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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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Long term jobless benefits to expire

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Labor officials say extended federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed in Georgia will expire soon without congressional intervention.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Governor to review digital learning proposals

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says his office is going to review a task force's recommendations to use digitally-based programs to improve student achievement.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. woman claims 1 of 2 winning lottery tickets

TLANTA (AP) - On her way to work, Ira Curry heard on the radio that one of the winning lottery ticket numbers was her family's lucky No. 7. She called home, her daughter checked the ticket and in an instant, Curry was a multi-millionaire.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. jobless rate drops to lowest mark in 5 years

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in November, its lowest mark since November 2008.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Semi overturns, spilling holiday hams on I-85 ramp

ATLANTA (AP) - The latest wreck on a metro Atlanta freeway system that features names such as Spaghetti Junction, Peach Passes and HOT lanes involved a ham jam.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


GBI investigates nude photos of Georgia teens

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - State agents are investigating social media accounts where nude photos of metro Atlanta teenagers are being shared.

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. school district approves rifles for officers

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A north Georgia school board has approved a measure allowing some resource officers to carry long-range rifles.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


South Georgia girl left on school bus for 6 hours

LAKELAND, Ga. (AP) - A south Georgia bus driver has been placed on administrative leave after a 5-year-old girl was left alone on a school bus for six hours.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police probe claim about odd calendar crime

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County police say they're investigating a claim of responsibility for an unusual heist of $2,000 worth of 2014 calendars -- including many that featured scantily clad women -- from a Mall of Georgia kiosk.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Teacher knocked unconscious at Atlanta high school

ATLANTA (AP) - Three students are facing criminal charges after a teacher was knocked unconscious during a classroom disturbance at an Atlanta high school.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Jury selection begins in trial of Georgia lawmaker

ATLANTA (AP) - Jury selection began Monday morning in the trial of a Georgia state lawmaker.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. woman sentenced in granddaughter's death

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A middle Georgia woman accused of starving her granddaughter to death has been sentenced to life in prison.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


FDA: No proof antibacterial soaps work

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government said Monday it has no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and it is reviewing research suggesting they may pose health risks.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge denies bond for Andrea Sneiderman

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A judge has denied bond for a woman convicted of lying during the investigation of her husband's killing outside a suburban Atlanta preschool.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Small group of surfers ride waves in Chattahoochee

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - This month hasn't exactly been surfing weather in downtown Columbus. Surfing? In Columbus?

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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