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Ga. Senate passes bill requiring coverage for autism therapy

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia state Senate has passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover autism therapy for children younger than 6.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 loaded guns, 2 inert grenades recovered at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal authorities say three people were found trying to take loaded guns and inert grenades onto flights departing from Atlanta's airport.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Before harbor gets deepened, Confederate shipwreck must go

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Before workers can start to deepen the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, they first must remove a Confederate shipwreck still sitting at the bottom of the Savannah River after 150 years.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stone-faced Holyfield has starring role in road rage PSA

ATLANTA (AP) - Flashing the same stone-faced glare that once was so familiar in the boxing ring, Evander Holyfield appeared headed toward another fight.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.4 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate stands at 6.4 percent.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


1 person killed, 3 others wounded in DeKalb County shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say one person has been killed in a shooting that wounded three others in DeKalb County, just outside Atlanta.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Clergy speak out on 'religious freedom' bill proposed in GA

ATLANTA (AP) - Baptist clergy members in Georgia are picking sides over a bill that supporters say protects religious freedom.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South

McRAE, Ga. (AP) - Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to a donation center run from their backyard in suburban Atlanta.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia couple

cRAE, Ga. (AP) - Elrey "Bud" Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Famed SC civil rights protesters to have records erased

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Fifty-four years after they were sentenced to a month of hard labor in a chain gang for ordering lunch in South Carolina, nine black men are getting a new day in court.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stars of Bigfoot show search for Savannah-area Sasquatches

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The stars of the TV reality show "Finding Bigfoot" are hunting for the beast in woods and swamps near Savannah.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man who killed a fellow prisoner to be executed Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia death row inmate who has come within hours of execution on three previous occasions is set to die once again.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Bodies found after Ga. couple lured by Craigslist contact

McRAE, Ga. (AP) - Three days after Bud Runion posted an ad on the website Craigslist that he was seeking to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible, he and his wife set out for a small farming community in southern Georgia to meet with a potential seller. Then they vanished.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sheriff: Bodies found in car of missing Ga. couple

ATLANTA (AP) - The car belonging to a Georgia couple who disappeared after traveling to meet a man claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake with two bodies inside.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia to run backward

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - Holy roller coaster! The Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia is going to run backward when the park opens for the season March 14.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Gov't job losses could drag down growth

ATLANTA (AP) - Government workers didn't lose jobs in droves like their private sector counterparts during the recession, but the jobs of thousands of Georgia teachers and postal and social service workers are now threatened, further dampening the state's tepid economic recovery.

June 07, 2012 | DAN CHAPMAN Atlanta Journal-Constitution (courtesy of AP) | STATE


CDC: Older teens text behind the wheel

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say more than half of high school seniors admit they text or email while driving.

June 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Thousands honor fallen soldier

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Thousands of southwest Georgians lined the route as Marine Lance Cpl. Steve Sutton made his journey to his final resting place.

June 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


S.C. court hears Savannah River lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's highest court is questioning the authority of a state agency to bypass a special commission in discussions over dredging the Savannah River.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Shrimpers see small hauls in first days

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Shrimpers say the first six days of the official season has been disappointing.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Carrollton approves downtown open container law

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) - Patrons in Carrollton will soon be able to get takeout cups for alcoholic beverages purchased at downtown bars.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Albany police officer saved by cell phone

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - What can stop a speeding bullet? Turns out, a cellphone.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


System unveiled for Atlanta overpass

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta motorists will get a new experience when driving through a metro interstate overpass.

June 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT gives $77 million for infrastructure

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials have authorized contracts for 16 new infrastructure improvement projects across the state.

June 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Case dismissal shocks slain Ga. gir's family

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A judge's decision to dismiss charges against a Savannah man accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl has shocked the victim's family.

June 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman's hobby making explosives?

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A college student accused of making explosive devices as a hobby faces a court hearing on federal charges.

June 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Marine's Purple Heart a milestone

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A U.S. Marine from suburban Atlanta has become the first Georgian to receive a Purple Heart under new rules designed to honor military members who suffer brain injuries.

May 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Warm waters ending oyster harvesting

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Georgia officials will soon close state waters to oyster harvesting for the summer.

May 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Board saves Fernbank for now

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County's school board has decided, for now, to spare the Fernbank Science Center from closing.

May 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Holiday weekend wrecks kill 15 in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say traffic crashes in Georgia during the Memorial Day holiday weekend claimed the lives of more than a dozen motorists.

May 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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