A look at things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 1 of the season:
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials plan to suspend many construction-related lane closures for the upcoming holiday weekend.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a veteran sheriff's captain is accused of using a computer to have an inappropriate relationship a 14-year-old boy.
ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - Labor Day came early for a Roswell woman who gave birth inside a Walmart near Atlanta.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A city committee in Marietta has approved a plan aimed at extending retirement benefits to same-sex couples.
MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a brush fire burning in the Macon area is expected to smolder until the next significant rainfall.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - State wildlife officials say an emerging snake disease similar to one that has killed millions of bats has been found in a wild Georgia snake.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is asking the State Board of Education to allow high school students to count computer programming courses toward fulfilling a core requirement for their diplomas.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the gunshot killing of a man in Richmond County.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation say an analysis shows the number of deaths they handled in 2013 involving drug overdoses was lower than in each of the previous five years.
ATLANTA (AP) - Visitors to the new College Football Hall of Fame will find 100-year-old artifacts have found a new home in the digital age.
MACON, Ga. (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn is ramping up her attacks on Republican David Perdue as the race for Georgia's open Senate seat heats up.
ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say an owl that went missing from Zoo Atlanta has been found on the front porch of a home about a half-mile away.
FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) - State wildlife officials say they're offering a four-day workshop for bird hunters looking to improve their skills.
ATLANTA (AP) - Former Gov. Zell Miller, still a popular figure across much of this GOP-leaning state, has endorsed Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn over Republican David Perdue, explaining his decision in a Nunn campaign ad.
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ATLANTA (AP) - Delaware provides the inspiration for a $1 billion lottery gambling complex in suburban Atlanta, and the project's backers are betting that the small state's success will help convince officials in Georgia to roll the dice.
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes wrecked two small Indiana towns, killed at least three people and bred anxiety across a wide swath of the country in the second deadly tornado outbreak this week.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has approved a bill targeting scrap metal theft that places more requirements on recyclers and addresses what supporters of the legislation say is a growing problem in the state.
ATLANTA (AP) - The widow of a man who prosecutors say died with help from members of a group known as the Final Exit Network has testified in a favor of a bill aimed at outlawing assisted suicide in Georgia.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - The death toll rose to three Tuesday in the shooting rampage in an Ohio high school cafeteria as schoolmates and townspeople grappled with the tragedy and wondered what could have set the teenage gunman off.
A student wounded in an Ohio school shooting has been declared brain dead, authorities said Tuesday, the second reported fatality in an attack that began when a teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at a suburban Cleveland high school a day earlier.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Starting April 2, discount bus carrier Megabus plans two routes a day between New Orleans and Atlanta, with two stops in Alabama.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - At the murder trial of the man accused of killing her husband, Andrea Sneiderman has faced some tough questioning of her own.
ATLANTA (AP) - Officials say an Atlanta middle school student is recovering after he was shot in the eye with a BB gun as he rode home on a school bus.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court refused to dismiss murder charges against an accused killer who claimed his right to a speedy trial was violated because he has spent nearly seven years awaiting a trial. But the opinion released Monday said the case underscores the dangers of underfunding the criminal justice system.
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.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House passed a constitutional amendment Wednesday that would allow the state to create charter schools.
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.
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.