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Judge denies challenge to death penalty provision

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has denied a Georgia death row inmate's latest challenge to a state requirement that defendants must prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt in order to be spared from execution.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA lawmakers to hear testimony on medical cannabis

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A committee of state lawmakers tasked with studying effects of marijuana extracts on certain illnesses is scheduled to meet with law enforcement officials, health professionals and others.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man struck, killed by transit train in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a man has been struck and killed by a commuter train at a downtown station.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


8 horses escape Ga. pasture, trot along freeway

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Animal services workers in east Georgia are investigating how a group of eight horses escaped a pasture before trotting alongside Interstate 20.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


In Georgia, 2 parties battle over minority votes

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Behind a nondescript storefront just outside Atlanta, Delores Washington makes telephone call after call in this Democratic stronghold using a list of potential voters handed to her by a young party staffer.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Romney to attend Georgia fundraiser for Perdue

ATLANTA (AP) - Mitt Romney will be heading to Georgia on Wednesday, raising money for Senate candidate David Perdue as the former Dollar General CEO looks to hold a key seat for Republicans this year.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. college smoking ban goes into effect Wednesday

TLANTA (AP) - A rule smoking ban at all University System of Georgia campuses is scheduled to go into effect this week.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


School considers options for Bible verse monument

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Officials at a public high school in east Georgia are considering whether to remove or modify a monument that quotes the Bible.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wal-Mart: Morgan, others weren't wearing seatbelts

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics complaint against Jason Carter dismissed

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission has dismissed a complaint accusing Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter of violating state law by sending fundraiser invitations during the legislative session.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah harbor dredging deal close

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Ports Authority's top executive says a cost-sharing agreement needed to start work on a $706 million deepening of the waterway to the Port of Savannah should be finished within two weeks.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. highway officials buy image-boosting radio ads

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy hospitalized after he's run over by lawnmower

BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old boy is hospitalized with severe injuries after his father accidentally ran over him with a riding lawnmower.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman accused of killing mom to steal her newborn

RINGGOLD, Ga. (AP) - A Tennessee woman was charged with murder after gunning down a northwest Georgia woman because she wanted the woman's newborn baby, a sheriff said.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Augusta National adds female members

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

August 20, 2012 | DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer | STATE


Emory misrepresented data for decade

Prestigious Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade, the Atlanta school disclosed Friday, adding its high-profile name to a growing list of institutions caught up in scandals over rankings pressure.

August 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Parking crackdown lucrative for Atlanta

An aggressive parking enforcement strategy in Atlanta has more than doubled the number of parking citations, boosting revenue for the city.

August 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Summer unemployment for school workers?

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal agency's decision might lead to thousands of Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and private school teachers getting summer unemployment benefits after the state denied them the money.

August 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Supt. to oppose charter amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge will oppose a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the state's authority to charter independent schools.

August 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Carroll Co. schools add cameras to buses

CARROLLTON (AP) - A west Georgia school system is the latest to add school bus cameras aimed at nabbing motorists who break traffic laws, officials said.

August 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man beats woman with dead dog in Atl.

A Fulton County prosecutor says a man has pleaded guilty to using a dead dog to beat his girlfriend.

August 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Voters to decide charter school issue

After most Georgia voters decided against a transportation tax, political attention is shifting to a new battle involving charter schools.

August 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


50th anniversary of 1st black UGA grad

The University of Georgia plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the first African-American to earn a degree from the school.

August 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Indonesian zoo moves orangutan to stop her smoking

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesian zookeepers have moved an orangutan out of visitors' sight so she'll no longer smoke lit cigarettes people regularly throw into her cage.

August 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Sikh temple shooter a white supremacist

The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before being shot to death by police was identified Monday as a 40-year-old Army veteran and former leader of a white supremacist heavy metal band.

August 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Drought could take toll on Ga. poultry

Georgia, struggling with a drought of its own, also has to worry about earth-parched conditions in other states, particularly the Corn Belt states of the Midwest.

August 06, 2012 | By Jeff Gill jgill@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


Contractors sue over nuclear plant work

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Contractors working on a first-of-its-kind nuclear plant are suing Georgia Power and the group of cooperative and municipal utilities building the new reactors near Waynesboro.

August 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Activists plan Chick-fil-A 'Kiss In'

ATLANTA (AP) - Gay rights activists and other supporters of marriage equality planned a national "Kiss In" at Chick-fil-A restaurants Friday to protest the fast-food chain owners' opposition to same-sex unions.

August 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents plan lawsuits after football death

ATLANTA (AP) - The parents of two high school football players who died after collapsing during practice drills in the heat say they plan to sue school or county officials.

July 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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