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Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

ATLANTA (AP) - Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at a research center made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. DOT awards $85M in highway, road inprovements

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded contracts to get $85 million worth of road improvements under way across the state.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged with stealing Ga. deputy's patrol car

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in middle Georgia say a Florida motorist arrested on drug charges managed to steal a deputy's patrol car and drive several miles after he had been placed in handcuffs.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Men grab $2,000 in soap, hygiene items

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - Police are trying to figure out why three men walked into a CVS pharmacy in Atlanta's northern suburbs and stole $2,000 in soap and other personal care items.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Skateboarder struck, killed by car near Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old man riding a skateboard has been struck and killed by a car south of Atlanta.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police officer charged in road rage assault

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta police officer has been charged with crimes and placed on unpaid leave after a woman accused him of spitting on her and calling her a racial slur during an apparent road rage confrontation.

July 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police seek medical records in hot car death

ATLANTA (AP) - Newly released court records show police want to learn about the health of a toddler in the months before he died of heat exposure in his father's car near Atlanta.

July 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Do you know your new laws?

The new gun law went into effect July 1, with the beginning of the fiscal year marking the start of many bills passed by Gov. Nathan Deal during the most recent legislative session.

July 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | STATE


Director, 2 more indicted in fatal Ga. train crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Three people, including the director, have been indicted on criminal charges stemming from a fatal crash in which a freight train plowed into the crew working on a movie about rocker Gregg Allman in southeast Georgia.

July 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Hearing for dad in Georgia hot SUV child death

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A suburban Atlanta man charged with murder in his 22-month-old son's death in a hot SUV is due in court to discuss his bond.

July 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Men with guns face off in Valdosta store

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Police say a misunderstanding between two men carrying guns led to tense moments in a south Georgia convenience store.

July 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. to offer bonuses to early childhood teachers

ATLANTA (AP) - A new state program is aimed at giving incentives to early childhood educators for furthering their education.

July 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Child rape case leaves mysteries

Matthew Coniglio's Georgia home held a trove of child pornography, more than 50,000 images and videos stored on laptops, external hard drives and thumb drives.

July 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storm causes rip tide worries for busy Ga. beaches

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to churn up hazardous rip currents along Georgia beaches even if it remains at sea while passing the state's coastline.

July 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. to delay welfare drug testing

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials say they will delay enforcement of a new law that allows drug testing of welfare recipients.

July 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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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


Committee of teens to study safe driving

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor has appointed 22 teenagers to a committee to provide advice on how to communicate a safe driving message to teen drivers.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Kudzu bugs blanket Georgia fields

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Residents in northeast Georgia say kudzu bugs are swarming on yards, fields and front porches.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gunman kills 1 in chapel of megachurch

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for the man suspected of opening fire inside a Georgia megachurch, killing one.

The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. Wednesday at World Changers Church International, which is led by the Rev. Creflo Dollar.

October 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Morehouse to furlough employees

ATLANTA (AP) - Morehouse College will furlough faculty and cut its budget because of a drop in enrollment.

Interim Provost Willis Sheftall told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Atlanta college has 2,360 students, or about 125 fewer than projected. He blamed the drop in enrollment on a poor economy and changes to a federal loan program for students.

October 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. aims to collect more tax from online

ATLANTA (AP) - With changes in the tax law taking effect this month, Georgia intends to begin treating some online retailers the same way it treats those with stores here: by collecting sales tax.

October 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves lose 6-3, knocked out of playoffs

ATLANTA (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals won baseball's first wild-card playoff, taking advantage of a disputed infield fly call that led to a protest and fans littering the field with debris to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Friday.

October 05, 2012 | PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer | STATE


Local may be head of Ga. Lottery

A Rockdale local may be appointed as the next head of the Ga. Lottery.

October 05, 2012 | | STATE


Elderly victims die in Rockdale fire

Investigators have released the names of the two victims in the house fire at 1573 Mountain View Circle. Peggy Stanich, 78, and Frank Bitterman II, 68, were found unconscious when firefighters arrived to the burning house.

October 03, 2012 | Michelle Kim | STATE


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