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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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Employee charged with stealing wedding gifts

MACON, Ga. (AP) - After their wedding last fall, Cheryl and Jay Malone opened what they assumed was a box of cards, well-wishes from guests.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate passes bill requiring coverage for autism therapy

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia state Senate has passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover autism therapy for children younger than 6.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 loaded guns, 2 inert grenades recovered at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal authorities say three people were found trying to take loaded guns and inert grenades onto flights departing from Atlanta's airport.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Before harbor gets deepened, Confederate shipwreck must go

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Before workers can start to deepen the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, they first must remove a Confederate shipwreck still sitting at the bottom of the Savannah River after 150 years.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stone-faced Holyfield has starring role in road rage PSA

ATLANTA (AP) - Flashing the same stone-faced glare that once was so familiar in the boxing ring, Evander Holyfield appeared headed toward another fight.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.4 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate stands at 6.4 percent.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


1 person killed, 3 others wounded in DeKalb County shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say one person has been killed in a shooting that wounded three others in DeKalb County, just outside Atlanta.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Clergy speak out on 'religious freedom' bill proposed in GA

ATLANTA (AP) - Baptist clergy members in Georgia are picking sides over a bill that supporters say protects religious freedom.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South

McRAE, Ga. (AP) - Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to a donation center run from their backyard in suburban Atlanta.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia couple

cRAE, Ga. (AP) - Elrey "Bud" Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Famed SC civil rights protesters to have records erased

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Fifty-four years after they were sentenced to a month of hard labor in a chain gang for ordering lunch in South Carolina, nine black men are getting a new day in court.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stars of Bigfoot show search for Savannah-area Sasquatches

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The stars of the TV reality show "Finding Bigfoot" are hunting for the beast in woods and swamps near Savannah.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man who killed a fellow prisoner to be executed Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia death row inmate who has come within hours of execution on three previous occasions is set to die once again.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Bodies found after Ga. couple lured by Craigslist contact

McRAE, Ga. (AP) - Three days after Bud Runion posted an ad on the website Craigslist that he was seeking to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible, he and his wife set out for a small farming community in southern Georgia to meet with a potential seller. Then they vanished.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sheriff: Bodies found in car of missing Ga. couple

ATLANTA (AP) - The car belonging to a Georgia couple who disappeared after traveling to meet a man claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake with two bodies inside.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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