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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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California Chrome cleared to wear nasal strip

NEW YORK (AP) - California Chrome can breathe easy - he's allowed to wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

May 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. high court upholds execution drug secrecy law

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has ruled a state law that makes the identity of an execution drug supplier a "confidential state secret" is constitutional.

May 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-UGA coach Donnan not guilty in investment case

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Faced with a laundry list of charges related to an investment fraud scheme, former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan was found not guilty on all 41 counts against him Friday, looking relived as he put his head in his hands and hugged teary family members in the courtroom.

May 16, 2014 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Men sentenced in shooting over public urination

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Two middle Georgia men have been sentenced to life in prison in a fatal shooting that stemmed from an argument over public urination.

May 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


State offers chance to catch up on child support

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Division of Child Support Services is offering non-custodial parents a chance to get caught up on child support payments without penalties.

May 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Testing could cost Georgia $107 million by 2019

ATLANTA (AP) - According to contract documents, Georgia could pay about $107 million for a company to create a new statewide standardized test during the next five years.

May 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. boy accidentally run over in family driveway

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Douglas County authorities say a 4-year-old boy died after being accidentally run over in his family's driveway.

May 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. jobless rate remains unchanged at 7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has remained unchanged at 7 percent from the previous month.

May 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


FBI offers $20,000 reward in Lake Oconee slaying

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $20,000 reward for information in the beheading of a central Georgia man and the feared abduction of his wife from their home on Lake Oconee.

May 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Prosecutor: Former UGA coach was blinded by money

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A prosecutor said former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan lured his friends into a fraudulent investment scheme because he was blinded by the enormous amount of money he could make.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. boy shot during field day games, hospitalized

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - An elementary school student in suburban Atlanta was shot in the head during field day activities and has been hospitalized.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Dems against Obama's Ga. judge pick

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats lambasted one of President Barack Obama's picks for a federal judgeship in Georgia on Tuesday, skewering him for his past votes on abortion and the Confederate flag.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge dismisses lawsuit over houndstooth pattern

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over use of the houndstooth pattern made famous by hats worn by former Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Stage collapses during concert at Ga. high school

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - School officials are trying to determine why a stage collapsed during a concert at a high school southeast of Atlanta, causing minor injuries to several students.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Sen. candidates take aim at records

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - The Republicans running for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat took aim at each other's records and experience in a debate Saturday, with the three congressmen in the race facing criticism over their time in Washington.

May 12, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press | STATE


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