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Atlanta airport anticipates busy holiday travel weekend

ATLANTA (AP) - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International officials say the airport will host a projected 327,170 passengers during the holiday weekend.

July 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Worker injured at Falcons stadium construction site

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a construction worker has been injured by a falling piece of scaffolding at the Atlanta Falcons stadium construction site.

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb County CEO found guilty

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A suspended DeKalb County official accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions has been found guilty of perjury and attempted theft by extortion.

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Johns Creek mayor to lead Georgia Municipal Association

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek will serve as president of the Georgia Municipal Association.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta Cyclorama to leave building it occupied since 1921

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Cyclorama, the colossal Civil War painting created about 130 years ago, is leaving the building it has occupied since 1921 to move across town.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. high court says bonds for Braves stadium valid

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the authorization of up to $397 million in bonds to build a new baseball stadium for the Braves in Cobb County.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta court issues same-sex marriage licenses

Court in Atlanta begins marrying gay couples

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officials call for end to Confederate holidays, plates

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Democrats called for an end to state holidays commemorating Confederate history on Friday, joining a push across the country to remove the battle flag and other symbols from government buildings after nine black members of a South Carolina church were fatally shot.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Journalist jailed in Zimbabwe for starting newspaper

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - The attorney for a Zimbabwe journalist says his client was convicted of publishing a newspaper in a southern town without government permission and sentenced to eight months in prison.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Mother with flesh-eating bacteria has hand, feet removed

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Gwinnett County mother battling flesh-eating bacteria has undergone surgery to remove her feet and one hand.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Fire at black Georgia church was arson, officials say

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a fire that damaged a predominantly black church in middle Georgia has been ruled arson.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Court upholds insurance subsidies for thousands of Georgians

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 412,000 Georgians can receive tax subsidies designed to make health insurance affordable after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide assistance on Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex Lowndes deputy sentenced in traffic fine scam

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A former south Georgia sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for a scam that targeted Hispanic drivers with illegitimate traffic fines.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Newton, metro Atlanta's jobless rate up

The jobless rate in Newton County and across the metro Atlanta area rose from April 2015 to May 2015.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Ceramic bulldog stolen from Athens grave

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A woman has told police that a ceramic bulldog was again stolen from the grave of her son, who was a fan of the University of Georgia football team.

June 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - Eleven former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House, Senate rapidly pass state budget agreement

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a $40 billion state spending plan for the next year Tuesday night, giving raises to the state's top judges and pushing $103 million in costs for some part-time school employees' health insurance to local districts.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers pass $900 million transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a transportation funding plan late Tuesday night that they said will raise $900 million through changes to the state's gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta streetcar to continue offering free rides

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials say streetcar passengers may ride for free through the end of 2015.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, the penultimate working day of the 2015 legislative session.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate clears way for continued operation of Uber, Lyft

ATLANTA (AP) - Uber and other ride sharing companies may have passed their last legislative roadblock with the passage of a Georgia Senate bill mandating insurance minimums for drivers and the firms they drive for.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate OKs bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage for treating autism in children.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tiger Woods' plane seen at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State House backs charge on strip clubs to fight trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a constitutional amendment charging strip clubs to provide services for victims of child sexual abuse.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. hunting regulations proposed; public comment sought

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are inviting public comments on proposed changes to hunting regulations.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl, 9, wounded by gunshot in northeast Georgia

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia are investigating a gunshot that wounded a 9-year-old girl.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


10-foot, 300-pound metal rooster goes missing in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' fight ramps up as bill remains stalled

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill remains stalled in a Georgia House committee as lawmakers enter the final two days of the legislative session surrounded by pressure from supporters and critics who say the bill can be used as a defense for discrimination against gay or transgender people.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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