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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


Jeffares update from the capitol

As we complete day 38 of the 2015 legislative session, we are quickly approaching day 40, also known as Sine Die, which is the last day for any bills to be passed to move on to the Governor.

April 02, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Teen who got heart transplant dies in crash during chase

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta area teenager who said a heart transplant two years ago gave him a second chance at life died this week when he lost control of the car he was driving while fleeing police, according to police records.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. transportation officials suspending lane closures

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Transportation officials say they're limiting construction-related lane closures for the next two weekends.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Atlanta educators jailed in test cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - A group of former Atlanta educators convicted in a test cheating scandal were locked up in Fulton County jails Thursday as they await sentences that could send them to prison for years.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - Eleven former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House, Senate rapidly pass state budget agreement

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a $40 billion state spending plan for the next year Tuesday night, giving raises to the state's top judges and pushing $103 million in costs for some part-time school employees' health insurance to local districts.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers pass $900 million transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a transportation funding plan late Tuesday night that they said will raise $900 million through changes to the state's gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta streetcar to continue offering free rides

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials say streetcar passengers may ride for free through the end of 2015.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, the penultimate working day of the 2015 legislative session.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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King family wants input on Georgia MLK monument

ATLANTA (AP) - The family of Martin Luther King Jr. has warned Georgia's governor it wants input on any monument to the slain civil rights icon that might be erected on the grounds of the state Capitol.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Copperheads appear on rise as kingsnakes decline

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - As kingsnakes decline in localized areas of the Southeast, the abundance of one of their common meals - the venomous copperhead - seems to be increasing.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Study shows Ga. pre-K improves school readiness

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say a recent study shows that Georgia's pre-kindergarten program increased school readiness, and children who participated scored higher in language and math evaluations.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bernice King to speak about judge's order

ATLANTA (AP) - The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. plans to speak out about a judge's order that she turn over her father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize to the court's control pending the outcome of a legal dispute.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate declines to 7.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's unemployment rate has declined to 7.3 percent.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storm to bring heavy rain to Ga, snow in mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say snow is possible in parts of the north Georgia mountains, with widespread heavy rain expected across other parts of the state.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia man accused of dropping dog from balcony

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say a man accused of throwing his 2-year-old dog from a second-floor balcony has been charged with animal cruelty.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


New SAT: The essay portion is to become optional

WASHINGTON (AP) - Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police probe vandalism at Savannah battle memorial

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are searching for vandals who damaged stones that honor soldiers killed and wounded in the 1779 Battle of Savannah during the American Revolution.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police probe vandalism at Savannah battle memorial

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are searching for vandals who damaged stones that honor soldiers killed and wounded in the 1779 Battle of Savannah during the American Revolution.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Hudgens urging Georgians to change alarm batteries

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is reminding Georgians to use the transition to daylight saving time this weekend as a chance to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Teen accused of killing grandmother with ball bat

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia teenager is accused of beating his grandmother to death with a baseball bat south of Atlanta.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal outlines severe weather response plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has outlined an action plan to address future severe weather events based on an internal review he ordered after Georgia was caught unprepared for a winter storm in late January.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. GOP sticks close to election-year agenda

ATLANTA (AP) - The Republican leadership in the General Assembly has kept tight control of its election-year agenda, ensuring some of the more controversial bills have not reached the floor for a vote.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Vice President Joe Biden to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is expected to visit Atlanta on Tuesday.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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