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Toxicology tests on toddler negative

ATLANTA (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say results of a toxicology report on a Georgia toddler who died in a hot car have come back with negative results, but officials won't specify which substances they tested for.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee mayor says 'no chance' to nude beach idea

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of Tybee Island says more than 800 people who signed a petition calling for a nude friendly section of beach will need to keep their clothes on as long as he's in office.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Clemency hearing set for Ga. death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - A clemency hearing is set for Wednesday for a Georgia death row inmate convicted of murder in the slaying of a store clerk who was scheduled to testify against his son.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ready for the red carpet

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez will host the red carpet Mississippi premiere of "Get On Up" later this month with the director and headline star in attendance.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Reality TV husband gets prison sentence for fraud

ATLANTA (AP) - The husband of a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. governor pushes trials of marijuana derivative

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's governor is pushing clinical trials for a marijuana-derived drug that proponents say could help treat severe seizure disorders among children.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

ATLANTA (AP) - Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at a research center made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. DOT awards $85M in highway, road inprovements

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded contracts to get $85 million worth of road improvements under way across the state.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged with stealing Ga. deputy's patrol car

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in middle Georgia say a Florida motorist arrested on drug charges managed to steal a deputy's patrol car and drive several miles after he had been placed in handcuffs.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Men grab $2,000 in soap, hygiene items

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - Police are trying to figure out why three men walked into a CVS pharmacy in Atlanta's northern suburbs and stole $2,000 in soap and other personal care items.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Skateboarder struck, killed by car near Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old man riding a skateboard has been struck and killed by a car south of Atlanta.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police officer charged in road rage assault

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta police officer has been charged with crimes and placed on unpaid leave after a woman accused him of spitting on her and calling her a racial slur during an apparent road rage confrontation.

July 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police seek medical records in hot car death

ATLANTA (AP) - Newly released court records show police want to learn about the health of a toddler in the months before he died of heat exposure in his father's car near Atlanta.

July 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Do you know your new laws?

The new gun law went into effect July 1, with the beginning of the fiscal year marking the start of many bills passed by Gov. Nathan Deal during the most recent legislative session.

July 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | STATE


Director, 2 more indicted in fatal Ga. train crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Three people, including the director, have been indicted on criminal charges stemming from a fatal crash in which a freight train plowed into the crew working on a movie about rocker Gregg Allman in southeast Georgia.

July 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Justifiable homicides in Ga. increase

ATLANTA (AP) - The number of justifiable homicides in Georgia has increased since 2006, the same year state lawmakers passed a version of the controversial self-defense law that's the target of national scrutiny in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

May 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


New law slashes unemployment benefits

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a law that will reduce the number of weeks people would be able to collect unemployment benefits.

May 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal approves funding for state's charter schools

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation approving a funding system for Georgia charter schools created by the state.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Longtime UGA president announces retirement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Longtime University of Georgia President Michael Adams says he will retire next year.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. teachers to build underwater robots

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Officials say up to a dozen science teachers will get to build and pilot underwater robots under a grant program intended to improve teacher quality.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal to sign overhaul of criminal justice system

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation that will bring sweeping changes to the state's criminal justice system, a priority he set early in his administration.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Blaze hits backlot at Tyler Perry studios

ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators were trying Wednesday to find the cause of a fire that ripped through a simulated streetscape at Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios, sending flames soaring into the night sky.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Counties take up Caterpillar agreement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Athens-Clarke County Commission has approved a more detailed agreement with Oconee County that outlines how the two governments will cooperate on a new plant being developed for construction equipment maker Caterpillar.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. outlaws abortions after 5 months

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would ban abortions five months after conception.

May 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Fulton county turns to debt collectors

ATLANTA (AP) - One of Georgia's largest counties is turning to private debt collectors in an effort to track down money owed by residents.

May 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Obamas visit Georgia

FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Obama administration wants to trademark the term "GI Bill" in an effort to shield veterans and military families from being swindled or misled by schools that target their federal education benefits.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Season's first sea turtle nest is found on Georgia coast

CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the year in Georgia has been reported on Atlantic coast, authorities said.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Smoke from Ala. fire could drift into Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Alabama fire officials say Georgia residents might see and smell smoke from a controlled burn being planned.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man spared death sentence in federal case in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A jury has spared the life of a federal inmate who faced the death penalty for killing his cellmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.

April 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport to hire workers without background checks

ATLANTA (AP) - Employers at Atlanta's airport have been allowed to hire workers without completing background security checks because of delays in the process, federal officials said.

April 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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