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Verizon Wireless to hire more than 400 in Georgia

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Verizon Wireless has announced plans to hire more than 400 new employees throughout Georgia.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves release RHP Freddy Garcia despite injuries

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Atlanta has released pitcher Freddy Garcia, who was contending for a spot in the Braves' battered rotation.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. to explore medical marijuana options

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says he's working to see if there's something the state could do to help families who say a form of medical marijuana would ease their children's debilitating conditions.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officials collect deer meat for needy families

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials from the Georgia Wildlife Federation say hunters have donated more than 12,000 pounds of deer meat for needy families.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Baby killed in Morgan County

MADISON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say charges will likely be upgraded against a man accused in the death of an infant in Morgan County.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge: Ga. ag head can't change rules on Vidalias

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge says Georgia's agriculture commissioner overstepped his authority when he changed rules so he could determine when Vidalia onions can be harvested and shipped.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Common Core spawns widespread political fights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Owners facing flood insurance premium hikes

ATLANTA (AP) - In the span of a year, Wanda Drury saw the bill for flood insurance on her home overlooking the coastal marshes of Glynn County increase an astounding tenfold from $674 a year to more than $6,700.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Mercer shocks Duke 78-71 in NCAA tourney opener

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Daniel Coursey scored 17 points and Mercer pulled off the biggest upset in the NCAA tournament so far by knocking off Duke 78-71 Friday.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Groups join forces to increase voter registration

ATLANTA (AP) - Leaders of three community groups say they're joining forces to address issues and increase voter registration in minority communities ahead of the Georgia primary elections in May.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill expanding gun carry rights in Ga. passes

ATLANTA (AP) - People with a license to carry a weapon could bring their guns into some houses of worship under legislation adopted by Georgia lawmakers.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Final day of 2014 session hectic for Ga. lawmakers

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing sick patients to legally take a marijuana derivative to ease their symptoms failed Thursday in the final hours of Georgia's legislative session, stalling amid a dispute between House and Senate lawmakers.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Professor asked student to buy medication

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A University of Georgia professor is accused of asking a student to buy prescription drugs for him while the student vacationed in Mexico during spring break.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill stalls in Ga. Legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan to create a medical marijuana program in Georgia has hit a political roadblock.

March 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. group mulls sharpshooters to reduce deer herd

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - A coastal Georgia conservation and development authority is considering bringing in sharpshooters to address an overpopulation of white tailed deer.

March 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Obamas visit Georgia

FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Obama administration wants to trademark the term "GI Bill" in an effort to shield veterans and military families from being swindled or misled by schools that target their federal education benefits.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Season's first sea turtle nest is found on Georgia coast

CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the year in Georgia has been reported on Atlantic coast, authorities said.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Smoke from Ala. fire could drift into Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Alabama fire officials say Georgia residents might see and smell smoke from a controlled burn being planned.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man spared death sentence in federal case in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A jury has spared the life of a federal inmate who faced the death penalty for killing his cellmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.

April 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport to hire workers without background checks

ATLANTA (AP) - Employers at Atlanta's airport have been allowed to hire workers without completing background security checks because of delays in the process, federal officials said.

April 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


U-Haul truck used in hair heist

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say thieves rammed a stolen U-Haul truck through the front of an Atlanta beauty supply store and made off with a box of hair weaves, the latest in a series of such crimes.

April 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge rules against ousted student

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia teenager who says he was ousted as student body president after he proposed changes to make prom more inclusive to gay students has lost another court battle.

April 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman accused of PTA thefts due in court

ATLANTA (AP) - A woman accused of stealing more than $57,000 from an Atlanta elementary school PTA is scheduled to make her first court appearance.

April 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia begins daycare rating system

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Parents often spend weeks visiting dozens of daycare centers and preschools before finding one they like, but the state hopes to cut down on that leg work with a new rating system.

April 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Industry deals good sign for Georgia

Georgia's job market has received a boost of confidence in recent months.

April 19, 2012 | By Lee Johnson ljohnson@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


Human remains found on I-20

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that human remains have been found Thursday alongside I-20 by Windsor Street in Atlanta.

April 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | STATE


Security upgrades planned for Ga. federal building

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Officials say they're planning increased security measures at a south Georgia federal building, one of several identified nationwide as needing improvements.

April 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


8 bald eagles die of disease linked to weed

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say eight bald eagles found dead on a lake near the Georgia-South Carolina border died of a disease linked to an invasive weed.

April 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. developer to pitch gambling complex

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia developer is planning to pitch his proposed $1 billion gambling complex to the Georgia Lottery Board.

April 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Military kids face unique challenges

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Kendall Raley fiddles with the silver beaded chains around her neck. On them hang three dog tags - one is hers and one is her father's. The third she received earlier in April in commemoration of Month of the Military Child.

April 18, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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