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Income inequality complicates Ga. consumption tax

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study suggests the growing share of income paid to the rich could raise the costs of a Republican proposal to replace Georgia's income tax with an expanded sales tax.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Jury selected in trial of suspended county leader

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A jury is in place to decide the fate of a county leader accused of pressuring businesses for campaign donations in exchange for government work.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents alarmed after snakes spotted at school

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Parents say they're alarmed about snakes seen inside and outside a school south of Atlanta.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hack

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics could tip scales in Georgia governor race

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has always managed to stay one step ahead of ethics scrapes, and the 72-year-old Republican will have to do it again in what is likely his last election campaign in this GOP-leaning state.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia archers may begin pursuing deer Saturday

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say archers throughout the state may begin hunting deer this weekend.

September 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Your State Parks Day to promote park appreciation

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's state parks plan to offer free admission, volunteer projects and family friendly events on "Your State Parks Day."

September 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy, dies

ATLANTA (AP) - S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on gay marriage in recent years because of his family's conservative views, died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93.

September 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Richmond Co. man dies after truck hits house

BLYTHE, Ga. (AP) - The Richmond County coroner says a 76-year-old man died after his truck crashed into a house.

September 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man whose son died after he was left in a hot car for seven hours has been charged with murder in the toddler's death.

September 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Kemp warns public of voter registration fraud

ATLANTA (AP) - Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding the public to stay alert for those who may be collecting personal data during voter registration drives.

September 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storms spark fires, down trees and power lines

ATLANTA (AP) - Thunderstorms spawned intense lightning and powerful winds across Georgia, sparking house fires in suburban Atlanta and toppling trees and power lines in several counties.

September 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GPC marks 50th anniversary

CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) - Students, faculty and alumni will be marking the 50th anniversary of Georgia Perimeter College with events beginning this week.

September 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storms spark lightning fires in Barrow County

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Powerful lightning and high winds from storms over Barrow County kept firefighters and emergency crews busy all night.

September 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police probe stabbing of pit bull inside pet store

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Police say a pit bull was repeatedly stabbed during a pet adoption event inside a PetSmart store in the west Georgia town of Newnan, horrifying adults and children.

September 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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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


Ga. aims to collect more tax from online

ATLANTA (AP) - With changes in the tax law taking effect this month, Georgia intends to begin treating some online retailers the same way it treats those with stores here: by collecting sales tax.

October 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves lose 6-3, knocked out of playoffs

ATLANTA (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals won baseball's first wild-card playoff, taking advantage of a disputed infield fly call that led to a protest and fans littering the field with debris to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Friday.

October 05, 2012 | PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer | STATE


Local may be head of Ga. Lottery

A Rockdale local may be appointed as the next head of the Ga. Lottery.

October 05, 2012 | | STATE


Elderly victims die in Rockdale fire

Investigators have released the names of the two victims in the house fire at 1573 Mountain View Circle. Peggy Stanich, 78, and Frank Bitterman II, 68, were found unconscious when firefighters arrived to the burning house.

October 03, 2012 | Michelle Kim | STATE


Emory, others launch autism center

ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University and other Atlanta partners are launching a new autism research center using an $8.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

September 27, 2012 | BILL BARROW, The Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Power to purchase more solar energy

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power executives say the utility firm plans to substantially boost the amount of solar power it distributes to customers.

Company officials say the utility will buy more than 10 times the amount of solar electricity it now gets from solar farms and rooftop equipment by 2017.

September 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA could eliminate nearly 130 positions

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Documents released by University of Georgia administrators to state officials indicate that the school plans to eliminate nearly 130 jobs.

September 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Police guard home of malnourished teen

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Police are guarding the Georgia home of a couple accused of child cruelty after a teenage boy weighing just 87 pounds was found wandering a Los Angeles bus station.

September 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Chick-fil-A tries to clarify giving

ATLANTA (AP) - Chick-fil-A gave another statement about recent reports that it will stop giving money to groups that oppose gay marriage, but the company did not make any clearer Thursday whether it was still funding them.

September 20, 2012 | BILL BARROW, Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta mayor: no jail for panhandling

ATLANTA (AP) - The mayor of Atlanta says he plans to veto a new city ordinance that would send aggressive panhandlers to jail for up to six months.

September 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia cuts archives access

ATLANTA (AP) - Scholars, amateur genealogists and others are protesting the state's decision to limit public access to the Georgia Archives.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/PvdbBE ) thousands of people signed online petitions and Facebook pages over the weekend after Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced only limited public appointments to the archives will be available starting Nov. 1. Kemp says the change was necessary to help trim more than $730,000 from his office's budget.

September 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Drum major's parents speak on hazing

ATLANTA (AP) - Florida A&M University's insistence that it is not to blame for a drum major's death during a hazing ritual shows school officials are not taking responsibility for the safety of students, the band member's parents said Thursday.

Pam and Robert Champion Sr. said at a news conference in Atlanta that they were disappointed by court documents filed Monday by FAMU in response to their lawsuit against the school. The university said in its filing that 26-year-old Robert Champion, as a top leader in the band, should have refused to participate in the ritual. The ...

September 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gas prices fall 6.2 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 6.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.86/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.81/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Child protection workers arrested in probe

ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators have arrested two child protection workers in Georgia on charges that they falsified reports to keep millions of dollars in funding.

September 05, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


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