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Insurance official offers cold weather damage tips

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner says homeowners may be able to get financial help through their homeowners' policies if their homes are damaged by cold weather.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Freeze warning covers much of Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters have issued freeze warnings for much of northern, central and western Georgia as the coldest weather so far this season blows into the state.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


CDC: E-cigarette use rising in high school kids

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say high schools students' use of electronic cigarettes tripled over three years.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Black Democrats bemoan decision to run from Obama

ATLANTA (AP) - Some black political leaders think Democratic candidates who distanced themselves from President Barack Obama sapped enthusiasm among African-Americans in states where they anchor the party's base.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gas to average under $3 in 2015, government says

NEW YORK (AP) - The average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Isakson to formally announce re-election bid

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson will be announcing plans next week to run for a third term with a special event at the state Capitol.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Massachusetts school demos 'active shooter' system

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts school and police officials have unveiled a new system that can detect and track a gunman if the threat ever strikes.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Businesses cash in as women chase bigger butts

NEW YORK (AP) - Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's Gurley returns from 4-game suspension

Todd Gurley was a leading Heisman Trophy contender before his four-game suspension. Now that he's returning for No. 16 Georgia against No. 9 Auburn this week, it's no lock he'll even be a starter.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Temperatures to plummet into 20s in parts of Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - A blast of wintry weather is expected to dive south into Georgia, dropping temperatures into the 20s in parts of north Georgia.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Home Depot: Hackers also stole 53M email addresses

NEW YORK (AP) - Hackers stole 53 million email addresses in addition to customers' card data, Home Depot said Thursday.

November 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT using Bluetooth to determine traffic patterns

ATLANTA (AP) - State transportation officials are planning to use Bluetooth to provide real-time traffic information in one busy metro Atlanta area.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Vaccine spray may not work for swine flu in kids

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine did not protect young children against swine flu last winter and might not work again this year.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. October net tax revenue totals $1.55 billion

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia collected $1.55 billion in net taxes in October, an increase of roughly $87 million from October of 2013.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Former adult businesses find new life as church

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - When members of the Athens Link Fellowship went through their newly-purchased Baxter Street building, certain details stood out.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. college funding to be tied to graduation

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's public colleges and universities will have to earn the money they get from taxpayers by helping more students get a degree.

December 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Teacher accused of abusing students

ATLANTA (AP) - A Fulton County grand jury has indicted a former special needs teacher accused of abusing students.

District Attorney Paul Howard's office said Wednesday 34-year-old Melanie Pickens is charged with cruelty to children and false imprisonment. Prosecutors say she physically abused five students at an Alpharetta middle school between 2004 and 2007. She resigned in 2007.

December 12, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GPC sanctioned by accreditation agency

The Georgia Perimeter College has been sanctioned by an accreditation agency after an audit found the school was operating with a $25 million budget shortfall caused by chronic overspending and lack of financial oversight.

December 12, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. inmate escapes jail using stolen IDs

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Savannah have re-captured an inmate four days after they say he escaped from jail by fooling guards into thinking he was another prisoner due to be released.

December 11, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Board approves terms for Atlanta stadium

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia World Congress Center Authority has approved the framework for a deal that would lead to a new downtown stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

December 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal seeks contingency plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he has asked his agency heads to come up with contingency plans if federal leaders can't reach agreement to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff."

December 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


A DragonCon founder charged in sex crime

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a co-founder of a science fiction convention will likely be extradited to Georgia by Christmas on child molestation charges.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday reported Edward W. Kramer, co-founder of DragonCon, was arrested on molestation charges in Connecticut.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man,73, kills woman, 65, at gas station

ATLANTA (AP) - A chance encounter at a Georgia gas station left a 65-year-old woman dead and a 73-year-old man facing a murder charge after authorities say the woman's car and his motorized wheelchair bumped and he opened fire, police said Wednesday.

Linda Hunnicutt, 65, had just pulled into the gas station in Macon shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday and stepped out of her Buick Lucerne when the man pulled a gun and fatally shot her, city police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Emory cuts anger some students, faculty

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan by Emory University to eliminate several academic departments and make cuts to others has angered some students and faculty who say the administration decided on the changes without consulting the university community.

December 04, 2012 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. high school grad. rate is 67%

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal education officials say Georgia has a high school graduation rate of 67 percent among all students, ranking it behind all of its neighboring states.

November 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Athens women’s business expo Nov. 30

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will present its first annual "Women's Business Expo" Nov. 30.

November 25, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Ga. immigrants apply for protection

More than 10,000 illegal immigrants living in Georgia have requested temporary protection from deportation under a plan established by President Barack Obama.

November 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. GOP could have super majority

ATLANTA (AP) - An independent lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives is considering becoming a Republican, a decision that could give the GOP a supermajority in the General Assembly.

November 07, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta's airport to offer free Wi-Fi

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta say free Wi-Fi will be available to travelers next year.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport announced Wednesday that it will first reduce the price of airport wireless Internet access to $4.95 a day effective Thursday. Then, officials say they will eliminate the fees entirely in the fall of 2013.

November 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Nearly 1,300 drivers convicted of texting

ATLANTA (AP) - Fewer than 50 drivers a month have been convicted of texting and driving in the two years since a law to ban texting went into effect, state records show.

As of mid-September, 1,281 motorists had been convicted of the offense since the state law took effect on July 1, 2010, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

October 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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