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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


Deal, Black to host Georgia Ag Day celebration

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor and agriculture commissioner plan to host the annual Ag Day celebration.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Henry Co. schools hosting recruitment event

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - Henry County schools officials say they're preparing to host a recruitment fair for new teachers.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Traffic picks up on Georgia 400 after end of tolls

ATLANTA (AP) - Traffic congestion on Georgia 400 has gotten worse some since the end of tolls on the highway, but some drivers say the increase hasn't been enough for them to notice.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


4 Georgia players charged with theft by deception

ATLANTA (AP) - Four Georgia football players have been released on bond following their arrests Monday on misdemeanor charges of theft by deception.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bo Callaway funeral set for Wednesday in west Ga.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Arrangements have been made for family and friends to say farewell to former Georgia congressman Bo Callaway.

March 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves trim roster, send 14 players to minors

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have reduced their spring roster by sending 14 players to the minor leagues.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man in standoff accused of torching home

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say they've apprehended a man they say held a SWAT team at bay and set fire to the home.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Confederate flag flies at Ga. fort

RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (AP) - As Fort McAllister fell to the Union Army of Gen. William T. Sherman days before Christmas in 1864, one of his artillery officers seized the Confederate flag of a vanquished company of Georgia riflemen. The officer carried the silk banner home to Maine as a souvenir, and it stayed in his family for three generations in a box along with a handwritten note: "To be return to Savannah or Atlanta sometime."

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama taps Jim Yong Kim for World Bank

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Dartmouth College president and global health expert Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank, an unconventional pick that could help to quell criticism in the developing world of the U.S. stranglehold on the international organization's top post.

March 23, 2012 | Amberlee Melendez | STATE


Obama talks on Trayvon "tragedy"

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama spoke in unusually personal terms Friday about the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, a case that has roiled civil rights activists and a suburban Orlando community. "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said, vowing to "get to the bottom of what happened."

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Unemployment applications hit 4-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. student sues over prom changes

ATLANTA (AP) - A suburban Atlanta high school student says in a federal lawsuit that administrators removed him as student body president after he promoted changes aimed at making the prom more inclusive to gay students.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


March for Trayvon Martin set in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Organizers are planning to march through downtown Atlanta in memory of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose shooting by a neighborhood watch captain has led to protests nationwide.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man jailed after calling 911 on his wife over Facebook

A Wesley Chapel man is serving jail time - all because he wanted to check his Facebook page.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia jobless rate drops to 3-year low

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's jobless rate has dropped to a three-year low, state labor officials said Thursday.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Welfare recipients could get drug tested

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers are debating whether some people should be exempt from a proposal that would force those applying for welfare to take drug tests.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Republicans report threats from GOP rivals

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Two local Republican Party leaders have told police they've been threatened by supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


The GOP race is now lining up for Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) - It hasn't been pretty, but the Republican establishment, the delegate math, the money and more are increasingly lining up in Mitt Romney's favor in the long and grinding race for the party's presidential nomination.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man sentenced in sex trafficking case

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a 39-year-old man to more than 17 years in prison for charges related to sex trafficking of a minor.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate adopts $19.2B state budget

ATLANTA (AP) - More students would be eligible for low-interest loans that replace part of the HOPE scholarships they lost in last year's budget crunch under a $19.2 billion budget plan passed Wednesday by the state Senate.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Florida Gov endorses Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh off a decisive victory in Illinois, Mitt Romney won critical establishment support Wednesday from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as he looks to unite the Republican Party behind his candidacy. Romney said he's "almost there" after pursuing the GOP nomination for six years, and there are fresh signs that big GOP donors and other party figures will follow Bush's lead after sitting on the sidelines for much of the primary season.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


House to vote on justice reform

ATLANTA (AP) - After months of debate, the proposal to overhaul Georgia's criminal justice system is headed to lawmakers, as state representatives are set to vote on the measure.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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