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With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA (AP) - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island weighs smoking ban for largest Ga. public beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's largest public beach could become off limits to smoking next year.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 charged with killing deer that mingled with farmer's cows

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia have charged two young men with killing a deer in a pasture where it was known to mingle with a farmer's cows.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House approves Gov. Deal's 'failing schools' amendment

TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" on Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House committee chair says no vote on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to Ga. governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing a form of medical marijuana is headed to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after a two-year legislative battle.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia honors Vietnam veterans

Georgia is home to more than 234,000 Vietnam War veterans, and the state seeks to honor them with a new program to be unveiled next week.

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia trout fishing season to open Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say they're stocking the state's waterways with fish before the opening of trout fishing season.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Deal seeks contingency plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he has asked his agency heads to come up with contingency plans if federal leaders can't reach agreement to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff."

December 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


A DragonCon founder charged in sex crime

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a co-founder of a science fiction convention will likely be extradited to Georgia by Christmas on child molestation charges.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday reported Edward W. Kramer, co-founder of DragonCon, was arrested on molestation charges in Connecticut.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man,73, kills woman, 65, at gas station

ATLANTA (AP) - A chance encounter at a Georgia gas station left a 65-year-old woman dead and a 73-year-old man facing a murder charge after authorities say the woman's car and his motorized wheelchair bumped and he opened fire, police said Wednesday.

Linda Hunnicutt, 65, had just pulled into the gas station in Macon shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday and stepped out of her Buick Lucerne when the man pulled a gun and fatally shot her, city police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Emory cuts anger some students, faculty

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan by Emory University to eliminate several academic departments and make cuts to others has angered some students and faculty who say the administration decided on the changes without consulting the university community.

December 04, 2012 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. high school grad. rate is 67%

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal education officials say Georgia has a high school graduation rate of 67 percent among all students, ranking it behind all of its neighboring states.

November 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Athens women’s business expo Nov. 30

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will present its first annual "Women's Business Expo" Nov. 30.

November 25, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Ga. immigrants apply for protection

More than 10,000 illegal immigrants living in Georgia have requested temporary protection from deportation under a plan established by President Barack Obama.

November 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. GOP could have super majority

ATLANTA (AP) - An independent lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives is considering becoming a Republican, a decision that could give the GOP a supermajority in the General Assembly.

November 07, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta's airport to offer free Wi-Fi

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta say free Wi-Fi will be available to travelers next year.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport announced Wednesday that it will first reduce the price of airport wireless Internet access to $4.95 a day effective Thursday. Then, officials say they will eliminate the fees entirely in the fall of 2013.

November 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Nearly 1,300 drivers convicted of texting

ATLANTA (AP) - Fewer than 50 drivers a month have been convicted of texting and driving in the two years since a law to ban texting went into effect, state records show.

As of mid-September, 1,281 motorists had been convicted of the offense since the state law took effect on July 1, 2010, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

October 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia churches challenge IRS rules on politics

ATLANTA (AP) - Dozens of Georgia's religious leaders are embracing a new movement to challenge a decades-old tax law that prohibits preaching about politics from the pulpit.

October 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Committee of teens to study safe driving

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor has appointed 22 teenagers to a committee to provide advice on how to communicate a safe driving message to teen drivers.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Kudzu bugs blanket Georgia fields

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Residents in northeast Georgia say kudzu bugs are swarming on yards, fields and front porches.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gunman kills 1 in chapel of megachurch

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for the man suspected of opening fire inside a Georgia megachurch, killing one.

The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. Wednesday at World Changers Church International, which is led by the Rev. Creflo Dollar.

October 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Morehouse to furlough employees

ATLANTA (AP) - Morehouse College will furlough faculty and cut its budget because of a drop in enrollment.

Interim Provost Willis Sheftall told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Atlanta college has 2,360 students, or about 125 fewer than projected. He blamed the drop in enrollment on a poor economy and changes to a federal loan program for students.

October 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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