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Georgia Senate passes sweeping medical marijuana bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a sweeping medical marijuana bill that now goes back to the House for tweaking.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Privacy and private parts: Nude neighbor exposes law's limit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man who has continually irritated his neighbors by standing naked in the front door of his home has exposed a state law that local prosecutors want to change.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House panel OKs governor's school takeover amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" appears headed for a vote in the Georgia House of Representatives after securing a key committee's approval on Monday.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Good Morning America' anchor to speak at UGA commencement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - "Good Morning America" anchor Amy Robach is set to give a commencement speech to University of Georgia undergraduates.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia State coach breaks cast in fall, has to get new one

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Georgia State coach Ron Hunter is getting a new cast on his injured left foot.

March 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Bitter cold, high winds expected in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Another blast of arctic air is expected to move into the state, bringing temperatures that will feel as cold as 10 degrees below zero to parts of the northeast Georgia mountains.

January 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Parades, marches and service projects ATLANTA (AP) — Hundreds of people filled Ebenezer Bahonor MLK

ATLANTA (AP) - Hundreds of people filled Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Monday to remember and reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., who preached at the church.

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. family fights for state medical marijuana law

ATLANTA (AP) - Haleigh Cox's seizure disorder makes all her days hard. She has up to 100 seizures a day. When her breathing stopped earlier this month, her mom, Janea Cox, thought she had lost her only child.

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Jury finds 2 Georgia men guilty in ricin plot

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A jury has convicted two Georgia men of plotting to make the poison ricin to target government officials.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. shrimping season worst in decades

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - One of the worst shrimp seasons in decades has Smith & Sons Seafood owner Walker "Big John" Smith Jr. fearing what will happen if his business has to suffer through another year like 2013.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill moving up Ga. primary date gets final passage

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers have agreed to move up the state primary to May 20, and the bill now heads to the governor for his signature.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers move to restore Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four states - Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas - would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced Thursday to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal proposes autism coverage in state health plan

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing the state employee health plan cover treatment of autism, a move applauded by advocates who say early intervention can improve behavior and quality of life.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


NAACP hosting Atlanta gun buyback

ATLANTA (AP) - The NAACP is looking to collect 1,000 firearms during a gun buyback at Turner Field in Atlanta.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Carter: Deal is forgetting about the middle class

ATLANTA (AP) - State Sen. Jason Carter says Gov. Nathan Deal is forgetting about the middle class in favor of big businesses and arguing state education cuts have forced an increase in local property taxes.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Pruitt says he waited 11 years for Georgia job

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Jeremy Pruitt says he didn't have to think twice about leaving Florida State for Georgia after he learned coach Mark Richt was looking for a new defensive coordinator.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


MLK Memorial, national parks free Monday

ATLANTA (AP) - Admission to all 401 national parks, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Atlanta, will be free on Monday.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal to propose increase in education spending

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to propose a nearly $547 million increase in state education funding when he submits his budget proposal to state lawmakers.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Rain and snow mix possible in north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning that a mix of rain and snow could fall across parts of north Georgia.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA lawmakers to revive effort to expand gun rights

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers will be reviving an effort to expand gun rights, but will be starting over with new legislation and weighing the possibility of giving college presidents and religious leaders the option of whether to allow guns on public campuses and in places of worship, according to interviews with key lawmakers.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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