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Middle Ga. schools close with more than 100 children sick

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Laurens County closed all of its public schools Friday after an estimated 150 children went home sick the day before with what health officials suspect is highly contagious norovirus.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. deputies disciplined for 'mistakes' in gunshots response

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Five sheriff's deputies have been disciplined for their handling of a case involving fisherman who reported someone shooting at them at a middle Georgia lake.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cookout employees extinguish SUV fire in drive-thru

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Employees at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Atlanta saved a woman and others nearby after her SUV burst into flames in the drive-thru.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia high school teacher arrested for sex with students

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia high school teacher has been arrested and charged with having sexual contact with her male students.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Atlanta TV anchor diagnosed with liver cancer

ATLANTA (AP) - Longtime Atlanta news anchor Monica Pearson has revealed she's been diagnosed with liver cancer.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rates drops below 6 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has dropped below 6 percent.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


5 dead, 3 injured in fiery crash on Georgia interstate

ELLABELLE, Ga. (AP) â€" Five people died early Wednesday in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 16 west of Savannah that authorities said began when a tractor-trailer failed to slow down and smashed into stop-and-go traffic.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State: Schools not required to pull ice cream but some do

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say Georgia schools are not required to discard Blue Bell ice cream products, but some of the state's largest school systems say they are doing so.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Shooting at Georgia Kia plant

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) - A shooting inside the Kia Motors auto manufacturing plant in Georgia left one worker wounded and another in custody after armed officers swarmed the site Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's veteran leader, Pete Wheeler, dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Pete Wheeler, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, died Tuesday as the longest-serving state agency head after holding the job for more than six decades.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


3 ex-educators in Atlanta cheating case to be resentenced

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge plans to resentence three former Atlanta public school educators who got the stiffest sentences after they were convicted in a conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Funeral home mistakenly cremates man; negotiations ongoing

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A family attorney says a former Macon pastor who wanted to be buried in a casket was cremated by mistake.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal to sign Opportunity School District legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal said he plans to sign legislation Tuesday to allow a state takeover of "chronically failing" schools and set up a statewide vote in 2016 to authorize the move.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Men who stole 39 Wal-Mart iPads could be part of crime ring

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Police say two men accused of stealing 39 iPads from a Georgia Wal-Mart could be part of a larger crime ring. Last week a couple was accused of stealing 33 iPads valued at more than $15,000 at another Wal-Mart store.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. lawmaker wants to lower minimum age to run for office

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia lawmaker believes people legally able to drink, vote and serve in the military should be allowed to run for a seat in the state Senate.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters issue fog advisory in north, central Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are asking drivers to use extreme caution while dense fog reduces visibility in much of north and central Georgia.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal set to begin 2nd term with Monday inauguration

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was set to begin his second term in office Monday afternoon with plans to focus on education.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Brian Schottenheimer expects 'easy fit' at Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Brian Schottenheimer's background as a player at Florida almost got in the way of his hopes to become offensive coordinator at Georgia.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA man who stole $255 in robbery sentenced to life in prison

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Cobb County prosecutors say a man who took $255 during an armed robbery has been sentenced to life in prison.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


$5,000 reward offered for armed robber

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, is asking the public to help with the identification and apprehension of the individual responsible for the Nov. 29, 2014 armed robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank on Riverwood Drive in Atlanta.

January 09, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


GA governor campaign reports $607K to daughter-in-law's firm

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal reported paying his daughter-in-law's consulting firm about $607,000 in his final fundraising report from the 2014 gubernatorial election.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


King Center plans MLK holiday events

ATLANTA (AP) - The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change has more than a week of events planned to celebrate the upcoming King holiday.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge declines to dismiss challenge to Ga. gay marriage ban

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge in Georgia has declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Study finds fewer bears in part of central Ga. than thought

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A three-year study has concluded the black bear population in part of central Georgia is less than half as big as previously thought.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


A list of stores that JC Penney plans to close

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney Co. said will close about 40 stores this year and cut about 2,250 jobs. Most of the stores will close by April 4, the Plano, Texas-based department store operator said Thursday.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Coca-Cola cutting up to 1,800 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola says it will cut between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs in coming months to trim costs.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Pedestrians to carry bright orange flags to cross street

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Let your "feet flag" fly, Athens.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Selma civil rights march still vivid for US Rep John Lewis

ATLANTA (AP) - Forty-nine years after John Lewis and fellow marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the memories of "Bloody Sunday" are still vivid in his mind. It was one of the defining moments of the civil rights era.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Temperatures plunge to 10 in some towns, 0 at Brasstown Bald

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures fell to 10 degrees before dawn in Marietta, Cartersville and Rome and 12 in Atlanta as an arctic blast of frigid weather brought the coldest temperatures in a year to Georgia.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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