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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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Confederate flag flies at Ga. fort

RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (AP) - As Fort McAllister fell to the Union Army of Gen. William T. Sherman days before Christmas in 1864, one of his artillery officers seized the Confederate flag of a vanquished company of Georgia riflemen. The officer carried the silk banner home to Maine as a souvenir, and it stayed in his family for three generations in a box along with a handwritten note: "To be return to Savannah or Atlanta sometime."

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama taps Jim Yong Kim for World Bank

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Dartmouth College president and global health expert Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank, an unconventional pick that could help to quell criticism in the developing world of the U.S. stranglehold on the international organization's top post.

March 23, 2012 | Amberlee Melendez | STATE


Obama talks on Trayvon "tragedy"

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama spoke in unusually personal terms Friday about the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, a case that has roiled civil rights activists and a suburban Orlando community. "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said, vowing to "get to the bottom of what happened."

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Unemployment applications hit 4-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. student sues over prom changes

ATLANTA (AP) - A suburban Atlanta high school student says in a federal lawsuit that administrators removed him as student body president after he promoted changes aimed at making the prom more inclusive to gay students.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


March for Trayvon Martin set in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Organizers are planning to march through downtown Atlanta in memory of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose shooting by a neighborhood watch captain has led to protests nationwide.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man jailed after calling 911 on his wife over Facebook

A Wesley Chapel man is serving jail time - all because he wanted to check his Facebook page.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia jobless rate drops to 3-year low

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's jobless rate has dropped to a three-year low, state labor officials said Thursday.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Welfare recipients could get drug tested

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers are debating whether some people should be exempt from a proposal that would force those applying for welfare to take drug tests.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Republicans report threats from GOP rivals

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Two local Republican Party leaders have told police they've been threatened by supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


The GOP race is now lining up for Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) - It hasn't been pretty, but the Republican establishment, the delegate math, the money and more are increasingly lining up in Mitt Romney's favor in the long and grinding race for the party's presidential nomination.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man sentenced in sex trafficking case

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a 39-year-old man to more than 17 years in prison for charges related to sex trafficking of a minor.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate adopts $19.2B state budget

ATLANTA (AP) - More students would be eligible for low-interest loans that replace part of the HOPE scholarships they lost in last year's budget crunch under a $19.2 billion budget plan passed Wednesday by the state Senate.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Florida Gov endorses Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh off a decisive victory in Illinois, Mitt Romney won critical establishment support Wednesday from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as he looks to unite the Republican Party behind his candidacy. Romney said he's "almost there" after pursuing the GOP nomination for six years, and there are fresh signs that big GOP donors and other party figures will follow Bush's lead after sitting on the sidelines for much of the primary season.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


House to vote on justice reform

ATLANTA (AP) - After months of debate, the proposal to overhaul Georgia's criminal justice system is headed to lawmakers, as state representatives are set to vote on the measure.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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