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Georgia DOT plans to raise Savannah bridge for larger ships

Jan. 24, 2023 18:00 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials have signed off on a plan to raise Savannah's towering suspension bridge to make room for larger cargo ships to reach the city's busy seaport. The state Department of Transportation's board at its January meeting approved hiring a contractor...

Georgia Southern student arrested on battery charge

Jan. 21, 2023 16:09 PM EST

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia college student arrested for allegedly attacking another student outside of a fraternity house has been released after posting bond, news outlets reported. Statesboro Police officers were called to the Sigma Nu Fraternity house at Georgia Southern...

Regulators move mine plan near Okefenokee a big step forward

Jan. 19, 2023 14:07 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company's plan to mine minerals just outside the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected wildlife refuge moved a big step closer Thursday to approval by Georgia regulators, who have spent years evaluating the project that opponents say could permanently harm an...

Suit: School ban on Black Lives Matter shirts discriminatory

Jan. 10, 2023 12:42 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia school district is being sued by students who say they were barred from wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts to school events while their white peers regularly wear shirts printed with Confederate flags. The lawsuit was filed last week in U.S....

New Georgia House speaker aims to keep friends as he ascends

Jan. 09, 2023 13:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Jon Burns has made a reputation as everyone's friend during his 18 years in the Georgia House. Now he hopes that affability will serve him as the chamber's speaker, one of the most powerful people in the state. “You get a lot more done in life, and certainly in...

New this week: Mariah Carey special, 'Maverick,' 'Best Man'

Dec. 19, 2022 10:36 AM EST

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — At long last, “Top Gun: Maverick” is coming to a streaming hub. The biggest film of the year...

Suit: US ship canal dredging in summer threatens sea turtles

Dec. 16, 2022 16:00 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A conservation group has filed suit over a U.S. agency's planned timeframe for dredging a Georgia coast shipping channel, arguing that using powerful pumps to suck up harbor sediments in summertime would endanger rare sea turtles. For two years,...

Indictment: Mom used drugs before killing Georgia toddler

Dec. 15, 2022 12:08 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mother of a toddler found dead in a Georgia landfill has been charged with murder and other crimes in a 19-count indictment that alleges she used drugs before killing her son and dumping his body in a trash bin. A Chatham County grand jury returned the...

Army sergeant killed at Georgia base was an Afghan veteran

Dec. 13, 2022 17:25 PM EST

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — The Army on Tuesday said a soldier who was fatally shot at a Georgia base was a sergeant whose nearly eight years of military service included a deployment to Afghanistan. Sgt. Nathan M. Hillman, 30, of Plum, Pennsylvania, was killed Monday by a gunman at...

Savannah port terminal to get $410M upgrade amid big growth

Dec. 05, 2022 14:52 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Port of Savannah plans a $410 million overhaul of one of its sprawling terminals to make room for loading and unloading larger ships while focusing its business almost exclusively on cargo shipped in containers. The Georgia Ports Authority's governing...