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Dispute over MLK Bible, Nobel prize headed for mediation

ATLANTA (AP) - A legal battle over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize is headed for court-ordered mediation, and lawyers for both sides said Wednesday they hope for a lasting resolution to issues that have long divided the civil rights icon's heirs.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


4 rescued after car veers into DeKalb County river

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say four people climbed to the roof of a car after it veered into a DeKalb County river.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Severe thunderstorms possible as rain moves into Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say strong storms -- including some that could become severe -- will be possible as heavy rain moves into Georgia.

May 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Protest planned at Valdosta graduation over student death

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they will provide extra security during graduation ceremonies this weekend at the Valdosta high school where a student was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat more than two years ago.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah prosecutors seek indictment over death of college student

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Prosecutors plan to seek an criminal indictment next month in the death of a 22-year-old college student at the Chatham County jail.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Carroll hurts left knee as Hawks fall to Cavaliers, 97-89

ATLANTA (AP) - The Hawks have been here before in this postseason, down 1-0 after losing the opening game of a series at home.

May 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at 6.3 percent, which is unchanged from the previous month.

May 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. daycare temporarily closed during state investigation

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - A judge has affirmed an order to temporarily close a Cobb County daycare after employees were accused of lying about how long a child was left alone in a van.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Charges dropped for man who smashed car window, saved dog

THENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have dropped the charges against an Athens veteran who was arrested after breaking a window to free a dog from a hot car.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia teacher accused of letting students have sex

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - An Atlanta-area teacher has been arrested after a parent complained he allowed middle school students to have sex in a storage unit in his classroom.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


It's not an ostrich: Emu causes highway traffic jam

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Drivers may have mistaken it for an ostrich, but an emu was at the heart of a highway traffic jam in metro Atlanta.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


University board backs plan to prevent sexual violence

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's state university system plans to set specific training requirements for students and staff and create new positions in hopes of preventing sexual violence at its 30 schools.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


NTSB: Pilot reported problem before fatal crash into freeway

ATLANTA (AP) - Seconds before slamming into a metro Atlanta freeway, a pilot radioed air traffic controllers to say he was struggling to gain altitude, authorities said.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Clarification: Michael's Law story

ATLANTA (AP) - In a story May 17, The Associated Press reported that a new Georgia law prevents anyone younger than 21 from entering a bar, defined as a business with more than 75 percent of its revenue from sales of alcohol to be consumed at that location. The story should have specified that the law allows people younger than 21 in a bar if accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse older than 21 or to attend a live concert requiring a paid ticket.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


About 270 tickets written in Ga under "slow poke" law

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia State Patrol says officers have written about 270 tickets under a law that makes it illegal to block faster drivers in the left-hand lane.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA (AP) - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island weighs smoking ban for largest Ga. public beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's largest public beach could become off limits to smoking next year.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 charged with killing deer that mingled with farmer's cows

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia have charged two young men with killing a deer in a pasture where it was known to mingle with a farmer's cows.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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