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Protesters plan Atlanta protest of Ferguson ruling

ATLANTA (AP) - Activists plan to rally in downtown Atlanta in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia court OKs probation supervision by private companies

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court ruled Monday that a state law allowing courts to contract with private probation companies to supervise misdemeanor offenders is constitutional but does not allow for additional requirements beyond what is imposed by the courts.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


New streetcar involved in 2 crashes before debut

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say the Atlanta Streetcar has been involved in two crashes with vehicles while being tested before next month's expected launch.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Crews work to clear storm damage, restore power

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power reports that fewer than 300 of its customers remain without power after severe storms crossed the state.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman shot at MARTA bus stop outside Atlanta

ITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a woman was in critical condition after being shot at a MARTA bus stop in the Lithonia area of DeKalb County.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Gov. Perdue defends "Go Fish" center in Perry

PERRY, Ga. (AP) - Despite criticism, former Gov. Sonny Perdue says he's proud of his efforts to support fishing, including committing the state government to borrow $14 million for an aquarium in rural Georgia.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters: Storms coming to Plains, Gulf Coast

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Forecasters say severe weather is possible in the Southern Plains and across the Deep South over the next few days.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta readies for reaction to Ferguson case

ATLANTA (AP) - Police and leaders in the Atlanta area were preparing Thursday for protests and possible unrest as a grand jury in Missouri decides whether to criminally charge a white officer who fatally shot a black man.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate declines to 7.7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 percent.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


NBC scraps Cosby television project

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Temperatures drop into teens for 2nd straight day

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures sunk as low as 14 degrees in at least one Georgia town as near-record cold gripped the state for a second straight day.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bullying, lying debt collectors an epidemic

NEW YORK (AP) - The country is facing an epidemic of unscrupulous debt collectors willing to pose as law enforcement and threaten arrest to squeeze dollars out of Americans, a top prosecutor said Tuesday as he announced the arrests of seven people who worked for an Atlanta-area company.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Alabama sets road widening among Southern mansions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Transportation is advertising for bids to complete the four-laning of U.S. 431 from Interstate 85 in Opelika to the Florida line.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


7 charged in Georgia-based debt collection scam

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities in New York say they've brought criminal charges against seven people in a debt collection scam run out of Georgia.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia moves on _ again _ without star RB Gurley

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia is not concerned about carrying on without Todd Gurley.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Georgia cuts archives access

ATLANTA (AP) - Scholars, amateur genealogists and others are protesting the state's decision to limit public access to the Georgia Archives.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/PvdbBE ) thousands of people signed online petitions and Facebook pages over the weekend after Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced only limited public appointments to the archives will be available starting Nov. 1. Kemp says the change was necessary to help trim more than $730,000 from his office's budget.

September 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Drum major's parents speak on hazing

ATLANTA (AP) - Florida A&M University's insistence that it is not to blame for a drum major's death during a hazing ritual shows school officials are not taking responsibility for the safety of students, the band member's parents said Thursday.

Pam and Robert Champion Sr. said at a news conference in Atlanta that they were disappointed by court documents filed Monday by FAMU in response to their lawsuit against the school. The university said in its filing that 26-year-old Robert Champion, as a top leader in the band, should have refused to participate in the ritual. The ...

September 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gas prices fall 6.2 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 6.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.86/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.81/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Child protection workers arrested in probe

ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators have arrested two child protection workers in Georgia on charges that they falsified reports to keep millions of dollars in funding.

September 05, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Leaders push voter ID education

ATLANTA (AP) - Several leaders within the National Baptist Convention and the NAACP plan a rally in Atlanta to call attention to changes in voter access laws in several states.

September 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Officials: N.O. levees, pumps holding up

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials say New Orleans' flood protections system is holding up so far as Hurricane Isaac storms through the area.

August 29, 2012 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | STATE


Man impersonates Henry County police

McDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - Police in Henry County are searching for someone who has been impersonating an off-duty police officer.

August 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Empire State shooter had Ga. ties

The man who killed a former co-worker at the Empire State Building in New York kept busy at Gainesville High School before graduating in 1971.

August 27, 2012 | By Jeff Gill jgill@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


Fire hits Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials are investigating a fire at filmmaker Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios, the second blaze in the past four months at the filming complex.

August 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Prosecutor: terror plot behind murder

LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) - Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks, prosecutors told a judge Monday.

August 27, 2012 | RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | STATE


GA Regents University sued for name

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The Virginia university founded by television preacher Pat Robertson is suing a new Georgia university, saying its new name is too similar and will create confusion.

August 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. health officials urge caution for swine flu at fairs, events

State agriculture and health officials are warning Georgians to take safety precautions while attending state fairs and other events this fall due to human infections from a flu virus normally found in pigs.

August 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. students make slight gains on ACT scores

Georgia students' overall performance on the ACT college-entrance exam rose slightly this year, as the number of students taking the test continued to increase.

August 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Zoo Atlanta mourns death of gorilla

ATLANTA (AP) - A 50-year-old gorilla who became a beloved figure at Zoo Atlanta after spending several decades in a Washington state department store has died, zoo officials said Tuesday.

August 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Court: Ga. police may verify immigration status

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled law enforcement in Georgia may verify the immigration status of criminal suspects who fail to produce proper identification.

August 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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