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Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - Eleven former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House, Senate rapidly pass state budget agreement

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a $40 billion state spending plan for the next year Tuesday night, giving raises to the state's top judges and pushing $103 million in costs for some part-time school employees' health insurance to local districts.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers pass $900 million transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a transportation funding plan late Tuesday night that they said will raise $900 million through changes to the state's gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta streetcar to continue offering free rides

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials say streetcar passengers may ride for free through the end of 2015.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, the penultimate working day of the 2015 legislative session.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate clears way for continued operation of Uber, Lyft

ATLANTA (AP) - Uber and other ride sharing companies may have passed their last legislative roadblock with the passage of a Georgia Senate bill mandating insurance minimums for drivers and the firms they drive for.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate OKs bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage for treating autism in children.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tiger Woods' plane seen at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State House backs charge on strip clubs to fight trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a constitutional amendment charging strip clubs to provide services for victims of child sexual abuse.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. hunting regulations proposed; public comment sought

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are inviting public comments on proposed changes to hunting regulations.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl, 9, wounded by gunshot in northeast Georgia

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia are investigating a gunshot that wounded a 9-year-old girl.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


10-foot, 300-pound metal rooster goes missing in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' fight ramps up as bill remains stalled

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill remains stalled in a Georgia House committee as lawmakers enter the final two days of the legislative session surrounded by pressure from supporters and critics who say the bill can be used as a defense for discrimination against gay or transgender people.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Atlanta area man shot dead trying to rob dog breeder

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a metro Atlanta man was fatally shot as he tried to rob a bulldog breeder he had contacted through the website Craigslist.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stone Mountain Pecan product recalled

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain pecan products for potential health risk. The products were distributed only in the State of Georgia, directly to consumers at the retail level from the Stone Mountain Pecan Company, located in Monroe.

January 30, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Ga. law enforcement watching for drunk game day drivers

ATLANTA (AP) - The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says authorities will be on the lookout for suspected drunk drivers on Super Bowl Sunday.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta man shot dead after responding to pit bull ad

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a metro Atlanta man was fatally shot after meeting with two people who advertised a pit bull for sale online.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Employee charged with stealing wedding gifts

MACON, Ga. (AP) - After their wedding last fall, Cheryl and Jay Malone opened what they assumed was a box of cards, well-wishes from guests.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate passes bill requiring coverage for autism therapy

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia state Senate has passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover autism therapy for children younger than 6.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 loaded guns, 2 inert grenades recovered at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal authorities say three people were found trying to take loaded guns and inert grenades onto flights departing from Atlanta's airport.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Before harbor gets deepened, Confederate shipwreck must go

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Before workers can start to deepen the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, they first must remove a Confederate shipwreck still sitting at the bottom of the Savannah River after 150 years.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stone-faced Holyfield has starring role in road rage PSA

ATLANTA (AP) - Flashing the same stone-faced glare that once was so familiar in the boxing ring, Evander Holyfield appeared headed toward another fight.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.4 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate stands at 6.4 percent.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


1 person killed, 3 others wounded in DeKalb County shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say one person has been killed in a shooting that wounded three others in DeKalb County, just outside Atlanta.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Clergy speak out on 'religious freedom' bill proposed in GA

ATLANTA (AP) - Baptist clergy members in Georgia are picking sides over a bill that supporters say protects religious freedom.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South

McRAE, Ga. (AP) - Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to a donation center run from their backyard in suburban Atlanta.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia couple

cRAE, Ga. (AP) - Elrey "Bud" Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Famed SC civil rights protesters to have records erased

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Fifty-four years after they were sentenced to a month of hard labor in a chain gang for ordering lunch in South Carolina, nine black men are getting a new day in court.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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