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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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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


Ga. judge asked to stop new Vidalia onion rule

REIDSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - One of Georgia's most prominent growers of sweet Vidalia onions has asked a judge to shield him from possible sanctions for shipping his crop ahead of the official start date imposed by a new state regulation.

April 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Winds gusts up to 40 mph expected across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible across much of north and central Georgia.

April 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia voter registration deadline looming

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding voters April 21 is the deadline to register for the May 20 primary.

April 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs law extended tax-free shopping holidays

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgians can count on at least two more years of tax-free shopping holidays for school items and energy-efficient appliances.

April 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Vidalia onion farmer back in court

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - One of Georgia's most prominent Vidalia onion farmers is going back to court in an effort to stop the state agriculture commissioner from fining growers who ship the famous sweet onions before a certain date.

April 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's share of NFL stadium costs could grow

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are preparing to spend more than $30 million to buy land and build parking for the new stadium that would be home to the Atlanta Falcons.

April 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Dieters move past calories, food makers follow

NEW YORK (AP) - Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling.

April 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


School bus cameras nab 17 violators in 1st week

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A new camera system being used on several Clarke County School District buses captured images of 17 violators in its first full week of operation.

April 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Death of Ga. film worker 'senseless,' father says

ATLANTA (AP) - The parents of a Georgia camera assistant killed by a freight train while filming a movie say they're grieving, angry and want someone held accountable for their daughter's death.

April 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Driver whose car went into creek is identified

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have identified the driver of a car that went into a suburban Atlanta creek as a 57-year-old Loganville woman.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


$4 million to fund conflict-free lawyers for poor

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor signed an executive order Tuesday to provide $4 million to cover costs associated with legal representation without conflicting interests for poor defendants.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb County school system eyes charter status

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County could soon become the latest metro Atlanta school system to pursue charter school status.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Island prepares for 'Orange Crush' of young people

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Tybee Island officials say they're bringing in extra police officers from nearby communities for the expected spring gathering of young people known as "Orange Crush."

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Masters, Trivia Quiz

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - How well do you know the Masters? Try this quiz:

April 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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