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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


Atlanta day care ordered to close after child left in van

ATLANTA (AP) - The southwest Atlanta day care where a toddler was left in a vehicle for about two hours has been ordered to close down.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Isakson diagnosed with Parkinson's

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson announced that he is one of over 1 million Americans with Parkinson's on Wednesday.

June 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia store owner sentenced in food stamp fraud scheme

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Gwinnett County convenience store owner has been sentenced in a WIC and food stamp fraud scheme.

June 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ex-UGA officer threatens lawsuit over medical amnesty law

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A former University of Georgia police officer has threatened to file a $5 million lawsuit against the state Board of Regents after he was fired for refusing to arrest two drunk, underage students who needed medical help, his lawyer said Thursday.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Rep. Tyrone Brooks resigns House seat

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks has resigned his seat in the state House of Representatives.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Thunderstorms could bring damaging wind, hail across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say there's a slight risk of severe thunderstorms across Georgia, which could bring damaging wind and hail.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Rep. Tyrone Brooks to enter plea in federal court

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks is set to enter a plea on federal charges.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Back to the future: Shutterbugs out in force at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - There are so many cameras at the Masters this week that practice rounds are beginning to resemble kids' birthday parties back in the day.

April 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Training exercise expected to create smoke near Ga. airport

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

April 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Alabama, Georgia player Taylor enters not guilty plea

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Former Alabama and Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor has entered a not guilty plea on assault and battery charges in Athens-Clarke County Superior Court.

April 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Woods back at the Masters and expecting to win

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Never mind that Tiger Woods hasn't played in nearly two months and hasn't won the Masters in 10 years. He says his game is back in order and he expects to be wearing another green jacket at the end of the week.

April 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal: March tax revenues up 9 percent from 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials say Georgia collected $1.43 billion in net taxes during the month of March.

April 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jeffares: Sine Die

This week was spent reviewing the remaining legislation as we completed the 2015 legislative session. The final day of session, Day 40, is known as Sine Die which means "without day" in Latin. This means we are not going to assign another day for further meeting in the 2015 session. Sine Die is the most crucial day throughout the session. It is the final day a bill can be passed if it is to be signed into law by the Governor. If a piece of legislation is not passed on or before Sine Die, it will have to wait until ...

April 06, 2015 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


Georgia budget to fund range of construction projects

ATLANTA (AP) - The budget approved by Georgia lawmakers is expected to bring a wave of new construction to the state, which means big business for contractors, road-builders and companies that supply equipment to government and school facilities.

April 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres obtain Kimbrel, Melvin Upton from Braves

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Padres couldn't start the season without yet another blockbuster deal by first-year general manager A.J. Preller.

April 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


35 years after REM's 1st show, restoration of steeple begins

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Workers are beginning to restore the steeple of the old church in Athens where Georgia rock band R.E.M. played its first show.

April 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Authorities: Van goes off interstate in Georgia; 3 dead

COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say three people have been killed and at least six others injured when a van careened off an interstate and down an embankment in northeast Georgia.

April 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Feds want quarter of former Savannah chief's $130K pension

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - If Savannah's former police chief gets to collect a $130,000-a-year pension while serving time in prison, then federal prosecutors want to seize a healthy cut.

April 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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