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Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House approves Gov. Deal's 'failing schools' amendment

TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" on Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House committee chair says no vote on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to Ga. governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing a form of medical marijuana is headed to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after a two-year legislative battle.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia honors Vietnam veterans

Georgia is home to more than 234,000 Vietnam War veterans, and the state seeks to honor them with a new program to be unveiled next week.

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia trout fishing season to open Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say they're stocking the state's waterways with fish before the opening of trout fishing season.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Ga. immigrant students seeking in-state tuition

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A judge said Thursday that he needs more information and time to decide the case of a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and want the Georgia university system to grant them in-state tuition.

December 05, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Affidavit: Slain surgeon lured by sex encounter

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Court records state that a surgeon found dead in an east Georgia creek was lured to Augusta for a sexual encounter.

December 04, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Thieves steal 100 calendars in unusual mall heist

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Someone made off with $2,000 worth of calendars for 2014 in an unusual heist at the Mall of Georgia.

December 04, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Chick-fil-A working to remove dyes, corn syrup

NEW YORK (AP) - Chick-fil-A says it's removing high-fructose corn syrup from its white buns and artificial dyes from its sauces and dressings as part of a push to improve its ingredients.

December 03, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island to reconsider license-plate scanners

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - City officials on Tybee Island are having second thoughts about plans to install computer-linked cameras that would read and record the license plates of every car and truck coming onto the island.

December 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Driver intentionally ran over woman

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say they consider the death of a woman struck and killed by a car in Atlanta as an intentional act.

December 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police department offers holiday shopping tips

TUCKER, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County police say Georgians can take several steps to avoid becoming a crime victim during the holiday shopping season.

November 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA to erase Social Security data in some records

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The University of Georgia intends to erase Social Security numbers from millions of computer records in a move aimed at protecting the personal information of employees.

November 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Coroner: Surgeon died of strangulation

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Prosecutors say a traveling hospital technician who infected patients with hepatitis C through tainted syringes created a "national public health crisis" and should spend 40 years in prison, but defense attorneys argue he should get 30 years, in part because his addiction clouded his judgment.

November 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Suspended Ga. lawmaker to go to trial next month

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia state lawmaker who was suspended over an indictment accusing him of illegally claiming state pay is set to stand trial next month after his lawyer filed a request for a speedy process.

November 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Her name really is Happy Thanksgiving

ST. PAUL, Minn. - This week you can wish happy Thanksgiving and happy birthday to Happy Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Homeless man who turned in wallet gets makeover

ATLANTA (AP) - Offers of cash, clothes and plenty of well wishes are pouring in after a homeless man turned in a wallet which had been stolen from a hotel guest in downtown Atlanta.

November 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's Murray facing season-ending knee surgery

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Coach Mark Richt says the play that ended quarterback Aaron Murray's season wasn't the senior's final snap when he was flung to the ground by Kentucky defensive end Za'Darius Smith.

November 25, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Citizens' group asks to delay Braves stadium plan

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A coalition of Cobb County citizens' groups are planning to ask that a decision to build a new $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves be postponed.

November 25, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Freezing rain possible in north Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say freezing rain is possible in parts of the north Georgia mountains as a massive storm makes its way southeast.

November 25, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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