A look at things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 1 of the season:
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials plan to suspend many construction-related lane closures for the upcoming holiday weekend.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a veteran sheriff's captain is accused of using a computer to have an inappropriate relationship a 14-year-old boy.
ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - Labor Day came early for a Roswell woman who gave birth inside a Walmart near Atlanta.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A city committee in Marietta has approved a plan aimed at extending retirement benefits to same-sex couples.
MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a brush fire burning in the Macon area is expected to smolder until the next significant rainfall.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - State wildlife officials say an emerging snake disease similar to one that has killed millions of bats has been found in a wild Georgia snake.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is asking the State Board of Education to allow high school students to count computer programming courses toward fulfilling a core requirement for their diplomas.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the gunshot killing of a man in Richmond County.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation say an analysis shows the number of deaths they handled in 2013 involving drug overdoses was lower than in each of the previous five years.
ATLANTA (AP) - Visitors to the new College Football Hall of Fame will find 100-year-old artifacts have found a new home in the digital age.
MACON, Ga. (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn is ramping up her attacks on Republican David Perdue as the race for Georgia's open Senate seat heats up.
ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say an owl that went missing from Zoo Atlanta has been found on the front porch of a home about a half-mile away.
FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) - State wildlife officials say they're offering a four-day workshop for bird hunters looking to improve their skills.
ATLANTA (AP) - Former Gov. Zell Miller, still a popular figure across much of this GOP-leaning state, has endorsed Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn over Republican David Perdue, explaining his decision in a Nunn campaign ad.
ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge on Monday allowed the Georgia governor's removal of two-thirds of the school board members in a suburban Atlanta school district to move forward, although legal questions remain.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Casey Anthony says she doesn't pay rent or utilities and is living off the kindness of others.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.
ATLANTA (AP) - Newly approved legislation would require that young athletes in Georgia who show the symptoms of a concussion be pulled from games and reviewed by medical professionals.
ATLANTA – Gerald Eason, 47, of Stockbridge, Georgia, pleaded guilty today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. to stealing over 1,300 U.S. Treasury checks worth more than $2.8 million, while employed as a supervisor at an Atlanta mail distribution facility. He also admitted to conspiring with another postal worker, Deborah Fambro-Echols, 49, of Hapeville, Georgia, at the same facility to steal and cash additional checks.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons started their youth movement Friday by ditching three key players from the most successful era in franchise history.
DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia couple accused of confining their teenage son to a bedroom for years with little food has been sentence to serve 15 years in prison.
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Organizers of the Redneck Games, a Georgia festival that includes competitions such as toilet seat horseshoes and mud pit belly flops, say this summer's event is being canceled.
The red shoes are being retired.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Across-the-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are staging a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Battling tears, the father of one of the first-graders slain at the December elementary school massacre in Connecticut pleaded with senators on Wednesday to ban assault weapons like the gun that killed his 6-year-old son.
ATLANTA (AP) - Amid heated national rhetoric over widespread federal budget cuts that could begin Friday, Georgia political and business leaders say they're bracing for the so-called sequester but don't know exactly what the consequences would be.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with what one of the justices called its most important criminal procedure case in decades, whether to let police take DNA from those arrested, but not convicted, in hopes of using it to solve old cases.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - "Star Trek" fans, rejoice.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tennnnnn-hut, ladies! The next time Uncle Sam comes calling, he's probably going to want you, too.