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Ga. university changes gay couples' benefi

ATLANTA (AP) - Married same-sex couples will get tax benefits equal to heterosexual couples through a retirement plan offered by the University System of Georgia.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah courthouse renaming proposed

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A government official in coastal Georgia is proposing to rename a county courthouse after a former state lawmaker, the late J. Tom Coleman Jr.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT suspending lane closures for holiday weekend

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Transportation officials say construction lane closures will be suspended during the holiday weekend.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Water wars have cost Georgia $18 million

ATLANTA (AP) - The state of Georgia and the Atlanta Regional Commission have spent about $18.7 million in outside legal fees during two decades of legal battles involving Florida and Alabama over access to drinking water.

March 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Health care ruling may affect elections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is likely to shake the presidential election race in early summer. But the winners in the court will not necessarily be the winners in the political arena.

March 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


NJ middle school: Don't hug, please

ABERDEEN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey school superintendent says there's no policy against huggingin the district, and says the issue of middle schoolers being told by their principal not to hug each other anymore is being blown out of proportion.

March 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Five scenarios that could settle GOP race

Are we there yet? Not quite. Mitt Romney's two steps forward, one flub back campaign continues its tantalizing progress toward a total victory that always seems just ahead.

March 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Confederate flag flies at Ga. fort

RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (AP) - As Fort McAllister fell to the Union Army of Gen. William T. Sherman days before Christmas in 1864, one of his artillery officers seized the Confederate flag of a vanquished company of Georgia riflemen. The officer carried the silk banner home to Maine as a souvenir, and it stayed in his family for three generations in a box along with a handwritten note: "To be return to Savannah or Atlanta sometime."

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama taps Jim Yong Kim for World Bank

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Dartmouth College president and global health expert Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank, an unconventional pick that could help to quell criticism in the developing world of the U.S. stranglehold on the international organization's top post.

March 23, 2012 | Amberlee Melendez | STATE


Obama talks on Trayvon "tragedy"

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama spoke in unusually personal terms Friday about the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, a case that has roiled civil rights activists and a suburban Orlando community. "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said, vowing to "get to the bottom of what happened."

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Unemployment applications hit 4-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. student sues over prom changes

ATLANTA (AP) - A suburban Atlanta high school student says in a federal lawsuit that administrators removed him as student body president after he promoted changes aimed at making the prom more inclusive to gay students.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


March for Trayvon Martin set in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Organizers are planning to march through downtown Atlanta in memory of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose shooting by a neighborhood watch captain has led to protests nationwide.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man jailed after calling 911 on his wife over Facebook

A Wesley Chapel man is serving jail time - all because he wanted to check his Facebook page.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia jobless rate drops to 3-year low

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's jobless rate has dropped to a three-year low, state labor officials said Thursday.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Welfare recipients could get drug tested

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers are debating whether some people should be exempt from a proposal that would force those applying for welfare to take drug tests.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Republicans report threats from GOP rivals

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Two local Republican Party leaders have told police they've been threatened by supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


The GOP race is now lining up for Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) - It hasn't been pretty, but the Republican establishment, the delegate math, the money and more are increasingly lining up in Mitt Romney's favor in the long and grinding race for the party's presidential nomination.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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