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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


Ga. Senate clears way for continued operation of Uber, Lyft

ATLANTA (AP) - Uber and other ride sharing companies may have passed their last legislative roadblock with the passage of a Georgia Senate bill mandating insurance minimums for drivers and the firms they drive for.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate OKs bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage for treating autism in children.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tiger Woods' plane seen at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State House backs charge on strip clubs to fight trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a constitutional amendment charging strip clubs to provide services for victims of child sexual abuse.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. hunting regulations proposed; public comment sought

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are inviting public comments on proposed changes to hunting regulations.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl, 9, wounded by gunshot in northeast Georgia

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia are investigating a gunshot that wounded a 9-year-old girl.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


10-foot, 300-pound metal rooster goes missing in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' fight ramps up as bill remains stalled

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill remains stalled in a Georgia House committee as lawmakers enter the final two days of the legislative session surrounded by pressure from supporters and critics who say the bill can be used as a defense for discrimination against gay or transgender people.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal announces new program to honor Vietnam veterans

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a new program aimed at honoring the state's 234,000 Vietnam veterans with "certificates of honor."

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Wealthy giving less to charity; Utah tops states

NEW YORK (AP) - Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


wastikas found at Jewish frat house near Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say swastikas have been found painted on a historically Jewish fraternity house at Emory University in metro Atlanta.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA students fault game on holy day

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - More than 1,000 students at the University of Georgia have signed a petition against a decision to schedule its homecoming football game on Yom Kippur.

October 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Marietta police get medical containment jumpsuits

ARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police officers in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta now have kits with disposable medical containment jumpsuits and masks.

October 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Naked man shot with Taser at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say a naked man who was acting erratically at an Atlanta airport gate was shocked with a Taser and will likely face criminal charges.

October 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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