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Atlanta airport anticipates busy holiday travel weekend

ATLANTA (AP) - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International officials say the airport will host a projected 327,170 passengers during the holiday weekend.

July 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Worker injured at Falcons stadium construction site

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a construction worker has been injured by a falling piece of scaffolding at the Atlanta Falcons stadium construction site.

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb County CEO found guilty

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A suspended DeKalb County official accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions has been found guilty of perjury and attempted theft by extortion.

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Johns Creek mayor to lead Georgia Municipal Association

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek will serve as president of the Georgia Municipal Association.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta Cyclorama to leave building it occupied since 1921

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Cyclorama, the colossal Civil War painting created about 130 years ago, is leaving the building it has occupied since 1921 to move across town.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. high court says bonds for Braves stadium valid

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the authorization of up to $397 million in bonds to build a new baseball stadium for the Braves in Cobb County.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta court issues same-sex marriage licenses

Court in Atlanta begins marrying gay couples

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officials call for end to Confederate holidays, plates

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Democrats called for an end to state holidays commemorating Confederate history on Friday, joining a push across the country to remove the battle flag and other symbols from government buildings after nine black members of a South Carolina church were fatally shot.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Journalist jailed in Zimbabwe for starting newspaper

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - The attorney for a Zimbabwe journalist says his client was convicted of publishing a newspaper in a southern town without government permission and sentenced to eight months in prison.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Mother with flesh-eating bacteria has hand, feet removed

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Gwinnett County mother battling flesh-eating bacteria has undergone surgery to remove her feet and one hand.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Fire at black Georgia church was arson, officials say

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a fire that damaged a predominantly black church in middle Georgia has been ruled arson.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Court upholds insurance subsidies for thousands of Georgians

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 412,000 Georgians can receive tax subsidies designed to make health insurance affordable after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide assistance on Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex Lowndes deputy sentenced in traffic fine scam

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A former south Georgia sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for a scam that targeted Hispanic drivers with illegitimate traffic fines.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Newton, metro Atlanta's jobless rate up

The jobless rate in Newton County and across the metro Atlanta area rose from April 2015 to May 2015.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Ceramic bulldog stolen from Athens grave

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A woman has told police that a ceramic bulldog was again stolen from the grave of her son, who was a fan of the University of Georgia football team.

June 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Gov. Deal announces new program to honor Vietnam veterans

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a new program aimed at honoring the state's 234,000 Vietnam veterans with "certificates of honor."

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 Alabama players arrested in separate weekend cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban is expected to address the media Monday after two Crimson Tide players were arrested in separate cases over the weekend.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Panel expected to review Ga. religious freedom bill canceled

ATLANTA (AP) - A House committee expected to take up a divisive religious freedom bill will not meet as planned.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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