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Georgia's jobless rate rises slightly to 6.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has risen slightly to 6.3 percent.

June 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Heat advisory issued across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Parts of Georgia will be under a heat advisory as temperatures climb into the upper 90s in large parts of the state, with heat index values soaring to around 105 degrees.

June 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. brothers sentenced in contracting scam

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County prosecutors say two brothers convicted of swindling senior citizens in a roofing scam have been given 20-year sentences.

June 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


10 year old shot in Lithonia

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 10-year-old boy has been hospitalized in a shooting in suburban Atlanta.

June 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters warning of potential for heat-related illnesses

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are offering Georgians tips to stay safe as high temperatures in the region could lead to heat-related illnesses.

June 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia expected to launch medical marijuana registry

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are expected to announce the launch of a new registry as part of the state's recent passage of a bill legalizing medical marijuana for patients with some medical conditions.

June 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Teen slain at Georgia party was Kentucky college student

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A teenager who was shot to death at a weekend pool party south of Atlanta has been identified as a 19-year-old Kentucky State University student who had gone to high school in Georgia.

June 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Southwest Atlanta homeowner kills alleged robber

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a homeowner shot and killed a man who was trying to rob a house.

June 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stray bullet in possible drive-by shooting kills man in home

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a man sitting inside his South Fulton County home has died after a stray bullet from a shootout came through the wall.

June 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gwinnett mother battling flesh-eating bacteria

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Gwinnett County mother is fighting flesh-eating bacteria.

June 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia to spend $10M on safety effort focused on big trucks

ELLABELLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia will spend $10 million to add officers to the state law-enforcement division focused on watching and inspecting commercial trucks, Gov. Deal announced Thursday along a stretch of interstate where tractor-trailers recently caused a pair of crashes that killed 10 people.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Middle Georgia State prepares to become a university July 1

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Middle Georgia State College will officially become a university July 1.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta day care ordered to close after child left in van

ATLANTA (AP) - The southwest Atlanta day care where a toddler was left in a vehicle for about two hours has been ordered to close down.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Isakson diagnosed with Parkinson's

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson announced that he is one of over 1 million Americans with Parkinson's on Wednesday.

June 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia store owner sentenced in food stamp fraud scheme

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Gwinnett County convenience store owner has been sentenced in a WIC and food stamp fraud scheme.

June 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Gov. Deal announces new program to honor Vietnam veterans

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a new program aimed at honoring the state's 234,000 Vietnam veterans with "certificates of honor."

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 Alabama players arrested in separate weekend cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban is expected to address the media Monday after two Crimson Tide players were arrested in separate cases over the weekend.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Panel expected to review Ga. religious freedom bill canceled

ATLANTA (AP) - A House committee expected to take up a divisive religious freedom bill will not meet as planned.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA (AP) - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island weighs smoking ban for largest Ga. public beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's largest public beach could become off limits to smoking next year.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 charged with killing deer that mingled with farmer's cows

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia have charged two young men with killing a deer in a pasture where it was known to mingle with a farmer's cows.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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