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Georgia jobless rate drops to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.2 percent.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


FDA official warns of dangers of caffeine powder

ATLANTA (AP) - A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official is warning of the dangers of powdered pure caffeine after the deaths of a Georgia man and an Ohio teenager.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Toll lane price in metro Atlanta hits $10

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Optional toll lanes on a 16-mile stretch of freeway in metro Atlanta have hit a record price: $10.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


SC company looks to buy Atlanta shopping center

ATLANTA (AP) - The president of a South Carolina-based real estate company says he expects to close a deal soon on a downtown Atlanta shopping center.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia-based company issues cheese recall

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia-based company has issued a recall for cheese because it may have been contaminated by salmonella.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Toll lane price in metro Atlanta hits record $10

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Optional toll lanes on a 16-mile stretch of freeway in metro Atlanta have hit a record price: $10.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Carmike Cinemas pulls 'The Interview' with Sony's support

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


FedEx truck crashes in Georgia, spills packages

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) - A FedEx truck crash along a Georgia interstate sent packages spilling all over the highway just nine days before Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Homeless slayings suspect accused of 4th killing

Homeless slayings suspect accused of 4th killing

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Kennesaw approves plans for mosque in strip mall

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - The Kennesaw City Council has unanimously approved a permit for a mosque in a strip mall, reversing an earlier decision to reject it.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Spelman College suspends its Cosby professorship

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta college is suspending its endowed professorship with Bill Cosby amid allegations by several women that the comedian and actor sexually assaulted them.

December 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl safe after 500-mile cab ride ends in Georgia

BRYANT, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas police say an 11-year-old girl paid a cabbie $1,300 to take her to Florida to meet a boy, but her trip ended safely in Georgia after her parents reported her missing.

December 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Artist wins 'eat more kale' trademark

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A folk artist who became a folk hero to some after picking a fight with fast-food giant Chik-fil-A over use of the phrase "eat more kale" - similar to their trademarked "eat mor chikin" - has won his legal battle.

December 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. kicks off holiday safe driving campaign

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are kicking off a holiday safe driving campaign.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Mayor: Kennesaw leaders want to change mosque vote

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - In an abrupt reversal, Kennesaw's mayor says all four council members who voted to deny a mosque's permit to open in a strip mall have told him they now want to change their decision.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. Senate approves lobbyist cap with loopholes

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state senators cannot accept gifts worth more than $100 from lobbyists under a new chamber rule, but it contains major loopholes.

January 14, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Republicans vote against 'fiscal cliff' deal

ATLANTA - Georgia's Republicans in the U.S. House voted against a last-minute deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" after the state's two senators voted for it.

January 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


County jobless rate drops slightly

Newton County's unemployment drop slightly from October to November, according to a preliminary report released by the Georgia Department of Labor today.

December 27, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Father, daughter leap from burning house

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a father and his teenage daughter are recovering after escaping their burning home outside Atlanta by leaping from a second-story window.

Firefighters tell CBS Atlanta that smoke was pouring from the house in East Point when they arrived shortly after 3 a.m. Monday.

December 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. college funding to be tied to graduation

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's public colleges and universities will have to earn the money they get from taxpayers by helping more students get a degree.

December 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Teacher accused of abusing students

ATLANTA (AP) - A Fulton County grand jury has indicted a former special needs teacher accused of abusing students.

District Attorney Paul Howard's office said Wednesday 34-year-old Melanie Pickens is charged with cruelty to children and false imprisonment. Prosecutors say she physically abused five students at an Alpharetta middle school between 2004 and 2007. She resigned in 2007.

December 12, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GPC sanctioned by accreditation agency

The Georgia Perimeter College has been sanctioned by an accreditation agency after an audit found the school was operating with a $25 million budget shortfall caused by chronic overspending and lack of financial oversight.

December 12, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. inmate escapes jail using stolen IDs

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Savannah have re-captured an inmate four days after they say he escaped from jail by fooling guards into thinking he was another prisoner due to be released.

December 11, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Board approves terms for Atlanta stadium

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia World Congress Center Authority has approved the framework for a deal that would lead to a new downtown stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

December 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal seeks contingency plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he has asked his agency heads to come up with contingency plans if federal leaders can't reach agreement to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff."

December 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


A DragonCon founder charged in sex crime

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a co-founder of a science fiction convention will likely be extradited to Georgia by Christmas on child molestation charges.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday reported Edward W. Kramer, co-founder of DragonCon, was arrested on molestation charges in Connecticut.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man,73, kills woman, 65, at gas station

ATLANTA (AP) - A chance encounter at a Georgia gas station left a 65-year-old woman dead and a 73-year-old man facing a murder charge after authorities say the woman's car and his motorized wheelchair bumped and he opened fire, police said Wednesday.

Linda Hunnicutt, 65, had just pulled into the gas station in Macon shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday and stepped out of her Buick Lucerne when the man pulled a gun and fatally shot her, city police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Emory cuts anger some students, faculty

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan by Emory University to eliminate several academic departments and make cuts to others has angered some students and faculty who say the administration decided on the changes without consulting the university community.

December 04, 2012 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. high school grad. rate is 67%

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal education officials say Georgia has a high school graduation rate of 67 percent among all students, ranking it behind all of its neighboring states.

November 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Athens women’s business expo Nov. 30

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will present its first annual "Women's Business Expo" Nov. 30.

November 25, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


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