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Georgia's jobless rate rises to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has risen to 7.8 percent.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged after crash kills 'Freeway Johnny'

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a motorist is accused of drunken driving in a wreck that killed a homeless man known as "Freeway Johnny," who greeted drivers for years near Atlanta's Downtown Connector.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2 dead, 3 wounded in northwest Georgia shootings

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Northwest Georgia authorities are trying to untangle the details of a violent rampage that left two people dead and three wounded Tuesday when a gunman shot multiple victims at one house, crashed a car into another house, shot the occupant, committed a carjacking, crashed the vehicle and killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents face child cruelty charges for messy home

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Snellville man and woman face child cruelty charges after authorities say their two teenage sons were found living in hazardous conditions at the family home.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. education board holds Common Core hearing

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Supporters of Common Core are urging state leaders not to move away from the education standards.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia school district to expand abstinence class

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A southwest Georgia school district plans to expand an abstinence program after officials say it increased the number of ninth-grade students pledging to wait until marriage to have sex.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. veterans aid groups receive $5.7 million

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia community organizations that work with homeless or at-risk veterans have received more than $5.7 million in federal grants.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Updated Ga. hunting rules now available online

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say information on new state hunting regulations is now available online and in print.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge sides with Ga. charter school in dispute

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) - A judge on Monday sided with a charter school seeking to open in Clayton County, ordering local officials to conduct required inspections so some 200 students can begin classes.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga prep player dies after overhydrating

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia high school football player is dead after drinking too much fluid during practice.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


20 rescued dogs arrive in NJ by private jet

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - Twenty dogs rescued from high-kill shelters in Georgia and South Carolina arrived in New Jersey by means usually reserved for corporate titans.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Fire destroys historic Hancock County Courthouse

SPARTA, GA. (AP) - The historic Hancock County Courthouse has burned down in the central Georgia town of Sparta.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Mother of Ga. boy left in hot car defends husband

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - The mother of a Georgia toddler who died after being left for hours in his father's car insists her husband was a loving father and would never have intentionally harmed their son, according to a recent victim impact statement sent to prosecutors.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge denies GM motion to dismiss ignition suit

NEW YORK (AP) - A Georgia judge has denied a motion by General Motors to dismiss a wrongful death case against the automaker and set a trial date for April 2016.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. trial shows food safety relies on honor system

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Jurors at the nation's first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America's food safety largely depends on the honor system.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Fire hits Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials are investigating a fire at filmmaker Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios, the second blaze in the past four months at the filming complex.

August 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Prosecutor: terror plot behind murder

LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) - Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks, prosecutors told a judge Monday.

August 27, 2012 | RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | STATE


GA Regents University sued for name

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The Virginia university founded by television preacher Pat Robertson is suing a new Georgia university, saying its new name is too similar and will create confusion.

August 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. health officials urge caution for swine flu at fairs, events

State agriculture and health officials are warning Georgians to take safety precautions while attending state fairs and other events this fall due to human infections from a flu virus normally found in pigs.

August 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. students make slight gains on ACT scores

Georgia students' overall performance on the ACT college-entrance exam rose slightly this year, as the number of students taking the test continued to increase.

August 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Zoo Atlanta mourns death of gorilla

ATLANTA (AP) - A 50-year-old gorilla who became a beloved figure at Zoo Atlanta after spending several decades in a Washington state department store has died, zoo officials said Tuesday.

August 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Court: Ga. police may verify immigration status

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled law enforcement in Georgia may verify the immigration status of criminal suspects who fail to produce proper identification.

August 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Air France: Out of gas? Ask passengers to pitch in

PARIS - An emergency layover in Syria's capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

August 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Augusta National adds female members

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

August 20, 2012 | DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer | STATE


Emory misrepresented data for decade

Prestigious Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade, the Atlanta school disclosed Friday, adding its high-profile name to a growing list of institutions caught up in scandals over rankings pressure.

August 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Parking crackdown lucrative for Atlanta

An aggressive parking enforcement strategy in Atlanta has more than doubled the number of parking citations, boosting revenue for the city.

August 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Summer unemployment for school workers?

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal agency's decision might lead to thousands of Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and private school teachers getting summer unemployment benefits after the state denied them the money.

August 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Supt. to oppose charter amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge will oppose a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the state's authority to charter independent schools.

August 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Carroll Co. schools add cameras to buses

CARROLLTON (AP) - A west Georgia school system is the latest to add school bus cameras aimed at nabbing motorists who break traffic laws, officials said.

August 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man beats woman with dead dog in Atl.

A Fulton County prosecutor says a man has pleaded guilty to using a dead dog to beat his girlfriend.

August 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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