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'Religious freedom' fight ramps up as bill remains stalled

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill remains stalled in a Georgia House committee as lawmakers enter the final two days of the legislative session surrounded by pressure from supporters and critics who say the bill can be used as a defense for discrimination against gay or transgender people.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Shrimpers see small hauls in first days

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Shrimpers say the first six days of the official season has been disappointing.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Carrollton approves downtown open container law

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) - Patrons in Carrollton will soon be able to get takeout cups for alcoholic beverages purchased at downtown bars.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Albany police officer saved by cell phone

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - What can stop a speeding bullet? Turns out, a cellphone.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


System unveiled for Atlanta overpass

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta motorists will get a new experience when driving through a metro interstate overpass.

June 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT gives $77 million for infrastructure

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials have authorized contracts for 16 new infrastructure improvement projects across the state.

June 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Case dismissal shocks slain Ga. gir's family

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A judge's decision to dismiss charges against a Savannah man accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl has shocked the victim's family.

June 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman's hobby making explosives?

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A college student accused of making explosive devices as a hobby faces a court hearing on federal charges.

June 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Marine's Purple Heart a milestone

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A U.S. Marine from suburban Atlanta has become the first Georgian to receive a Purple Heart under new rules designed to honor military members who suffer brain injuries.

May 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Warm waters ending oyster harvesting

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Georgia officials will soon close state waters to oyster harvesting for the summer.

May 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Board saves Fernbank for now

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County's school board has decided, for now, to spare the Fernbank Science Center from closing.

May 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Holiday weekend wrecks kill 15 in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say traffic crashes in Georgia during the Memorial Day holiday weekend claimed the lives of more than a dozen motorists.

May 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Beryl to dump more heavy rain on Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia emergency management officials say they expect a tropical depression to bring more heavy rain to the state, but no major damage has been reported so far.

May 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Full list of state, U.S. qualifiers

State Senator

May 25, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Vietnam vet wall opens at Ft. Gordon

FORT GORDON, Ga. (AP) - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall is now open to the public at Fort Gordon, military officials said.

May 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. license plates now available

The Georgia Department of Revenue has announced that the new license plates will be available in all 159 counties recently.

May 24, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


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