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Georgia House, Senate rapidly pass state budget agreement

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a $40 billion state spending plan for the next year Tuesday night, giving raises to the state's top judges and pushing $103 million in costs for some part-time school employees' health insurance to local districts.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers pass $900 million transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a transportation funding plan late Tuesday night that they said will raise $900 million through changes to the state's gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta streetcar to continue offering free rides

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials say streetcar passengers may ride for free through the end of 2015.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, the penultimate working day of the 2015 legislative session.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate clears way for continued operation of Uber, Lyft

ATLANTA (AP) - Uber and other ride sharing companies may have passed their last legislative roadblock with the passage of a Georgia Senate bill mandating insurance minimums for drivers and the firms they drive for.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate OKs bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage for treating autism in children.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tiger Woods' plane seen at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State House backs charge on strip clubs to fight trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a constitutional amendment charging strip clubs to provide services for victims of child sexual abuse.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. hunting regulations proposed; public comment sought

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are inviting public comments on proposed changes to hunting regulations.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl, 9, wounded by gunshot in northeast Georgia

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia are investigating a gunshot that wounded a 9-year-old girl.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


10-foot, 300-pound metal rooster goes missing in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' fight ramps up as bill remains stalled

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill remains stalled in a Georgia House committee as lawmakers enter the final two days of the legislative session surrounded by pressure from supporters and critics who say the bill can be used as a defense for discrimination against gay or transgender people.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal announces new program to honor Vietnam veterans

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a new program aimed at honoring the state's 234,000 Vietnam veterans with "certificates of honor."

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Bat disease discovered in northwest Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A killing disease that's devastating bat populations is now working its way east and south through Georgia.

March 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Construction, rain could slow Atlanta traffic

ATLANTA (AP) - Construction work and rainy weather as motorists head south for spring break could create weekend slowdowns on metro Atlanta freeways.

March 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Authorities urging spring break traffic safety

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say they're keeping an eye out for speeding and other traffic violations as drivers head to the beaches and other destinations for spring break.

March 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police arrest man after deadly shooting on I-20

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say they've taken a man into custody after a woman was fatally shot just before the start of the evening rush hour on Interstate 20.

March 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Verizon Wireless to hire more than 400 in Georgia

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Verizon Wireless has announced plans to hire more than 400 new employees throughout Georgia.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves release RHP Freddy Garcia despite injuries

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Atlanta has released pitcher Freddy Garcia, who was contending for a spot in the Braves' battered rotation.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. to explore medical marijuana options

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says he's working to see if there's something the state could do to help families who say a form of medical marijuana would ease their children's debilitating conditions.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officials collect deer meat for needy families

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials from the Georgia Wildlife Federation say hunters have donated more than 12,000 pounds of deer meat for needy families.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Baby killed in Morgan County

MADISON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say charges will likely be upgraded against a man accused in the death of an infant in Morgan County.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge: Ga. ag head can't change rules on Vidalias

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge says Georgia's agriculture commissioner overstepped his authority when he changed rules so he could determine when Vidalia onions can be harvested and shipped.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Common Core spawns widespread political fights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Owners facing flood insurance premium hikes

ATLANTA (AP) - In the span of a year, Wanda Drury saw the bill for flood insurance on her home overlooking the coastal marshes of Glynn County increase an astounding tenfold from $674 a year to more than $6,700.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Mercer shocks Duke 78-71 in NCAA tourney opener

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Daniel Coursey scored 17 points and Mercer pulled off the biggest upset in the NCAA tournament so far by knocking off Duke 78-71 Friday.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Groups join forces to increase voter registration

ATLANTA (AP) - Leaders of three community groups say they're joining forces to address issues and increase voter registration in minority communities ahead of the Georgia primary elections in May.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill expanding gun carry rights in Ga. passes

ATLANTA (AP) - People with a license to carry a weapon could bring their guns into some houses of worship under legislation adopted by Georgia lawmakers.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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