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Authorities urging spring break traffic safety

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say they're keeping an eye out for speeding and other traffic violations as drivers head to the beaches and other destinations for spring break.

March 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police arrest man after deadly shooting on I-20

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say they've taken a man into custody after a woman was fatally shot just before the start of the evening rush hour on Interstate 20.

March 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Some early breast cancer overdiagnosed

NEW YORK - For years, women have been urged to get screened for breast cancer because the earlier it's found, the better. Now researchers are reporting more evidence suggesting that's not always the case.

April 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Lottery winner hasn't yet stepped forward

WASHINGTON (AP) - Every once in a while a lottery jackpot becomes so huge that people can't help but band together in the hope of increasing their odds, pooling their money for a wad of tickets and promising to evenly split the spoils. Seems like a good idea until lightning strikes and the group wins.

April 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Heat brings early start for strawberries

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia strawberry growers say the warm winter and hot spring has caused fields across the state to be in full bloom.

April 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


5 hurt in Oakland religious school shooting

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Police surrounded a Christian university in search of a gunman who reportedly opened fire Monday morning and wounded at least five people, authorities said.

April 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man accidentally shoots self at gun show

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - For the second time this year, police said a man accidentally shot himself while leaving a gun show in downtown Savannah.

April 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Lottery jackpot increases to $640 million

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Lottery ticket lines swelled Friday as the record Mega Millions jackpot grew to $640 million, thanks to players who cast aside concerns about long odds and opened their wallets for a chance at becoming an overnight millionaire.

March 30, 2012 | MARGERY A. BECK Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Power requests to drop fuel rates

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power has filed a request with state regulators to reduce fuel rates by 19 percent and total annual billings by about $567 million.

March 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Mastercard, Visa: possible security breach

Mastercard is reporting that there is a possible breach in cardholder account data involving a payment processor, according to Fox News. Visa may also effected.

March 30, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Experts predict hordes of ticks in Ga.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Experts say a warm winter and early spring will mean an abundance of ticks this summer in Georgia.

March 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Trees to soak up pollution at Macon site

MACON (AP) - Hundreds of trees have been planted in an attempt to soak up the pollution from a contaminated industrial site in Macon.

March 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah site closing 2 radioactive tanks

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Federal officials have made major progress in cleaning up radioactive waste stored in South Carolina, saying Thursday that two underground tanks that previously stored nuclear waste at the Savannah River Site are being cleaned and filled with concrete.

March 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


U.S. House rejects GOP deficit-cutting plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House rejected a budget pushed by its most conservative members on Thursday and moved toward approval of a $3.5 trillion plan backed by Republican leaders that would revamp Medicare, slice everything from food stamps to transportation and reject President Barack Obama's call to raise taxes on the rich.

March 29, 2012 | ALAN FRAM Associated Press | STATE


Tim Tebow to visit Georgia church

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is scheduled to visit a suburban Atlanta church in an appearance sponsored by a Christian organization.

March 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Jobless rate decreases to 9.0 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta declined to 9.0 percent in February, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in January. The jobless rate in metro Atlanta in February a year ago was 9.9 percent.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Mega Millions jackpot largest in history

As a result of brisk ticket sales, lottery officials announced today that the Mega Millions jackpot has been bumped from $476 million to a staggering $500 million for Friday's drawing. This is the largest lottery jackpot in North American history.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


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