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Ga. House sends fireworks bill to governor for review

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill legalizing fireworks sales in Georgia is headed to Gov. Nathan Deal for consideration.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia lawmakers scramble on final legislative day

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers in Georgia were scrambling Thursday to pass legislation on the final day of the 2015 legislative session. By law, the session runs 40 days. Any bills that do not pass by midnight Thursday fail for the year.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' bill stuck in committee, may not emerge

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia religious freedom bill that became a flashpoint for a debate over anti-gay discrimination was bottled up in a state House committee Thursday, and its sponsor said he did not expect it to emerge in the closing hours of this year's General Assembly.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jeffares update from the capitol

As we complete day 38 of the 2015 legislative session, we are quickly approaching day 40, also known as Sine Die, which is the last day for any bills to be passed to move on to the Governor.

April 02, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Teen who got heart transplant dies in crash during chase

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta area teenager who said a heart transplant two years ago gave him a second chance at life died this week when he lost control of the car he was driving while fleeing police, according to police records.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. transportation officials suspending lane closures

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Transportation officials say they're limiting construction-related lane closures for the next two weekends.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Atlanta educators jailed in test cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - A group of former Atlanta educators convicted in a test cheating scandal were locked up in Fulton County jails Thursday as they await sentences that could send them to prison for years.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - Eleven former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House, Senate rapidly pass state budget agreement

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a $40 billion state spending plan for the next year Tuesday night, giving raises to the state's top judges and pushing $103 million in costs for some part-time school employees' health insurance to local districts.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers pass $900 million transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a transportation funding plan late Tuesday night that they said will raise $900 million through changes to the state's gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta streetcar to continue offering free rides

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials say streetcar passengers may ride for free through the end of 2015.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, the penultimate working day of the 2015 legislative session.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate clears way for continued operation of Uber, Lyft

ATLANTA (AP) - Uber and other ride sharing companies may have passed their last legislative roadblock with the passage of a Georgia Senate bill mandating insurance minimums for drivers and the firms they drive for.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate OKs bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage for treating autism in children.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tiger Woods' plane seen at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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FBI offers $20,000 reward in Lake Oconee slaying

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $20,000 reward for information in the beheading of a central Georgia man and the feared abduction of his wife from their home on Lake Oconee.

May 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Prosecutor: Former UGA coach was blinded by money

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A prosecutor said former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan lured his friends into a fraudulent investment scheme because he was blinded by the enormous amount of money he could make.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. boy shot during field day games, hospitalized

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - An elementary school student in suburban Atlanta was shot in the head during field day activities and has been hospitalized.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Dems against Obama's Ga. judge pick

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats lambasted one of President Barack Obama's picks for a federal judgeship in Georgia on Tuesday, skewering him for his past votes on abortion and the Confederate flag.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge dismisses lawsuit over houndstooth pattern

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over use of the houndstooth pattern made famous by hats worn by former Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Stage collapses during concert at Ga. high school

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - School officials are trying to determine why a stage collapsed during a concert at a high school southeast of Atlanta, causing minor injuries to several students.

May 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Sen. candidates take aim at records

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - The Republicans running for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat took aim at each other's records and experience in a debate Saturday, with the three congressmen in the race facing criticism over their time in Washington.

May 12, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press | STATE


Search still on for beheaded man's wife

Updated story, May 10: EATONTON, Ga. (AP) - Law officers are planning to display the photo of 87-year-old Shirley Dermond, who they fear has been abducted, on digital billboards across Georgia in hopes of generating new leads on her disappearance.

May 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sea turtles, manatee sightings rising

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife authorities are urging boaters to use caution as sea turtle and manatee sightings are on the rise.

May 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. museum features Civil War letters

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - A new exhibit at a museum in Kennesaw showcases a collection of a Civil War soldier's letters and other artifacts from the war.

May 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wrap up of the Falcons' draft

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - General manager Thomas Dimitroff believes the NFL draft gave the Atlanta Falcons just what they needed.

May 12, 2014 | GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Bear spotted in Coweta County

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - After a bear was spotted in Coweta County, a conservation ranger said it's about the time of year when young males roam across the state in search of food.

May 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


US syphilis rate up; mostly gay and bisexual men

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say syphilis has reached its highest level since 1995 with the increase all in men.

May 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga.'s Paine College locked down; shooting reported

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Officials say one person has been wounded in a shooting at a college in Georgia, prompting nearby campuses and a hospital to be locked down.

May 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Singer Allman sues to stop movie after train crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Singer Gregg Allman is suing to stop movie producers from reviving a film based on his life story after a camera assistant was killed by a freight train while working on the project in southeast Georgia.

May 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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