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Report: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

NEW YORK (AP) - A new government report shows smoking by teens hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. utility shutters power units to meet state regulations

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power is shuttering coal and oil powered units throughout the state as part of a plan that was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Gov. Deal signs medical marijuana bill into law

ATLANTA (AP) - An emotional Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that permits the use of medical marijuana to treat eight serious health problems.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Study: US moms typically space pregnancies 2½ years apart

NEW YORK (AP) - For U.S. moms, the typical time between pregnancies is about 2½ years but nearly a third of women space their children too close, a government study shows.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.3 percent is unchanged from the previous month, and still well below the 7.3 percent rate from a year ago.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Dog discarded in Dumpster behind Goodwill found trembling

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a dog was found trembling after someone discarded the animal and his bed in a Dumpster behind a metro Atlanta Goodwill store.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lottery third quarter 2014 earnings top $261 million

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lottery officials say more than $261 million in proceeds was used to fund education initiatives during the third quarter of 2014.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport hosting fire, disaster drills

ATLANTA (AP) - A firefighter training exercise is expected to create smoke plumes near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Fast-food workers, others rally in push for higher pay

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Fast-food workers rallied in College Park and planned another demonstration in Atlanta as they and others across the nation called for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Huge metal rooster is found in forest following Athens heist

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say the hunt for a 10-foot metal rooster stolen from outside an Athens business has ended in a Georgia forest, where Rocket the Rusty Roster was discovered under a pile of wood.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. school leaders meet after teacher blasts Obama in class

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's NAACP chapter president is calling for a middle Georgia teacher and her husband - a local school board member - to resign after allegations that the teacher made negative comments about President Barack Obama during class.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Students at Georgia's public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Tuition is going up for Georgia students the state's 30 colleges and universities.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Percy Sledge, who sang 'When A Man Loves a Woman,' dies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jail for 9 of 10 ex-educators in Atlanta test-cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators were sentenced to jail time Tuesday in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on the state's standardized tests, and the judge called the case "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town."

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Deal looks to allow computing as core requirement

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is asking the State Board of Education to allow high school students to count computer programming courses toward fulfilling a core requirement for their diplomas.

August 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man found shot to death in Richmond Co.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the gunshot killing of a man in Richmond County.

August 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GBI: Drug overdose deaths declined

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation say an analysis shows the number of deaths they handled in 2013 involving drug overdoses was lower than in each of the previous five years.

August 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


College football Hall of Fame finds home

ATLANTA (AP) - Visitors to the new College Football Hall of Fame will find 100-year-old artifacts have found a new home in the digital age.

August 22, 2014 | CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer | STATE


Nunn ramps up attacks on Perdue

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn is ramping up her attacks on Republican David Perdue as the race for Georgia's open Senate seat heats up.

August 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Missing Zoo Atlanta owl found

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say an owl that went missing from Zoo Atlanta has been found on the front porch of a home about a half-mile away.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bird hunting workshop offered

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) - State wildlife officials say they're offering a four-day workshop for bird hunters looking to improve their skills.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Georgia governor endorses Nunn's Senate bid

ATLANTA (AP) - Former Gov. Zell Miller, still a popular figure across much of this GOP-leaning state, has endorsed Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn over Republican David Perdue, explaining his decision in a Nunn campaign ad.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy, 3, shot in apparent accidental shooting

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a 3-year-old boy is in stable condition after he was shot in an apparent accident in northwest Atlanta.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate rises to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has risen to 7.8 percent.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged after crash kills 'Freeway Johnny'

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a motorist is accused of drunken driving in a wreck that killed a homeless man known as "Freeway Johnny," who greeted drivers for years near Atlanta's Downtown Connector.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2 dead, 3 wounded in northwest Georgia shootings

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Northwest Georgia authorities are trying to untangle the details of a violent rampage that left two people dead and three wounded Tuesday when a gunman shot multiple victims at one house, crashed a car into another house, shot the occupant, committed a carjacking, crashed the vehicle and killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents face child cruelty charges for messy home

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Snellville man and woman face child cruelty charges after authorities say their two teenage sons were found living in hazardous conditions at the family home.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. education board holds Common Core hearing

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Supporters of Common Core are urging state leaders not to move away from the education standards.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia school district to expand abstinence class

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A southwest Georgia school district plans to expand an abstinence program after officials say it increased the number of ninth-grade students pledging to wait until marriage to have sex.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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