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Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy, dies

ATLANTA (AP) - S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on gay marriage in recent years because of his family's conservative views, died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93.

September 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Richmond Co. man dies after truck hits house

BLYTHE, Ga. (AP) - The Richmond County coroner says a 76-year-old man died after his truck crashed into a house.

September 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man whose son died after he was left in a hot car for seven hours has been charged with murder in the toddler's death.

September 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Kemp warns public of voter registration fraud

ATLANTA (AP) - Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding the public to stay alert for those who may be collecting personal data during voter registration drives.

September 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storms spark fires, down trees and power lines

ATLANTA (AP) - Thunderstorms spawned intense lightning and powerful winds across Georgia, sparking house fires in suburban Atlanta and toppling trees and power lines in several counties.

September 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GPC marks 50th anniversary

CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) - Students, faculty and alumni will be marking the 50th anniversary of Georgia Perimeter College with events beginning this week.

September 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storms spark lightning fires in Barrow County

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Powerful lightning and high winds from storms over Barrow County kept firefighters and emergency crews busy all night.

September 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police probe stabbing of pit bull inside pet store

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Police say a pit bull was repeatedly stabbed during a pet adoption event inside a PetSmart store in the west Georgia town of Newnan, horrifying adults and children.

September 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Clemson-Georgia game highlights SEC's first week

A look at things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 1 of the season:

August 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lane closures to be lifted for holiday weekend

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials plan to suspend many construction-related lane closures for the upcoming holiday weekend.

August 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sheriff's captain accused of crimes involving teen

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a veteran sheriff's captain is accused of using a computer to have an inappropriate relationship a 14-year-old boy.

August 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman gives birth inside Walmart near Atlanta

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - Labor Day came early for a Roswell woman who gave birth inside a Walmart near Atlanta.

August 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


City moves ahead on benefits for same-sex couples

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A city committee in Marietta has approved a plan aimed at extending retirement benefits to same-sex couples.

August 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Central Ga. brush fire could burn until next rain

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a brush fire burning in the Macon area is expected to smolder until the next significant rainfall.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wildlife officials monitor disease found in snake

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - State wildlife officials say an emerging snake disease similar to one that has killed millions of bats has been found in a wild Georgia snake.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Deadline put on plan to merge colleges

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials have put a deadline on merging eight public colleges into four.

March 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Rep. Broun to debate challengers later

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Paul Broun says he will debate opponents challenging him in this summer's Republican primary, but they'll have to wait at least a couple of months.

March 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Caterpillar taking applications for plant

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Construction equipment maker Caterpillar is already accepting job applications for its planned manufacturing plant in northeast Georgia.

March 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Lobbyists spend in charter school debate

ATLANTA (AP) - Lobbyists on both sides of the charter school debate have spent thousands trying to woo Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, shelling out for a documentary film screening, coffee and pricey meals, some topping $100 a person.

March 10, 2012 | DORIE TURNER, AP Education Writer | STATE


Occupy At. demonstrators in court

ATLANTA - Several members of Occupy Atlanta are due in court to face a variety of charges.

March 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House pass charter school bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has passed legislation that outlines how the state would fund charter schools if a constitutional amendment is approved.

March 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers face deadline to move bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers approved a flood of legislation Wednesday ahead of a deadline to pass bills or see them fail, including provisions that would exempt religious employers from paying for birth control and requirements that people getting government assistance pass drug tests and get career training.

March 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Teens arrested after fall through ceiling

COLLEGE PARK (AP) - Police say they nabbed two teenagers suspected of burglary after the boys crashed through the ceiling into two apartment units in Clayton County.

March 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Super Tuesday: What we learned

(AP) - Republicans in 10 states weighed in on the GOP presidential nomination race in its busiest day yet. Mitt Romney won six states, Rick Santorum clinched three and Newt Gingrich prevailed in one. And along the way, clues were gleaned from the results about the path ahead. A look at what we learned:

March 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Romney says he's ready to fight to nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney said Wednesday he's "prepared to fight all the way" to become the Republican presidential nominee after padding his delegate count on Super Tuesday. Supporters of his chief rival, Rick Santorum, tried to elbow Newt Gingrich out of the race in an effort to give conservatives a clear alternative to the GOP front-runner.

March 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Santorum, Romney take 3 states each

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney split six states and dueled for supremacy in Ohio on a Super Tuesday that stretched from one end of the country to the other in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


AP Analysis of Tuesday's results

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's lackluster showing in Super Tuesday's primaries nonetheless moves him closer to the Republican presidential nomination. But a string of events and voter data underscore his challenge in winning independent voters turned off by the long, divisive primary.

March 06, 2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press | STATE


Girls abducted, attacked in DeKalb

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for suspects after one girl reported being dragged into the woods by a man in a black mask, and another girl at the same apartment complex near Atlanta said she was attacked in a separate incident.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


East Point struggles with utility rates

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - The East Point city council has delayed voting on a contentious budget matter that has led to heated arguments and a heavy police presence at public meetings in recent days.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Voters weigh in on GOP race

ATLANTA (AP) - Mitt Romney is angling to solidify his front-runner status and Rick Santorum to keep it a two-man race as voters in 10 states put Super Tuesday's imprint on the Republican presidential race. Newt Gingrich just hopes to keep his struggling campaign alive with a strong showing in Georgia.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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