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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


University of Georgia announces record fundraising

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - University of Georgia officials are marking what they call the best fundraising year in the school's history.

July 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Mrs. Doris T. Mitchell Bowie

Doris T. Mitchell Bowie of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 93. Mrs. Bowie was a lifelong resident of Newton County, and faithful member of Voice of Pentecost, in Covington. Additionally, she was a former member of United Pentecostal Church, where she served as youth director, the ladies auxiliary leader and Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Bowie was a published song writer and poet, and proud member of the National Poetry Society of Who's Who. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with those she loved. Mrs. Bowie was preceded in death by her first husband ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Lawyer: Mother of boy left in hot car devastated

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer for a suburban Atlanta woman whose husband was arrested after their son was left for hours in a hot SUV said Tuesday that she is devastated by the boy's death.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta Streetcar delayed; won't begin this summer

ATLANTA (AP) - City officials say Atlanta's new streetcar system will not begin operations this summer as planned. They now say it won't start rolling until November.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


4 sentenced in massage parlor prostitution

MACON, Ga. (AP) - The owner and several employees of a middle Georgia massage parlor have been sentenced on prostitution, conspiracy and money laundering charges.

July 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Carter blasts Deal over ethics memo

ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Jason Carter is seizing on a memo written by the head of the state ethics commission in which she says an attorney for Gov. Nathan Deal threatened her agency during its investigation of ethics complaints against the governor.

July 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia basketball player arrested, off team

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia forward Brandon Morris has been kicked off the basketball team following his arrest on a marijuana charge.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


9 injured in metro Atlanta highway crash

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say nine people have been injured in a crash involving at least two tractor trailers on I-285 in DeKalb County.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics chief: Gov aide made threat over complaints

ATLANTA (AP) - The head of the state ethics commission claims in a memo sent last year that an attorney for Gov. Nathan Deal once threatened to thwart legislative efforts to expand the agency's authority unless she made complaints against the governor "go away."

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia ends fiscal year with revenues up $879M

ATLANTA (AP) - A new report shows Georgia has ended the fiscal year with an increase in revenues of about $879 million, a 5.2 percent increase over the previous year.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2 people die in small plane accident in Ga. woods

TLANTA (AP) - An emergency management official says two people have died in the crash of an amateur-built experimental biplane in west Georgia.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wife in Ga. hot car death case has attorney

ATLANTA (AP) - The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son was left in a hot car and died has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself.

July 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Trial will go on without ex-Atlanta school chief

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has decided that an upcoming trial in Atlanta's school cheating case will go on as scheduled in August without former school superintendent Beverly Hall, who is battling cancer.

July 11, 2014 | Brandon DeCosse | STATE


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Deal seeks contingency plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he has asked his agency heads to come up with contingency plans if federal leaders can't reach agreement to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff."

December 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


A DragonCon founder charged in sex crime

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a co-founder of a science fiction convention will likely be extradited to Georgia by Christmas on child molestation charges.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday reported Edward W. Kramer, co-founder of DragonCon, was arrested on molestation charges in Connecticut.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man,73, kills woman, 65, at gas station

ATLANTA (AP) - A chance encounter at a Georgia gas station left a 65-year-old woman dead and a 73-year-old man facing a murder charge after authorities say the woman's car and his motorized wheelchair bumped and he opened fire, police said Wednesday.

Linda Hunnicutt, 65, had just pulled into the gas station in Macon shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday and stepped out of her Buick Lucerne when the man pulled a gun and fatally shot her, city police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Emory cuts anger some students, faculty

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan by Emory University to eliminate several academic departments and make cuts to others has angered some students and faculty who say the administration decided on the changes without consulting the university community.

December 04, 2012 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. high school grad. rate is 67%

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal education officials say Georgia has a high school graduation rate of 67 percent among all students, ranking it behind all of its neighboring states.

November 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Athens women’s business expo Nov. 30

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will present its first annual "Women's Business Expo" Nov. 30.

November 25, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Ga. immigrants apply for protection

More than 10,000 illegal immigrants living in Georgia have requested temporary protection from deportation under a plan established by President Barack Obama.

November 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. GOP could have super majority

ATLANTA (AP) - An independent lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives is considering becoming a Republican, a decision that could give the GOP a supermajority in the General Assembly.

November 07, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta's airport to offer free Wi-Fi

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta say free Wi-Fi will be available to travelers next year.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport announced Wednesday that it will first reduce the price of airport wireless Internet access to $4.95 a day effective Thursday. Then, officials say they will eliminate the fees entirely in the fall of 2013.

November 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Nearly 1,300 drivers convicted of texting

ATLANTA (AP) - Fewer than 50 drivers a month have been convicted of texting and driving in the two years since a law to ban texting went into effect, state records show.

As of mid-September, 1,281 motorists had been convicted of the offense since the state law took effect on July 1, 2010, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

October 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia churches challenge IRS rules on politics

ATLANTA (AP) - Dozens of Georgia's religious leaders are embracing a new movement to challenge a decades-old tax law that prohibits preaching about politics from the pulpit.

October 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Committee of teens to study safe driving

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor has appointed 22 teenagers to a committee to provide advice on how to communicate a safe driving message to teen drivers.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Kudzu bugs blanket Georgia fields

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Residents in northeast Georgia say kudzu bugs are swarming on yards, fields and front porches.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gunman kills 1 in chapel of megachurch

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for the man suspected of opening fire inside a Georgia megachurch, killing one.

The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. Wednesday at World Changers Church International, which is led by the Rev. Creflo Dollar.

October 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Morehouse to furlough employees

ATLANTA (AP) - Morehouse College will furlough faculty and cut its budget because of a drop in enrollment.

Interim Provost Willis Sheftall told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Atlanta college has 2,360 students, or about 125 fewer than projected. He blamed the drop in enrollment on a poor economy and changes to a federal loan program for students.

October 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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