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Hibernating pet tarantulas stolen from crawlspace of house

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta man told police that a spider thief snuck into a crawlspace under his home and stole five of his 18 pet tarantulas.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah selling St. Patrick's parking spaces in advance

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - If you're planning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Savannah next month, City Hall is selling reserved parking spaces more than two weeks in advance of the sprawling festival and parade.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves' Upton wants to be called Melvin instead of BJ

ATLANTA (AP) - There is a new-look Upton headed to the Braves' camp.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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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


Residents of Ga. town fear pets are being poisoned

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) - Residents of a neighborhood in the west Georgia town of Villa Rica fear that someone is poisoning their pets.

January 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


18 horses perish in fire at equestrian center

BISHOP, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say 18 horses have died after an early-morning fire that destroyed their stable at a northeast Georgia equestrian center.

January 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. temperatures expected to rise sharply Friday

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say temperatures are expected to rise well above freezing across Georgia on Friday.

January 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. governor takes blame for storm preparations

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal took responsibility Thursday for the poor storm preparations that led to an epic traffic jam in Atlanta and forced drivers to abandon their cars or sleep in them overnight when a storm dumped a couple of inches of snow.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate declines to 6.8 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's jobless rate declined to 6.8 percent in December.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2 days after snow, Atlanta roads still treacherous

ATLANTA (AP) - The snow and sleet had stopped falling and traffic was moving again around Atlanta following a crippling storm - but officials warned that ice-covered roads remained a threat for drivers Thursday morning.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


School rescues, sleeping in cars among storm tales

They crept through traffic that makes an ordinary Atlanta rush hour feel like a drag race, trudged home through ice and snow while watching cars skid and slide through intersections and spent the night taking care of young children stranded at school. Some even slept in their cars.

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Helicopters look for stranded drivers

ATLANTA (AP) - Helicopters took to the skies Wednesday to search for stranded drivers while Humvees delivered food, water and gas - or a ride home - to people who were stuck on roads after a winter storm walloped the Deep South.

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Baby born on freeway during wintry Ga. traffic jam

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say they helped deliver a baby girl on a local freeway when snow and ice brought traffic to a crawl.

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


National Guard aims to reach stranded school buses

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the National Guard is sending military Humvees onto Atlanta's winter weather-snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people.

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Hundreds of crashes reported in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Law enforcement agencies throughout Georgia responded to hundreds of crashes as snow fell throughout the region and drivers spent hours struggling through commutes that would typically take minutes.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ice, snow snarls Atlanta traffic

ATLANTA (AP) - Traffic along interstates and surface streets in the downtown Atlanta area came to a crawl as snow began falling in the metro Atlanta region.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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