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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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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


Ga. immigrants apply for protection

More than 10,000 illegal immigrants living in Georgia have requested temporary protection from deportation under a plan established by President Barack Obama.

November 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. GOP could have super majority

ATLANTA (AP) - An independent lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives is considering becoming a Republican, a decision that could give the GOP a supermajority in the General Assembly.

November 07, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta's airport to offer free Wi-Fi

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta say free Wi-Fi will be available to travelers next year.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport announced Wednesday that it will first reduce the price of airport wireless Internet access to $4.95 a day effective Thursday. Then, officials say they will eliminate the fees entirely in the fall of 2013.

November 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Nearly 1,300 drivers convicted of texting

ATLANTA (AP) - Fewer than 50 drivers a month have been convicted of texting and driving in the two years since a law to ban texting went into effect, state records show.

As of mid-September, 1,281 motorists had been convicted of the offense since the state law took effect on July 1, 2010, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

October 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia churches challenge IRS rules on politics

ATLANTA (AP) - Dozens of Georgia's religious leaders are embracing a new movement to challenge a decades-old tax law that prohibits preaching about politics from the pulpit.

October 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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