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Weather warning calls for snow, sleet across north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters have issued a winter storm warning for much of north Georgia, saying parts of the state could see up to 3 inches of snow and sleet.

February 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia to face NCarolina in 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will face North Carolina to open the 2016 college football season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Houses passes bill changing age of kindergarten eligibility

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has passed a bill that would establish an age requirement for children enrolling in kindergarten.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Legislators spar over revised College Board AP history test

ATLANTA (AP) - The College Board's new Advanced Placement U.S. history test is strongly biased to the left and should be scrapped, Republican Sen. William Ligon said Wednesday in an argument that has also been made by lawmakers in at least three other states.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House committee passes transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Local governments could continue collecting some sales tax on motor fuel, but the money would have to be used for transportation purposes, including school bus service, under an amended transportation bill that won approval Wednesday in a state House committee.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 20,000 remain without power as temperature drops

ATLANTA (AP) - Utility companies say more than 20,000 Georgia customers remain without power after this week's ice storm as low temperatures dipped into the single-digits in northern parts of the state.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wrong body buried after crime lab mix-up in Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A coroner says a mix-up at the state crime lab led to a family burying the wrong body during a closed-casket funeral.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Ga. girls' track coach sentenced for sexting student

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A former suburban Atlanta girls' high school track coach has been given a five year sentence for sexting a student.

February 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 67,000 still without power in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Utility companies say more than 67,000 Georgia customers remain without power as crews work to clear downed trees and power lines.

February 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Charter school backers want exemption from takeover district

ATLANTA (AP) - Charter school supporters want the schools to be exempt from a state-run district that Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing to take over chronically failing institutions.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 185,000 without power in Georgia after ice storm

ATLANTA (AP) - Power companies say more than 185,000 customers in Georgia were still without power as crews worked to clear downed trees and power lines.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Jeffares capital update

The past couple of weeks have been fairly busy for legislators under the Gold Dome. We have now completed 15 days of the Legislative Session and have passed seven bills on the Senate floor. We are moving quickly and I look forward to keeping you updated as we move forward at the Gold Dome.

February 17, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Deal delays Tuesday opening for state offices due to weather

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says state agencies will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Tuesday in metro Atlanta to prevent problems with black ice on roadways.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal issues a State of Emergency ahead of wintery mix

ATLANTA (AP) - On Sunday Gov. Nathan Deal issued a State of Emergency until Tuesday ahead of a wintry mix expected to hit areas of northern Georgia.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


When disaster hits, FEMA watches Waffle Houses for guidance

ATLANTA (AP) - When a big storm or tornado devastates a community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually steps in to help state and local officials. But in recent years, FEMA has been getting some help of its own from an unexpected source - one you see on almost every highway throughout the Southeast: Waffle House.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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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


College pres. candidates to face less scrutiny

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's university system is looking to hire six college presidents, and finalists for those positions will be subject to less scrutiny under a change in state law.

June 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. colleges to get $72.5 million in FY13

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia 35 state colleges are getting $72.5 million in new funds for the upcoming school year aimed at addressing enrollment growth and increasing the number of college graduates in the state.

June 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov't job losses could drag down growth

ATLANTA (AP) - Government workers didn't lose jobs in droves like their private sector counterparts during the recession, but the jobs of thousands of Georgia teachers and postal and social service workers are now threatened, further dampening the state's tepid economic recovery.

June 07, 2012 | DAN CHAPMAN Atlanta Journal-Constitution (courtesy of AP) | STATE


CDC: Older teens text behind the wheel

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say more than half of high school seniors admit they text or email while driving.

June 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Thousands honor fallen soldier

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Thousands of southwest Georgians lined the route as Marine Lance Cpl. Steve Sutton made his journey to his final resting place.

June 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


S.C. court hears Savannah River lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's highest court is questioning the authority of a state agency to bypass a special commission in discussions over dredging the Savannah River.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Shrimpers see small hauls in first days

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Shrimpers say the first six days of the official season has been disappointing.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Carrollton approves downtown open container law

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) - Patrons in Carrollton will soon be able to get takeout cups for alcoholic beverages purchased at downtown bars.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Albany police officer saved by cell phone

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - What can stop a speeding bullet? Turns out, a cellphone.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


System unveiled for Atlanta overpass

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta motorists will get a new experience when driving through a metro interstate overpass.

June 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT gives $77 million for infrastructure

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials have authorized contracts for 16 new infrastructure improvement projects across the state.

June 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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