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Spring breaker from Georgia found dead in Florida pool

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say a 20-year-old spring breaker from Georgia has been found dead in a Panama City Beach motel pool.

March 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Meeting set on proposed Ga. medical marijuana legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - State Rep. Allen Peake said Monday he will make a pitch to a powerful Senate committee later this week to meld two widely-divergent medical marijuana bills passed by the upper and lower chambers of the General Assembly.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Coke a good snack? Health experts who work with Coke say so

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA high court rejects challenge to Falcons stadium financing

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has rejected a challenge to the city of Atlanta using taxpayer revenue to help finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Megachurch pastor seeks donations for pricey private jet

ATLANTA (AP) - The ministry of a prominent megachurch pastor and evangelist is seeking donations to buy a luxury jet valued at more than $65 million.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House approves earlier Sunday start for alcohol sales

ATLANTA (AP) - Counties or cities could approve alcohol sales as early as 10:30 a.m. on Sundays under a bill approved by the Georgia House.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate OKs bill to keep children out of smoky cars

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that would make a person smoking in a car when a child under 15 is in the vehicle subject to a fine up to $100.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate passes medical marijuana bill after long debate

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a medical marijuana bill that establishes a five-year study involving people under 18 with seizure disorders.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Marine who was held in Mexican jail is charged with DUI

TWIN CITY, Ga. (AP) - Georgia authorities say a former Marine who spent eight months in a Mexican jail for crossing the border with loaded guns was arrested during a traffic stop on misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate approves watered down craft brew measure

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that craft beer brewers say would give them a competitive boost in the state and region.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House approves 'cyberbullying' bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill adding threats made on computers or other electronic devices to the state's bullying law.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Irish Prime Minister to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials are celebrating St. Patrick's Day and the anniversary of an Irishman's work to save parts of Atlanta from destruction during the Civil War with a visit from the Irish prime minister.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tesla, medical cannabis bills before Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers face a key deadline for bills to maintain a shot at becoming law this year.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man accused of stabbing dog more than 20 times indicted

ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a man accused of stabbing a friend's dog more than 20 times has been indicted on aggravated animal cruelty charges.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man accused of stabbing dog more than 20 times indicted

ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a man accused of stabbing a friend's dog more than 20 times has been indicted on aggravated animal cruelty charges.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Warrant: Ga. man returned to car with son inside

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man accused of leaving his 22-month-old son in an SUV on a hot day returned at lunchtime to put something in the vehicle, where the child was strapped into a seat in the back, according to an arrest warrant filed Tuesday.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Drunk drivers to be targeted during holiday travel

ATLANTA (AP) - The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says law enforcement agencies will be targeting suspected drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. awarded unemployment, job training grant

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal labor officials have awarded more than $300,000 to fund re-employment programs and eligibility assessments for the unemployed in Georgia.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. agency responds to child safety probe backlog

ATLANTA (AP) - The interim director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services has ordered mandatory overtime to address backlogged child protective services investigations.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Vildalia onion farmer settles suit

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - One of the biggest producers of Vidalia onions has agreed to pay nearly $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a group of farmworkers.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Libertarians Swafford, Hunt qualify for Ga. ballot

ATLANTA (AP) - Libertarian candidates running for U.S. Senate and governor qualified Tuesday for the November ballot with the hope that their message of small government and fiscal restraint will resonate with Georgia voters.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


71 arrested, 11 recovered from prostitution in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say 71 people were arrested and 11 juveniles were rescued from prostitution in Georgia as part of a national undercover child sex trafficking sting.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Civil, human rights center set to open in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - A new museum highlighting historic and modern struggles for equality is scheduled to open to the public.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Southern US cleric named new Anglican archbishop

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) - A Southern cleric has been picked as the new archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


CDC workers taking anti-anthrax drugs

At least 52 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are taking antibiotics as a precaution because of a lab safety problem that may have accidentally exposed them to anthrax.

June 20, 2014 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | STATE


King to receive Congressional award

ATLANTA (AP) - Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, will posthumously receive a Congressional Gold Medal this month, marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

June 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Rep. Johnson announces 16M to help homeless

Congressman Hank Johnson announced Thursday more than $16 million in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons and their families in Georgia's Fourth Congressional District.

June 19, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Possible anthrax exposure at CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at one of its labs.

June 19, 2014 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | STATE


Charges filed in death of toddler left in hot SUV

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say a man whose 22-month-old son died after being left in a hot SUV for hours has been charged with felony murder.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. toddler dies after being left in vehicle

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a toddler has died after being left in an SUV all day.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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