donalsonville  and was roped off with crime…

Florida misspelled twice on interstate sign

Florida misspelled twice on interstate sign

The Florida Department of Transportation had some explaining to do when Florida was misspelled on an Interstate 95 exit sign in Jacksonville. News – Home.…

Georgians advised to show caution with fireworks

Most fireworks are illegal in Georgia, but that won’t stop people from experiencing the rush of nearly blowing their hand off. The Red and Black…

Egypt’s crisis signals the unraveling of yet another Arab nation-state

When British and French diplomats sat down to draw the boundaries of the modern Middle East, one country required no ruler and compass to define it.   People lived in Egypt…

21 charged in cruelty to Alzheimer’s sufferers

COMMERCE | Nearly two-dozen former employees of a Georgia center for people with Alzheimer’s disease are facing more than 70 charges amid allegations of cruel treatment of patients.  jacksonville.com.…

Student loan rates double after Senate rejects compromise

The subsidized interest rate on Stafford student loans doubled Monday, following top Senate Democrats’ rejection of a bipartisan compromise supported by the president. via Yep, student loans just doubled |…

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