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Pastor accused of 2013 rape of 16-year-old girl

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Macon pastor accused of raping an underage girl two years ago has been arrested in Atlanta.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Teacher lowered autistic boy head-first into trash

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia special education teacher is accused of cruelty to children after police say she held an autistic boy upside-down by his legs and lowered him head-first into a trash can.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman reunited with dog after robbery

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta woman who was robbed of her car and dog has her pet back due to the kindness of a stranger.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


NFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated balls

NEW YORK (AP) - An NFL investigation released Wednesday said that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was probably "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.

May 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal signs bill making fireworks sales legal in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Tuesday legalizing the sale of fireworks in Georgia.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia sheriff calls woman's shooting tragic accident

ATLANTA (AP) - A metro Atlanta sheriff who shot and critically injured a woman says that the victim is a dear friend and that he's been focused on her family since the shooting.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal signs child welfare reform into law

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill streamlining Georgia's child welfare system has been signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs bills cracking down on child sex trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation aimed at cracking down on the sexual exploitation of children.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man receives probation for sending nudes to 12-year-old girl

MONROE, Ga. (AP) - A Monroe man won't receive jail time for sending nude pictures to an underage girl, but will see probation.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons sign former Titans fullback Collin Mooney

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have signed fullback Collin Mooney, who started four games for the Tennessee Titans in 2013.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia city to remove Christian flag flying over city hall

COCHRAN, Ga. (AP) - Leaders of a central Georgia city say they'll remove a Christian flag flying over city hall.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs $900 million transportation package into law

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a new $900 million transportation bill into law, including changes to the state's gas taxes and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia sheriff accused of shooting woman in Atlanta suburb

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An Atlanta-area sheriff who was acquitted three years ago in a major public corruption case is now accused of shooting a woman in a subdivision near the suburb of Lawrenceville.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Emory employee pleads guilty to embezzling money

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Emory University employee has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges after she was accused of embezzling more than $317,000 in student fees and tuition over a two-year period.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Police kill woman who fired at them from inside patrol car

ATLANTA (AP) - Police officers in Atlanta fatally shot a woman who first fired at them while sitting in the back of a patrol car Thursday, authorities said.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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2,500-plus Ga. doctors w/o malpractice insurance

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 2,500 doctors in Georgia don't have malpractice insurance, according to a newspaper analysis of state data.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Poisoned Auburn oaks become museum piece

ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Moulthrop was as horrified as anyone when news broke in 2010 that a University of Alabama fan had poisoned Auburn University's landmark oak trees after a football defeat.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


5 arrested in male enhancement scheme

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say five men have been charged with illegally importing male enhancement products from China.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia AG: No weapons on campus, in schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia gun owners can't bring their weapons onto the grounds of public schools or public college campuses when two new laws take effect on July 1, Attorney General Sam Olens said Thursday.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


3 Ga. men charged in post-prom sexual assault

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say three teens accused of sexually assaulting a girl at an after-prom party at a north Georgia cabin have been charged with aggravated sexual battery.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Karen Handel to endorse Kingston for US Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - For all the wrangling between the tea party and establishment conservatives in this midterm election year, key players from both sides are closing ranks behind one candidate in Georgia's Republican Senate primary runoff.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA man out on bond in fatal crash charged with DUI

JASPER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a man facing charges in a DUI crash that killed his newlywed wife was arrested again over the weekend for drunk driving.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal: Lawmakers should revisit whistleblower rules

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says lawmakers should consider whether government employees responsible for conducting investigations should be "automatically" granted whistleblower protection if they decide to sue.

May 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Nunn calls for VA secretary to resign

ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn, who's seeking Georgia's open Senate seat, has joined a chorus of congressional candidates from both parties calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to leave amid a growing crisis over veterans' health care.

May 23, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 6.5 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to 6.5 percent in April.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. GOP Senate runoff: Businessman vs. politician

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's Republican Senate primary runoff pits a multimillionaire businessman who's never held public office against a congressman who's spent more than two decades on Capitol Hill.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Roaches in food prompts closure of Ga. cafeteria

CEDARTOWN, Ga. (AP) - Students at a northwest Georgia high school will be eating prepackaged lunches for the rest of the year after roaches were found in meals being served in the cafeteria.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Some I-85 drivers owe $15,000-plus in tolls, fines

ATLANTA (AP) - State records show that one motorist has racked up 570 violations and owes more than $17,000 in tolls and fines on the Interstate 85 toll lanes in metro Atlanta.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


15 candidates fight to be schools superintendent

ATLANTA (AP) - Six Democrats and nine Republicans vying to become state schools superintendent are locked in tight primary contests, with both races likely headed for a runoff.

May 20, 2014 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Deal wins GOP primary for Ga. gov.; faces Carter

ATLANTA (AP) - For years, leading Democrats predicted that Georgia's increasingly diverse population will weaken a Republican hold on state government in the Deep South.

May 20, 2014 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


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