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Judge denies challenge to death penalty provision

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has denied a Georgia death row inmate's latest challenge to a state requirement that defendants must prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt in order to be spared from execution.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA lawmakers to hear testimony on medical cannabis

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A committee of state lawmakers tasked with studying effects of marijuana extracts on certain illnesses is scheduled to meet with law enforcement officials, health professionals and others.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man struck, killed by transit train in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a man has been struck and killed by a commuter train at a downtown station.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


8 horses escape Ga. pasture, trot along freeway

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Animal services workers in east Georgia are investigating how a group of eight horses escaped a pasture before trotting alongside Interstate 20.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


In Georgia, 2 parties battle over minority votes

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Behind a nondescript storefront just outside Atlanta, Delores Washington makes telephone call after call in this Democratic stronghold using a list of potential voters handed to her by a young party staffer.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Romney to attend Georgia fundraiser for Perdue

ATLANTA (AP) - Mitt Romney will be heading to Georgia on Wednesday, raising money for Senate candidate David Perdue as the former Dollar General CEO looks to hold a key seat for Republicans this year.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. college smoking ban goes into effect Wednesday

TLANTA (AP) - A rule smoking ban at all University System of Georgia campuses is scheduled to go into effect this week.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


School considers options for Bible verse monument

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Officials at a public high school in east Georgia are considering whether to remove or modify a monument that quotes the Bible.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wal-Mart: Morgan, others weren't wearing seatbelts

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics complaint against Jason Carter dismissed

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission has dismissed a complaint accusing Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter of violating state law by sending fundraiser invitations during the legislative session.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah harbor dredging deal close

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Ports Authority's top executive says a cost-sharing agreement needed to start work on a $706 million deepening of the waterway to the Port of Savannah should be finished within two weeks.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. highway officials buy image-boosting radio ads

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy hospitalized after he's run over by lawnmower

BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old boy is hospitalized with severe injuries after his father accidentally ran over him with a riding lawnmower.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman accused of killing mom to steal her newborn

RINGGOLD, Ga. (AP) - A Tennessee woman was charged with murder after gunning down a northwest Georgia woman because she wanted the woman's newborn baby, a sheriff said.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Governor's race drives spending in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A new national report has found that political spending on television ads for Georgia state offices is down from four years ago.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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1 man killed, 1 wounded in gunfire outside grocery

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded in the parking lot of a shopping center just east of Atlanta.

December 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Mom reports gunmen stole girl's medicine, presents

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A suburban Atlanta woman says home invaders kicked her disabled 6-year-old daughter in the side and stole medication and specialized equipment that helps the girl communicate.

December 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Higher security fee set to boost travel costs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The cost of flying is headed higher now that Congress has agreed on a budget deal.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents of Ga. teen found dead in mat want inquiry

ATLANTA (AP) - During a rally at the state Capitol Wednesday, lawyers for the family of a Georgia teenager found dead at school inside a rolled-up gym mat called on the governor to order a coroner's inquest.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia high school graduation rate increases

ATLANTA (AP) - The graduation rate for the state's public high schools increased by nearly two percentage points over the previous year, state education officials said.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Supporters working to keep Ga. Civil War site open

IRWINVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The leaders of a south Georgia county say community members and the Sons of Confederate Veterans group have stepped forward to stave off the closure of a Civil War historical site.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police call missing child case a hoax; mom charged

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - The mother of a young child who was reported missing and later found safe is now accused of giving police false information.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. National Guard to process same-sex benefits

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia National Guard will be able to assist members seeking benefits for same-sex spouses under changes announced Monday.

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Home invaders steal Christmas gifts near Atlanta

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) - Police south of Atlanta are on the lookout for two gunmen who stole Christmas presents and electronic items from a 9-year-old boy and his grandparents.

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate Republicans change up fundraising effort

ATLANTA (AP) - The fundraising arm of the Georgia Senate Republican Caucus has not filed a mid-year campaign finance report nor has it submitted its annual registration with the state ethics commission, records show.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Teen who died on flight was traveling with family

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane Fire Department says a 16-year-old boy who died on a Delta Air Lines flight had a medical condition and was with members of his military family traveling from Seattle to Atlanta.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to baseball Hall

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Protesters accuse Ga. university of animal cruelty

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Nearly 100 demonstrators and their dogs gathered in Augusta on Saturday to protest Georgia Regents University's use of dogs to test human dental implants.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Newton deputy pleads guilty to federal gun charge

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Newton County sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.

December 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Wendy's worker drops pot in burger, arrested

ATLANTA (AP) - A Wendy's employee who dropped a partially smoked blunt in a customer's cheeseburger has been fired and charged with marijuana possession.

December 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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