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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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Ga. Republicans moving against Obama health plan

ATLANTA (AP) - Republicans are on the verge of making it even tougher for Georgia to expand a government health insurance program as envisioned by Democratic President Barack Obama.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal, Black to host Georgia Ag Day celebration

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor and agriculture commissioner plan to host the annual Ag Day celebration.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Henry Co. schools hosting recruitment event

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - Henry County schools officials say they're preparing to host a recruitment fair for new teachers.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Traffic picks up on Georgia 400 after end of tolls

ATLANTA (AP) - Traffic congestion on Georgia 400 has gotten worse some since the end of tolls on the highway, but some drivers say the increase hasn't been enough for them to notice.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


4 Georgia players charged with theft by deception

ATLANTA (AP) - Four Georgia football players have been released on bond following their arrests Monday on misdemeanor charges of theft by deception.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bo Callaway funeral set for Wednesday in west Ga.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Arrangements have been made for family and friends to say farewell to former Georgia congressman Bo Callaway.

March 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves trim roster, send 14 players to minors

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have reduced their spring roster by sending 14 players to the minor leagues.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man in standoff accused of torching home

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say they've apprehended a man they say held a SWAT team at bay and set fire to the home.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. council will focus on child welfare reform

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says a newly created council is expected to help improve child welfare in the state.

March 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers OK statue for Martin Luther King

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers have taken another step forward to put a statue honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of Georgia's Statehouse.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wind gusts of 40-45 mph possible in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected in parts of north and central Georgia as a cold front sweeps across the region.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves sign RHP Ervin Santana to bolster rotation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday on a one-year contract with right-hander Ervin Santana, bolstering their injury plagued starting rotation.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Century-old lamp posts at UGA undergo restoration

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The historic lamp posts on at the University of Georgia in Athens are getting a makeover.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb Co. residents paying double for leadership

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Taxpayers in one metro Atlanta county are paying about $16,000 a month to a suspended leader because of a state law requiring compensation until a public corruption case he's involved in is resolved.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bribery plea deal denied for Conyers woman

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a plea agreement for Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble, who was indicted for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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