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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


Athens mayor says some pot use should be legal

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of Athens-Clarke County, who's seeking re-election this year, says possession and use of small amounts of marijuana should be legal.

March 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia lawmakers face busy final day of session

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers still have some tough issues to tackle on the final day of the 2014 legislative session.

March 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia road repairs continue as spring arrives

ATLANTA (AP) - Winter may officially be over, finally, but an uncharacteristically rough season left chains of potholes and other problems on Georgia roads that state and local officials are still dealing with.

March 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


University System of Georgia approves tobacco ban

ATLANTA (AP) - The board governing Georgia's public colleges and universities has approved a system-wide proposal to ban the use of all forms of tobacco products.

March 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge: Balfour can have state reimburse legal fees

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has ruled that a Georgia state senator acquitted of illegally claiming mileage and expense reimbursement is entitled to have the state pay his legal bills.

March 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


City to put Underground Atlanta up for sale

ATLANTA (AP) - The Underground Atlanta shopping and entertainment complex in the heart of downtown will soon be up for sale.

March 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers approve $17M for Falcons parking

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers have approved a plan for taxpayers to borrow $17 million to build a parking deck largely for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Republicans moving against Obama health plan

ATLANTA (AP) - Republicans are on the verge of making it even tougher for Georgia to expand a government health insurance program as envisioned by Democratic President Barack Obama.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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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


Passengers wrestle pilot to ground

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a JetBlue Airways captain who sprinted down the cabin of a flight screaming about a bomb with interfering with a flight crew.

March 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police seizing more cash and property

ATLANTA (AP) - Police departments and law enforcement agencies across Georgia are increasingly using seized cash and property to upgrade their vehicle fleets, weapons and other equipment.

March 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Cameron plans 3-D film about ocean dive

LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Cameron will be one of the stars of his next big-screen adventure, a chronicle of the expedition on which he has made record-setting ocean dives.

March 28, 2012 | DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer | STATE


Cop goes undercover to bust students

EXETER, Calif. (AP) - On his second trip through high school, former C-student Alex Salinas got a lot of A's.

March 28, 2012 | TRACIE CONE Associated Press | STATE


Jailers overlook gun when booking man into lockup

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say jailers overlooked a gun on a suspect as they booked him into the Clarke County Jail in northeast Georgia.

March 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House rejects changes to abortion bill

ATLANTA (AP) - House lawmakers have rejected an attempt by Georgia's Senate to loosen the restrictions on a bill that would generally ban abortions five months after conception.

March 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Claims cast Martin as the aggressor

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A slain Florida teenager and the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed him exchanged words before the teen punched him in the nose and began banging the man's head on the ground, according to the watch captain's account of the confrontation that led to the shooting.

March 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Public records changes headed to Gov.

ATLANTA (AP) - Legislation to change Georgia's open government laws is headed to Gov. Nathan Deal's desk after the Senate overwhelmingly approved it.

March 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs law banning synthetic marijuana

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that outlaws all forms of synthetic marijuana in Georgia.

March 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. 'Chicken Man' attorney fought eviction

ATLANTA (AP) - An attorney for the local activist known as the "Chicken Man" said Tuesday that he filed an emergency motion to fight the man's eviction minutes before a deadly explosion tore through his house.

March 27, 2012 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press | STATE


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