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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


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Search still on for beheaded man's wife

Updated story, May 10: EATONTON, Ga. (AP) - Law officers are planning to display the photo of 87-year-old Shirley Dermond, who they fear has been abducted, on digital billboards across Georgia in hopes of generating new leads on her disappearance.

May 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sea turtles, manatee sightings rising

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife authorities are urging boaters to use caution as sea turtle and manatee sightings are on the rise.

May 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. museum features Civil War letters

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - A new exhibit at a museum in Kennesaw showcases a collection of a Civil War soldier's letters and other artifacts from the war.

May 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wrap up of the Falcons' draft

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - General manager Thomas Dimitroff believes the NFL draft gave the Atlanta Falcons just what they needed.

May 12, 2014 | GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Bear spotted in Coweta County

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - After a bear was spotted in Coweta County, a conservation ranger said it's about the time of year when young males roam across the state in search of food.

May 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


US syphilis rate up; mostly gay and bisexual men

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say syphilis has reached its highest level since 1995 with the increase all in men.

May 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga.'s Paine College locked down; shooting reported

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Officials say one person has been wounded in a shooting at a college in Georgia, prompting nearby campuses and a hospital to be locked down.

May 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Singer Allman sues to stop movie after train crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Singer Gregg Allman is suing to stop movie producers from reviving a film based on his life story after a camera assistant was killed by a freight train while working on the project in southeast Georgia.

May 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Trial looms for ex-UGA coach in Ponzi scheme

ATLANTA (AP) - Pretrial proceedings are expected to begin Monday in the trial of former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan, who was accused of running a pyramid scheme.

May 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Toddler drowns in swimming pool at NE Georgia home

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the drowning of a 16-month-old boy who fell into a swimming pool at a home in the northeast Georgia community of Clermont.

May 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Blue dome in Atlanta skyline to reopen June 10

ATLANTA (AP) - Managers of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta have set June 10 as the date to reopen a landmark blue dome that once dominated Atlanta's skyline.

May 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Lake Lanier full of water heading into summer

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - After recent droughts emptied Lake Lanier during the summer months, the northeast Georgia lake is now full heading into its busiest time.

May 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police charge 6 in Georgia-to-New York gun sales

NEW YORK (AP) - A Georgia man, his wife and other family members have been charged with selling 155 guns, including an AR-15 assault rifle and other automatic weapons, transported in road trips up the Interstate 95 corridor over seven months to an undercover police officer in Brooklyn, authorities announced Wednesday.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. faces potential severe weather for 3rd day

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgians are being cautioned to watch out for potentially severe weather for a third day, with strong thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes possible mostly in the middle and southern regions of the state.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs bill for MLK statue at Capitol

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law providing for a statue honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Capitol.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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