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Depression near Florida expected to strengthen

MIAMI (AP) - A tropical depression that formed off the coast of Florida is expected to strengthen and soon become the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. university changes gay couples' benefi

ATLANTA (AP) - Married same-sex couples will get tax benefits equal to heterosexual couples through a retirement plan offered by the University System of Georgia.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah courthouse renaming proposed

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A government official in coastal Georgia is proposing to rename a county courthouse after a former state lawmaker, the late J. Tom Coleman Jr.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT suspending lane closures for holiday weekend

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Transportation officials say construction lane closures will be suspended during the holiday weekend.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2 men accused of defrauding Delta

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal grand jury indicted two men on charges they were part of a long-running scheme to defraud Delta Airlines.

June 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. schools resist arming teachers despite new law

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option of arming teachers, arguing that it doesn't make kids any safer.

June 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials discourage drunk boating

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Lew enforcement officials in Georgia are participating in a nationally coordinated effort to discourage boating under the influence.

June 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Conyers woman sentenced

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble to 30 months in prison for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children.

June 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 7.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has increased to 7.3 percent.

June 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Warrant: Ga. man returned to car with son inside

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man accused of leaving his 22-month-old son in an SUV on a hot day returned at lunchtime to put something in the vehicle, where the child was strapped into a seat in the back, according to an arrest warrant filed Tuesday.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Drunk drivers to be targeted during holiday travel

ATLANTA (AP) - The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says law enforcement agencies will be targeting suspected drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. awarded unemployment, job training grant

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal labor officials have awarded more than $300,000 to fund re-employment programs and eligibility assessments for the unemployed in Georgia.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. agency responds to child safety probe backlog

ATLANTA (AP) - The interim director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services has ordered mandatory overtime to address backlogged child protective services investigations.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Vildalia onion farmer settles suit

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - One of the biggest producers of Vidalia onions has agreed to pay nearly $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a group of farmworkers.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Libertarians Swafford, Hunt qualify for Ga. ballot

ATLANTA (AP) - Libertarian candidates running for U.S. Senate and governor qualified Tuesday for the November ballot with the hope that their message of small government and fiscal restraint will resonate with Georgia voters.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Georgia jobless rate lowest in 3 years

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has declined for the ninth consecutive month.

May 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Cutoff for lead poisoning lowered in kids

ATLANTA (AP) - For the first time in 20 years, U.S. health officials have lowered the threshold for lead poisoning in young children.

May 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man points rifle at school bus in Clayton

ATLANTA (AP) - After a man aimed a rifle at a school bus and dropped a notebook that listed bus numbers, police in an Atlanta suburb are escorting school buses and guarding students at bus stops.

May 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Funeral home looks at Civil War site

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - City officials are set to decide what has become a contentious fight over whether a funeral home should be allowed on the site of a Civil War battlefield.

May 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


John Edwards' lawyers present defense

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - After weeks of testimony about John Edwards' illicit affair and the money used to cover it up, his defense attorneys opened their case Monday by digging into the details of federal campaign finance law.

May 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Copelands able to talk to daughter Aimee

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The parents of a young Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating bacterial infection said Monday they've learned to read lips and are communicating with their daughter despite a breathing tube in her throat.

May 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Group works to save HOPE scholarship

In the wake of HOPE scholarship changes last year, volunteers have banded together to make their voice heard.

May 10, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Young adults ignoring skin-cancer warnings

ATLANTA (AP) - The warnings about skin cancer from too much sun don't seem to be getting through.

May 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


8th graders still lagging in science

ATLANTA (AP) - Eighth-graders in the U.S. are doing better in science than they were two years ago, but seven out of 10 still are not considered proficient, the federal government said Thursday.

May 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Family says apartment invaded by opossums

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) - Members of a metro Atlanta family say opossums have taken over their living space, where the critters have been hanging from potted trees and swimming in the toilet.

May 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GPC president steps down

NEWTON, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Perimeter College President Anthony Tricoli has stepped down over financial problems that led to the 2-year institution being $16 million in the red.

May 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


State recommends denial of charter school

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's first charter school to win a Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education for standardized test achievement could lose its battle to stay open.

May 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Civil War shipwreck in the way of Ga. port project

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Before government engineers can deepen one of the nation's busiest seaports to accommodate future trade, they first need to remove a $14 million obstacle from the past - a Confederate warship rotting on the Savannah River bottom for nearly 150 years.

May 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Justifiable homicides in Ga. increase

ATLANTA (AP) - The number of justifiable homicides in Georgia has increased since 2006, the same year state lawmakers passed a version of the controversial self-defense law that's the target of national scrutiny in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

May 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


New law slashes unemployment benefits

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a law that will reduce the number of weeks people would be able to collect unemployment benefits.

May 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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