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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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Ga. bracing for another round of winter weather

ATLANTA (AP) - With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, emergency officials and elected leaders in north Georgia were preparing Monday for another round of winter weather.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. revenues in January total nearly $1.81 billion

ATLANTA (AP) - A report shows the state of Georgia's revenues totaled nearly $1.81 billion in January, an increase of 4.4 percent over the same month a year ago.

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police ID 2 children, father found dead in west Ga

TEMPLE, Ga. (AP) - Police have identified two children and a father found shot to death in a suspected murder-suicide in Carroll County.

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal, Carter report fundraising totals

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's re-election campaign is reporting $322,000 in contributions for the first two weeks of the year, while Democrat Jason Carter received just over $149,000 during the same period.

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA fraternity members face charges

11 UGA fraternity members face hazing charges

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


PETA member wants roadside memorial for chickens

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An animal rights advocate wants to place a roadside memorial in Georgia to remember several chickens killed in a highway wreck.

February 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Freeway signs warn of storm watch, but none issued

ATLANTA (AP) - Despite warnings of a winter storm watch posted on large message boards over metro Atlanta interstates, the National Weather Service issued no such watch and requested that they be corrected.

February 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


shooting in Lithonia church parking lot

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's officials in metro Atlanta say deputies were pursuing a man to serve a search warrant when they were involved in a shooting in a church parking lot.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. pickle plant could create 50 jobs

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A sliced-pickle plant planned for central Georgia is expected to create up to 50 jobs.

February 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police suspect suicide attempt in fall at Ga. mall

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County police say a man was likely trying to commit suicide when he fell over a third-floor railing at the Mall of Georgia in Buford.

February 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House approves raising interstate speed limit

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has voted to increase the speed limit to 70 mph on interstates in urban areas.

February 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Senate backs bill creating Alzheimer's registry

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has endorsed legislation that would establish a state registry of people with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA man sentenced in newlywed wife's shooting death

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A middle Georgia man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife of 19 days.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal announces weather task force

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a task force that includes various state and local officials, meteorologists and business leaders charged with making recommendations to improve the state's response to severe weather events.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Certified Ga. teachers feel slighted by budget

ATLANTA (AP) - Some Georgia educators say they feel slighted by pay increases for nationally board certified teachers being left out of the state's education budget.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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