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Ga. House backs legalizing fireworks to spark economy

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House hopes that legalizing fireworks will spark part of the state's economy.

March 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House adds legal refugees to student scholarship program

ATLANTA (AP) - Students with legal refugee status could be eligible for special needs scholarships under a bill approved by the Georgia House.

March 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House bill would remove limitations on cancer hospita

ATLANTA (AP) - A House bill that would remove limitations placed on a for-profit cancer hospital under a 2008 deal with Georgia lawmakers has run into stiff opposition.

March 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Versions of transportation, school bills passed

State lawmakers took a step forward Thursday on two major priorities for the legislative session.

March 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal: February tax revenues up more than 12 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state's net tax collections are up more than 12 percent over this time last year.

March 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


SUV plunges off bridge on highway north of Atlanta

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a suburban utility vehicle has plunged off a bridge over a creek that flows into Lake Lanier north of Atlanta.

March 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cell phone lot at Atlanta airport closing for road work

ATLANTA (AP) - The cellphone parking lot at Atlanta's airport will close for a week while improvements are made to roads leading to the terminals.

March 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. governor's school takeover amendment passes Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" is moving to the Georgia House.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Prosecutor to seek charge against police chief who shot wife

ATLANTA (AP) - A prosecutor said Thursday that he would seek a misdemeanor charge - but no felony - against a suburban Atlanta police chief who reported accidentally shooting his sleeping wife on New Year's Day.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Pig disease traced to central Georgia livestock show

MACON, Ga. (AP) - The state's first known cases of a potentially deadly pig disease have been tied to an event at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers expected to talk transportation, schools, religion

ATLANTA (AP) - Three provocative pieces of legislation are on track to floor votes in the General Assembly.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's unemployment rate drops to 6.4 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.4 percent, its lowest level since July 2008.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Rain, freezing rain and sleet expected in north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say north Georgia residents can expect a mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet as a new storm system moves across the state.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Richt promises open QB competition in spring drills

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Brice Ramsey's edge in Georgia's quarterback competition this spring may not be as big as some believed.

March 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia waffles on execution with cloudy drug

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials waffled on whether to proceed with an execution when the lethal injection drug was discovered to have a cloudy appearance, according to court documents, and one expert said their decision to postpone it was the right move.

March 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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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


High winds, cold temperatures predicted in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - High winds followed by a surge of cold air this weekend are in store for Georgia as multiple cold fronts move across the South.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal proposes broad powers to take over failing schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal wants lawmakers to create a state-run district to take over failing schools, overseen by an appointed superintendent with broad new powers over those institutions.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers await details of governor's failing schools plan

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers plan to begin discussing Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to turn over management of failing schools to a state-run district.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Another ad from Craigslist death in Georgia

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Clark Atlanta University says the killing of a junior chemistry major is a "devastating" loss for the school.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wolves acquire Adreian Payne from Hawks for 1st-round pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adreian Payne came to Minnesota on Monday as a seldom-used member of the powerful Atlanta Hawks, languishing on the bench for one of the league's best teams.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Home Depot: hiring more than 80,000 workers for spring

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot Inc., the nation's largest home-improvement retailer, says it has started to hire more than 80,000 seasonal workers for the spring selling season, the company's busiest period.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. transportation funding bill revised to calm critics

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican leaders on Monday previewed changes to a bill aiming to raise $1 billion to maintain Georgia's roads and bridges, hoping to placate county and city officials unhappy with their initial plan to raise half that dollar amount by eliminating locals' share of the sales tax on gasoline.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House subcommittee approves date change for pre-K

ATLANTA (AP) - A House sub-committee on education has taken the first step toward giving parents more time to enroll their 5-year-olds in pre-kindergarten.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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