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Rivals for Georgia governor clash on 'religious freedom' law

Sep. 21, 2018 3:49 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The rivals campaigning to become Georgia's next governor clashed Friday over whether the state needs a law offering protection for citizens acting on religious belief — an issue the outgoing Republican governor shot down amid an outcry from business leaders who joined gay rights...

Police: 2 held for selling pot edibles on church grounds

Sep. 17, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police say a woman was openly selling marijuana products during an event at a Georgia church. The Savannah Morning News reports two arrests were made Friday during an event in which entrepreneurs were invited to set up booths and sell various items. Authorities in Savannah said all the...

Slaves' descendants have long history of enduring hurricanes

Sep. 13, 2018 12:37 AM EDT

ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the television in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials. But when it comes to deciding whether to flee this island where...

The Latest: Florence now a Category 2 storm, still dangerous

Sep. 12, 2018 11:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 11:00 p.m. Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm. As of 11 p.m., the storm was centered 280 miles (455 kilometers) east southeast of...

Unique Gullah communities have ridden out many hurricanes

Sep. 12, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the TV in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials. But when it comes to deciding whether to flee this island where thousands of...

Savannah's prized landmark district threatened by growth

Sep. 1, 2018 9:33 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — With its time-capsule collection of Victorian mansions and antebellum churches overlooking oak-shaded squares, Savannah has long taken great pride — and built a nearly $3 billion tourism economy — from its standing as a National Historic Landmark, a designation awarded to...

New rail port boosts business interest in northern Georgia

Aug. 23, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A new inland port terminal that moves cargo by train from northern Georgia to the busy coastal seaport in Savannah is generating new economic interest in an area better known for nature tourism than industry. The Georgia Ports Authority and state taxpayers spent $23.5 million building...

New rail port connects north Georgia with ships on the coast

Aug. 22, 2018 1:53 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A new inland port terminal is allowing shippers to move cargo between northern Georgia and the Port of Savannah by train rather than sending trucks through the jammed highways of Atlanta. Gov. Nathan Deal attended the official opening Wednesday of the Appalachian Regional Port. The...

Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to media

Aug. 15, 2018 8:14 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the "longest sentence" ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing. Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner, 26, is scheduled to...

Woman killed in police encounter was suspect's grandmother

Jul. 31, 2018 10:42 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say a bystander who was killed in a police shootout with a suspect was the suspect's grandmother. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Tuesday that forensic tests are still pending to determine who fired the shot that killed Cynthia Fields...