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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


Estimate: Higher tobacco tax could raise $585M

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia could raise an extra $585 million by increasing its tobacco taxes, according an analysis by Georgia State University that comes as state leaders seek ways to pay for transportation projects.

February 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged with having sex with corpse in Georgia mortuary

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Police have charged a homeless man with performing a sex act on a woman's body at a funeral home in Columbus.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Auburn replacing oaks killed by Alabama fan

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn is replacing the Toomer's Corner oak trees that were poisoned by a University of Alabama fan.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta police: 785 pairs of panties stolen from store

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police are searching for a person they believe stole almost 800 pairs of panties from a Victoria's Secret store.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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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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