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Georgia court OKs probation supervision by private companies

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court ruled Monday that a state law allowing courts to contract with private probation companies to supervise misdemeanor offenders is constitutional but does not allow for additional requirements beyond what is imposed by the courts.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


New streetcar involved in 2 crashes before debut

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say the Atlanta Streetcar has been involved in two crashes with vehicles while being tested before next month's expected launch.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Crews work to clear storm damage, restore power

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power reports that fewer than 300 of its customers remain without power after severe storms crossed the state.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman shot at MARTA bus stop outside Atlanta

ITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a woman was in critical condition after being shot at a MARTA bus stop in the Lithonia area of DeKalb County.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Gov. Perdue defends "Go Fish" center in Perry

PERRY, Ga. (AP) - Despite criticism, former Gov. Sonny Perdue says he's proud of his efforts to support fishing, including committing the state government to borrow $14 million for an aquarium in rural Georgia.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters: Storms coming to Plains, Gulf Coast

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Forecasters say severe weather is possible in the Southern Plains and across the Deep South over the next few days.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta readies for reaction to Ferguson case

ATLANTA (AP) - Police and leaders in the Atlanta area were preparing Thursday for protests and possible unrest as a grand jury in Missouri decides whether to criminally charge a white officer who fatally shot a black man.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate declines to 7.7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 percent.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


NBC scraps Cosby television project

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Temperatures drop into teens for 2nd straight day

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures sunk as low as 14 degrees in at least one Georgia town as near-record cold gripped the state for a second straight day.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bullying, lying debt collectors an epidemic

NEW YORK (AP) - The country is facing an epidemic of unscrupulous debt collectors willing to pose as law enforcement and threaten arrest to squeeze dollars out of Americans, a top prosecutor said Tuesday as he announced the arrests of seven people who worked for an Atlanta-area company.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Alabama sets road widening among Southern mansions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Transportation is advertising for bids to complete the four-laning of U.S. 431 from Interstate 85 in Opelika to the Florida line.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


7 charged in Georgia-based debt collection scam

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities in New York say they've brought criminal charges against seven people in a debt collection scam run out of Georgia.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia moves on _ again _ without star RB Gurley

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia is not concerned about carrying on without Todd Gurley.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA flags fly at half-staff to honor Gov. Sanders

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says flags at state buildings and grounds will fly at half-staff to honor former Gov. Carl Sanders, who died at age 89.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Kroger hiring 2,000 jobs in Atlanta division

Kroger announced recently it will be hiring 2,000 permanent associates across its Atlanta Division, which includes Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina.

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


GA medical center giving free take-home drug tests

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials from the Atlanta Medical Center say they're giving parents take-home drug tests as part of a back-to-school substance abuse prevention program.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves' new stadium has a name _ SunTrust Park

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves new suburban stadium already has a name - SunTrust Park.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge changes but won't lift Ga. man's banishment

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man who was banned from most of the state for firing at a house is being allowed to live with his mother, but he can't leave the county.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

ATLANTA (AP) - UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Columbus-based payment firm to expand in McDonough

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - State officials say a Columbus-based payments company will expand in McDonough, creating up to 450 jobs.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal, Carter duel over education at Atlanta forum

ATLANTA (AP) - A forum with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter turned contentious Monday over public education as each attacked the other's record and questioned his opponent's plans to improve it.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA troopers to focus on commercial drivers on I-85

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state troopers say they're launching a 72-hour crackdown on unsafe commercial vehicle drivers on Interstate 85.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Car stolen before it can be raffled to raise funds

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Family members who planned to raffle a car to help pay for their daughter's medical care say the vehicle has been stolen.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Perdue picks up endorsement of ex-President Bush

ATLANTA (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has endorsed Republican David Perdue over the CEO of a nonprofit he founded, Democrat Michelle Nunn, in Georgia's closely watched Senate race.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Income inequality complicates Ga. consumption tax

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study suggests the growing share of income paid to the rich could raise the costs of a Republican proposal to replace Georgia's income tax with an expanded sales tax.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Jury selected in trial of suspended county leader

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A jury is in place to decide the fate of a county leader accused of pressuring businesses for campaign donations in exchange for government work.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents alarmed after snakes spotted at school

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Parents say they're alarmed about snakes seen inside and outside a school south of Atlanta.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hack

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics could tip scales in Georgia governor race

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has always managed to stay one step ahead of ethics scrapes, and the 72-year-old Republican will have to do it again in what is likely his last election campaign in this GOP-leaning state.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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