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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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New medical marijuana bill in Senate weaker than House form

ATLANTA (AP) - A new bill to legalize a form of medicinal marijuana in Georgia has been filed in the state Senate, and unlike its House counterpart would set up a four-year study rather than making the drug available immediately.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman set for execution seeks clemency reconsideration

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for the only woman on Georgia's death row are asking the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia to execute only woman on state's death row

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

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Execution date set for Ga. man convicted in 1992 slaying of Covington man

ATLANTA (AP) - An execution date has been set for a man convicted in a 1992 murder.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. consumer information possibly compromised in data breach

ATLANTA (AP) - State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says personal information belonging to millions of Georgia consumers may have been compromised in a recent data breach.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Travis Kvapil's NASCAR car stolen from hotel before race

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Travis Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car was stolen early Friday from a hotel parking lot, forcing him to withdraw from a race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons release WR Harry Douglas, G Justin Blalock

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have released wide receiver Harry Douglas, who was third on the team with 51 catches in 2014, and starting offensive guard Justin Blalock.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Spate of crimes linked to Craigslist prompts extra caution

ATLANTA (AP) - With gray skies and a curtain of drizzly rain, the transaction at the McDonald's had an aura of film noir.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb police rescue 2 girls after tip about prostitution

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County police say three people were arrested after officers got a tip two girls were being held and forced into prostitution.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Honduras youth soccer field to bear Vince Dooley's name

ATLANTA (AP) - Vince Dooley's name finally is being placed on a field - far away from Georgia's Sanford Stadium.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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