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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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Atlanta's Plaza Theater gives gift of The Interview

The Plaza in Atlanta announced on Twitter Tuesday that it will be one of the only theaters in the country to screen the controversial film The Interview, despite threats of violence made by hackers warning against the film's release.

December 23, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


30 years later, Cabbage Patch Kids still have fans

CLEVELAND, Ga. (AP) - Standing in a loose circle with one hand raised, a group of about five dozen adults recited an oath to be the best adoptive parent in the world. Then, when the word was given, they scrambled around the room to find the perfect baby.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Severe storms possible just before Christmas across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say the potential for severe thunderstorms will be greatest Tuesday in parts of western and south Georgia -- an area south and west of Macon that includes the Columbus area.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Yates tapped for deputy AG

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the move.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Strong storms possible on Christmas Eve across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say strong storms, some with the potential for isolated tornadoes, are possible over large parts of Georgia on Christmas Eve.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb police: Suspect dead after standoff

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a suspect who at times during a standoff in southern DeKalb County fired on officers and civilians has been killed.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Angels pick killed in argument over candy

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - A former first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels, Ryan Bolden, was killed in an argument that started over candy.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Whales returning to Georgia to give birth

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The first right whale sighting of the season was a twofer.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Dalton police officer faces child molestation charge

DALTON, Ga. (AP) - A Dalton police officer hired earlier this year is facing a child molestation charge after a girl accused him of fondling her while he was off-duty.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Cub Scout leader sent to prison in child molestation case

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A former Cub Scout leader in suburban Atlanta has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of child molestation in a case authorities say involved more than a dozen children.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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