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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


Georgia Senate passes sweeping medical marijuana bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a sweeping medical marijuana bill that now goes back to the House for tweaking.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Privacy and private parts: Nude neighbor exposes law's limit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man who has continually irritated his neighbors by standing naked in the front door of his home has exposed a state law that local prosecutors want to change.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House panel OKs governor's school takeover amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" appears headed for a vote in the Georgia House of Representatives after securing a key committee's approval on Monday.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Good Morning America' anchor to speak at UGA commencement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - "Good Morning America" anchor Amy Robach is set to give a commencement speech to University of Georgia undergraduates.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia State coach breaks cast in fall, has to get new one

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Georgia State coach Ron Hunter is getting a new cast on his injured left foot.

March 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Contractors sue over nuclear plant work

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Contractors working on a first-of-its-kind nuclear plant are suing Georgia Power and the group of cooperative and municipal utilities building the new reactors near Waynesboro.

August 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Activists plan Chick-fil-A 'Kiss In'

ATLANTA (AP) - Gay rights activists and other supporters of marriage equality planned a national "Kiss In" at Chick-fil-A restaurants Friday to protest the fast-food chain owners' opposition to same-sex unions.

August 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents plan lawsuits after football death

ATLANTA (AP) - The parents of two high school football players who died after collapsing during practice drills in the heat say they plan to sue school or county officials.

July 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


DFCS changing protocols after death

A state official says the agency in charge of protecting Georgia children from abuse is revamping its protocols after an investigation found that a teenage girl who died was severely malnourished.

July 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


New heat rules for football players

High school football teams across Georgia are doing a new "heat-conditioning" period under new rules designed to reduce the number of heat-related deaths and injuries.

July 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


London to wow with opening show

LONDON - London, blow our minds.

July 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb announces immigrant initiative

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County officials are announcing a new initiative aimed at the county's refugee and immigrant students.

July 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GA gets grant to help veterans find jobs

Georgia is set to receive a $750,000 federal grant to help returning Army veterans find jobs.

July 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal pays $3k over ethics complaints

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal agreed Monday to pay $3,350 to settle three ethics complaints filed against him over his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

July 23, 2012 | ERRIN HAINES, Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal: Georgia 400 tolls to end

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced the end of tolls on Georgia Highway 400 by the end of next year.

July 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Turtles bolt, slowly, from captivity

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Be on the lookout: Escapees are described as slow-movers with hard shells in a variety of colors such as red, yellow and green.

July 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta council: no smoking in parks

The Atlanta City Council has voted to ban smoking in city parks.

July 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


2 men shot after Atlanta home invasion

Atlanta police say officers shot two men suspected of taking part in an early-morning home invasion, killing one of them and wounding the other.

July 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl killed by truck part on I-20

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl was killed and her mother injured when part of an oncoming semitrailer flew across an interstate and crashed through the windshield of their vehicle near downtown Atlanta.

July 12, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Look at Ga.'s 14 congressional primaries

Here is a breakdown of the 14 congressional races on the ballot for the upcoming July 31 primary in Georgia. Financial information provided for contested races as of March 31, the latest period available on the website of the Federal Election Commission.

July 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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