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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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Lobbyists spend in charter school debate

ATLANTA (AP) - Lobbyists on both sides of the charter school debate have spent thousands trying to woo Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, shelling out for a documentary film screening, coffee and pricey meals, some topping $100 a person.

March 10, 2012 | DORIE TURNER, AP Education Writer | STATE


Occupy At. demonstrators in court

ATLANTA - Several members of Occupy Atlanta are due in court to face a variety of charges.

March 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House pass charter school bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has passed legislation that outlines how the state would fund charter schools if a constitutional amendment is approved.

March 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers face deadline to move bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers approved a flood of legislation Wednesday ahead of a deadline to pass bills or see them fail, including provisions that would exempt religious employers from paying for birth control and requirements that people getting government assistance pass drug tests and get career training.

March 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Teens arrested after fall through ceiling

COLLEGE PARK (AP) - Police say they nabbed two teenagers suspected of burglary after the boys crashed through the ceiling into two apartment units in Clayton County.

March 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Super Tuesday: What we learned

(AP) - Republicans in 10 states weighed in on the GOP presidential nomination race in its busiest day yet. Mitt Romney won six states, Rick Santorum clinched three and Newt Gingrich prevailed in one. And along the way, clues were gleaned from the results about the path ahead. A look at what we learned:

March 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Romney says he's ready to fight to nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney said Wednesday he's "prepared to fight all the way" to become the Republican presidential nominee after padding his delegate count on Super Tuesday. Supporters of his chief rival, Rick Santorum, tried to elbow Newt Gingrich out of the race in an effort to give conservatives a clear alternative to the GOP front-runner.

March 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Santorum, Romney take 3 states each

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney split six states and dueled for supremacy in Ohio on a Super Tuesday that stretched from one end of the country to the other in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


AP Analysis of Tuesday's results

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's lackluster showing in Super Tuesday's primaries nonetheless moves him closer to the Republican presidential nomination. But a string of events and voter data underscore his challenge in winning independent voters turned off by the long, divisive primary.

March 06, 2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press | STATE


Girls abducted, attacked in DeKalb

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for suspects after one girl reported being dragged into the woods by a man in a black mask, and another girl at the same apartment complex near Atlanta said she was attacked in a separate incident.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


East Point struggles with utility rates

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - The East Point city council has delayed voting on a contentious budget matter that has led to heated arguments and a heavy police presence at public meetings in recent days.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Voters weigh in on GOP race

ATLANTA (AP) - Mitt Romney is angling to solidify his front-runner status and Rick Santorum to keep it a two-man race as voters in 10 states put Super Tuesday's imprint on the Republican presidential race. Newt Gingrich just hopes to keep his struggling campaign alive with a strong showing in Georgia.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Vote today in presidential primary

ATLANTA (AP) - Voters are making their picks across Georgia in what could be the biggest test yet for Newt Gingrich as he fights to keep his bid alive for the Republican presidential nomination.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate passes bill to grade schools

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed legislation that would give grades to schools based on how their students perform.

March 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama's transgender ex-nanny outcast

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Once, long ago, Evie looked after "Barry" Obama, the kid who would grow up to become the world's most powerful man. Now, his transgender former nanny has given up her tight, flowery dresses, her brocade vest and her bras, and is living in fear on Indonesia's streets.

March 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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