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Deal set to sign bill expanding gun rights

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawsuit challenging Ga. gay marriage ban filed

ATLANTA (AP) - A gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia offender arrested in Denver-area sex sting

DENVER (AP) - Authorities say a convicted child molester from Georgia has been arrested in suburban Denver for trying to lure a teenage girl to have sex with him.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Victim, suspect in Ga. mall shooting dead

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - After a shooting at a mall in suburban Atlanta, the victim died of her injuries and the suspect apparently killed himself, police said Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Shooting reported in parking lot of Atlanta mall

ATLANTA (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say they're investigating a reported shooting in a mall's parking lot.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police seek suspect in unauthorized party shooting

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County authorities say two teenage girls were shot in the chaos following an unauthorized party in a park.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia releases 2 years of school scores

ATLANTA (AP) - State education officials say Georgia's elementary and middle schools improved overall during the last two years. But high schools on average are struggling to boost their students' performance.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sewage plant sparks smell concerns at garden

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - There are concerns at the Savannah Botanical Gardens that a planned sewage treatment plant will send unpleasant smells wafting over the roses.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Group works to preserve Revolutionary War site

SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) - More than two centuries after a daring British surprise attack routed American forces at Brier Creek, new efforts are underway to preserve one of Georgia's least explored Revolutionary War sites.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judges in Utah gay marriage case question lawyers

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say they've recovered a car belonging to the clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives after it was stolen outside the Georgia Capitol.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Zoo Atlanta has warthog births for spring

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta has a new litter of warthog piglets.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


High winds, heavy rain expected in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say high winds and heavy rains are expected across much of Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man sentenced after threat to eat judge's kids

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man who was found guilty but mentally ill after prosecutors say he threatened to kill and eat a judge's children has been sentenced to prison.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta residents object to planned priests' home

ATLANTA (AP) - Residents are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate a house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Many Georgia mail centers to close

U.S. Postal Service workers in several Georgia cities have been told that mail processing centers where they work will close, with the work done elsewhere.

February 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. passes charter school amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House passed a constitutional amendment Wednesday that would allow the state to create charter schools.

February 22, 2012 | By Dorie Turner AP Education Writer | STATE


Bill on drug testing Ga. welfare recipients slowed

ATLANTA (AP) - Relenting to critics, a Georgia lawmaker agreed Wednesday to slightly loosen a proposal that would require drug tests for poor people applying for welfare benefits.

February 15, 2012 | Ray Henry Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport to open cell phone lot

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's airport plans to open a cell phone waiting lot where people will be able to wait for arriving passengers to get to the curb.

February 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. to spend $3.6M on rural educators

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Education wants to spend up to $3.6 million on bonuses for high-quality educators willing to relocate to rural areas of the state.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


$11.2 million in drugs found in Duluth

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in suburban Atlanta say they've discovered cocaine and methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $11 million.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Dog pierced by arrow in Tucker

TUCKER, Ga. (AP) - Residents in a metro Atlanta neighborhood say they're on edge after someone shot a dog with an arrow.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Agents raid metro Atlanta car body shop

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - State agents raided a metro Atlanta car body shop as authorities investigate whether cars were being intentionally rammed into each other to collect insurance money.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Fulton County elephant hook ban halted

ATLANTA (AP) - A Fulton County judge has temporarily blocked the county's ban of the use of bullhooks by elephant trainers days before the circus comes to town.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA taking nominations for top alumni

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The University of Georgia Alumni Association is accepting nominations for this year's "40 Under 40" awards.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


How-to set up an offshore account

WASHINGTON (AP) - Movie super spies James Bond and Jason Bourne use them. So do real-life presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who says he pays his taxes, and untold numbers of Americans who don't. Swiss banks and their secretive counterparts around the globe may sound like the exclusive province of the wealthy, the mysterious or the shady, but anybody can legally open an offshore account.

February 13, 2012 | CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | STATE


Gwinnett judges to perform free weddings

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Magistrate Court judges in a Georgia county plan to perform free wedding ceremonies Tuesday.

February 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Slain girl's family sues Canton apartment

ATLANTA (AP) - The family of a 7-year-old girl who was slain is accusing managers of her apartment complex of failing to properly check the background of a maintenance man who later confessed to killing her.

February 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Some Occupy Atlanta protesters arrested

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say about a dozen people associated with Occupy Atlanta have been arrested at a midtown office building.

February 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Actor, singer Whitney Houston dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

February 11, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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