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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


Privacy and private parts: Nude neighbor exposes law's limit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man who has continually irritated his neighbors by standing naked in the front door of his home has exposed a state law that local prosecutors want to change.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ethics complaint filed over NY fundraiser

ATLANTA (AP) - A former state lawmaker says a New York City event billed as a fundraiser for Georgia's Democratic Party was unethical and illegal.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Historic Civil War battle sites have a mobile app

ATLANTA (AP) - This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the key conflicts of the Civil War, and researchers at Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship have released a mobile app for the tour.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Teen's complaint seeks schooling during pregnancy

ATLANTA (AP) - An east-Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while she was pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 7.6 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in June.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia releases student growth tool

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia parents now can see how their children are performing compared to students with similar academic histories. The information and a new online tool focus on how students improved from year to year and in certain subjects compared to their peers.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


School Superintendent results by county

Here are the latest, unofficial returns from Georgia by county in the Republican runoff primary for School Superintendent.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta Cyclorama painting to move across town

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the massive Atlanta Cyclorama painting, which has been on display in Grant Park for the past century, will be moved to the Atlanta History Center in the city's Buckhead area.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

ATLANTA (AP) - Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn that could help determine control of the chamber.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia football player facing assault charge

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police say a University of Georgia football player is facing a charge of aggravated assault, a felony.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GOP voters in Ga. to decide Senate nominee

ATLANTA (AP) - After a bruising nine-week runoff campaign, Georgia Republicans will finally have their Senate nominee who will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn for a seat the GOP can ill afford to lose as the party looks to take control of the chamber.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Authorities identify pregnant woman killed by car

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a pregnant woman killed as she tried to cross a highway in northeast Georgia was heading home from a convenience store when the crash happened.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Pregnant woman struck and killed by car

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a pregnant woman has been killed as she tried to cross a highway in northeast Georgia.

July 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


200 pairs of panties stolen at east Georgia mall

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of panties at an east Georgia shopping mall.

July 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. considers exemptions to school food standards

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials who call new federal nutrition standards an overreach want to give schools plenty of opportunities to sell sweet or savory treats during fundraisers.

July 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Kingston, Perdue offer few details on budget fixes

ATLANTA (AP) - Neither Rep. Jack Kingston nor businessman David Perdue has detailed a clear course for changing the nation's fiscal situation, instead broadly railing against government spending and debt in their campaign for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

July 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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