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Gov. Deal signs bill making fireworks sales legal in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Tuesday legalizing the sale of fireworks in Georgia.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia sheriff calls woman's shooting tragic accident

ATLANTA (AP) - A metro Atlanta sheriff who shot and critically injured a woman says that the victim is a dear friend and that he's been focused on her family since the shooting.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal signs child welfare reform into law

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill streamlining Georgia's child welfare system has been signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs bills cracking down on child sex trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation aimed at cracking down on the sexual exploitation of children.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man receives probation for sending nudes to 12-year-old girl

MONROE, Ga. (AP) - A Monroe man won't receive jail time for sending nude pictures to an underage girl, but will see probation.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons sign former Titans fullback Collin Mooney

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have signed fullback Collin Mooney, who started four games for the Tennessee Titans in 2013.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia city to remove Christian flag flying over city hall

COCHRAN, Ga. (AP) - Leaders of a central Georgia city say they'll remove a Christian flag flying over city hall.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs $900 million transportation package into law

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a new $900 million transportation bill into law, including changes to the state's gas taxes and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia sheriff accused of shooting woman in Atlanta suburb

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An Atlanta-area sheriff who was acquitted three years ago in a major public corruption case is now accused of shooting a woman in a subdivision near the suburb of Lawrenceville.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Georgia's jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.3 percent is unchanged from the previous month, and still well below the 7.3 percent rate from a year ago.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Dog discarded in Dumpster behind Goodwill found trembling

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a dog was found trembling after someone discarded the animal and his bed in a Dumpster behind a metro Atlanta Goodwill store.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lottery third quarter 2014 earnings top $261 million

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lottery officials say more than $261 million in proceeds was used to fund education initiatives during the third quarter of 2014.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport hosting fire, disaster drills

ATLANTA (AP) - A firefighter training exercise is expected to create smoke plumes near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Fast-food workers, others rally in push for higher pay

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Fast-food workers rallied in College Park and planned another demonstration in Atlanta as they and others across the nation called for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Huge metal rooster is found in forest following Athens heist

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say the hunt for a 10-foot metal rooster stolen from outside an Athens business has ended in a Georgia forest, where Rocket the Rusty Roster was discovered under a pile of wood.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. school leaders meet after teacher blasts Obama in class

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's NAACP chapter president is calling for a middle Georgia teacher and her husband - a local school board member - to resign after allegations that the teacher made negative comments about President Barack Obama during class.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Students at Georgia's public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Tuition is going up for Georgia students the state's 30 colleges and universities.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Percy Sledge, who sang 'When A Man Loves a Woman,' dies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jail for 9 of 10 ex-educators in Atlanta test-cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators were sentenced to jail time Tuesday in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on the state's standardized tests, and the judge called the case "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town."

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


1 ex-educator accepts deal in Atlanta schools cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - One of the 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a test-cheating conspiracy has accepted a sentencing deal.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sentencing hearing starts for ex-educators in cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - Character witnesses are pleading for leniency as a judge prepares to sentence most of the former Atlanta educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to cheat on state tests.

April 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia prison officials change transgender inmate policy

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia prison officials are changing how they treat inmates with gender identity conditions, just days after the U.S. Justice Department weighed in on a lawsuit filed by a transgender prisoner.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Confederate flag over courthouse sparks some disagreement

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) - One hundred and fifty years after the final drops of soldiers' blood sealed the Civil War, the South's battle flag has returned to the grounds of Chattooga County's government.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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