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Georgia officials award $2.5 million in grants for trails

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says it has awarded grants for trails around the state.

April 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Crane sends concrete falling onto metro Atlanta interstate

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police say concrete chunks raining onto a metro Atlanta freeway caused multiple wrecks before rush hour.

April 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House sends bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - Insurers would be required to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage to treat children with autism under a bill headed to Gov. Nathan Deal's desk.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House sends fireworks bill to governor for review

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill legalizing fireworks sales in Georgia is headed to Gov. Nathan Deal for consideration.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia lawmakers scramble on final legislative day

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers in Georgia were scrambling Thursday to pass legislation on the final day of the 2015 legislative session. By law, the session runs 40 days. Any bills that do not pass by midnight Thursday fail for the year.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' bill stuck in committee, may not emerge

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia religious freedom bill that became a flashpoint for a debate over anti-gay discrimination was bottled up in a state House committee Thursday, and its sponsor said he did not expect it to emerge in the closing hours of this year's General Assembly.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jeffares update from the capitol

As we complete day 38 of the 2015 legislative session, we are quickly approaching day 40, also known as Sine Die, which is the last day for any bills to be passed to move on to the Governor.

April 02, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Teen who got heart transplant dies in crash during chase

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta area teenager who said a heart transplant two years ago gave him a second chance at life died this week when he lost control of the car he was driving while fleeing police, according to police records.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. transportation officials suspending lane closures

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Transportation officials say they're limiting construction-related lane closures for the next two weekends.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Atlanta educators jailed in test cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - A group of former Atlanta educators convicted in a test cheating scandal were locked up in Fulton County jails Thursday as they await sentences that could send them to prison for years.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - Eleven former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House, Senate rapidly pass state budget agreement

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a $40 billion state spending plan for the next year Tuesday night, giving raises to the state's top judges and pushing $103 million in costs for some part-time school employees' health insurance to local districts.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers pass $900 million transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a transportation funding plan late Tuesday night that they said will raise $900 million through changes to the state's gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta streetcar to continue offering free rides

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials say streetcar passengers may ride for free through the end of 2015.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, the penultimate working day of the 2015 legislative session.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. transportation funding bill revised to calm critics

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan to find $1 billion to maintain Georgia's roads and bridges continues to change in response to local officials' complaints that lawmakers were forcing them to consider tax increases on gasoline.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Execution date set for sole Georgia female death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - An execution date has been set for Georgia's only female death row inmate.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves bringing back McGriff, Walker as special assistants

ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves are bringing back former first baseman Fred McGriff and ex-hitting coach Greg Walker.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia confirms 1st case of measles since 2012

ATLANTA (AP) - State health officials say they've confirmed Georgia's first reported case of measles since 2012.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers consider changes to electric car tax credits

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's generous $5,000 tax credit for electric vehicles is the target of three separate bills in the state House, including one lawmaker trying to end the write-off altogether.

February 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man found trapped under home taken to Savannah hospital

PORTAL, Ga. (AP) - A man trapped under his mobile home when a water heater fell through the floor is being treated at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man found trapped under home

PORTAL, Ga. (AP) - A man trapped under his mobile home when a water heater fell through the floor is being treated at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Male pedestrian killed on interstate north of Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities are urging motorists to stay off eastbound Interstate 285 north of Atlanta after a pedestrian crossing the roadway was struck and killed.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officials seeing high number of fraudulent tax returns

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Revenue officials say they're already seeing numerous cases of scammers attempting to file fraudulent 2014 income tax returns.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Business tops list of big donors on '14 referendum campaigns

ATLANTA (AP) - Large corporations and trade groups gave at least $217 million to sway the outcome of state ballot measure and referendum campaigns during the 2014 midterm elections, a new study has found. For the most part, they were overwhelmingly successful in defeating proposals that they didn't like.

February 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Supreme Court's new health law case cuts both ways

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is taking another look at President Barack Obama's health care law, and this time it's not just the White House that should be worried.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia signs top DL prospect Thompson, 7 early enrollees

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia class of 28 signees on Wednesday included an emphasis on defense, seven early enrollees and a defensive lineman rated as the nation's top prospect.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 448,500 in Ga. enroll in health insurance plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal officials say more than 448,500 Georgians have signed up for health insurance through a federally facilitated marketplace.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Mayor announces plans to expand Atlanta streetcar system

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says there are plans to expand the Atlanta Streetcar system to the east, which would connect it with the Atlanta BeltLine trail.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Lung cancer now top cancer killer for women in rich nations

For the first time, lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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