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Schools react to takeover plan as Ga. governor seeks support

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia would become one of several states authorized to take over "chronically failing" schools if Republican Gov. Nathan Deal can hold members of his own party while attracting Democrats and placating some school officials frustrated by the proposal.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Snow, sleet, ice threat raised in several areas of the South

ATLANTA (AP) - Snow falling steadily in parts of Kentucky turned roads hazardous Monday as a major winter storm system also threatened to spew ice, sleet and freezing rain across several Southern states.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Estimate: Higher tobacco tax could raise $585M

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia could raise an extra $585 million by increasing its tobacco taxes, according an analysis by Georgia State University that comes as state leaders seek ways to pay for transportation projects.

February 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged with having sex with corpse in Georgia mortuary

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Police have charged a homeless man with performing a sex act on a woman's body at a funeral home in Columbus.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Auburn replacing oaks killed by Alabama fan

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn is replacing the Toomer's Corner oak trees that were poisoned by a University of Alabama fan.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta police: 785 pairs of panties stolen from store

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police are searching for a person they believe stole almost 800 pairs of panties from a Victoria's Secret store.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House OKs easier path to diploma despite failing test

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill letting thousands of Georgians who did not pass high school graduation tests petition local officials for diplomas.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed and sent to the House two proposals aimed at cracking down on pimps and others engaged in what lawmakers say is an increasing problem of sexual exploitation of children in Georgia.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


American Pickers TV show coming to Georgia

Think you might have a hidden treasure in that collection of what other people call junk? The American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, of the HBO show on the History Channel, are coming to Georgia looking for junkyards, basements, garages and barns to find hidden treasures, rare artifacts, and vintage collectibles and they want to see what you've got.

February 12, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


High winds, cold temperatures predicted in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - High winds followed by a surge of cold air this weekend are in store for Georgia as multiple cold fronts move across the South.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal proposes broad powers to take over failing schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal wants lawmakers to create a state-run district to take over failing schools, overseen by an appointed superintendent with broad new powers over those institutions.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers await details of governor's failing schools plan

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers plan to begin discussing Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to turn over management of failing schools to a state-run district.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Another ad from Craigslist death in Georgia

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Clark Atlanta University says the killing of a junior chemistry major is a "devastating" loss for the school.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wolves acquire Adreian Payne from Hawks for 1st-round pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adreian Payne came to Minnesota on Monday as a seldom-used member of the powerful Atlanta Hawks, languishing on the bench for one of the league's best teams.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Home Depot: hiring more than 80,000 workers for spring

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot Inc., the nation's largest home-improvement retailer, says it has started to hire more than 80,000 seasonal workers for the spring selling season, the company's busiest period.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Gay marriage ban not upheld in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) - Twenty-five Illinois couples were prepared for a long legal fight when they joined lawsuits challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. Turns out they won't get one - at least not from the attorneys who would normally be responsible for defending the state's laws.

June 21, 2012 | TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press | STATE


Church mentor sentenced to life in prison

LAWRENCEVILLE (AP) - A former church youth leader has been sentenced to life in prison after prosecutors say he posed as a girl on MySpace to find boys to molest.

June 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


156 sea turtle eggs stolen from Ga. coast

SAPELO ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife agents intercepted 156 sea turtle eggs they suspect were stolen from a nest on Sapelo Island, authorities said.

June 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Small banks turn to new areas for growth

Still dealing with weak loan demand and a rough economic recovery, some Georgia community banks that weathered the crisis are getting bolder in their search for new business.

June 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Baptists debate gay vs. civil rights

A day after electing their first African-American president, Southern Baptists are considering a resolution opposing the idea that gay rights are civil rights.

June 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Largest-ever police force for Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's city council has approved a plan that's expected to boost the city's police force to 2,000 -- the largest in the city's history.

June 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Conyers YMCA to anchor development

Developers with the 4A company, which owns 300-plus acres of Conyers land south of Interstate 20, launched three days of design brainstorming for the plot, which would be anchored by the "shining jewel" of Metro Atlanta YMCA facilities.

June 19, 2012 | Michelle Kim | STATE


Rules against family in alligator death

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has reversed a lower court ruling in the death of a Georgia woman whose partially-eaten body was found in a subdivision lagoon frequented by an alligator.

June 18, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: parents didn't seek care for shot child

LAWRENCEVILLE (AP) - Authorities say the father of a 4-year-old child who accidentally shot herself didn't think the injuries were severe enough to seek medical help.

June 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. faces $300M plus Medicaid shortfall

ATLANTA (AP) - A state health official says Georgia's massive Medicaid program is facing a shortfall of more than $300 million in the coming fiscal year.

June 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


More patrol for suspected KKK march

CEDARTOWN, Ga. (AP) - Police in Cedartown ordered extra patrols amid fears the Ku Klux Klan would march through the west Georgia city after a recent slaying.

June 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. sees CRCT scores rise

ATLANTA (AP) - For the fourth year in a row, Georgia students are performing better on state standardized tests.

June 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Airflow problems for CDC bioterror lab

ATLANTA (AP) - A $214 million bioterror germ lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has experienced repeated problems with airflow systems, government documents and internal emails show.

June 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Baptists set to elect 1st black pres.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Four months ago, two African-American pastors stood in a hallway of the Southern Baptist Convention's Nashville headquarters looking at a row of white faces.

June 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Mystery man poses as ex-Brave

ATLANTA (AP) - Retired major leaguers who gathered for the Atlanta Braves alumni weekend noticed the pudginess of one former player.

June 12, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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