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Gov. Deal to sign Opportunity School District legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal said he plans to sign legislation Tuesday to allow a state takeover of "chronically failing" schools and set up a statewide vote in 2016 to authorize the move.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Men who stole 39 Wal-Mart iPads could be part of crime ring

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Police say two men accused of stealing 39 iPads from a Georgia Wal-Mart could be part of a larger crime ring. Last week a couple was accused of stealing 33 iPads valued at more than $15,000 at another Wal-Mart store.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather service: 4 twisters confirmed after weekend storms

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say four tornadoes struck Georgia during recent weekend storms.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Creator of Atlanta's "Ghetto Burger" dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Ann Price, the creator of the world famous Ghetto Burger, has passed away. She was 72.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah female veteran receives Congressional Gold Medal

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A former support member of the Tuskegee Airmen has received one of the nation's highest civilian honors.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Families upset over veteran cemetery turned into movie set

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Several families are outraged over a decision to turn a cemetery for military veterans into a movie set.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Public Defender: Office plagued by roach infestation, mold

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A trip to county jail or state prison might not be the worst sight ahead for some of Augusta's poorest criminal defendants.

April 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia school district implements new free meal program

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia school district will provide every student with free breakfast and lunch starting next year.

April 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Those puppy eyes can help a dog bond with owner

NEW YORK (AP) - Oh, those puppy eyes.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Report: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

NEW YORK (AP) - A new government report shows smoking by teens hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. utility shutters power units to meet state regulations

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power is shuttering coal and oil powered units throughout the state as part of a plan that was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Gov. Deal signs medical marijuana bill into law

ATLANTA (AP) - An emotional Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that permits the use of medical marijuana to treat eight serious health problems.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Study: US moms typically space pregnancies 2½ years apart

NEW YORK (AP) - For U.S. moms, the typical time between pregnancies is about 2½ years but nearly a third of women space their children too close, a government study shows.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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New Ga. council will focus on child welfare reform

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says a newly created council is expected to help improve child welfare in the state.

March 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers OK statue for Martin Luther King

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers have taken another step forward to put a statue honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of Georgia's Statehouse.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wind gusts of 40-45 mph possible in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected in parts of north and central Georgia as a cold front sweeps across the region.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves sign RHP Ervin Santana to bolster rotation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday on a one-year contract with right-hander Ervin Santana, bolstering their injury plagued starting rotation.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Century-old lamp posts at UGA undergo restoration

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The historic lamp posts on at the University of Georgia in Athens are getting a makeover.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb Co. residents paying double for leadership

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Taxpayers in one metro Atlanta county are paying about $16,000 a month to a suspended leader because of a state law requiring compensation until a public corruption case he's involved in is resolved.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bribery plea deal denied for Conyers woman

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a plea agreement for Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble, who was indicted for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. abandons push to decriminalize campus guns

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican lawmakers abandoned a push Tuesday to decriminalize carrying a gun on Georgia's college campuses as they try to rally support for legislation that would allow firearms in churches, bars and arm school teachers.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate panel passes food stamp drug test bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Senate Committee has narrowly approved a bill requiring food stamp recipients who are suspected of drug abuse to submit to drug testing.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bernice King turns in father's Bible, Nobel prize

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer involved in the dispute over Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize says few words were exchanged as King's daughter Bernice quietly surrendered the items so they could be placed in a safe deposit box.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Senate passes bill criminalizing 'revenge porn'

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill criminalizing "revenge porn," a trend involving explicit photographs being posted without permission to the Internet.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ceremony kicks off St. Patrick's week in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah has kicked off the week leading to its massive St. Patrick's Day celebration with a much more quiet ceremony honoring the city's Irish heritage.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


King family wants input on Georgia MLK monument

ATLANTA (AP) - The family of Martin Luther King Jr. has warned Georgia's governor it wants input on any monument to the slain civil rights icon that might be erected on the grounds of the state Capitol.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Copperheads appear on rise as kingsnakes decline

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - As kingsnakes decline in localized areas of the Southeast, the abundance of one of their common meals - the venomous copperhead - seems to be increasing.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Study shows Ga. pre-K improves school readiness

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say a recent study shows that Georgia's pre-kindergarten program increased school readiness, and children who participated scored higher in language and math evaluations.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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