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Film, TV representatives discuss Ga. crew issues

ATLANTA (AP) - Representatives for the film and television industry say they regularly struggle to find crew members in Georgia and have to fly staff in from other states.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia launches Alzheimer's, dementia plan

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials from the Georgia Department of Human Services say the state has launched a plan meant to improve services for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


VA whistleblowers allege retaliation in 4 GA cases

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Federal authorities say they are looking into four retaliation cases in Georgia, in which whistleblowers within the Department of Veterans Affairs say they've been punished for reporting concerns in VA facilities.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Massive band of storms kills 3

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes wrecked two small Indiana towns, killed at least three people and bred anxiety across a wide swath of the country in the second deadly tornado outbreak this week.

March 02, 2012 | JAY REEVES, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate approves bill targeting metal theft

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has approved a bill targeting scrap metal theft that places more requirements on recyclers and addresses what supporters of the legislation say is a growing problem in the state.

March 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. considers assisted suicide bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The widow of a man who prosecutors say died with help from members of a group known as the Final Exit Network has testified in a favor of a bill aimed at outlawing assisted suicide in Georgia.

February 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Death toll now 3 in Ohio school shooting

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - The death toll rose to three Tuesday in the shooting rampage in an Ohio high school cafeteria as schoolmates and townspeople grappled with the tragedy and wondered what could have set the teenage gunman off.

February 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Student brain dead in Ohio shooting

A student wounded in an Ohio school shooting has been declared brain dead, authorities said Tuesday, the second reported fatality in an attack that began when a teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at a suburban Cleveland high school a day earlier.

February 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Megabus to offer Atl.-New Orleans routes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Starting April 2, discount bus carrier Megabus plans two routes a day between New Orleans and Atlanta, with two stops in Alabama.

February 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Sneiderman murder trial continues

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - At the murder trial of the man accused of killing her husband, Andrea Sneiderman has faced some tough questioning of her own.

February 27, 2012 | GREG BLUESTEIN, Associated Press | STATE


Atl. student shot with BB gun on bus

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials say an Atlanta middle school student is recovering after he was shot in the eye with a BB gun as he rode home on a school bus.

February 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Murder charges remain after 7-years

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court refused to dismiss murder charges against an accused killer who claimed his right to a speedy trial was violated because he has spent nearly seven years awaiting a trial. But the opinion released Monday said the case underscores the dangers of underfunding the criminal justice system.

February 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Many Georgia mail centers to close

U.S. Postal Service workers in several Georgia cities have been told that mail processing centers where they work will close, with the work done elsewhere.

February 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. passes charter school amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House passed a constitutional amendment Wednesday that would allow the state to create charter schools.

February 22, 2012 | By Dorie Turner AP Education Writer | STATE


Bill on drug testing Ga. welfare recipients slowed

ATLANTA (AP) - Relenting to critics, a Georgia lawmaker agreed Wednesday to slightly loosen a proposal that would require drug tests for poor people applying for welfare benefits.

February 15, 2012 | Ray Henry Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport to open cell phone lot

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's airport plans to open a cell phone waiting lot where people will be able to wait for arriving passengers to get to the curb.

February 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. to spend $3.6M on rural educators

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Education wants to spend up to $3.6 million on bonuses for high-quality educators willing to relocate to rural areas of the state.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


$11.2 million in drugs found in Duluth

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in suburban Atlanta say they've discovered cocaine and methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $11 million.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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