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Stars of Bigfoot show search for Savannah-area Sasquatches

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The stars of the TV reality show "Finding Bigfoot" are hunting for the beast in woods and swamps near Savannah.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man who killed a fellow prisoner to be executed Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia death row inmate who has come within hours of execution on three previous occasions is set to die once again.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Bodies found after Ga. couple lured by Craigslist contact

McRAE, Ga. (AP) - Three days after Bud Runion posted an ad on the website Craigslist that he was seeking to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible, he and his wife set out for a small farming community in southern Georgia to meet with a potential seller. Then they vanished.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sheriff: Bodies found in car of missing Ga. couple

ATLANTA (AP) - The car belonging to a Georgia couple who disappeared after traveling to meet a man claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake with two bodies inside.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia to run backward

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - Holy roller coaster! The Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia is going to run backward when the park opens for the season March 14.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ice possible in higher elevations of Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say light snow and black ice will be possible in higher elevations of the north Georgia mountains as a winter storm system moves toward the east coast.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Federal judge stays Alabama gay marriage ruling for 2 weeks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but indicated she will soon answer a key question: Must state probate judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay is lifted?

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Couple is missing after long drive to meet Craigslist seller

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia couple is missing after driving across the state to check out a classic car advertised on Craigslist, and police say the man who last had phone contact with them faces charges.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


MLK estate drops lawsuit against King Center

ATLANTA (AP) - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children have resolved one of two legal disputes dividing them.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia inmates to wear hot-pink uniforms

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Chief Gary Jones has a clear philosophy when it comes to jailed inmates.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man shot at Sonic drive-in dies; teen charged with murder

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say an attempted robbery suspect shot by a customer at a Sonic drive-in near Atlanta has died, prompting authorities to charge a teenager with murder.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT gets new commissioner

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation has a new leader.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GSU to offer co-ed housing for students

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State University will offer students co-ed dorm room options next school year.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. asks to halt gay marriage lawsuit until high court rules

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for the state of Georgia have asked a federal judge to stop any action on a challenge to the state's ban on gay marriage until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to rule on the issue.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge orders release of emails in James Brown estate lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A judge says South Carolina officials must release emails concerning the diary of James Brown's widow and other documents related to the nearly decade-long fight over the late soul singer's estate.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. man pleads guilty to prostituting juveniles

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 27-year-old middle Georgia man has pleaded guilty to prostituting three juveniles from motel rooms in Macon and Tybee Island.

December 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Ga. sergeant sentenced in drive-thru flap

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - An ex-DeKalb County police sergeant has been sentenced to 10-years of probation for pulling a gun during a dispute at a drive-thru window.

December 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman makes history by joining confederate group

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The weather may have been gloomy in Savannah on Dec. 14, but Georgia Benton was all smiles as she was inducted into the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

December 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Sen. Balfour acquitted of ethics charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A jury on Thursday acquitted a state lawmaker accused of illegally claiming mileage and expense reimbursement from the state and will return to his Senate duties.

December 20, 2013 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. among 6 states getting early learning grants

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state is expecting to receive more than $50 million in federal education grants over the next four years.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


US Rep. Kingston defending school lunch idea

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston is defending comments he made suggesting that poor students who are part of the nation's school lunch program should sweep cafeteria floors.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Long term jobless benefits to expire

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Labor officials say extended federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed in Georgia will expire soon without congressional intervention.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Governor to review digital learning proposals

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says his office is going to review a task force's recommendations to use digitally-based programs to improve student achievement.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. woman claims 1 of 2 winning lottery tickets

TLANTA (AP) - On her way to work, Ira Curry heard on the radio that one of the winning lottery ticket numbers was her family's lucky No. 7. She called home, her daughter checked the ticket and in an instant, Curry was a multi-millionaire.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. jobless rate drops to lowest mark in 5 years

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in November, its lowest mark since November 2008.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Semi overturns, spilling holiday hams on I-85 ramp

ATLANTA (AP) - The latest wreck on a metro Atlanta freeway system that features names such as Spaghetti Junction, Peach Passes and HOT lanes involved a ham jam.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


GBI investigates nude photos of Georgia teens

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - State agents are investigating social media accounts where nude photos of metro Atlanta teenagers are being shared.

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. school district approves rifles for officers

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A north Georgia school board has approved a measure allowing some resource officers to carry long-range rifles.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


South Georgia girl left on school bus for 6 hours

LAKELAND, Ga. (AP) - A south Georgia bus driver has been placed on administrative leave after a 5-year-old girl was left alone on a school bus for six hours.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police probe claim about odd calendar crime

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County police say they're investigating a claim of responsibility for an unusual heist of $2,000 worth of 2014 calendars -- including many that featured scantily clad women -- from a Mall of Georgia kiosk.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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