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Construction, rain could slow Atlanta traffic

ATLANTA (AP) - Construction work and rainy weather as motorists head south for spring break could create weekend slowdowns on metro Atlanta freeways.

March 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Authorities urging spring break traffic safety

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say they're keeping an eye out for speeding and other traffic violations as drivers head to the beaches and other destinations for spring break.

March 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police arrest man after deadly shooting on I-20

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say they've taken a man into custody after a woman was fatally shot just before the start of the evening rush hour on Interstate 20.

March 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Verizon Wireless to hire more than 400 in Georgia

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Verizon Wireless has announced plans to hire more than 400 new employees throughout Georgia.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves release RHP Freddy Garcia despite injuries

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Atlanta has released pitcher Freddy Garcia, who was contending for a spot in the Braves' battered rotation.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. to explore medical marijuana options

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says he's working to see if there's something the state could do to help families who say a form of medical marijuana would ease their children's debilitating conditions.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officials collect deer meat for needy families

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials from the Georgia Wildlife Federation say hunters have donated more than 12,000 pounds of deer meat for needy families.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Baby killed in Morgan County

MADISON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say charges will likely be upgraded against a man accused in the death of an infant in Morgan County.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge: Ga. ag head can't change rules on Vidalias

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge says Georgia's agriculture commissioner overstepped his authority when he changed rules so he could determine when Vidalia onions can be harvested and shipped.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Common Core spawns widespread political fights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Owners facing flood insurance premium hikes

ATLANTA (AP) - In the span of a year, Wanda Drury saw the bill for flood insurance on her home overlooking the coastal marshes of Glynn County increase an astounding tenfold from $674 a year to more than $6,700.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Mercer shocks Duke 78-71 in NCAA tourney opener

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Daniel Coursey scored 17 points and Mercer pulled off the biggest upset in the NCAA tournament so far by knocking off Duke 78-71 Friday.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Groups join forces to increase voter registration

ATLANTA (AP) - Leaders of three community groups say they're joining forces to address issues and increase voter registration in minority communities ahead of the Georgia primary elections in May.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill expanding gun carry rights in Ga. passes

ATLANTA (AP) - People with a license to carry a weapon could bring their guns into some houses of worship under legislation adopted by Georgia lawmakers.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Final day of 2014 session hectic for Ga. lawmakers

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing sick patients to legally take a marijuana derivative to ease their symptoms failed Thursday in the final hours of Georgia's legislative session, stalling amid a dispute between House and Senate lawmakers.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Civil War shipwreck in the way of Ga. port project

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Before government engineers can deepen one of the nation's busiest seaports to accommodate future trade, they first need to remove a $14 million obstacle from the past - a Confederate warship rotting on the Savannah River bottom for nearly 150 years.

May 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Justifiable homicides in Ga. increase

ATLANTA (AP) - The number of justifiable homicides in Georgia has increased since 2006, the same year state lawmakers passed a version of the controversial self-defense law that's the target of national scrutiny in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

May 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


New law slashes unemployment benefits

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a law that will reduce the number of weeks people would be able to collect unemployment benefits.

May 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal approves funding for state's charter schools

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation approving a funding system for Georgia charter schools created by the state.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Longtime UGA president announces retirement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Longtime University of Georgia President Michael Adams says he will retire next year.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. teachers to build underwater robots

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Officials say up to a dozen science teachers will get to build and pilot underwater robots under a grant program intended to improve teacher quality.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal to sign overhaul of criminal justice system

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation that will bring sweeping changes to the state's criminal justice system, a priority he set early in his administration.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Blaze hits backlot at Tyler Perry studios

ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators were trying Wednesday to find the cause of a fire that ripped through a simulated streetscape at Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios, sending flames soaring into the night sky.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Counties take up Caterpillar agreement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Athens-Clarke County Commission has approved a more detailed agreement with Oconee County that outlines how the two governments will cooperate on a new plant being developed for construction equipment maker Caterpillar.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. outlaws abortions after 5 months

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would ban abortions five months after conception.

May 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Fulton county turns to debt collectors

ATLANTA (AP) - One of Georgia's largest counties is turning to private debt collectors in an effort to track down money owed by residents.

May 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Obamas visit Georgia

FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Obama administration wants to trademark the term "GI Bill" in an effort to shield veterans and military families from being swindled or misled by schools that target their federal education benefits.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Season's first sea turtle nest is found on Georgia coast

CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the year in Georgia has been reported on Atlantic coast, authorities said.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Smoke from Ala. fire could drift into Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Alabama fire officials say Georgia residents might see and smell smoke from a controlled burn being planned.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man spared death sentence in federal case in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A jury has spared the life of a federal inmate who faced the death penalty for killing his cellmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.

April 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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