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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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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


House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ahead of storm, Ga. delays execution

ATLANTA (AP) - Ahead of a winter storm, Georgia has delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate.

February 25, 2015 | Alec Smith | STATE


Husband of ex-DeKalb commissioner guilty of mail fraud

ATLANTA (AP) - The husband of a former DeKalb County commissioner who admitted to stealing county money has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Only female death row inmate in Georgia set for execution

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

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather service: 3-6 inches of snow possible in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of the potential for 3-6 inches of snow across north Georgia.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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