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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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Emory, others launch autism center

ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University and other Atlanta partners are launching a new autism research center using an $8.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

September 27, 2012 | BILL BARROW, The Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Power to purchase more solar energy

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power executives say the utility firm plans to substantially boost the amount of solar power it distributes to customers.

Company officials say the utility will buy more than 10 times the amount of solar electricity it now gets from solar farms and rooftop equipment by 2017.

September 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA could eliminate nearly 130 positions

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Documents released by University of Georgia administrators to state officials indicate that the school plans to eliminate nearly 130 jobs.

September 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Police guard home of malnourished teen

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Police are guarding the Georgia home of a couple accused of child cruelty after a teenage boy weighing just 87 pounds was found wandering a Los Angeles bus station.

September 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Chick-fil-A tries to clarify giving

ATLANTA (AP) - Chick-fil-A gave another statement about recent reports that it will stop giving money to groups that oppose gay marriage, but the company did not make any clearer Thursday whether it was still funding them.

September 20, 2012 | BILL BARROW, Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta mayor: no jail for panhandling

ATLANTA (AP) - The mayor of Atlanta says he plans to veto a new city ordinance that would send aggressive panhandlers to jail for up to six months.

September 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia cuts archives access

ATLANTA (AP) - Scholars, amateur genealogists and others are protesting the state's decision to limit public access to the Georgia Archives.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/PvdbBE ) thousands of people signed online petitions and Facebook pages over the weekend after Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced only limited public appointments to the archives will be available starting Nov. 1. Kemp says the change was necessary to help trim more than $730,000 from his office's budget.

September 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Drum major's parents speak on hazing

ATLANTA (AP) - Florida A&M University's insistence that it is not to blame for a drum major's death during a hazing ritual shows school officials are not taking responsibility for the safety of students, the band member's parents said Thursday.

Pam and Robert Champion Sr. said at a news conference in Atlanta that they were disappointed by court documents filed Monday by FAMU in response to their lawsuit against the school. The university said in its filing that 26-year-old Robert Champion, as a top leader in the band, should have refused to participate in the ritual. The ...

September 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gas prices fall 6.2 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 6.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.86/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.81/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Child protection workers arrested in probe

ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators have arrested two child protection workers in Georgia on charges that they falsified reports to keep millions of dollars in funding.

September 05, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Leaders push voter ID education

ATLANTA (AP) - Several leaders within the National Baptist Convention and the NAACP plan a rally in Atlanta to call attention to changes in voter access laws in several states.

September 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Officials: N.O. levees, pumps holding up

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials say New Orleans' flood protections system is holding up so far as Hurricane Isaac storms through the area.

August 29, 2012 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | STATE


Man impersonates Henry County police

McDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - Police in Henry County are searching for someone who has been impersonating an off-duty police officer.

August 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Empire State shooter had Ga. ties

The man who killed a former co-worker at the Empire State Building in New York kept busy at Gainesville High School before graduating in 1971.

August 27, 2012 | By Jeff Gill jgill@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


Fire hits Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials are investigating a fire at filmmaker Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios, the second blaze in the past four months at the filming complex.

August 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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