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Savannah teen shot to death

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah police are investigating after a 17-year-old boy was found shot to death inside a stolen car.

June 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta man arrested in hotel fire

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities have arrested an Atlanta man after a motel fire injured ten people, including a firefighter.

June 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Officer, 2 public works employees save 2 children in fire

GRANTVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Grantville home was destroyed by a fire, but two children were able to get out safely due with the help of a police officer and two public works employees.

June 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate rises slightly to 6.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has risen slightly to 6.3 percent.

June 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Heat advisory issued across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Parts of Georgia will be under a heat advisory as temperatures climb into the upper 90s in large parts of the state, with heat index values soaring to around 105 degrees.

June 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. brothers sentenced in contracting scam

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County prosecutors say two brothers convicted of swindling senior citizens in a roofing scam have been given 20-year sentences.

June 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


10 year old shot in Lithonia

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 10-year-old boy has been hospitalized in a shooting in suburban Atlanta.

June 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters warning of potential for heat-related illnesses

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are offering Georgians tips to stay safe as high temperatures in the region could lead to heat-related illnesses.

June 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia expected to launch medical marijuana registry

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are expected to announce the launch of a new registry as part of the state's recent passage of a bill legalizing medical marijuana for patients with some medical conditions.

June 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Teen slain at Georgia party was Kentucky college student

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A teenager who was shot to death at a weekend pool party south of Atlanta has been identified as a 19-year-old Kentucky State University student who had gone to high school in Georgia.

June 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Southwest Atlanta homeowner kills alleged robber

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a homeowner shot and killed a man who was trying to rob a house.

June 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stray bullet in possible drive-by shooting kills man in home

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a man sitting inside his South Fulton County home has died after a stray bullet from a shootout came through the wall.

June 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gwinnett mother battling flesh-eating bacteria

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Gwinnett County mother is fighting flesh-eating bacteria.

June 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia to spend $10M on safety effort focused on big trucks

ELLABELLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia will spend $10 million to add officers to the state law-enforcement division focused on watching and inspecting commercial trucks, Gov. Deal announced Thursday along a stretch of interstate where tractor-trailers recently caused a pair of crashes that killed 10 people.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Middle Georgia State prepares to become a university July 1

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Middle Georgia State College will officially become a university July 1.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Georgia's jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.3 percent is unchanged from the previous month, and still well below the 7.3 percent rate from a year ago.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Dog discarded in Dumpster behind Goodwill found trembling

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a dog was found trembling after someone discarded the animal and his bed in a Dumpster behind a metro Atlanta Goodwill store.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lottery third quarter 2014 earnings top $261 million

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lottery officials say more than $261 million in proceeds was used to fund education initiatives during the third quarter of 2014.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport hosting fire, disaster drills

ATLANTA (AP) - A firefighter training exercise is expected to create smoke plumes near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Fast-food workers, others rally in push for higher pay

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Fast-food workers rallied in College Park and planned another demonstration in Atlanta as they and others across the nation called for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Huge metal rooster is found in forest following Athens heist

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say the hunt for a 10-foot metal rooster stolen from outside an Athens business has ended in a Georgia forest, where Rocket the Rusty Roster was discovered under a pile of wood.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. school leaders meet after teacher blasts Obama in class

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's NAACP chapter president is calling for a middle Georgia teacher and her husband - a local school board member - to resign after allegations that the teacher made negative comments about President Barack Obama during class.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Students at Georgia's public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Tuition is going up for Georgia students the state's 30 colleges and universities.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Percy Sledge, who sang 'When A Man Loves a Woman,' dies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jail for 9 of 10 ex-educators in Atlanta test-cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators were sentenced to jail time Tuesday in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on the state's standardized tests, and the judge called the case "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town."

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


1 ex-educator accepts deal in Atlanta schools cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - One of the 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a test-cheating conspiracy has accepted a sentencing deal.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sentencing hearing starts for ex-educators in cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - Character witnesses are pleading for leniency as a judge prepares to sentence most of the former Atlanta educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to cheat on state tests.

April 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia prison officials change transgender inmate policy

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia prison officials are changing how they treat inmates with gender identity conditions, just days after the U.S. Justice Department weighed in on a lawsuit filed by a transgender prisoner.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Confederate flag over courthouse sparks some disagreement

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) - One hundred and fifty years after the final drops of soldiers' blood sealed the Civil War, the South's battle flag has returned to the grounds of Chattooga County's government.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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