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It's not an ostrich: Emu causes highway traffic jam

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Drivers may have mistaken it for an ostrich, but an emu was at the heart of a highway traffic jam in metro Atlanta.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


University board backs plan to prevent sexual violence

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's state university system plans to set specific training requirements for students and staff and create new positions in hopes of preventing sexual violence at its 30 schools.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


NTSB: Pilot reported problem before fatal crash into freeway

ATLANTA (AP) - Seconds before slamming into a metro Atlanta freeway, a pilot radioed air traffic controllers to say he was struggling to gain altitude, authorities said.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Clarification: Michael's Law story

ATLANTA (AP) - In a story May 17, The Associated Press reported that a new Georgia law prevents anyone younger than 21 from entering a bar, defined as a business with more than 75 percent of its revenue from sales of alcohol to be consumed at that location. The story should have specified that the law allows people younger than 21 in a bar if accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse older than 21 or to attend a live concert requiring a paid ticket.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


About 270 tickets written in Ga under "slow poke" law

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia State Patrol says officers have written about 270 tickets under a law that makes it illegal to block faster drivers in the left-hand lane.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 20 suspects arrested in child sex sting

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they arrested more than 20 people in a weekend operation aimed at curbing the exploitation of children.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Busy spring puts state ports on track for record fiscal year

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's seaports in Savannah and Brunswick are on track for a record-breaking fiscal year following a busy spring in which East Coast ports benefited from a West Coast labor dispute.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal appoints members to medical marijuana study group

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed 11 members of a new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island puts off vote on banning plastic bags

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Tybee Island officials have delayed a vote on preventing local retailers from using plastic bags.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Republicans gather, hear from presidential hopefuls

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Republicans will hear from three White House hopefuls as the party gathers for its annual convention.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cats, dogs, squirrel and tortoise taken from coastal GA home

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Police in coastal Georgia say they're investigating a couple that had been keeping dogs, cats, a squirrel and a tortoise in their house.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves LHP Minor out for season after shoulder surgery

ATLANTA (AP) - Braves left-hander Mike Minor will miss the rest of the season after shoulder surgery.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta suspends ad campaign advising not to run from police

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta officials are suspending an advertising campaign telling people not to run from police after complaints from the City Council.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. wildlife officials host meetings on license fee changes

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are inviting the public to a series of meetings to discuss potential changes to the structure and cost of hunting and fishing licenses.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


FBI investigates pornographic image on electronic billboard

ATLANTA (AP) - The FBI is investigating who possibly hacked an electronic billboard after it displayed a pornographic image in Georgia.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Agency faces lawsuit in malnourished girl's death

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's child protection agency is facing a $1 million lawsuit in the death of a malnourished 14-year-old girl who weighed 43 pounds when she died in June in Smyrna.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. inmate to be executed for death of teen

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia death row inmate convicted in the death of his 15-year-old neighbor is set to be executed.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Clemency denied for Georgia death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for a death row inmate set to die this week.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Clemency hearing held for Ga. death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - Family members of a Georgia death row inmate set to die this week spoke at his clemency hearing.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. couple's killing leaves authorities baffled

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) - The unsolved beheading of a retiree and the killing of his elderly wife has so rattled their gated, lakeside Georgia community that neighbors are casting about for even outlandish explanations. Was it a mob hit? A drug dealer? A hungry alligator?

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Herschel Walker speaks out about mental illness

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Six years ago, University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker revealed he had been dealing for years, including during his playing days as a UGA running back, with dissociative identity disorder, a mental health condition popularly understood as having multiple personalities.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. settles with 3 ex-ethics employees

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission has settled for more than $1.8 million with three former employees alleging retaliation stemming from an investigation into complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Residents can put blood type on licenses

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia residents will now be allowed to list their blood type on their driver's license or identification card.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons to be featured on Hard Knocks

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have announced they will be featured on HBO Sports' documentary series Hard Knocks this summer.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal shakes up Ga. child welfare agency

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is overhauling Georgia's child welfare agency, replacing the current director who will now report directly to the governor.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Rep. Price opts not to pursue key leadership post

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia has decided not to seek a top leadership position in the House after Majority Leader Eric Cantor's decision to step down, saying he wants to focus on serving as the next chairman of the Budget Committee.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officers may have lied about training hours

ATLANTA (AP) - Reviews suggest that at least 500 law enforcement officers in Georgia may have lied about fulfilling required training in the last year.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Paula Deen launching digital network

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Celebrity cook Paula Deen, whose career was derailed after she admitted using racial slurs, is going digital.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters warning of severe thunderstorms in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch covering most of north, central and western Georgia.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Arkansas pastor is new Southern Baptist president

BALTIMORE (AP) - An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country's Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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