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Jeffares: Senate passes veteran’s bills

Snow flurries, ice and freezing rain threatened to stall business at the Capitol last week, but we were lucky enough to be able to travel safely to continue as scheduled. We passed quite a few bills this week designed to help support and protect the military service members in our state.

February 23, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Weather service issues winter weather advisory for Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a mix of rain and snow could make travel dangerous in a large part of north Georgia, including Atlanta.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather warning calls for snow, sleet across north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters have issued a winter storm warning for much of north Georgia, saying parts of the state could see up to 3 inches of snow and sleet.

February 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia to face NCarolina in 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will face North Carolina to open the 2016 college football season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Houses passes bill changing age of kindergarten eligibility

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has passed a bill that would establish an age requirement for children enrolling in kindergarten.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Legislators spar over revised College Board AP history test

ATLANTA (AP) - The College Board's new Advanced Placement U.S. history test is strongly biased to the left and should be scrapped, Republican Sen. William Ligon said Wednesday in an argument that has also been made by lawmakers in at least three other states.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House committee passes transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Local governments could continue collecting some sales tax on motor fuel, but the money would have to be used for transportation purposes, including school bus service, under an amended transportation bill that won approval Wednesday in a state House committee.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 20,000 remain without power as temperature drops

ATLANTA (AP) - Utility companies say more than 20,000 Georgia customers remain without power after this week's ice storm as low temperatures dipped into the single-digits in northern parts of the state.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wrong body buried after crime lab mix-up in Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A coroner says a mix-up at the state crime lab led to a family burying the wrong body during a closed-casket funeral.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Ga. girls' track coach sentenced for sexting student

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A former suburban Atlanta girls' high school track coach has been given a five year sentence for sexting a student.

February 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 67,000 still without power in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Utility companies say more than 67,000 Georgia customers remain without power as crews work to clear downed trees and power lines.

February 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Charter school backers want exemption from takeover district

ATLANTA (AP) - Charter school supporters want the schools to be exempt from a state-run district that Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing to take over chronically failing institutions.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 185,000 without power in Georgia after ice storm

ATLANTA (AP) - Power companies say more than 185,000 customers in Georgia were still without power as crews worked to clear downed trees and power lines.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Jeffares capital update

The past couple of weeks have been fairly busy for legislators under the Gold Dome. We have now completed 15 days of the Legislative Session and have passed seven bills on the Senate floor. We are moving quickly and I look forward to keeping you updated as we move forward at the Gold Dome.

February 17, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Deal delays Tuesday opening for state offices due to weather

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says state agencies will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Tuesday in metro Atlanta to prevent problems with black ice on roadways.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Toll lane price in metro Atlanta hits $10

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Optional toll lanes on a 16-mile stretch of freeway in metro Atlanta have hit a record price: $10.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


SC company looks to buy Atlanta shopping center

ATLANTA (AP) - The president of a South Carolina-based real estate company says he expects to close a deal soon on a downtown Atlanta shopping center.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia-based company issues cheese recall

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia-based company has issued a recall for cheese because it may have been contaminated by salmonella.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Toll lane price in metro Atlanta hits record $10

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Optional toll lanes on a 16-mile stretch of freeway in metro Atlanta have hit a record price: $10.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Carmike Cinemas pulls 'The Interview' with Sony's support

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


FedEx truck crashes in Georgia, spills packages

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) - A FedEx truck crash along a Georgia interstate sent packages spilling all over the highway just nine days before Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Homeless slayings suspect accused of 4th killing

Homeless slayings suspect accused of 4th killing

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Kennesaw approves plans for mosque in strip mall

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - The Kennesaw City Council has unanimously approved a permit for a mosque in a strip mall, reversing an earlier decision to reject it.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Spelman College suspends its Cosby professorship

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta college is suspending its endowed professorship with Bill Cosby amid allegations by several women that the comedian and actor sexually assaulted them.

December 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl safe after 500-mile cab ride ends in Georgia

BRYANT, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas police say an 11-year-old girl paid a cabbie $1,300 to take her to Florida to meet a boy, but her trip ended safely in Georgia after her parents reported her missing.

December 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Artist wins 'eat more kale' trademark

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A folk artist who became a folk hero to some after picking a fight with fast-food giant Chik-fil-A over use of the phrase "eat more kale" - similar to their trademarked "eat mor chikin" - has won his legal battle.

December 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. kicks off holiday safe driving campaign

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are kicking off a holiday safe driving campaign.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Mayor: Kennesaw leaders want to change mosque vote

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - In an abrupt reversal, Kennesaw's mayor says all four council members who voted to deny a mosque's permit to open in a strip mall have told him they now want to change their decision.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Home for Christmas

Major Gen. Jim Butterworth, Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard and the rest of the Georgia Army National Guard will welcome home 61 Guardsmen of Bravo Company, 1-169 General Support Battalion (GSAB) and 110 Guardsmen of the 876th Engineer Company from Afghanistan during the third week of December. This will be the first Christmas in 13 years that all of the Georgia Army National Guard units will be home for the holidays.

December 10, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Man executed for killing Ga. deputy after robbery

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - A man convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy moments after robbing a convenience store in central Georgia was executed Tuesday.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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