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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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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


Weather advisories implemented in north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Power crews were responding to scattered outages across the state as winds howled and temperatures plunged.

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia man misfires gun in cafe; no one hurt

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a man accidentally fired his gun in a northeast Georgia restaurant, sending the bullet through his seat and ricocheting off the floor.

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Banker accused of losing millions appears in court

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A U.S. marshal told a judge that a south Georgia bank director accused of losing millions of investor dollars before vanishing was homeless before his arrest earlier this week.

January 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Icy roads, plunging temperatures expected in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are predicting icy roads and light snow in parts of the north Georgia mountains.

January 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Giant M&M hoisted atop Atlanta 'Peach Drop' tower

ATLANTA (AP) - A giant yellow M&M has been hoisted atop the structure used for Atlanta's Peach Drop New Year's Eve celebration downtown.

December 30, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


2013 to go down as Atlanta's 5th-wettest on record

ATLANTA (AP) - Frequent showers and storms have made 2013 Atlanta's fifth wettest year on record.

December 30, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Excited pets lead to domestic violence in Ga. city

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A Columbus man faces battery charges for allegedly attacking his mother after he couldn't control the family dogs.

December 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Charter schools fight pension proposal

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia charter schools are fighting a proposal that would require the independent public schools to contribute money toward pension debt for the traditional public education system.

December 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


1 dead after 2 on bike path in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say that a U.S. Army soldier has died after he and another man were shot during an apparent robbery while walking on an Atlanta bike trail.

December 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Recall issued for cheeses sold in Ga., Fla.

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Agriculture officials say a recall has been issued for cheeses being sold in Georgia and Florida.

December 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


State Patrol to ramp up New Year's Eve monitoring

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia State Patrol promises to ramp up New Year's Eve patrols on the lookout for drunk drivers, and authorities are encouraging residents to plan ahead and avoid the dangers of impaired driving.

December 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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