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Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island weighs smoking ban for largest Ga. public beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's largest public beach could become off limits to smoking next year.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 charged with killing deer that mingled with farmer's cows

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia have charged two young men with killing a deer in a pasture where it was known to mingle with a farmer's cows.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Court rules for Brookhaven in strip club fight

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has ruled a city can ban adult entertainment businesses that sell alcohol.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta officials request Ebola action plan

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials have asked department heads to form action plans and preventative strategies for Ebola and other contagious diseases.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Perdue defends career amid outsourcing report

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue says he's "proud" of his career, arguing that a misunderstanding of what outsourcing means is to blame for attacks on his business record.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man sentenced for attempted child sex encounter

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A Georgia man who traveled from New York to New Jersey for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with a young girl and her minor baby sitter is now headed to prison.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


New adjustable speed limit signs in place on I-285

ATLANTA (AP) - A new system of adjustable speed limits is in place on the northern end of the freeway that encircles Atlanta.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wealthy giving less to charity; Utah tops states

NEW YORK (AP) - Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


wastikas found at Jewish frat house near Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say swastikas have been found painted on a historically Jewish fraternity house at Emory University in metro Atlanta.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA students fault game on holy day

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - More than 1,000 students at the University of Georgia have signed a petition against a decision to schedule its homecoming football game on Yom Kippur.

October 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Marietta police get medical containment jumpsuits

ARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police officers in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta now have kits with disposable medical containment jumpsuits and masks.

October 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Naked man shot with Taser at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say a naked man who was acting erratically at an Atlanta airport gate was shocked with a Taser and will likely face criminal charges.

October 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge denies challenge to death penalty provision

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has denied a Georgia death row inmate's latest challenge to a state requirement that defendants must prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt in order to be spared from execution.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA lawmakers to hear testimony on medical cannabis

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A committee of state lawmakers tasked with studying effects of marijuana extracts on certain illnesses is scheduled to meet with law enforcement officials, health professionals and others.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man struck, killed by transit train in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a man has been struck and killed by a commuter train at a downtown station.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


8 horses escape Ga. pasture, trot along freeway

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Animal services workers in east Georgia are investigating how a group of eight horses escaped a pasture before trotting alongside Interstate 20.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


In Georgia, 2 parties battle over minority votes

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Behind a nondescript storefront just outside Atlanta, Delores Washington makes telephone call after call in this Democratic stronghold using a list of potential voters handed to her by a young party staffer.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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