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Ga. Senate passes spending plan

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has approved a state spending plan for the next year, setting up negotiations with House lawmakers who already have approved their own version.

March 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons find help at tight end by signing Jacob Tamme

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have signed free agent Jacob Tamme, looking for help at tight end one year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.

March 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


County settles suit alleging court practices targeted poor

ATLANTA (AP) - DeKalb County has agreed to policy changes that aim to protect the rights of people who can't afford to make fine and fee payments required for traffic violations and other misdemeanor offenses.

March 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia jobless rate declines to 6.3 percent

State labor officials say Georgia's jobless rate has dropped to 6.3 percent, its lowest mark since January 2008.

March 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


City council orders mayor to get anger management counseling

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) - The Stockbridge city council is ordering the mayor to undergo anger management counseling.

March 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport launches online parking reservation system

ATLANTA (AP) - Travelers passing through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport may now reserve parking spaces online.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate lawmakers make big changes to Ga. transportation bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A key Senate committee on Tuesday approved significant changes to a bill aimed at raising $1 billion for Georgia's transportation needs.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta voters approve $250 million bond package

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta voters have approved a $250 million bond package aimed at fixing aging infrastructure such as roads, bridges, sidewalks and buildings.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


ist Oklahoma video leads to hoop skirt ban on Ga. campus

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The latest fallout from a racist video involving Oklahoma fraternity members is a ban on hoop skirts at University of Georgia social events.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Spring breaker from Georgia found dead in Florida pool

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say a 20-year-old spring breaker from Georgia has been found dead in a Panama City Beach motel pool.

March 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Meeting set on proposed Ga. medical marijuana legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - State Rep. Allen Peake said Monday he will make a pitch to a powerful Senate committee later this week to meld two widely-divergent medical marijuana bills passed by the upper and lower chambers of the General Assembly.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Coke a good snack? Health experts who work with Coke say so

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA high court rejects challenge to Falcons stadium financing

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has rejected a challenge to the city of Atlanta using taxpayer revenue to help finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Megachurch pastor seeks donations for pricey private jet

ATLANTA (AP) - The ministry of a prominent megachurch pastor and evangelist is seeking donations to buy a luxury jet valued at more than $65 million.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House approves earlier Sunday start for alcohol sales

ATLANTA (AP) - Counties or cities could approve alcohol sales as early as 10:30 a.m. on Sundays under a bill approved by the Georgia House.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Organizers of new country music festival announce lineup

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - An organizer of a new two-day country music festival says he hopes to draw 30,000 people each day to Kennesaw.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Mercedes HQ moving to Atlanta

MONTVALE, N.J. (AP) - Mercedes-Benz says it's moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, in part to be closer to its manufacturing facility in Alabama.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy, 8, killed by gunshots fired through his apartment door

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy has been shot to death by a gunman who fired through the door of his apartment in central Georgia, authorities said Tuesday.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Dangerous cold expected as arctic air mass moves into state

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of dangerous wind child readings as the coldest weather in about a year is expected in Georgia.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Police chief's wife upgraded to fair condition after gunshot

ATLANTA (AP) - The wife of a Georgia police chief who told a 911 dispatcher that he accidentally shot her was improving at a hospital Monday, according to officials who hope she can be interviewed soon.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wallenda aims to cross gorge with great-grandfather's image

ATLANTA (AP) - The image of Karl Wallenda crossing the Tallulah Gorge is still vivid for those who witnessed it on July 18, 1970.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


School board member refuses the district's background check

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County school officials say a newly-elected school board member is refusing to submit to a fingerprint and background check the district does on board members, employees and volunteers.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Arctic air mass moving toward Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say they're expecting a round of frigid winter weather to move into the region later this week.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Augusta goat program to control vegetation deemed a success

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Thirteen goats that were deployed to eat overgrown grass, weeds and bushes in a subdivision detention pond in August have taken to their job with gusto.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police chief says he shot his wife

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) - A police chief told a 911 operator that he accidentally shot his wife early New Year's Day inside their suburban home southwest of Atlanta, investigators said Thursday.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Rose Bowl rout by Oregon over FSU

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta PD names LGBT liaison officer

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in Anderson County on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said Wednesday.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Alabama's Saban wins Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year

ATLANTA (AP) - Nick Saban, who led Alabama to the No. 1 seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff, has been selected the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Hotel hopes guests head home with a rescue dog

At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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