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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 House passes $44.6 billion state budget for Senate review

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has passed a state spending plan that narrows previous years' cuts to public education spending and hires more child protection workers.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


High Museum opens Coca-Cola exhibit

ATLANTA (AP) - A new exhibition at Atlanta's High Museum of Art explores the origins and artistic influence of the distinctive, curvy Coca-Cola bottle.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. transportation officials warn of slick road conditions

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters warned of the potential for black ice on roads and highways as nearly nine inches of snow blanketed parts of northwest Georgia.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


No charges for Ga. officer who shot handcuffed man

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won't face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednesday that the suspect was armed with a handgun police missed while patting him down.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather delays flights destined for Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Winter weather has led to flight delays at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ahead of storm, Ga. delays execution

ATLANTA (AP) - Ahead of a winter storm, Georgia has delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate.

February 25, 2015 | Alec Smith | STATE


Husband of ex-DeKalb commissioner guilty of mail fraud

ATLANTA (AP) - The husband of a former DeKalb County commissioner who admitted to stealing county money has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Only female death row inmate in Georgia set for execution

ATLANTA (AP) - The only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather service: 3-6 inches of snow possible in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of the potential for 3-6 inches of snow across north Georgia.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More cold, snow, ice, wintry mix expected Wednesday

States of emergencies have already been declared and schools have already been closed ahead of wintry weather mix that is expected to continue to batter a wide swath of the country Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Longtime Coke executive Donald Keough dies at 88

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Keough, who steered Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980s, died Tuesday in Atlanta, the company said. He was 88.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sleet, snow, ice move into metro Atlanta and north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Snow was blowing across highways in the north Georgia mountains and ice coated cars in some of metro's Atlanta's northern suburbs as the latest winter storm struck the state Tuesday.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons sign DiMarco, Matthews to contract extensions

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed fullback Patrick DiMarco and defensive end Cliff Matthews to contract extensions.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmaker introduces bill to shift state tax system

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawmaker has introduced a bill to shift Georgia's tax system to what he considers a more consumption-based model.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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