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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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Senate Democrats, GOP to stage votes on rival cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Across-the-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are staging a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services.

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Father of Newtown victim: Ban assault weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) - Battling tears, the father of one of the first-graders slain at the December elementary school massacre in Connecticut pleaded with senators on Wednesday to ban assault weapons like the gun that killed his 6-year-old son.

February 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. braces for federal cuts, but effect unknown

ATLANTA (AP) - Amid heated national rhetoric over widespread federal budget cuts that could begin Friday, Georgia political and business leaders say they're bracing for the so-called sequester but don't know exactly what the consequences would be.

February 27, 2013 | Staff Report | STATE


Court takes up question of arrestee DNA sampling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with what one of the justices called its most important criminal procedure case in decades, whether to let police take DNA from those arrested, but not convicted, in hopes of using it to solve old cases.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Capt. Kirk's 'Vulcan' top name for new Pluto moons

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - "Star Trek" fans, rejoice.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Listen up ladies! Uncle Sam might want you too

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tennnnnn-hut, ladies! The next time Uncle Sam comes calling, he's probably going to want you, too.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Oscar Pistorius gets bail as murder trial looms

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius walked out of a South African court Friday a free man - for now - after a magistrate agreed to release him on bail ahead of his premeditated murder trial over the shooting death of his girlfriend.

February 22, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Star Wars fans feel the force at lightsaber class

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the lightsaber.

February 21, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police searching for Ga. man posing as attorney

ATLANTA (AP) - An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of posing as a lawyer and duping a couple out of more than $5,000.

February 21, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Bunnies taking toll on cars at Denver airport

DENVER (AP) - Silly rabbits.

February 20, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police search for driver after deadly hit and run

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say they're searching for the driver of an SUV who they say drove off after striking and killing a woman as she walked to catch a bus in Atlanta.

February 20, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


CDC app lets you solve disease outbreaks at home

ATLANTA (AP) - You may not be a disease detective, but now you can play one at home.

February 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Authorities: 4 dead in California shooting spree

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) - A shooting spree early Tuesday left three people dead and two others injured in Orange County, and the search for the gunman ended when he shot himself to death in a stolen car as police closed in, authorities said.

February 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


DiCaprio calls for ivory trade ban in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) - Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has called on the Thai government to ban all ivory trade in the country, as part of a global campaign to tackle the illegal wildlife crimes.

February 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge won't reconsider case of GA death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - A state court judge has declined to reconsider the case of a Georgia death row inmate set for execution this week.

February 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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