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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


Gov. Deal issues a State of Emergency ahead of wintery mix

ATLANTA (AP) - On Sunday Gov. Nathan Deal issued a State of Emergency until Tuesday ahead of a wintry mix expected to hit areas of northern Georgia.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


When disaster hits, FEMA watches Waffle Houses for guidance

ATLANTA (AP) - When a big storm or tornado devastates a community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually steps in to help state and local officials. But in recent years, FEMA has been getting some help of its own from an unexpected source - one you see on almost every highway throughout the Southeast: Waffle House.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Schools react to takeover plan as Ga. governor seeks support

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia would become one of several states authorized to take over "chronically failing" schools if Republican Gov. Nathan Deal can hold members of his own party while attracting Democrats and placating some school officials frustrated by the proposal.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Snow, sleet, ice threat raised in several areas of the South

ATLANTA (AP) - Snow falling steadily in parts of Kentucky turned roads hazardous Monday as a major winter storm system also threatened to spew ice, sleet and freezing rain across several Southern states.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Police probe vandalism at Savannah battle memorial

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are searching for vandals who damaged stones that honor soldiers killed and wounded in the 1779 Battle of Savannah during the American Revolution.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Hudgens urging Georgians to change alarm batteries

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is reminding Georgians to use the transition to daylight saving time this weekend as a chance to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Teen accused of killing grandmother with ball bat

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia teenager is accused of beating his grandmother to death with a baseball bat south of Atlanta.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal outlines severe weather response plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has outlined an action plan to address future severe weather events based on an internal review he ordered after Georgia was caught unprepared for a winter storm in late January.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. GOP sticks close to election-year agenda

ATLANTA (AP) - The Republican leadership in the General Assembly has kept tight control of its election-year agenda, ensuring some of the more controversial bills have not reached the floor for a vote.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Vice President Joe Biden to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is expected to visit Atlanta on Tuesday.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Former police dog found dead on side of highway

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - A retired police dog has been found dead on the side of a northeast Georgia highway.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House approves medical cannabis bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Patients diagnosed with certain illnesses could take a form of medical marijuana under a plan that that the Georiga House of Representatives approved 171-4 Monday.

March 03, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers OK statue for Martin Luther King Jr

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan passed by the Georgia House of Representatives calls for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to be commemorated with a statute at the state Capitol.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate OKs bill restricting abortion coverage

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has voted to approve a bill restricting abortion coverage in plans available through the state health insurance exchange.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Grand marshal ready for Savannah St. Pat's parade

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah has a new top Irishman ready to lead its St. Patrick's Day parade in just two weeks.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. coalition pushing to end capital punishment

ATLANTA (AP) - A group of religious leaders, human rights activists and others are planning to call for Georgia lawmakers to end capital punishment in the state.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. principal suspended after arrest on sex charge

ATLANTA (AP) - School officials say a metro Atlanta elementary school principal has been suspended after he was charged with traveling with intent to have sex with a child.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wire walker eyes 2015 date to cross Georgia gorge

ATLANTA (AP) - High wire walker Nik Wallenda has a date in mind for crossing a nearly 1,000-foot-deep gorge in the northeast Georgia mountains, 45 years after his great-grandfather accomplished the feat.

February 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Loaded gun found in Clayton County school

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) - A student at Riverdale High School in Clayton County brought a loaded handgun to school, but no students were injured.

February 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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