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Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House approves Gov. Deal's 'failing schools' amendment

TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" on Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House committee chair says no vote on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to Ga. governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing a form of medical marijuana is headed to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after a two-year legislative battle.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia honors Vietnam veterans

Georgia is home to more than 234,000 Vietnam War veterans, and the state seeks to honor them with a new program to be unveiled next week.

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia trout fishing season to open Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say they're stocking the state's waterways with fish before the opening of trout fishing season.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes sweeping medical marijuana bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a sweeping medical marijuana bill that now goes back to the House for tweaking.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Privacy and private parts: Nude neighbor exposes law's limit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man who has continually irritated his neighbors by standing naked in the front door of his home has exposed a state law that local prosecutors want to change.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House panel OKs governor's school takeover amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" appears headed for a vote in the Georgia House of Representatives after securing a key committee's approval on Monday.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Good Morning America' anchor to speak at UGA commencement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - "Good Morning America" anchor Amy Robach is set to give a commencement speech to University of Georgia undergraduates.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia State coach breaks cast in fall, has to get new one

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Georgia State coach Ron Hunter is getting a new cast on his injured left foot.

March 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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MLK estate drops lawsuit against King Center

ATLANTA (AP) - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children have resolved one of two legal disputes dividing them.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia inmates to wear hot-pink uniforms

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Chief Gary Jones has a clear philosophy when it comes to jailed inmates.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man shot at Sonic drive-in dies; teen charged with murder

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say an attempted robbery suspect shot by a customer at a Sonic drive-in near Atlanta has died, prompting authorities to charge a teenager with murder.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT gets new commissioner

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation has a new leader.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GSU to offer co-ed housing for students

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State University will offer students co-ed dorm room options next school year.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. asks to halt gay marriage lawsuit until high court rules

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for the state of Georgia have asked a federal judge to stop any action on a challenge to the state's ban on gay marriage until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to rule on the issue.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge orders release of emails in James Brown estate lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A judge says South Carolina officials must release emails concerning the diary of James Brown's widow and other documents related to the nearly decade-long fight over the late soul singer's estate.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jekyll Island holds fire on deer thinning

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Jekyll Island will hold its fire on a proposal to have sharpshooters kill deer at the state park, and instead will study whether the abundant deer population is damaging the island's maritime forests.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Mother of teen girl suspected in crime spree arrested

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) - The mother of one of the two teenage sweethearts from Kentucky who are suspected in a multistate crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks has been arrested.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Alabama man cited for eating cheeseburger while driving

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - An Alabama man is accused of eating while driving in Atlanta's suburbs.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Fire means move to high school for Fairington students

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Students at a DeKalb County elementary school will have classes at a nearby high school after their school suffered extensive damage in a weekend fire.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gold Dome update from Sen. Jeffares

The Gold Dome started buzzing once again on Monday as Senators and Representatives gathered in their chambers to mark the beginning of the 153rd Legislative Session.

January 19, 2015 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


Police: Robbery suspect shot at DeKalb drive-in restaurant

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a man opened fire on a group of men he said tried to rob him at a drive-in fast food restaurant.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Scientists: Tumor-causing virus widespread in wild turkeys

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Wildlife biologists tracking a tumor-causing virus first diagnosed in eastern wild turkeys five years ago have found the virus is far more widespread - but less deadly - than expected.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Teens suspected in southern crime spree captured in Florida

One of the two teenage sweethearts from Kentucky suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks around the South awaited a first court appearance Monday in Florida, where they were captured over the weekend.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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