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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


Gov. Deal issues a State of Emergency ahead of wintery mix

ATLANTA (AP) - On Sunday Gov. Nathan Deal issued a State of Emergency until Tuesday ahead of a wintry mix expected to hit areas of northern Georgia.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


When disaster hits, FEMA watches Waffle Houses for guidance

ATLANTA (AP) - When a big storm or tornado devastates a community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually steps in to help state and local officials. But in recent years, FEMA has been getting some help of its own from an unexpected source - one you see on almost every highway throughout the Southeast: Waffle House.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Schools react to takeover plan as Ga. governor seeks support

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia would become one of several states authorized to take over "chronically failing" schools if Republican Gov. Nathan Deal can hold members of his own party while attracting Democrats and placating some school officials frustrated by the proposal.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Snow, sleet, ice threat raised in several areas of the South

ATLANTA (AP) - Snow falling steadily in parts of Kentucky turned roads hazardous Monday as a major winter storm system also threatened to spew ice, sleet and freezing rain across several Southern states.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Conjoined twins born to Alabama family in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Conjoined twin boys have been born at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia sues president

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama's recently announced executive actions on immigration, arguing in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the move "tramples" key portions of the U.S. Constitution.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta Streetcar won't debut for football weekend

ATLANTA (AP) - The debut of the Atlanta Streetcar, which has been delayed numerous times, is still unknown and officials say it won't start carrying passengers this weekend as some had hoped.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Protests in Atlanta after decision in Garner case

ATLANTA (AP) - Protesters gathered peacefully in downtown Atlanta to protest a New York City grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA lawmakers look ahead to medical marijuana bills

ATLANTA (AP) - A state lawmaker sponsoring a bill that would allow limited use of medical cannabis in Georgia says he hopes to have specifics by Christmas.

December 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. statewide deer hunt information available online

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are offering statewide information on deer hunting online.

December 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta police: Woman attacked by lynx in Buckhead

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say a woman who was attacked by a Siberian lynx in the city's Buckhead neighborhood has been hospitalized.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy behind wall used texts to help police find him

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy used text messages and photos to help lead police to the small compartment behind an upstairs linen closet where he was being hidden inside his father's and stepmother's home in the Atlanta suburbs, authorities said Monday.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Kennesaw rejects plans for mosque at mall

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - The Kennesaw City Council has denied a request by Muslim residents to open a mosque at a strip mall, setting up a possible legal battle in the community northwest of Atlanta.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Demonstration planned in Athens over Ferguson case

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Demonstrators are planning a march in Athens in support of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal's inauguration set for Jan. 12 in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's inauguration has been set for Monday, Jan. 12 in Atlanta.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-UPS driver's pregnancy bias claim at high court

WASHINGTON (AP) - Peggy Young only has to look at her younger daughter to be reminded how long she has fought United Parcel Service over its treatment of pregnant employees, and why.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Reasons holiday shoppers will spend cautiously

NEW YORK (AP) - Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.

November 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Crews repair damage after Atlanta protests

ATLANTA (AP) - Crews were repairing damage to some businesses in downtown Atlanta on Wednesday, a day after protesters filled the streets in mostly peaceful opposition to the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision.

November 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA roads, airport to see 1.3 million travelers

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 1.3 million Georgians are expected to travel on state highways and use the world's busiest airport through Sunday for Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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