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Coke a good snack? Health experts who work with Coke say so

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA high court rejects challenge to Falcons stadium financing

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has rejected a challenge to the city of Atlanta using taxpayer revenue to help finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Megachurch pastor seeks donations for pricey private jet

ATLANTA (AP) - The ministry of a prominent megachurch pastor and evangelist is seeking donations to buy a luxury jet valued at more than $65 million.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House approves earlier Sunday start for alcohol sales

ATLANTA (AP) - Counties or cities could approve alcohol sales as early as 10:30 a.m. on Sundays under a bill approved by the Georgia House.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate OKs bill to keep children out of smoky cars

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that would make a person smoking in a car when a child under 15 is in the vehicle subject to a fine up to $100.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate passes medical marijuana bill after long debate

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a medical marijuana bill that establishes a five-year study involving people under 18 with seizure disorders.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Marine who was held in Mexican jail is charged with DUI

TWIN CITY, Ga. (AP) - Georgia authorities say a former Marine who spent eight months in a Mexican jail for crossing the border with loaded guns was arrested during a traffic stop on misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate approves watered down craft brew measure

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that craft beer brewers say would give them a competitive boost in the state and region.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House approves 'cyberbullying' bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill adding threats made on computers or other electronic devices to the state's bullying law.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Irish Prime Minister to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials are celebrating St. Patrick's Day and the anniversary of an Irishman's work to save parts of Atlanta from destruction during the Civil War with a visit from the Irish prime minister.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tesla, medical cannabis bills before Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers face a key deadline for bills to maintain a shot at becoming law this year.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man accused of stabbing dog more than 20 times indicted

ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a man accused of stabbing a friend's dog more than 20 times has been indicted on aggravated animal cruelty charges.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man accused of stabbing dog more than 20 times indicted

ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a man accused of stabbing a friend's dog more than 20 times has been indicted on aggravated animal cruelty charges.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons sign defensive end Clayborn, cornerback Adams

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have signed two more free agents for their defense, cornerback Phillip Adams and defensive end Adrian Clayborn.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers rush to meet 30th day deadline for bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers on Wednesday passed dozens of bills, rushing to meet a key deadline to keep legislation alive for the remainder of the 40-day session.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Parents of Ga. teen found dead in mat want inquiry

ATLANTA (AP) - During a rally at the state Capitol Wednesday, lawyers for the family of a Georgia teenager found dead at school inside a rolled-up gym mat called on the governor to order a coroner's inquest.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia high school graduation rate increases

ATLANTA (AP) - The graduation rate for the state's public high schools increased by nearly two percentage points over the previous year, state education officials said.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Supporters working to keep Ga. Civil War site open

IRWINVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The leaders of a south Georgia county say community members and the Sons of Confederate Veterans group have stepped forward to stave off the closure of a Civil War historical site.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police call missing child case a hoax; mom charged

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - The mother of a young child who was reported missing and later found safe is now accused of giving police false information.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. National Guard to process same-sex benefits

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia National Guard will be able to assist members seeking benefits for same-sex spouses under changes announced Monday.

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Home invaders steal Christmas gifts near Atlanta

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) - Police south of Atlanta are on the lookout for two gunmen who stole Christmas presents and electronic items from a 9-year-old boy and his grandparents.

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate Republicans change up fundraising effort

ATLANTA (AP) - The fundraising arm of the Georgia Senate Republican Caucus has not filed a mid-year campaign finance report nor has it submitted its annual registration with the state ethics commission, records show.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Teen who died on flight was traveling with family

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane Fire Department says a 16-year-old boy who died on a Delta Air Lines flight had a medical condition and was with members of his military family traveling from Seattle to Atlanta.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to baseball Hall

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Protesters accuse Ga. university of animal cruelty

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Nearly 100 demonstrators and their dogs gathered in Augusta on Saturday to protest Georgia Regents University's use of dogs to test human dental implants.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Newton deputy pleads guilty to federal gun charge

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Newton County sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.

December 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Wendy's worker drops pot in burger, arrested

ATLANTA (AP) - A Wendy's employee who dropped a partially smoked blunt in a customer's cheeseburger has been fired and charged with marijuana possession.

December 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


After conviction overturned, Ga. man acquitted

PERRY, Ga. (AP) - A man who spent 29 years in prison after pleading guilty to a deadly armed robbery has been acquitted by a jury in Houston County.

December 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man charged with stalking after Iron Bowl call

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A western Georgia man who called his ex-girlfriend from jail to talk about the Iron Bowl game has been charged with stalking.

December 05, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Arrest of electric car driver sparks debate

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) - A motorist who plugged his electric car into an outlet at a school near Atlanta is facing a theft charge, sparking debate about where and when it's acceptable to use power.

December 05, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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