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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


House approves Gov. Deal's 'failing schools' amendment

TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" on Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House committee chair says no vote on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to Ga. governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing a form of medical marijuana is headed to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after a two-year legislative battle.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia honors Vietnam veterans

Georgia is home to more than 234,000 Vietnam War veterans, and the state seeks to honor them with a new program to be unveiled next week.

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia trout fishing season to open Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say they're stocking the state's waterways with fish before the opening of trout fishing season.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes sweeping medical marijuana bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a sweeping medical marijuana bill that now goes back to the House for tweaking.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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GA medical center giving free take-home drug tests

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials from the Atlanta Medical Center say they're giving parents take-home drug tests as part of a back-to-school substance abuse prevention program.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves' new stadium has a name _ SunTrust Park

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves new suburban stadium already has a name - SunTrust Park.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge changes but won't lift Ga. man's banishment

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man who was banned from most of the state for firing at a house is being allowed to live with his mother, but he can't leave the county.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

ATLANTA (AP) - UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Columbus-based payment firm to expand in McDonough

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - State officials say a Columbus-based payments company will expand in McDonough, creating up to 450 jobs.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal, Carter duel over education at Atlanta forum

ATLANTA (AP) - A forum with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter turned contentious Monday over public education as each attacked the other's record and questioned his opponent's plans to improve it.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA troopers to focus on commercial drivers on I-85

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state troopers say they're launching a 72-hour crackdown on unsafe commercial vehicle drivers on Interstate 85.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Car stolen before it can be raffled to raise funds

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Family members who planned to raffle a car to help pay for their daughter's medical care say the vehicle has been stolen.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Perdue picks up endorsement of ex-President Bush

ATLANTA (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has endorsed Republican David Perdue over the CEO of a nonprofit he founded, Democrat Michelle Nunn, in Georgia's closely watched Senate race.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Income inequality complicates Ga. consumption tax

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study suggests the growing share of income paid to the rich could raise the costs of a Republican proposal to replace Georgia's income tax with an expanded sales tax.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Jury selected in trial of suspended county leader

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A jury is in place to decide the fate of a county leader accused of pressuring businesses for campaign donations in exchange for government work.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents alarmed after snakes spotted at school

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Parents say they're alarmed about snakes seen inside and outside a school south of Atlanta.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hack

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics could tip scales in Georgia governor race

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has always managed to stay one step ahead of ethics scrapes, and the 72-year-old Republican will have to do it again in what is likely his last election campaign in this GOP-leaning state.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia archers may begin pursuing deer Saturday

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say archers throughout the state may begin hunting deer this weekend.

September 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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