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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


Police: Professor asked student to buy medication

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A University of Georgia professor is accused of asking a student to buy prescription drugs for him while the student vacationed in Mexico during spring break.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill stalls in Ga. Legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan to create a medical marijuana program in Georgia has hit a political roadblock.

March 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. group mulls sharpshooters to reduce deer herd

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - A coastal Georgia conservation and development authority is considering bringing in sharpshooters to address an overpopulation of white tailed deer.

March 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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New city considered in DeKalb County

ATLANTA (AP) - Residents pushing to create a new Georgia city cleared a key hurdle in the Georgia Legislature, but the proposed name of the new community has changed.

February 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Coyotes a problem in Sandy Springs

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - City officials in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs are trying to figure out how to control coyotes amid fears that their pets are in danger of being attacked.

February 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta to reassess red light cameras

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta official says the city will reassess its red light camera program after concerns that violations were not mailed to motorists as they are required to be under state law.

February 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta's tallest skyscraper to be sold

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's tallest skyscraper is expected to be sold at auction.

February 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


CDC: Breads top list of salt sources

ATLANTA (AP) - Trying to cut down on salt? Health officials have come up with a list of the top 10 sources of salt in the American diet - and bread is No. 1.

February 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. court overturns assisted suicide

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's top court struck down a state law that restricted assisted suicides, siding on Monday with four members of a suicide group who said the law violated their free speech rights.

February 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Norcross student gunned down at home

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) - A high school student was gunned down during a home invasion in the Atlanta suburb of Norcross

February 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Thieves target booze trucks in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say thieves have been stealing booze from trucks making delivers to bars, restaurants and stores in Atlanta.

February 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Federal unemployment rate hits 8.3 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Employers went on a hiring spree in January and drove down the unemployment rate for a fifth straight month to 8.3 percent, its lowest point in nearly three years.

February 03, 2012 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Reporter | STATE


School resource officer investigated

IN BRIEF: A Rockdale County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer working at Heritage High School has been placed on administrative leave during an internal investigation into accusations of an "inappropriate relationship" with a student.

February 02, 2012 | Michelle Kim | STATE


Ga. Groundhog predicts early spring

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) - The South's iconic groundhog, Gen. Beauregard Lee, waddled out of his "Weathering Heights" mansion and failed to see his shadow on the Georgia red dirt.

February 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


State fires another youth center worker

AUGUSTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has announced another firing at the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

February 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


NCLB waiver requests don't impress feds

MIAMI (AP) - In its initial review of No Child Left Behind waiver requests, the U.S. Education Department highlighted a similar weakness in nearly every application: States did not do enough to ensure schools would be held accountable for the performance of all students.

January 31, 2012 | CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Education Writer | STATE


Home prices continue decline in Atlanta

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices fell for a third straight month in nearly all cities tracked by a major index. The declines show that most homeowners are not reaping the benefits from some signs of an improving housing market.

January 31, 2012 | DEREK KRAVITZ, Real Estate Writer | STATE


Georgia appeals child support ruling

State attorneys are appealing a judge's order that favored five fathers who are targeting Georgia's practice of jailing parents who don't pay child support.

January 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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