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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


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ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city should be a safe place for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S. border.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Recount ordered in Ga. school superintendent race

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has ordered a ballot recount in the Republican state school superintendent primary runoff.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Arizona Cardinal John Abraham charged with DUI

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was arrested on a drunken driving charge a month ago in the Atlanta area.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Unaccompanied youths enroll in Dalton schools

DALTON, Ga. (AP) - The challenges presented by an influx of unaccompanied children and youths from Central America streaming across the southern border into the United States have reached Dalton.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Texas woman opens 'Gone with the Wind' museum

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - Vicky Rogers was in high school when she first read Margaret Mitchell's tale of the Civil War South, "Gone with the Wind."

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Authorities say soldiers get $92M in debt relief

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York and 12 other states have settled an investigation into improper lending with a court agreement to shut down the company and expected to provide $92 million in debt relief for 17,800 U.S. military personnel.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) - Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Santana, Gattis lead Braves to 2-0 win over Padres

ATLANTA (AP) - Ervin Santana threw eight scoreless innings, Evan Gattis homered for the first time in more than a month and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Monday.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta federal building reopens

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal building in Atlanta has reopened after being closed last week because of an issue impacting the building's electrical system.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Hundreds see James Brown film premiere in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Filmmakers and stars of the new James Brown movie have given the soul singer's hometown a first look at their finished work.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics complaint filed over NY fundraiser

ATLANTA (AP) - A former state lawmaker says a New York City event billed as a fundraiser for Georgia's Democratic Party was unethical and illegal.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Historic Civil War battle sites have a mobile app

ATLANTA (AP) - This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the key conflicts of the Civil War, and researchers at Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship have released a mobile app for the tour.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Teen's complaint seeks schooling during pregnancy

ATLANTA (AP) - An east-Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while she was pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 7.6 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in June.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia releases student growth tool

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia parents now can see how their children are performing compared to students with similar academic histories. The information and a new online tool focus on how students improved from year to year and in certain subjects compared to their peers.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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