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Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House approves Gov. Deal's 'failing schools' amendment

TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" on Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House committee chair says no vote on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to Ga. governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing a form of medical marijuana is headed to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after a two-year legislative battle.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia honors Vietnam veterans

Georgia is home to more than 234,000 Vietnam War veterans, and the state seeks to honor them with a new program to be unveiled next week.

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia trout fishing season to open Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say they're stocking the state's waterways with fish before the opening of trout fishing season.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes sweeping medical marijuana bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a sweeping medical marijuana bill that now goes back to the House for tweaking.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Privacy and private parts: Nude neighbor exposes law's limit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man who has continually irritated his neighbors by standing naked in the front door of his home has exposed a state law that local prosecutors want to change.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House panel OKs governor's school takeover amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" appears headed for a vote in the Georgia House of Representatives after securing a key committee's approval on Monday.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Good Morning America' anchor to speak at UGA commencement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - "Good Morning America" anchor Amy Robach is set to give a commencement speech to University of Georgia undergraduates.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia State coach breaks cast in fall, has to get new one

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Georgia State coach Ron Hunter is getting a new cast on his injured left foot.

March 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Deal campaign reports $4 million in contributions

ATLANTA (AP) - The campaign of Gov. Nathan Deal is reporting $4 million in contributions over the last six months, as he seeks re-election this year.

January 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. school shifting animal research policy

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Regents University officials say they're changing the way they gather animals for research purposes.

January 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Polar air brings single-digit cold to East, South

ATLANTA (AP) - Fountains froze over, a 200-foot Ferris wheel in Atlanta shut down, and Southerners had to dig out winter coats, hats and gloves they almost never have to use.

January 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Unemployment benefits bill clears hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House-backed legislation to renew jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a mid-winter compromise to ease the impact of the recession on the long-term unemployed.

January 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Record-setting cold turns deadly

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures plunged to 6 degrees above zero in Atlanta and 6 degrees below zero at a remote weather station in the north Georgia mountains as the coldest air in years settled over the state.

January 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police warn against warming up unattended cars

ATLANTA (AP) - Police in coastal Georgia are reminding drivers not to leave unattended vehicles running to warm up in sub-freezing temperatures.

January 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Insurance Commissioner offers tips on frozen pipes

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's office is offering tips to homeowners dealing with frozen pipes as the region faces sub-freezing temperatures early this week.

January 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Record-setting cold makes it way to Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures plunged to 6 degrees above zero in Atlanta and 6 degrees below zero at a remote weather station in the north Georgia mountains as the coldest air in years settled over the state.

January 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


6 educators plead guilty in test cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - Six more indicted Atlanta Public Schools educators have pleaded guilty to their involvement in a standardized test-cheating conspiracy.

January 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Program allows Ga. hunters to donate deer to needy

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) - Although deer hunting season in south Georgia is coming to an end, Georgia Wildlife Federation officials say there's still time for hunters to participate in the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program.

January 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man in toddler-slapping plane case to be sentenced

ATLANTA (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to slapping a crying toddler on a flight is due in federal court for sentencing.

January 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The board that governs Georgia's public colleges and universities is taking a close look at banning tobacco from campuses statewide.

January 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Fugitive Ga. banker suspected in marijuana case

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities suspect a former south Georgia banker who disappeared 18 months ago and who faces allegations he stole millions of dollars from investors was growing marijuana in a home in Florida.

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Mason bolstered by 2 fill-in starts for Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - This was supposed to be the time when Georgia fans began to wonder about the Bulldogs' future without four-year starting quarterback Aaron Murray.

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Body of Conyers man found lying near highway

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say a man who was found dead near Interstate 20 got out of a car on the highway after an argument and likely fell down a steep embankment.

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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