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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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Road work to close lanes on I-75 in Lowndes County

ATLANTA (AP) - Roadwork in Lowndes County will force lane closures on Interstate 75 next week.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Double-decker freeway among ideas to unclog Atlanta traffic

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation planners say converting Atlanta's Downtown Connector into a double-decked superhighway -- or creating tunnels beneath or parallel to it -- are the types of ideas they want explored.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents: Teacher told students Obama is evil, hates America

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Parents of a Georgia middle school student have accused a teacher of making disparaging remarks about President Barack Obama to students, calling him an evil man who hates America.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-UGA officer threatens lawsuit over medical amnesty law

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A former University of Georgia police officer has threatened to file a $5 million lawsuit against the state Board of Regents after he was fired for refusing to arrest two drunk, underage students who needed medical help, his lawyer said Thursday.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Rep. Tyrone Brooks resigns House seat

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks has resigned his seat in the state House of Representatives.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Thunderstorms could bring damaging wind, hail across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say there's a slight risk of severe thunderstorms across Georgia, which could bring damaging wind and hail.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Rep. Tyrone Brooks to enter plea in federal court

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks is set to enter a plea on federal charges.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Back to the future: Shutterbugs out in force at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - There are so many cameras at the Masters this week that practice rounds are beginning to resemble kids' birthday parties back in the day.

April 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Training exercise expected to create smoke near Ga. airport

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

April 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Alabama, Georgia player Taylor enters not guilty plea

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Former Alabama and Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor has entered a not guilty plea on assault and battery charges in Athens-Clarke County Superior Court.

April 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Woods back at the Masters and expecting to win

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Never mind that Tiger Woods hasn't played in nearly two months and hasn't won the Masters in 10 years. He says his game is back in order and he expects to be wearing another green jacket at the end of the week.

April 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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