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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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Ga. revenues in January total nearly $1.81 billion

ATLANTA (AP) - A report shows the state of Georgia's revenues totaled nearly $1.81 billion in January, an increase of 4.4 percent over the same month a year ago.

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police ID 2 children, father found dead in west Ga

TEMPLE, Ga. (AP) - Police have identified two children and a father found shot to death in a suspected murder-suicide in Carroll County.

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal, Carter report fundraising totals

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's re-election campaign is reporting $322,000 in contributions for the first two weeks of the year, while Democrat Jason Carter received just over $149,000 during the same period.

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA fraternity members face charges

11 UGA fraternity members face hazing charges

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


PETA member wants roadside memorial for chickens

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An animal rights advocate wants to place a roadside memorial in Georgia to remember several chickens killed in a highway wreck.

February 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Freeway signs warn of storm watch, but none issued

ATLANTA (AP) - Despite warnings of a winter storm watch posted on large message boards over metro Atlanta interstates, the National Weather Service issued no such watch and requested that they be corrected.

February 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


shooting in Lithonia church parking lot

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's officials in metro Atlanta say deputies were pursuing a man to serve a search warrant when they were involved in a shooting in a church parking lot.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. pickle plant could create 50 jobs

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A sliced-pickle plant planned for central Georgia is expected to create up to 50 jobs.

February 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police suspect suicide attempt in fall at Ga. mall

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County police say a man was likely trying to commit suicide when he fell over a third-floor railing at the Mall of Georgia in Buford.

February 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House approves raising interstate speed limit

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has voted to increase the speed limit to 70 mph on interstates in urban areas.

February 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Senate backs bill creating Alzheimer's registry

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has endorsed legislation that would establish a state registry of people with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA man sentenced in newlywed wife's shooting death

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A middle Georgia man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife of 19 days.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal announces weather task force

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a task force that includes various state and local officials, meteorologists and business leaders charged with making recommendations to improve the state's response to severe weather events.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Certified Ga. teachers feel slighted by budget

ATLANTA (AP) - Some Georgia educators say they feel slighted by pay increases for nationally board certified teachers being left out of the state's education budget.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


free day of dental service Conyers

ATLANTA (AP) - A mobile dental care clinic is planning to offer free service in Atlanta next week while affiliated offices throughout the state offer a free day of service.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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