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Protest planned at Valdosta graduation over student death

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they will provide extra security during graduation ceremonies this weekend at the Valdosta high school where a student was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat more than two years ago.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah prosecutors seek indictment over death of college student

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Prosecutors plan to seek an criminal indictment next month in the death of a 22-year-old college student at the Chatham County jail.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Carroll hurts left knee as Hawks fall to Cavaliers, 97-89

ATLANTA (AP) - The Hawks have been here before in this postseason, down 1-0 after losing the opening game of a series at home.

May 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at 6.3 percent, which is unchanged from the previous month.

May 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. daycare temporarily closed during state investigation

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - A judge has affirmed an order to temporarily close a Cobb County daycare after employees were accused of lying about how long a child was left alone in a van.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Charges dropped for man who smashed car window, saved dog

THENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have dropped the charges against an Athens veteran who was arrested after breaking a window to free a dog from a hot car.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia teacher accused of letting students have sex

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - An Atlanta-area teacher has been arrested after a parent complained he allowed middle school students to have sex in a storage unit in his classroom.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


It's not an ostrich: Emu causes highway traffic jam

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Drivers may have mistaken it for an ostrich, but an emu was at the heart of a highway traffic jam in metro Atlanta.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


University board backs plan to prevent sexual violence

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's state university system plans to set specific training requirements for students and staff and create new positions in hopes of preventing sexual violence at its 30 schools.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


NTSB: Pilot reported problem before fatal crash into freeway

ATLANTA (AP) - Seconds before slamming into a metro Atlanta freeway, a pilot radioed air traffic controllers to say he was struggling to gain altitude, authorities said.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Clarification: Michael's Law story

ATLANTA (AP) - In a story May 17, The Associated Press reported that a new Georgia law prevents anyone younger than 21 from entering a bar, defined as a business with more than 75 percent of its revenue from sales of alcohol to be consumed at that location. The story should have specified that the law allows people younger than 21 in a bar if accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse older than 21 or to attend a live concert requiring a paid ticket.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


About 270 tickets written in Ga under "slow poke" law

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia State Patrol says officers have written about 270 tickets under a law that makes it illegal to block faster drivers in the left-hand lane.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 20 suspects arrested in child sex sting

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they arrested more than 20 people in a weekend operation aimed at curbing the exploitation of children.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Busy spring puts state ports on track for record fiscal year

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's seaports in Savannah and Brunswick are on track for a record-breaking fiscal year following a busy spring in which East Coast ports benefited from a West Coast labor dispute.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal appoints members to medical marijuana study group

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed 11 members of a new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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6 hurt in FedEx shooting in Kennesaw; suspect found dead

Update, 11:26 a.m.: Police say two people are in critical condition after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx station outside Atlanta, injuring six people in all.

April 29, 2014 | By Kate Brumback | STATE


Deal signs HOPE technical grant scholarship bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law establishing the Zell Miller Grant for technical college students, which provides full tuition coverage for those eligible for the HOPE Grant and who maintain a 3.5 GPA.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. governor signs $42.4 billion budget

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a $42.4 billion state operating budget, with improving revenues allowing the state to increase public education spending by hundreds of millions of dollars.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Paula Deen to cook for fans live on 20-show tour

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Approaching a year since the Food Network pulled the plug on her TV show, Paula Deen plans to hit the road this summer to cook for her fans live.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Kennesaw State lifts lockdown

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - A lockdown at Kennesaw State University in Georgia has been lifted after reports of a possibly armed man on campus.

April 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man carrying gun in holster prompts scare at park

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - A man carrying a gun in a holster prompted parents at a children's baseball game to halt play and round up the children behind a dugout, but authorities say no crime was committed.

April 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal signs 'medical amnesty' bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a bill that would grant amnesty in some cases to those who seek medical help in the event of a drug overdose.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs bill restricting some abortion coverage

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law restricting abortion coverage in plans for state employees and those sold on the insurance exchange as part of the federal health care law.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.8 percent.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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