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Public Defender: Office plagued by roach infestation, mold

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A trip to county jail or state prison might not be the worst sight ahead for some of Augusta's poorest criminal defendants.

April 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia school district implements new free meal program

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia school district will provide every student with free breakfast and lunch starting next year.

April 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Those puppy eyes can help a dog bond with owner

NEW YORK (AP) - Oh, those puppy eyes.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Report: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

NEW YORK (AP) - A new government report shows smoking by teens hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. utility shutters power units to meet state regulations

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power is shuttering coal and oil powered units throughout the state as part of a plan that was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Gov. Deal signs medical marijuana bill into law

ATLANTA (AP) - An emotional Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that permits the use of medical marijuana to treat eight serious health problems.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Study: US moms typically space pregnancies 2½ years apart

NEW YORK (AP) - For U.S. moms, the typical time between pregnancies is about 2½ years but nearly a third of women space their children too close, a government study shows.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.3 percent is unchanged from the previous month, and still well below the 7.3 percent rate from a year ago.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Dog discarded in Dumpster behind Goodwill found trembling

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a dog was found trembling after someone discarded the animal and his bed in a Dumpster behind a metro Atlanta Goodwill store.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lottery third quarter 2014 earnings top $261 million

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lottery officials say more than $261 million in proceeds was used to fund education initiatives during the third quarter of 2014.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport hosting fire, disaster drills

ATLANTA (AP) - A firefighter training exercise is expected to create smoke plumes near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Fast-food workers, others rally in push for higher pay

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Fast-food workers rallied in College Park and planned another demonstration in Atlanta as they and others across the nation called for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Huge metal rooster is found in forest following Athens heist

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say the hunt for a 10-foot metal rooster stolen from outside an Athens business has ended in a Georgia forest, where Rocket the Rusty Roster was discovered under a pile of wood.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. school leaders meet after teacher blasts Obama in class

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's NAACP chapter president is calling for a middle Georgia teacher and her husband - a local school board member - to resign after allegations that the teacher made negative comments about President Barack Obama during class.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Students at Georgia's public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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LifePoint Hospitals, Duke Health System enter quality agreement

LifePoint Hospitals, which owns Rockdale Medical Center, and Duke University Health System have expanded their collaborative effort by entering into a national quality agreement to enhance patient safety.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Atlanta onducting homeless count

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials say they're preparing to conduct a count of the city's homeless population.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Publix issues allergy alerts for fajitas, burger

LAKELAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 14, 2015--Out of an abundance of caution, Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for ready-to-cook beef and chicken fajitas and pork chorizo burgers because they may contain peanuts that are not declared on the packaging. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the products which include:

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. parole board backs new agency proposed by Gov. Deal

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of Georgia's parole board says he backs Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to create a new agency to supervise people on parole or probation.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA student shot to death off-campus

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police in Athens are investigating the shooting death of a University of Georgia student who was killed off-campus.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal urges action on schools, transportation in state speech

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is urging lawmakers to take dramatic action on transportation and education issues facing Georgia.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. appeals court to hear case over Vidalia onion regulation

ATLANTA (AP) - A Vidalia onion farmer's lawsuit challenging the Georgia agriculture commissioner's authority to regulate the famous crop is going back to court.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia executes man for killing a deputy in traffic stop

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - A man who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy who stopped him for speeding on a Georgia interstate was put to death Tuesday for the 1998 killing, which was captured on the patrol car's video camera.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stretchers stolen from funeral hearses in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police and funeral directors in Gainesville have a mystery on their hands: Someone is breaking into hearses and stealing the stretchers used to carry deceased people.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Principal: Let students hurl canned food at intruders

VALLEY, Ala. (AP) - A middle school principal in eastern Alabama wants to stockpile cans of food such as corn and peas in classrooms so that students could hurl them as weapons in a last-resort confrontation with a school intruder.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. leaders united on transportation action, mum on details

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state government's top leaders are united on one point: Something must be done this year to pay for the state's transportation needs.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Parts of eastern Georgia remain under fog advisory

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say parts of northeast Georgia and eastern parts of the state remain under a dense fog advisory.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Hearing to be held in dispute over MLK Bible, Nobel medal

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge in Atlanta is set to hear arguments in a dispute over who owns the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal and traveling Bible.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia man who killed a sheriff's deputy set to be executed

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia death row inmate who killed a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop is set to be executed.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Energy sector leads a decline in US stocks as oil falls

NEW YORK (AP) - Energy companies are leading a decline on the stock market as crude oil continues to tumble.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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