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Johns Creek mayor to lead Georgia Municipal Association

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek will serve as president of the Georgia Municipal Association.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta Cyclorama to leave building it occupied since 1921

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Cyclorama, the colossal Civil War painting created about 130 years ago, is leaving the building it has occupied since 1921 to move across town.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. high court says bonds for Braves stadium valid

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the authorization of up to $397 million in bonds to build a new baseball stadium for the Braves in Cobb County.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta court issues same-sex marriage licenses

Court in Atlanta begins marrying gay couples

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officials call for end to Confederate holidays, plates

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Democrats called for an end to state holidays commemorating Confederate history on Friday, joining a push across the country to remove the battle flag and other symbols from government buildings after nine black members of a South Carolina church were fatally shot.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Journalist jailed in Zimbabwe for starting newspaper

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - The attorney for a Zimbabwe journalist says his client was convicted of publishing a newspaper in a southern town without government permission and sentenced to eight months in prison.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Mother with flesh-eating bacteria has hand, feet removed

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Gwinnett County mother battling flesh-eating bacteria has undergone surgery to remove her feet and one hand.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Fire at black Georgia church was arson, officials say

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a fire that damaged a predominantly black church in middle Georgia has been ruled arson.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Court upholds insurance subsidies for thousands of Georgians

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 412,000 Georgians can receive tax subsidies designed to make health insurance affordable after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide assistance on Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex Lowndes deputy sentenced in traffic fine scam

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A former south Georgia sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for a scam that targeted Hispanic drivers with illegitimate traffic fines.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Newton, metro Atlanta's jobless rate up

The jobless rate in Newton County and across the metro Atlanta area rose from April 2015 to May 2015.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Ceramic bulldog stolen from Athens grave

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A woman has told police that a ceramic bulldog was again stolen from the grave of her son, who was a fan of the University of Georgia football team.

June 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah teen shot to death

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah police are investigating after a 17-year-old boy was found shot to death inside a stolen car.

June 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta man arrested in hotel fire

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities have arrested an Atlanta man after a motel fire injured ten people, including a firefighter.

June 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Officer, 2 public works employees save 2 children in fire

GRANTVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Grantville home was destroyed by a fire, but two children were able to get out safely due with the help of a police officer and two public works employees.

June 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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High school teacher killed in wreck with prom-going teens

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - An Atlanta high school teacher has died after a car crash with two students on their way to her school's prom.

April 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Middle Ga. schools close with more than 100 children sick

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Laurens County closed all of its public schools Friday after an estimated 150 children went home sick the day before with what health officials suspect is highly contagious norovirus.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. deputies disciplined for 'mistakes' in gunshots response

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Five sheriff's deputies have been disciplined for their handling of a case involving fisherman who reported someone shooting at them at a middle Georgia lake.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cookout employees extinguish SUV fire in drive-thru

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Employees at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Atlanta saved a woman and others nearby after her SUV burst into flames in the drive-thru.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia high school teacher arrested for sex with students

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia high school teacher has been arrested and charged with having sexual contact with her male students.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Atlanta TV anchor diagnosed with liver cancer

ATLANTA (AP) - Longtime Atlanta news anchor Monica Pearson has revealed she's been diagnosed with liver cancer.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rates drops below 6 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has dropped below 6 percent.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


5 dead, 3 injured in fiery crash on Georgia interstate

ELLABELLE, Ga. (AP) â€" Five people died early Wednesday in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 16 west of Savannah that authorities said began when a tractor-trailer failed to slow down and smashed into stop-and-go traffic.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State: Schools not required to pull ice cream but some do

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say Georgia schools are not required to discard Blue Bell ice cream products, but some of the state's largest school systems say they are doing so.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Shooting at Georgia Kia plant

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) - A shooting inside the Kia Motors auto manufacturing plant in Georgia left one worker wounded and another in custody after armed officers swarmed the site Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's veteran leader, Pete Wheeler, dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Pete Wheeler, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, died Tuesday as the longest-serving state agency head after holding the job for more than six decades.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


3 ex-educators in Atlanta cheating case to be resentenced

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge plans to resentence three former Atlanta public school educators who got the stiffest sentences after they were convicted in a conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Funeral home mistakenly cremates man; negotiations ongoing

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A family attorney says a former Macon pastor who wanted to be buried in a casket was cremated by mistake.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal to sign Opportunity School District legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal said he plans to sign legislation Tuesday to allow a state takeover of "chronically failing" schools and set up a statewide vote in 2016 to authorize the move.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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