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Ga. lawmaker introduces bill to shift state tax system

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawmaker has introduced a bill to shift Georgia's tax system to what he considers a more consumption-based model.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former AG: 'Religious freedom' bills excuse discrimination

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Georgia attorney general says he is troubled by two bills that supporters argue protect religious freedom.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Hibernating pet tarantulas stolen from crawlspace of house

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta man told police that a spider thief snuck into a crawlspace under his home and stole five of his 18 pet tarantulas.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah selling St. Patrick's parking spaces in advance

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - If you're planning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Savannah next month, City Hall is selling reserved parking spaces more than two weeks in advance of the sprawling festival and parade.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves' Upton wants to be called Melvin instead of BJ

ATLANTA (AP) - There is a new-look Upton headed to the Braves' camp.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jeffares: Senate passes veteran’s bills

Snow flurries, ice and freezing rain threatened to stall business at the Capitol last week, but we were lucky enough to be able to travel safely to continue as scheduled. We passed quite a few bills this week designed to help support and protect the military service members in our state.

February 23, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Weather service issues winter weather advisory for Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a mix of rain and snow could make travel dangerous in a large part of north Georgia, including Atlanta.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather warning calls for snow, sleet across north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters have issued a winter storm warning for much of north Georgia, saying parts of the state could see up to 3 inches of snow and sleet.

February 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia to face NCarolina in 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will face North Carolina to open the 2016 college football season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Houses passes bill changing age of kindergarten eligibility

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has passed a bill that would establish an age requirement for children enrolling in kindergarten.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Legislators spar over revised College Board AP history test

ATLANTA (AP) - The College Board's new Advanced Placement U.S. history test is strongly biased to the left and should be scrapped, Republican Sen. William Ligon said Wednesday in an argument that has also been made by lawmakers in at least three other states.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House committee passes transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Local governments could continue collecting some sales tax on motor fuel, but the money would have to be used for transportation purposes, including school bus service, under an amended transportation bill that won approval Wednesday in a state House committee.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 20,000 remain without power as temperature drops

ATLANTA (AP) - Utility companies say more than 20,000 Georgia customers remain without power after this week's ice storm as low temperatures dipped into the single-digits in northern parts of the state.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wrong body buried after crime lab mix-up in Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A coroner says a mix-up at the state crime lab led to a family burying the wrong body during a closed-casket funeral.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Ga. girls' track coach sentenced for sexting student

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A former suburban Atlanta girls' high school track coach has been given a five year sentence for sexting a student.

February 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Georgia winter storm by the numbers

ATLANTA (AP) - Here's a look by the numbers at how some agencies are responding to a storm that is supposed to bring snow, "catastrophic" ice and widespread power outages to Georgia, including the Atlanta metro area.

February 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Unlike '73 ice storm, weather to warm by Thursday

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's state climatologist Bill Murphey recalls the snapping of trees under the weight of ice during an epic storm in January 1973. It left an estimated 200,000 people without electricity for several days.

February 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Legislature to adjourn on March 20

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers in Georgia are planning to end their legislative year on March 20.

February 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama signs emergency declaration for Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - In a dire warning Tuesday, forecasters said a "catastrophic" winter storm threatened to bring a thick layer of ice to Georgia and other parts of the South, causing widespread power outages that could leave people in the dark for days.

February 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah airport commission approves JetBlue deal

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Savannah Airport Commission has voted unanimously to approve an airline lease and operating agreement with JetBlue Airways Corp.

February 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Some lanes becoming impassable on I-75 in NW Ga.

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) - State transportation officials say that some lanes of Interstate 75 between Chattanooga, Tenn., and Atlanta's northwest suburbs were becoming impassable as snow spreads across north Georgia.

February 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Shooting reported at metro Atlanta grocery store

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police are investigating a shooting that took place inside a suburban Atlanta grocery store.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. gov declares state of emergency as storm looms

ATLANTA (AP) - With memories of gridlock on icy Atlanta highways still fresh, Georgia officials got a second chance Monday to prove the state could prepare for winter weather. The governor declared a state of emergency hours ahead of the storm, something he didn't do two weeks ago.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana gains traction in the Deep South

ATLANTA (AP) - Medical marijuana has been a non-starter in recent years in the Deep South, where many Republican lawmakers feared it could lead to widespread drug use and social ills. That now appears to be changing, with proposals to allow a form of medical marijuana gaining momentum in a handful of Southern states.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. bracing for another round of winter weather

ATLANTA (AP) - With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, emergency officials and elected leaders in north Georgia were preparing Monday for another round of winter weather.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. revenues in January total nearly $1.81 billion

ATLANTA (AP) - A report shows the state of Georgia's revenues totaled nearly $1.81 billion in January, an increase of 4.4 percent over the same month a year ago.

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police ID 2 children, father found dead in west Ga

TEMPLE, Ga. (AP) - Police have identified two children and a father found shot to death in a suspected murder-suicide in Carroll County.

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal, Carter report fundraising totals

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's re-election campaign is reporting $322,000 in contributions for the first two weeks of the year, while Democrat Jason Carter received just over $149,000 during the same period.

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA fraternity members face charges

11 UGA fraternity members face hazing charges

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


PETA member wants roadside memorial for chickens

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An animal rights advocate wants to place a roadside memorial in Georgia to remember several chickens killed in a highway wreck.

February 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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