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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


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


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Developer seeks rezoning for Norcross move studio

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) - A developer is seeking permission to build an estimated $1 billion move studio campus in Norcross.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons romp to 56-14 win over hapless Buccaneers

ATLANTA (AP) - Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge sides with Fulton County in tax hike dispute

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has sided with Georgia's most populous county in an ongoing dispute over a 17-percent property tax increase.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Autopsy set for Friday in fatal shooting by police

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - An autopsy is planned for Friday after a handcuffed man was shot and killed by police in Savannah, authorities said.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Candidates for Ga. governor spar over jobless rate

ATLANTA (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter says an increase in the unemployment rate is the result of Gov. Nathan Deal's cuts to education.

September 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Candidates for Ga. governor spar over jobless rate

ATLANTA (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter says an increase in the unemployment rate is the result of Gov. Nathan Deal's cuts to education.

September 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Candidates for Ga. governor spar over jobless rate

ATLANTA (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter says an increase in the unemployment rate is the result of Gov. Nathan Deal's cuts to education.

September 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Candidates for Ga. governor spar over jobless rate

ATLANTA (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter says an increase in the unemployment rate is the result of Gov. Nathan Deal's cuts to education.

September 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Candidates for Ga. governor spar over jobless rate

ATLANTA (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter says an increase in the unemployment rate is the result of Gov. Nathan Deal's cuts to education.

September 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Kroger hiring 2,000 jobs in Atlanta division

Kroger announced recently it will be hiring 2,000 permanent associates across its Atlanta Division, which includes Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina.

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


GA medical center giving free take-home drug tests

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials from the Atlanta Medical Center say they're giving parents take-home drug tests as part of a back-to-school substance abuse prevention program.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves' new stadium has a name _ SunTrust Park

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves new suburban stadium already has a name - SunTrust Park.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge changes but won't lift Ga. man's banishment

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man who was banned from most of the state for firing at a house is being allowed to live with his mother, but he can't leave the county.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

ATLANTA (AP) - UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Columbus-based payment firm to expand in McDonough

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - State officials say a Columbus-based payments company will expand in McDonough, creating up to 450 jobs.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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