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Ga. lawmakers rush to meet 30th day deadline for bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers on Wednesday passed dozens of bills, rushing to meet a key deadline to keep legislation alive for the remainder of the 40-day session.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 6.2 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has risen to 6.2 percent.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Girlfriend says man shot by cop had stopped medication

ATLANTA (AP) - Bridget Anderson had been planning to go to her boyfriend's place Monday evening to cook together and celebrate their three-year anniversary. Instead, she got a call that he had been shot dead by police.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House approves various levels of raises for Ga. judges

ATLANTA (AP) - Supreme and Appeals Court judges would receive a $12,000 raise under a bill headed to the Georgia state Senate.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia police chief resigns after shooting ex-wife

ATLANTA (AP) - A police chief in suburban Atlanta resigned Wednesday before a grand jury decides whether to charge him with a misdemeanor crime for accidentally shooting his sleeping wife after drinking alcohol and taking sleep medication, officials said.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Senate approves resolution to change AP history exam

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has passed a resolution demanding that the New York-based College Board redo its most recent revision of the Advancement Placement U.S. History exam.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Charleston parking ticket revenue rises sharply

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - People visiting Charleston should make sure they feed the parking meter.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


R&B singer Angie Stone arrested on assault charge in Georgia

LITHONA, Ga. (AP) - Police say Grammy-nominated R&B singer Angie Stone is accused of knocking out several of her daughter's teeth with a metal stand and has been charged with aggravated assault.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cancer hospital company abandons bid to expand in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A cancer hospital company dropped a longshot bid Tuesday to win permission from lawmakers to expand its patient base in the state.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House panel revives education savings accounts bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill letting parents use state dollars toward private school tuition or other education expenses could receive a House floor vote as soon as Wednesday after a last-minute jumpstart from a key tax policy committee.

March 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons re-sign backup QB T.J. Yates

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed backup quarterback T.J. Yates.

March 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama scheduled to speak Georgia Tech during Atlanta stop

ATLANTA (AP) - President Barack Obama is paying a visit to Georgia.

March 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 widely different medicinal marijuana bills to butt heads

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate's version of a medicinal marijuana bill, much weaker than the House bill, could come up this week in the General Assembly, setting the stage for a showdown.

March 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House backs legalizing fireworks to spark economy

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House hopes that legalizing fireworks will spark part of the state's economy.

March 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House adds legal refugees to student scholarship program

ATLANTA (AP) - Students with legal refugee status could be eligible for special needs scholarships under a bill approved by the Georgia House.

March 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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MLK estate drops lawsuit against King Center

ATLANTA (AP) - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children have resolved one of two legal disputes dividing them.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia inmates to wear hot-pink uniforms

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Chief Gary Jones has a clear philosophy when it comes to jailed inmates.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man shot at Sonic drive-in dies; teen charged with murder

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say an attempted robbery suspect shot by a customer at a Sonic drive-in near Atlanta has died, prompting authorities to charge a teenager with murder.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT gets new commissioner

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation has a new leader.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GSU to offer co-ed housing for students

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State University will offer students co-ed dorm room options next school year.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. asks to halt gay marriage lawsuit until high court rules

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for the state of Georgia have asked a federal judge to stop any action on a challenge to the state's ban on gay marriage until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to rule on the issue.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge orders release of emails in James Brown estate lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A judge says South Carolina officials must release emails concerning the diary of James Brown's widow and other documents related to the nearly decade-long fight over the late soul singer's estate.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jekyll Island holds fire on deer thinning

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Jekyll Island will hold its fire on a proposal to have sharpshooters kill deer at the state park, and instead will study whether the abundant deer population is damaging the island's maritime forests.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Mother of teen girl suspected in crime spree arrested

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) - The mother of one of the two teenage sweethearts from Kentucky who are suspected in a multistate crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks has been arrested.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Alabama man cited for eating cheeseburger while driving

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - An Alabama man is accused of eating while driving in Atlanta's suburbs.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Fire means move to high school for Fairington students

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Students at a DeKalb County elementary school will have classes at a nearby high school after their school suffered extensive damage in a weekend fire.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gold Dome update from Sen. Jeffares

The Gold Dome started buzzing once again on Monday as Senators and Representatives gathered in their chambers to mark the beginning of the 153rd Legislative Session.

January 19, 2015 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


Police: Robbery suspect shot at DeKalb drive-in restaurant

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a man opened fire on a group of men he said tried to rob him at a drive-in fast food restaurant.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Scientists: Tumor-causing virus widespread in wild turkeys

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Wildlife biologists tracking a tumor-causing virus first diagnosed in eastern wild turkeys five years ago have found the virus is far more widespread - but less deadly - than expected.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Teens suspected in southern crime spree captured in Florida

One of the two teenage sweethearts from Kentucky suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks around the South awaited a first court appearance Monday in Florida, where they were captured over the weekend.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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