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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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8th graders still lagging in science

ATLANTA (AP) - Eighth-graders in the U.S. are doing better in science than they were two years ago, but seven out of 10 still are not considered proficient, the federal government said Thursday.

May 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Family says apartment invaded by opossums

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) - Members of a metro Atlanta family say opossums have taken over their living space, where the critters have been hanging from potted trees and swimming in the toilet.

May 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GPC president steps down

NEWTON, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Perimeter College President Anthony Tricoli has stepped down over financial problems that led to the 2-year institution being $16 million in the red.

May 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


State recommends denial of charter school

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's first charter school to win a Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education for standardized test achievement could lose its battle to stay open.

May 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Civil War shipwreck in the way of Ga. port project

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Before government engineers can deepen one of the nation's busiest seaports to accommodate future trade, they first need to remove a $14 million obstacle from the past - a Confederate warship rotting on the Savannah River bottom for nearly 150 years.

May 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Justifiable homicides in Ga. increase

ATLANTA (AP) - The number of justifiable homicides in Georgia has increased since 2006, the same year state lawmakers passed a version of the controversial self-defense law that's the target of national scrutiny in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

May 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


New law slashes unemployment benefits

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a law that will reduce the number of weeks people would be able to collect unemployment benefits.

May 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal approves funding for state's charter schools

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation approving a funding system for Georgia charter schools created by the state.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Longtime UGA president announces retirement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Longtime University of Georgia President Michael Adams says he will retire next year.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. teachers to build underwater robots

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Officials say up to a dozen science teachers will get to build and pilot underwater robots under a grant program intended to improve teacher quality.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal to sign overhaul of criminal justice system

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation that will bring sweeping changes to the state's criminal justice system, a priority he set early in his administration.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Blaze hits backlot at Tyler Perry studios

ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators were trying Wednesday to find the cause of a fire that ripped through a simulated streetscape at Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios, sending flames soaring into the night sky.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Counties take up Caterpillar agreement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Athens-Clarke County Commission has approved a more detailed agreement with Oconee County that outlines how the two governments will cooperate on a new plant being developed for construction equipment maker Caterpillar.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. outlaws abortions after 5 months

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would ban abortions five months after conception.

May 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Fulton county turns to debt collectors

ATLANTA (AP) - One of Georgia's largest counties is turning to private debt collectors in an effort to track down money owed by residents.

May 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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