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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


American Pickers TV show coming to Georgia

Think you might have a hidden treasure in that collection of what other people call junk? The American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, of the HBO show on the History Channel, are coming to Georgia looking for junkyards, basements, garages and barns to find hidden treasures, rare artifacts, and vintage collectibles and they want to see what you've got.

February 12, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


High winds, cold temperatures predicted in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - High winds followed by a surge of cold air this weekend are in store for Georgia as multiple cold fronts move across the South.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal proposes broad powers to take over failing schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal wants lawmakers to create a state-run district to take over failing schools, overseen by an appointed superintendent with broad new powers over those institutions.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers await details of governor's failing schools plan

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers plan to begin discussing Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to turn over management of failing schools to a state-run district.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Another ad from Craigslist death in Georgia

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Clark Atlanta University says the killing of a junior chemistry major is a "devastating" loss for the school.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wolves acquire Adreian Payne from Hawks for 1st-round pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adreian Payne came to Minnesota on Monday as a seldom-used member of the powerful Atlanta Hawks, languishing on the bench for one of the league's best teams.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Home Depot: hiring more than 80,000 workers for spring

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot Inc., the nation's largest home-improvement retailer, says it has started to hire more than 80,000 seasonal workers for the spring selling season, the company's busiest period.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. transportation funding bill revised to calm critics

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican leaders on Monday previewed changes to a bill aiming to raise $1 billion to maintain Georgia's roads and bridges, hoping to placate county and city officials unhappy with their initial plan to raise half that dollar amount by eliminating locals' share of the sales tax on gasoline.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House subcommittee approves date change for pre-K

ATLANTA (AP) - A House sub-committee on education has taken the first step toward giving parents more time to enroll their 5-year-olds in pre-kindergarten.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Dalton police officer faces child molestation charge

DALTON, Ga. (AP) - A Dalton police officer hired earlier this year is facing a child molestation charge after a girl accused him of fondling her while he was off-duty.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Cub Scout leader sent to prison in child molestation case

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A former Cub Scout leader in suburban Atlanta has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of child molestation in a case authorities say involved more than a dozen children.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA paid more than $40,000 for Gurley's legal help

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The University of Georgia paid an attorney more than $40,000 to represent Todd Gurley while he sought reinstatement from the NCAA after he was suspended for accepting money for autographs.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Country artist headlines Gov. Deal inaugural gala

ATLANTA (AP) - Country music artist Alan Jackson will headline the Jan. 15 Inaugural Gala as part of the kickoff to Gov. Nathan Deal's second term in office.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT restricting lane closures during holidays

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials say they're restricting lane closures on interstates and major state routes to accommodate for increased traffic during upcoming holidays.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia jobless rate drops to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.2 percent.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


FDA official warns of dangers of caffeine powder

ATLANTA (AP) - A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official is warning of the dangers of powdered pure caffeine after the deaths of a Georgia man and an Ohio teenager.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Toll lane price in metro Atlanta hits $10

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Optional toll lanes on a 16-mile stretch of freeway in metro Atlanta have hit a record price: $10.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


SC company looks to buy Atlanta shopping center

ATLANTA (AP) - The president of a South Carolina-based real estate company says he expects to close a deal soon on a downtown Atlanta shopping center.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia-based company issues cheese recall

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia-based company has issued a recall for cheese because it may have been contaminated by salmonella.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Toll lane price in metro Atlanta hits record $10

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Optional toll lanes on a 16-mile stretch of freeway in metro Atlanta have hit a record price: $10.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Carmike Cinemas pulls 'The Interview' with Sony's support

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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