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Gov. Deal: March tax revenues up 9 percent from 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials say Georgia collected $1.43 billion in net taxes during the month of March.

April 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jeffares: Sine Die

This week was spent reviewing the remaining legislation as we completed the 2015 legislative session. The final day of session, Day 40, is known as Sine Die which means "without day" in Latin. This means we are not going to assign another day for further meeting in the 2015 session. Sine Die is the most crucial day throughout the session. It is the final day a bill can be passed if it is to be signed into law by the Governor. If a piece of legislation is not passed on or before Sine Die, it will have to wait until ...

April 06, 2015 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


Georgia budget to fund range of construction projects

ATLANTA (AP) - The budget approved by Georgia lawmakers is expected to bring a wave of new construction to the state, which means big business for contractors, road-builders and companies that supply equipment to government and school facilities.

April 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres obtain Kimbrel, Melvin Upton from Braves

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Padres couldn't start the season without yet another blockbuster deal by first-year general manager A.J. Preller.

April 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


35 years after REM's 1st show, restoration of steeple begins

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Workers are beginning to restore the steeple of the old church in Athens where Georgia rock band R.E.M. played its first show.

April 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Authorities: Van goes off interstate in Georgia; 3 dead

COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say three people have been killed and at least six others injured when a van careened off an interstate and down an embankment in northeast Georgia.

April 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Feds want quarter of former Savannah chief's $130K pension

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - If Savannah's former police chief gets to collect a $130,000-a-year pension while serving time in prison, then federal prosecutors want to seize a healthy cut.

April 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves get pitcher Trevor Cahill from Diamondbacks

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves acquired pitcher Trevor Cahill from Arizona on Thursday night, hoping to boost a staff that's been hurt by injuries.

April 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers adjourns 2015 session; pass dozens of bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers have adjourned the 2015 legislative session after passing dozens of bills.

April 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials award $2.5 million in grants for trails

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says it has awarded grants for trails around the state.

April 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Crane sends concrete falling onto metro Atlanta interstate

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police say concrete chunks raining onto a metro Atlanta freeway caused multiple wrecks before rush hour.

April 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House sends bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - Insurers would be required to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage to treat children with autism under a bill headed to Gov. Nathan Deal's desk.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House sends fireworks bill to governor for review

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill legalizing fireworks sales in Georgia is headed to Gov. Nathan Deal for consideration.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia lawmakers scramble on final legislative day

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers in Georgia were scrambling Thursday to pass legislation on the final day of the 2015 legislative session. By law, the session runs 40 days. Any bills that do not pass by midnight Thursday fail for the year.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' bill stuck in committee, may not emerge

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia religious freedom bill that became a flashpoint for a debate over anti-gay discrimination was bottled up in a state House committee Thursday, and its sponsor said he did not expect it to emerge in the closing hours of this year's General Assembly.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Spring breaker from Georgia found dead in Florida pool

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say a 20-year-old spring breaker from Georgia has been found dead in a Panama City Beach motel pool.

March 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Meeting set on proposed Ga. medical marijuana legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - State Rep. Allen Peake said Monday he will make a pitch to a powerful Senate committee later this week to meld two widely-divergent medical marijuana bills passed by the upper and lower chambers of the General Assembly.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Coke a good snack? Health experts who work with Coke say so

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA high court rejects challenge to Falcons stadium financing

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has rejected a challenge to the city of Atlanta using taxpayer revenue to help finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Megachurch pastor seeks donations for pricey private jet

ATLANTA (AP) - The ministry of a prominent megachurch pastor and evangelist is seeking donations to buy a luxury jet valued at more than $65 million.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House approves earlier Sunday start for alcohol sales

ATLANTA (AP) - Counties or cities could approve alcohol sales as early as 10:30 a.m. on Sundays under a bill approved by the Georgia House.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate OKs bill to keep children out of smoky cars

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that would make a person smoking in a car when a child under 15 is in the vehicle subject to a fine up to $100.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate passes medical marijuana bill after long debate

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a medical marijuana bill that establishes a five-year study involving people under 18 with seizure disorders.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Marine who was held in Mexican jail is charged with DUI

TWIN CITY, Ga. (AP) - Georgia authorities say a former Marine who spent eight months in a Mexican jail for crossing the border with loaded guns was arrested during a traffic stop on misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate approves watered down craft brew measure

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that craft beer brewers say would give them a competitive boost in the state and region.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House approves 'cyberbullying' bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill adding threats made on computers or other electronic devices to the state's bullying law.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Irish Prime Minister to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials are celebrating St. Patrick's Day and the anniversary of an Irishman's work to save parts of Atlanta from destruction during the Civil War with a visit from the Irish prime minister.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tesla, medical cannabis bills before Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers face a key deadline for bills to maintain a shot at becoming law this year.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man accused of stabbing dog more than 20 times indicted

ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a man accused of stabbing a friend's dog more than 20 times has been indicted on aggravated animal cruelty charges.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man accused of stabbing dog more than 20 times indicted

ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a man accused of stabbing a friend's dog more than 20 times has been indicted on aggravated animal cruelty charges.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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