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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


Men who stole 39 Wal-Mart iPads could be part of crime ring

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Police say two men accused of stealing 39 iPads from a Georgia Wal-Mart could be part of a larger crime ring. Last week a couple was accused of stealing 33 iPads valued at more than $15,000 at another Wal-Mart store.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Drunk drivers to be targeted during holiday travel

ATLANTA (AP) - The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says law enforcement agencies will be targeting suspected drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. awarded unemployment, job training grant

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal labor officials have awarded more than $300,000 to fund re-employment programs and eligibility assessments for the unemployed in Georgia.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. agency responds to child safety probe backlog

ATLANTA (AP) - The interim director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services has ordered mandatory overtime to address backlogged child protective services investigations.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Vildalia onion farmer settles suit

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - One of the biggest producers of Vidalia onions has agreed to pay nearly $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a group of farmworkers.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Libertarians Swafford, Hunt qualify for Ga. ballot

ATLANTA (AP) - Libertarian candidates running for U.S. Senate and governor qualified Tuesday for the November ballot with the hope that their message of small government and fiscal restraint will resonate with Georgia voters.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


71 arrested, 11 recovered from prostitution in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say 71 people were arrested and 11 juveniles were rescued from prostitution in Georgia as part of a national undercover child sex trafficking sting.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Civil, human rights center set to open in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - A new museum highlighting historic and modern struggles for equality is scheduled to open to the public.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Southern US cleric named new Anglican archbishop

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) - A Southern cleric has been picked as the new archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


CDC workers taking anti-anthrax drugs

At least 52 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are taking antibiotics as a precaution because of a lab safety problem that may have accidentally exposed them to anthrax.

June 20, 2014 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | STATE


King to receive Congressional award

ATLANTA (AP) - Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, will posthumously receive a Congressional Gold Medal this month, marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

June 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Rep. Johnson announces 16M to help homeless

Congressman Hank Johnson announced Thursday more than $16 million in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons and their families in Georgia's Fourth Congressional District.

June 19, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Possible anthrax exposure at CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at one of its labs.

June 19, 2014 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | STATE


Charges filed in death of toddler left in hot SUV

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say a man whose 22-month-old son died after being left in a hot SUV for hours has been charged with felony murder.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. toddler dies after being left in vehicle

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a toddler has died after being left in an SUV all day.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Memorial, procession set for slain sheriff's dog

LAFAYETTE, Ga. (AP) - A sheriff's department in northwest Georgia is mourning the loss of a canine officer who was fatally shot after about three months on the job.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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