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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


House OKs easier path to diploma despite failing test

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill letting thousands of Georgians who did not pass high school graduation tests petition local officials for diplomas.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed and sent to the House two proposals aimed at cracking down on pimps and others engaged in what lawmakers say is an increasing problem of sexual exploitation of children in Georgia.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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8 bald eagles die of disease linked to weed

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say eight bald eagles found dead on a lake near the Georgia-South Carolina border died of a disease linked to an invasive weed.

April 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. developer to pitch gambling complex

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia developer is planning to pitch his proposed $1 billion gambling complex to the Georgia Lottery Board.

April 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Military kids face unique challenges

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Kendall Raley fiddles with the silver beaded chains around her neck. On them hang three dog tags - one is hers and one is her father's. The third she received earlier in April in commemoration of Month of the Military Child.

April 18, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


National park land could be expanded

MACON, Ga. (AP) - National park land in central Georgia could be greatly expanded under a plan being considered by the federal government.

April 18, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. inmate injured in courtroom scuffle dies

MORROW (AP) - An inmate injured during a courtroom fight with Clayton County sheriff's deputies has died.

April 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum and the police chief defended the action.

April 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge orders man to jail for saggy pants

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A central Alabama judge ordered a man to serve three days in jail for contempt of court for wearing so-called saggy pants.

April 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal OKs drug testing for benefits

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would require some people applying for welfare in Georgia to pass a drug test before they could get benefits.

April 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


2 people face charges in infant death

AUGUSTA (AP) - Authorities are investigating after an infant was found dead in an east Georgia mobile home park.

April 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


First bald eagle nest documented on Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Wildlife officials say that for the first time, they've documented a bald eagle nest on Lake Lanier.

April 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgians last chance at $31M in tax refunds

ATLANTA (AP) - April 17 isn't just this year's deadline to submit a federal return for 2011. It's also the last chance for people who paid income tax in 2008 and didn't file a return for that year to put in a claim for a refund.

April 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Waycross police officer shot unarmed man

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a Waycross police officer shot an unarmed man while searching for a suspect in a killing.

April 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Tuna linked to salmonella outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) - A yellowfin tuna product used to make dishes like sushi and sashimi sold at restaurants and grocery stores has been linked with an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia, federal health authorities said Friday.

April 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Children’s book about Uga available

Glenn Grizzard, cousin of the late renowned author and University of Georgia alumnus Lewis Grizzard, has released a children's book "Uga the Baby Bullpup" about the university's beloved mascot.

April 13, 2012 | By Caroline Meadors Special to The News | STATE


7 state unemployment offices to close

The state Department of Labor is shuttering seven of its 53 career centers in a move officials say will save the agency about $3 million.

April 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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