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Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island weighs smoking ban for largest Ga. public beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's largest public beach could become off limits to smoking next year.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 charged with killing deer that mingled with farmer's cows

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia have charged two young men with killing a deer in a pasture where it was known to mingle with a farmer's cows.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House approves Gov. Deal's 'failing schools' amendment

TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" on Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House committee chair says no vote on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to Ga. governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing a form of medical marijuana is headed to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after a two-year legislative battle.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia honors Vietnam veterans

Georgia is home to more than 234,000 Vietnam War veterans, and the state seeks to honor them with a new program to be unveiled next week.

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia trout fishing season to open Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say they're stocking the state's waterways with fish before the opening of trout fishing season.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Savannah harbor dredging deal close

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Ports Authority's top executive says a cost-sharing agreement needed to start work on a $706 million deepening of the waterway to the Port of Savannah should be finished within two weeks.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. highway officials buy image-boosting radio ads

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy hospitalized after he's run over by lawnmower

BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old boy is hospitalized with severe injuries after his father accidentally ran over him with a riding lawnmower.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman accused of killing mom to steal her newborn

RINGGOLD, Ga. (AP) - A Tennessee woman was charged with murder after gunning down a northwest Georgia woman because she wanted the woman's newborn baby, a sheriff said.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Governor's race drives spending in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A new national report has found that political spending on television ads for Georgia state offices is down from four years ago.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Fox Theatre thanks Atlanta for saving it

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's Fox Theatre is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the campaign that helped spare it from demolition.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Senator: Drop nomination of controversial judge

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's controversial selection of Michael Boggs to become a federal judge in Georgia lacks enough votes to survive and the nomination should be withdrawn, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday in what amounts to a rare rebuff of the president from his own party.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Paula Deen documentary tells her side of downfall

Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you'll need to pay to hear it.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man gets 5 years for restroom recordings in Cobb

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - The Cobb County district attorney says a man is going to prison for secretly videotaping women in restrooms at two of his salons.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. agency says photo IDs will cost $7.7 million

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials expect adding photos to food stamp cards will cost Georgia more than $7.7 million next year.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Developer seeks rezoning for Norcross move studio

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) - A developer is seeking permission to build an estimated $1 billion move studio campus in Norcross.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons romp to 56-14 win over hapless Buccaneers

ATLANTA (AP) - Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge sides with Fulton County in tax hike dispute

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has sided with Georgia's most populous county in an ongoing dispute over a 17-percent property tax increase.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Autopsy set for Friday in fatal shooting by police

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - An autopsy is planned for Friday after a handcuffed man was shot and killed by police in Savannah, authorities said.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Candidates for Ga. governor spar over jobless rate

ATLANTA (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter says an increase in the unemployment rate is the result of Gov. Nathan Deal's cuts to education.

September 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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