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State legislators push fitness tests

ATLANTA (AP) - Students would soon have to complete an annual physical fitness testing under a measure that cleared the Georgia Legislature.

March 19, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News

13 firms receiving bailout owe back taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least 13 firms receiving billions of dollars in bailout money owe a total of more than $220 million in unpaid federal taxes, a key lawmaker said Thursday.

March 19, 2009 | By Stephen Ohlemacher Associated Press Writer | State, National News

Senate votes to scrap annual raise

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Tuesday voted to scrap the system that awards members of Congress an automatic cost-of-living pay raise every year.

March 17, 2009 | By Andrew Taylor Associated Press Writer | State, National News

Wall Street resumes rally following housing report

NEW YORK (AP) - You know things have changed on Wall Street when the housing industry saves the day.

March 17, 2009 | By Stephen Bernard and Tim Paradis AP Business Writers | State, National News

Irish eyes are smiling

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - As bagpipers and shamrock-plastered floats passed the crowd, Nancy Cox raised a Bloody Mary and clicked the heels of her emerald slippers - one of the head-to-toe green accessories of her "Wizard of Oz" costume.

March 17, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press | State, National News

Financial overhaul bill on its way soon?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee said Tuesday he hoped to begin writing legislation by early May on overhauling how the federal government regulates the nation's financial system.

March 17, 2009 | Jim Abrams Associated Press | State, National News

PSC Oks new nuclear power sites

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Public Service Commisison approved Georgia Power's plan to build two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, near Augusta.

March 17, 2009 | For the Bryan County News Associated press | State, National News

Housing starts surge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Housing construction posted a surprisingly large increase in February, bolstered by strength in all parts of the country except the West.

March 17, 2009 | By Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer | State, National News

Georgia's 'immigrant highway'

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) - Odilio Perez aches for a life beyond Buford Highway, a six-lane stretch of strip malls and ethnic diversity that cuts through three counties in the New American South.

March 16, 2009 | John Moreno Gonzales Associated Press | State, National News

Savannah woman shoots daughter

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Savannah woman shot and wounded her 11-year-old daughter as she slept in her bed Monday morning, police said.

March 16, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press | State, National News

AIG Outrage

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared Monday that insurance giant American International Group is in financial straits because of "recklessness and greed" and said he intends to stop it from paying out millions in executive bonuses.

March 16, 2009 | By Tom Raum Associated Press | State, National News

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