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Charter school backers want exemption from takeover district

ATLANTA (AP) - Charter school supporters want the schools to be exempt from a state-run district that Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing to take over chronically failing institutions.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 185,000 without power in Georgia after ice storm

ATLANTA (AP) - Power companies say more than 185,000 customers in Georgia were still without power as crews worked to clear downed trees and power lines.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Jeffares capital update

The past couple of weeks have been fairly busy for legislators under the Gold Dome. We have now completed 15 days of the Legislative Session and have passed seven bills on the Senate floor. We are moving quickly and I look forward to keeping you updated as we move forward at the Gold Dome.

February 17, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Deal delays Tuesday opening for state offices due to weather

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says state agencies will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Tuesday in metro Atlanta to prevent problems with black ice on roadways.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal issues a State of Emergency ahead of wintery mix

ATLANTA (AP) - On Sunday Gov. Nathan Deal issued a State of Emergency until Tuesday ahead of a wintry mix expected to hit areas of northern Georgia.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


When disaster hits, FEMA watches Waffle Houses for guidance

ATLANTA (AP) - When a big storm or tornado devastates a community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually steps in to help state and local officials. But in recent years, FEMA has been getting some help of its own from an unexpected source - one you see on almost every highway throughout the Southeast: Waffle House.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Schools react to takeover plan as Ga. governor seeks support

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia would become one of several states authorized to take over "chronically failing" schools if Republican Gov. Nathan Deal can hold members of his own party while attracting Democrats and placating some school officials frustrated by the proposal.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Snow, sleet, ice threat raised in several areas of the South

ATLANTA (AP) - Snow falling steadily in parts of Kentucky turned roads hazardous Monday as a major winter storm system also threatened to spew ice, sleet and freezing rain across several Southern states.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Estimate: Higher tobacco tax could raise $585M

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia could raise an extra $585 million by increasing its tobacco taxes, according an analysis by Georgia State University that comes as state leaders seek ways to pay for transportation projects.

February 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged with having sex with corpse in Georgia mortuary

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Police have charged a homeless man with performing a sex act on a woman's body at a funeral home in Columbus.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Auburn replacing oaks killed by Alabama fan

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn is replacing the Toomer's Corner oak trees that were poisoned by a University of Alabama fan.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta police: 785 pairs of panties stolen from store

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police are searching for a person they believe stole almost 800 pairs of panties from a Victoria's Secret store.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House OKs easier path to diploma despite failing test

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill letting thousands of Georgians who did not pass high school graduation tests petition local officials for diplomas.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed and sent to the House two proposals aimed at cracking down on pimps and others engaged in what lawmakers say is an increasing problem of sexual exploitation of children in Georgia.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


American Pickers TV show coming to Georgia

Think you might have a hidden treasure in that collection of what other people call junk? The American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, of the HBO show on the History Channel, are coming to Georgia looking for junkyards, basements, garages and barns to find hidden treasures, rare artifacts, and vintage collectibles and they want to see what you've got.

February 12, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


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1 killed, 2 wounded in suburban Atlanta shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police say one person has been killed and two others have been wounded in a shooting near a suburban Atlanta high school.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. woman charged with animal cruelty in Conn.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut agriculture officials have accused a Georgia woman of trying to sell sick cats and dogs and charged her with animal cruelty.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Nearly 40 killed by flu-related issues in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - State Department of Public Health officials say nearly 40 people have died of flu-related complications this season and more than 650 people have been hospitalized.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT mulls raising metro Atlanta speed limits

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Transportation officials say they're supporting a proposal to give the agency the option of raising speed limits on metro Atlanta interstates.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill to be introduced

ATLANTA (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says he plans to introduce a bill Tuesday that would establish a process for medical marijuana to be legally administered in Georgia under certain circumstances.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Snow, ice could snarl Ga. from Atlanta to Savannah

ATLANTA (AP) - A blast of freezing precipitation expected to arrive Tuesday could scatter snow and ice across Georgia from metro Atlanta to southern parts of the state normally immune to winter accumulation such as Americus and Savannah.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Benefits restored for Ga. state workers

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia plans to spend about $114 million to restore some benefits to the health plan covering teachers and state employees.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Student let 4 burglars into UGA dormitory

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police say four men suspected of burglarizing a dormitory at the University of Georgia got into the building when a student held a door open for them.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House passes $41B revised budget

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved a revised $41 billion state spending plan on Friday, one of the fastest budget votes in recent years.

January 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Democrats outline 2014 legislative agenda

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Senate Democrats said Thursday that top priorities on their 2014 legislative agenda include addressing the state's income gap and supporting working and middle class families.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill would allow firefighters to have guns on duty

ATLANTA (AP) - Legislation proposed in the Georgia House would allow firefighters in the state to carry guns while on duty as long as they gain permission from their employer.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmaker: Campus carry provision to be dropped

ATLANTA (AP) - A key Georgia lawmaker says a provision that would have allowed students to carry weapons on public college campuses will be dropped from a revised gun bill expected to be introduced soon.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill would allow firefighters to have guns

ATLANTA (AP) - Legislation proposed in the Georgia House would allow firefighters in the state to carry guns while on duty as long as they gain permission from their employer.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Coldest air of the week expected early Friday

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's coldest temperatures of the week are expected early Friday morning, with lows in single-digits in much of the state.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's unemployment rate drops to 7.4 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.4 percent in December amid strong job growth in the state.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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