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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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Police probe claim about odd calendar crime

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County police say they're investigating a claim of responsibility for an unusual heist of $2,000 worth of 2014 calendars -- including many that featured scantily clad women -- from a Mall of Georgia kiosk.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Teacher knocked unconscious at Atlanta high school

ATLANTA (AP) - Three students are facing criminal charges after a teacher was knocked unconscious during a classroom disturbance at an Atlanta high school.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Jury selection begins in trial of Georgia lawmaker

ATLANTA (AP) - Jury selection began Monday morning in the trial of a Georgia state lawmaker.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. woman sentenced in granddaughter's death

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A middle Georgia woman accused of starving her granddaughter to death has been sentenced to life in prison.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


FDA: No proof antibacterial soaps work

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government said Monday it has no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and it is reviewing research suggesting they may pose health risks.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge denies bond for Andrea Sneiderman

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A judge has denied bond for a woman convicted of lying during the investigation of her husband's killing outside a suburban Atlanta preschool.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Small group of surfers ride waves in Chattahoochee

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - This month hasn't exactly been surfing weather in downtown Columbus. Surfing? In Columbus?

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers plan legislation to block care act

ATLANTA (AP) - Four Republican state representatives are set to outline legislation they'll propose during the 2014 session to block state agencies from implementing any provision of the Affordable Care Act.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


3 young pandas at Atlanta zoo are girls, not boys

ATLANTA (AP) - Surprise! Three young giant pandas born at Atlanta's zoo that were thought to be males are actually females.

December 13, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Mother lied about home invasion, assault

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County police say a woman lied to them about a home invasion in which her 6-year-old daughter was supposedly assaulted.

December 13, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Dragon Con figure wants house arrest rules eased

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The co-founder of a science fiction convention who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child molestation now wants the rules of his house arrest to be eased.

December 13, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


State investigating brawl in baby room of daycare

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - State officials are investigating what led to a brawl that broke out in the baby room of a daycare southeast of Atlanta.

December 13, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Subpoenas related to Ga. gov's ethics complaints

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal grand jury has been scheduled to meet next month to receive documents related to ethics complaints involving Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, according to people familiar with the case.

December 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


1 man killed, 1 wounded in gunfire outside grocery

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded in the parking lot of a shopping center just east of Atlanta.

December 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Mom reports gunmen stole girl's medicine, presents

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A suburban Atlanta woman says home invaders kicked her disabled 6-year-old daughter in the side and stole medication and specialized equipment that helps the girl communicate.

December 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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