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Deal set to sign bill expanding gun rights

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawsuit challenging Ga. gay marriage ban filed

ATLANTA (AP) - A gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia offender arrested in Denver-area sex sting

DENVER (AP) - Authorities say a convicted child molester from Georgia has been arrested in suburban Denver for trying to lure a teenage girl to have sex with him.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Victim, suspect in Ga. mall shooting dead

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - After a shooting at a mall in suburban Atlanta, the victim died of her injuries and the suspect apparently killed himself, police said Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Shooting reported in parking lot of Atlanta mall

ATLANTA (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say they're investigating a reported shooting in a mall's parking lot.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police seek suspect in unauthorized party shooting

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County authorities say two teenage girls were shot in the chaos following an unauthorized party in a park.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia releases 2 years of school scores

ATLANTA (AP) - State education officials say Georgia's elementary and middle schools improved overall during the last two years. But high schools on average are struggling to boost their students' performance.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sewage plant sparks smell concerns at garden

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - There are concerns at the Savannah Botanical Gardens that a planned sewage treatment plant will send unpleasant smells wafting over the roses.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Group works to preserve Revolutionary War site

SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) - More than two centuries after a daring British surprise attack routed American forces at Brier Creek, new efforts are underway to preserve one of Georgia's least explored Revolutionary War sites.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judges in Utah gay marriage case question lawyers

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say they've recovered a car belonging to the clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives after it was stolen outside the Georgia Capitol.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Zoo Atlanta has warthog births for spring

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta has a new litter of warthog piglets.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


High winds, heavy rain expected in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say high winds and heavy rains are expected across much of Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man sentenced after threat to eat judge's kids

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man who was found guilty but mentally ill after prosecutors say he threatened to kill and eat a judge's children has been sentenced to prison.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta residents object to planned priests' home

ATLANTA (AP) - Residents are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate a house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


1 plans to plead guilty in Ala. dog fighting case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - One of the 14 people charged in connection with a multi-state dog fighting investigation has filed notice that he plans to plead guilty.

April 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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American Idol finalist from Ga.

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Friends and fans of Georgia's American Idol finalist will find out soon whether he can pull out a big win.

May 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Officer rescues kids from flooded creek

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta police officer waded through a flooded creek to rescue three children and an adult from a wooded area.

May 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Aquarium welcomes beluga whale

ATLANTA (AP) - A beluga whale at Georgia Aquarium has given birth to her first calf.

May 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Aimee Copeland able to breathe on own

ATLANTA (AP) - A young Georgia woman fighting a flesh-eating disease is now able to breathe on her own, a milestone that sent the family's spirits soaring, her father said Monday.

May 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Snake bites in Georgia on the rise

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say snake bites are on the rise in Georgia after the mild winter.

May 18, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman learns toll of flesh-eating bacteria

ATLANTA (AP) - A young Georgia woman fighting a flesh-eating bacteria has said "Let's do this" after being told that she will lose her hands and remaining foot.

May 18, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


U.S. agents join school bus threat probe

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Police in an Atlanta suburb have enlisted the help of federal agents to examine a rifle dropped by a man who was seen aiming it at a school bus.

May 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia jobless rate lowest in 3 years

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has declined for the ninth consecutive month.

May 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Cutoff for lead poisoning lowered in kids

ATLANTA (AP) - For the first time in 20 years, U.S. health officials have lowered the threshold for lead poisoning in young children.

May 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man points rifle at school bus in Clayton

ATLANTA (AP) - After a man aimed a rifle at a school bus and dropped a notebook that listed bus numbers, police in an Atlanta suburb are escorting school buses and guarding students at bus stops.

May 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Funeral home looks at Civil War site

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - City officials are set to decide what has become a contentious fight over whether a funeral home should be allowed on the site of a Civil War battlefield.

May 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


John Edwards' lawyers present defense

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - After weeks of testimony about John Edwards' illicit affair and the money used to cover it up, his defense attorneys opened their case Monday by digging into the details of federal campaign finance law.

May 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Copelands able to talk to daughter Aimee

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The parents of a young Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating bacterial infection said Monday they've learned to read lips and are communicating with their daughter despite a breathing tube in her throat.

May 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Group works to save HOPE scholarship

In the wake of HOPE scholarship changes last year, volunteers have banded together to make their voice heard.

May 10, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Young adults ignoring skin-cancer warnings

ATLANTA (AP) - The warnings about skin cancer from too much sun don't seem to be getting through.

May 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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