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Deal signs state budget with schools, construction funding

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a $40 billion state spending plan for the next year.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


36 golden retrievers rescued from Turkey arrive in Atlanta

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Dozens of abandoned golden retrievers rescued from Turkey have arrived in Atlanta and have been placed at a boarding facility in Fulton County to be adopted.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Small plane crashes into busy Atlanta interstate; 4 killed

ATLANTA (AP) - A small passenger airplane dropped from the sky, grazed the hood of a tractor-trailer and crashed into an Atlanta interstate Friday, killing all four people aboard and starting an intense fire on the busy highway.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Alabama sues over fed plan for river basin

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state of Alabama filed suit over a plan it said will harm water quality by keeping additional water in a Georgia lake for recreational use, the latest move in a long-running dispute over shared river resources.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Small plane crashes into busy Atlanta interstate; 4 killed

ATLANTA (AP) - A small passenger airplane dropped from the sky and grazed the hood of a tractor-trailer before it crashed into an Atlanta interstate Friday, killing all four people aboard and starting an intense fire on the busy road.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Folk singer behind popularity of 'We Shall Overcome' dies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The musician and folk singer who promoted the song "We Shall Overcome" and is credited with helping it rise in popularity as an anthem during the civil rights movement in the 1960s has died.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Small plane crashes into Atlanta interstate after takeoff

ATLANTA (AP) - A small plane has crashed into Interstate 285 after taking off from an Atlanta-area airport.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Coyote attacks dog in front of 2 young children

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A coyote attacked a family dog in front of two young children in a Marietta neighborhood.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia sheriff retains support after shooting woman

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff charged in the shooting of a real estate agent is retaining support in a county that also voted him back into office three years ago despite his indictment on more than two dozen felony ethics charges.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta shop worker shoots, kills armed robber

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Police in metro Atlanta say a store employee shot and killed an armed man trying to rob him at gunpoint.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Study: Vaccination against measles may have other benefits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia sheriff charged in shooting of real estate agent

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia sheriff has been charged with reckless conduct in the shooting of a real estate agent as prosecutors look into his statement that he was conducting police training exercises at the time.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Pastor accused of 2013 rape of 16-year-old girl

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Macon pastor accused of raping an underage girl two years ago has been arrested in Atlanta.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Teacher lowered autistic boy head-first into trash

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia special education teacher is accused of cruelty to children after police say she held an autistic boy upside-down by his legs and lowered him head-first into a trash can.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman reunited with dog after robbery

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta woman who was robbed of her car and dog has her pet back due to the kindness of a stranger.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Birth control coverage up for federal appeal

DENVER (AP) - In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

WASHINGTON - Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries.

May 14, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Film crews transform Atlanta into vintage New York

ATLANTA (AP) - Part of downtown Atlanta has been transformed into a movie set designed to look like New York City as it appeared more than three decades ago.

May 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged in case of missing Ga. college student

COCHRAN, Ga. (AP) - A teenager has been apprehended and charged with murder in the case of a MiddleGeorgia State College student missing for more than two weeks, authorities said.

May 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Accused serial rapist apprehended outside Atlanta

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - A man accused of raping at least five women inside a vacant apartment outside Atlanta is facing several charges.

May 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Arias says in interview that she wants death

PHOENIX (AP) - The jury has rendered its verdict - Jodi Arias is guilty of first-degree murder - but the trial is far from finished.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Cafe owner charged with courthouse bomb threats

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Cobb County businessman who operates a restaurant on the Marietta Square in suburban Atlanta has been arrested for charges linked to bomb threats at courthouses Tuesday.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-sheriff sent to prison in jail beatings case

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A former Wilcox County sheriff, his son and several other people were sentenced to prison Wednesday for beating jail inmates - one of whom had to have his jaw wired shut because of his injuries - and conspiring to cover up the assault.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Grandson, woman accused of killing his grandfather

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A 78-year-old man who had been reported missing was found dead inside his truck outside Atlanta, and his grandson and the suspect's girlfriend now face charges in connection with his killing, police said.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Bonus pay for teachers revealed in cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta educators accused of crimes in connection with the school system's cheating scandal earned bonuses that totaled as little as $750 and averaged $2,600.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Chris Kelly of 1990s rap duo Kris Kross dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo behind one of the decade's most memorable songs, "Jump," has died at an Atlanta hospital of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said. He was 34.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gunshot at rattlesnake leads to school lock down

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A gunshot intended for a rattlesnake led authorities to briefly lock down an elementary school in northeast Georgia.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gary Michael Hilton gets 4 life sentences

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - A drifter previously convicted of killing and beheading hikers in Florida and Georgia was sentenced Thursday to four additional life sentences in federal prison for kidnapping and murdering a North Carolina couple in a national forest.

April 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Boston Marathon bombing suspect out of hospital

BOSTON - The surviving Boston Marathon bombings suspect has been released from a civilian hospital and transferred to a federal medical detention center in central Massachusetts.

April 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Ga. PTA treasurer charged with theft

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - The former treasurer of a metro Atlanta elementary school's PTA is accused of stealing more than $12,000 from the organization and more than $5,800 from another school's booster club.

April 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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