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Stars of Bigfoot show search for Savannah-area Sasquatches

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The stars of the TV reality show "Finding Bigfoot" are hunting for the beast in woods and swamps near Savannah.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man who killed a fellow prisoner to be executed Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia death row inmate who has come within hours of execution on three previous occasions is set to die once again.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Bodies found after Ga. couple lured by Craigslist contact

McRAE, Ga. (AP) - Three days after Bud Runion posted an ad on the website Craigslist that he was seeking to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible, he and his wife set out for a small farming community in southern Georgia to meet with a potential seller. Then they vanished.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sheriff: Bodies found in car of missing Ga. couple

ATLANTA (AP) - The car belonging to a Georgia couple who disappeared after traveling to meet a man claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake with two bodies inside.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia to run backward

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - Holy roller coaster! The Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia is going to run backward when the park opens for the season March 14.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ice possible in higher elevations of Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say light snow and black ice will be possible in higher elevations of the north Georgia mountains as a winter storm system moves toward the east coast.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Federal judge stays Alabama gay marriage ruling for 2 weeks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but indicated she will soon answer a key question: Must state probate judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay is lifted?

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Couple is missing after long drive to meet Craigslist seller

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia couple is missing after driving across the state to check out a classic car advertised on Craigslist, and police say the man who last had phone contact with them faces charges.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


MLK estate drops lawsuit against King Center

ATLANTA (AP) - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children have resolved one of two legal disputes dividing them.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia inmates to wear hot-pink uniforms

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Chief Gary Jones has a clear philosophy when it comes to jailed inmates.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man shot at Sonic drive-in dies; teen charged with murder

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say an attempted robbery suspect shot by a customer at a Sonic drive-in near Atlanta has died, prompting authorities to charge a teenager with murder.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT gets new commissioner

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation has a new leader.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GSU to offer co-ed housing for students

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State University will offer students co-ed dorm room options next school year.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. asks to halt gay marriage lawsuit until high court rules

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for the state of Georgia have asked a federal judge to stop any action on a challenge to the state's ban on gay marriage until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to rule on the issue.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge orders release of emails in James Brown estate lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A judge says South Carolina officials must release emails concerning the diary of James Brown's widow and other documents related to the nearly decade-long fight over the late soul singer's estate.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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College pres. candidates to face less scrutiny

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's university system is looking to hire six college presidents, and finalists for those positions will be subject to less scrutiny under a change in state law.

June 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. colleges to get $72.5 million in FY13

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia 35 state colleges are getting $72.5 million in new funds for the upcoming school year aimed at addressing enrollment growth and increasing the number of college graduates in the state.

June 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov't job losses could drag down growth

ATLANTA (AP) - Government workers didn't lose jobs in droves like their private sector counterparts during the recession, but the jobs of thousands of Georgia teachers and postal and social service workers are now threatened, further dampening the state's tepid economic recovery.

June 07, 2012 | DAN CHAPMAN Atlanta Journal-Constitution (courtesy of AP) | STATE


CDC: Older teens text behind the wheel

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say more than half of high school seniors admit they text or email while driving.

June 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Thousands honor fallen soldier

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Thousands of southwest Georgians lined the route as Marine Lance Cpl. Steve Sutton made his journey to his final resting place.

June 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


S.C. court hears Savannah River lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's highest court is questioning the authority of a state agency to bypass a special commission in discussions over dredging the Savannah River.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Shrimpers see small hauls in first days

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Shrimpers say the first six days of the official season has been disappointing.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Carrollton approves downtown open container law

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) - Patrons in Carrollton will soon be able to get takeout cups for alcoholic beverages purchased at downtown bars.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Albany police officer saved by cell phone

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - What can stop a speeding bullet? Turns out, a cellphone.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


System unveiled for Atlanta overpass

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta motorists will get a new experience when driving through a metro interstate overpass.

June 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT gives $77 million for infrastructure

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials have authorized contracts for 16 new infrastructure improvement projects across the state.

June 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Case dismissal shocks slain Ga. gir's family

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A judge's decision to dismiss charges against a Savannah man accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl has shocked the victim's family.

June 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman's hobby making explosives?

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A college student accused of making explosive devices as a hobby faces a court hearing on federal charges.

June 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Marine's Purple Heart a milestone

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A U.S. Marine from suburban Atlanta has become the first Georgian to receive a Purple Heart under new rules designed to honor military members who suffer brain injuries.

May 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Warm waters ending oyster harvesting

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Georgia officials will soon close state waters to oyster harvesting for the summer.

May 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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