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GA medical center giving free take-home drug tests

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials from the Atlanta Medical Center say they're giving parents take-home drug tests as part of a back-to-school substance abuse prevention program.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves' new stadium has a name _ SunTrust Park

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves new suburban stadium already has a name - SunTrust Park.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge changes but won't lift Ga. man's banishment

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man who was banned from most of the state for firing at a house is being allowed to live with his mother, but he can't leave the county.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

ATLANTA (AP) - UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Columbus-based payment firm to expand in McDonough

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - State officials say a Columbus-based payments company will expand in McDonough, creating up to 450 jobs.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal, Carter duel over education at Atlanta forum

ATLANTA (AP) - A forum with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter turned contentious Monday over public education as each attacked the other's record and questioned his opponent's plans to improve it.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA troopers to focus on commercial drivers on I-85

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state troopers say they're launching a 72-hour crackdown on unsafe commercial vehicle drivers on Interstate 85.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Car stolen before it can be raffled to raise funds

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Family members who planned to raffle a car to help pay for their daughter's medical care say the vehicle has been stolen.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Perdue picks up endorsement of ex-President Bush

ATLANTA (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has endorsed Republican David Perdue over the CEO of a nonprofit he founded, Democrat Michelle Nunn, in Georgia's closely watched Senate race.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Income inequality complicates Ga. consumption tax

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study suggests the growing share of income paid to the rich could raise the costs of a Republican proposal to replace Georgia's income tax with an expanded sales tax.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Jury selected in trial of suspended county leader

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A jury is in place to decide the fate of a county leader accused of pressuring businesses for campaign donations in exchange for government work.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents alarmed after snakes spotted at school

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Parents say they're alarmed about snakes seen inside and outside a school south of Atlanta.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hack

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics could tip scales in Georgia governor race

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has always managed to stay one step ahead of ethics scrapes, and the 72-year-old Republican will have to do it again in what is likely his last election campaign in this GOP-leaning state.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia archers may begin pursuing deer Saturday

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say archers throughout the state may begin hunting deer this weekend.

September 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Emory, others launch autism center

ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University and other Atlanta partners are launching a new autism research center using an $8.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

September 27, 2012 | BILL BARROW, The Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Power to purchase more solar energy

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power executives say the utility firm plans to substantially boost the amount of solar power it distributes to customers.

Company officials say the utility will buy more than 10 times the amount of solar electricity it now gets from solar farms and rooftop equipment by 2017.

September 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA could eliminate nearly 130 positions

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Documents released by University of Georgia administrators to state officials indicate that the school plans to eliminate nearly 130 jobs.

September 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Police guard home of malnourished teen

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Police are guarding the Georgia home of a couple accused of child cruelty after a teenage boy weighing just 87 pounds was found wandering a Los Angeles bus station.

September 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Chick-fil-A tries to clarify giving

ATLANTA (AP) - Chick-fil-A gave another statement about recent reports that it will stop giving money to groups that oppose gay marriage, but the company did not make any clearer Thursday whether it was still funding them.

September 20, 2012 | BILL BARROW, Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta mayor: no jail for panhandling

ATLANTA (AP) - The mayor of Atlanta says he plans to veto a new city ordinance that would send aggressive panhandlers to jail for up to six months.

September 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia cuts archives access

ATLANTA (AP) - Scholars, amateur genealogists and others are protesting the state's decision to limit public access to the Georgia Archives.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/PvdbBE ) thousands of people signed online petitions and Facebook pages over the weekend after Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced only limited public appointments to the archives will be available starting Nov. 1. Kemp says the change was necessary to help trim more than $730,000 from his office's budget.

September 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Drum major's parents speak on hazing

ATLANTA (AP) - Florida A&M University's insistence that it is not to blame for a drum major's death during a hazing ritual shows school officials are not taking responsibility for the safety of students, the band member's parents said Thursday.

Pam and Robert Champion Sr. said at a news conference in Atlanta that they were disappointed by court documents filed Monday by FAMU in response to their lawsuit against the school. The university said in its filing that 26-year-old Robert Champion, as a top leader in the band, should have refused to participate in the ritual. The ...

September 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gas prices fall 6.2 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 6.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.86/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.81/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Child protection workers arrested in probe

ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators have arrested two child protection workers in Georgia on charges that they falsified reports to keep millions of dollars in funding.

September 05, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Leaders push voter ID education

ATLANTA (AP) - Several leaders within the National Baptist Convention and the NAACP plan a rally in Atlanta to call attention to changes in voter access laws in several states.

September 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Officials: N.O. levees, pumps holding up

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials say New Orleans' flood protections system is holding up so far as Hurricane Isaac storms through the area.

August 29, 2012 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | STATE


Man impersonates Henry County police

McDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - Police in Henry County are searching for someone who has been impersonating an off-duty police officer.

August 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Empire State shooter had Ga. ties

The man who killed a former co-worker at the Empire State Building in New York kept busy at Gainesville High School before graduating in 1971.

August 27, 2012 | By Jeff Gill jgill@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


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


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