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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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GDOT mulls raising metro Atlanta speed limits

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Transportation officials say they're supporting a proposal to give the agency the option of raising speed limits on metro Atlanta interstates.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill to be introduced

ATLANTA (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says he plans to introduce a bill Tuesday that would establish a process for medical marijuana to be legally administered in Georgia under certain circumstances.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Snow, ice could snarl Ga. from Atlanta to Savannah

ATLANTA (AP) - A blast of freezing precipitation expected to arrive Tuesday could scatter snow and ice across Georgia from metro Atlanta to southern parts of the state normally immune to winter accumulation such as Americus and Savannah.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Benefits restored for Ga. state workers

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia plans to spend about $114 million to restore some benefits to the health plan covering teachers and state employees.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Student let 4 burglars into UGA dormitory

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police say four men suspected of burglarizing a dormitory at the University of Georgia got into the building when a student held a door open for them.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House passes $41B revised budget

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved a revised $41 billion state spending plan on Friday, one of the fastest budget votes in recent years.

January 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Democrats outline 2014 legislative agenda

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Senate Democrats said Thursday that top priorities on their 2014 legislative agenda include addressing the state's income gap and supporting working and middle class families.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill would allow firefighters to have guns on duty

ATLANTA (AP) - Legislation proposed in the Georgia House would allow firefighters in the state to carry guns while on duty as long as they gain permission from their employer.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmaker: Campus carry provision to be dropped

ATLANTA (AP) - A key Georgia lawmaker says a provision that would have allowed students to carry weapons on public college campuses will be dropped from a revised gun bill expected to be introduced soon.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill would allow firefighters to have guns

ATLANTA (AP) - Legislation proposed in the Georgia House would allow firefighters in the state to carry guns while on duty as long as they gain permission from their employer.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Coldest air of the week expected early Friday

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's coldest temperatures of the week are expected early Friday morning, with lows in single-digits in much of the state.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's unemployment rate drops to 7.4 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.4 percent in December amid strong job growth in the state.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmaker revises civil forfeiture bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A state lawmaker behind an effort to overhaul Georgia's civil forfeiture laws has made key changes to the bill, which stalled last year amid objections from law enforcement.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gunshots lead to evacuations, standoff

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police in an Atlanta suburb are evacuating some residents near a home where gunshots were fired.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wow get those longjohns

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures dropped to 7 degrees in the north Georgia mountains and 17 degrees in Atlanta as arctic air settled over Georgia.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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