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House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Ahead of storm, Ga. delays execution

ATLANTA (AP) - Ahead of a winter storm, Georgia has delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate.

February 25, 2015 | Alec Smith | STATE

White House threatens veto of GOP bill to fix education law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is threating to veto a Republican bill to fix the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law that is set for debate in the House on Wednesday, calling it "a significant step backwards."

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

'American Sniper' jurors: Ex-Marine knew right from wrong

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jurors who rejected and insanity defense and convicted a former Marine in the deaths of famed "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend said Wednesday the man's past behavior undermined his argument that he couldn't tell right from wrong.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

TJ Maxx, Marshalls to follow Wal-Mart in raising pay

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods stores said Wednesday that it will boost pay for its U.S. workers to at least $9 per hour.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks drift in midday trading, holding near record highs

U.S. stocks are little changed in midday trading as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen continues her Congressional testimony.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

John Middleton

Mr. John Raymond Middleton, 62, of Winston-Salem passed away Monday, February 16, 2015 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born November 15, 1952 in Fairfax County, Virginia to George and Jimmie Weisner Middleton. John received his undergraduate degree from VCU and his Master's Degree from Wake Forest University. Formerly from Davidson County, he moved to Georgia where he worked with Service Master Corporation for 22 years. He then worked for Newton County from March 2000 as the Finance Director until his retirement in September 2014 as the County Manager. While working for Newton County, John touched ...

February 25, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

School board changes direction on Clear Touch company

The Newton County School Board changed direction on which company will supply the district with new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

February 25, 2015 | Martin Rand | LIVING

DHS bill exposes holes in GOP's congressional coordination

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the heady days after winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies on his own.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Husband of ex-DeKalb commissioner guilty of mail fraud

ATLANTA (AP) - The husband of a former DeKalb County commissioner who admitted to stealing county money has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Only female death row inmate in Georgia set for execution

ATLANTA (AP) - The only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Weather service: 3-6 inches of snow possible in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of the potential for 3-6 inches of snow across north Georgia.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Justices weigh case of Muslim denied job over headscarf

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is considering the employment discrimination claim of a Muslim woman who was turned down for a job by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after she showed up at her job interview wearing a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

More cold, snow, ice, wintry mix expected Wednesday

States of emergencies have already been declared and schools have already been closed ahead of wintry weather mix that is expected to continue to batter a wide swath of the country Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Ga. police chief says he shot his wife

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) - A police chief told a 911 operator that he accidentally shot his wife early New Year's Day inside their suburban home southwest of Atlanta, investigators said Thursday.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Rose Bowl rout by Oregon over FSU

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Atlanta PD names LGBT liaison officer

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in Anderson County on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said Wednesday.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Alabama's Saban wins Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year

ATLANTA (AP) - Nick Saban, who led Alabama to the No. 1 seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff, has been selected the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Isolated acts of violence mar holiday week

The suspect in a stabbing at Lawnwood Cemetary was still at large Wednesday, following a holiday week marred by several violent incidents, including a bloody altercation between roommates and a birthday party that devolved into a family fight where shots were fired.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

US pending home climb in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose modestly in November as a strengthening economy helped nudge some would-be homebuyers.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hotel hopes guests head home with a rescue dog

At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

KKK group to keep fighting to join cleanup program

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Ku Klux Klan group says it will move forward with its application for a highway cleanup program after a judge ruled that the state's denial violated the organization's right to free speech.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

NCSO graduates one from Public Safety training

The Newton County Sheriff's Office had one graduate from the 273rd Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at the Athens Academy Friday, Dec. 12.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

No. 13 Georgia runs over No. 20 Louisville, 37-14

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - When quarterback Hutson Mason went down with an injury in the second quarter, Georgia coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs turned to plan B.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Emory University makes changes to sexual misconduct policy

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Emory University is updating its sexual misconduct policy as federal education officials investigate how the metro Atlanta school handles sexual assaults and civil rights cases.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

New year kicks off with start of Ga. shad fishing season

ATLANTA (AP) - Commercial fishermen can kick off the new year with the opening day of shad season in Georgia.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

5 things to know: Obama health law again in play

WASHINGTON (AP) - New episodes in the nation's long-running political drama over health care are coming via your news feed in 2015.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Firefighter hears emergency call about his own home on fire

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - Firefighters are helping to raise money for a co-worker who was at work when he heard a fire call for his own home.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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