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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


Ga. transportation funding bill revised to calm critics

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican leaders on Monday previewed changes to a bill aiming to raise $1 billion to maintain Georgia's roads and bridges, hoping to placate county and city officials unhappy with their initial plan to raise half that dollar amount by eliminating locals' share of the sales tax on gasoline.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House subcommittee approves date change for pre-K

ATLANTA (AP) - A House sub-committee on education has taken the first step toward giving parents more time to enroll their 5-year-olds in pre-kindergarten.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Board saves Fernbank for now

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County's school board has decided, for now, to spare the Fernbank Science Center from closing.

May 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Holiday weekend wrecks kill 15 in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say traffic crashes in Georgia during the Memorial Day holiday weekend claimed the lives of more than a dozen motorists.

May 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Beryl to dump more heavy rain on Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia emergency management officials say they expect a tropical depression to bring more heavy rain to the state, but no major damage has been reported so far.

May 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Full list of state, U.S. qualifiers

State Senator

May 25, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Vietnam vet wall opens at Ft. Gordon

FORT GORDON, Ga. (AP) - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall is now open to the public at Fort Gordon, military officials said.

May 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. license plates now available

The Georgia Department of Revenue has announced that the new license plates will be available in all 159 counties recently.

May 24, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Deal going on trade mission to Turkey

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal will lead a delegation of Georgia officials to Turkey to explore trade opportunities.

May 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Anti-abortion anger tied to clinic fires?

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal agents are investigating two fires in the past week at women's clinics in metro Atlanta, authorities said.

May 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


American Idol finalist from Ga.

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Friends and fans of Georgia's American Idol finalist will find out soon whether he can pull out a big win.

May 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Officer rescues kids from flooded creek

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta police officer waded through a flooded creek to rescue three children and an adult from a wooded area.

May 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Aquarium welcomes beluga whale

ATLANTA (AP) - A beluga whale at Georgia Aquarium has given birth to her first calf.

May 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Aimee Copeland able to breathe on own

ATLANTA (AP) - A young Georgia woman fighting a flesh-eating disease is now able to breathe on her own, a milestone that sent the family's spirits soaring, her father said Monday.

May 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Snake bites in Georgia on the rise

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say snake bites are on the rise in Georgia after the mild winter.

May 18, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman learns toll of flesh-eating bacteria

ATLANTA (AP) - A young Georgia woman fighting a flesh-eating bacteria has said "Let's do this" after being told that she will lose her hands and remaining foot.

May 18, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


U.S. agents join school bus threat probe

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Police in an Atlanta suburb have enlisted the help of federal agents to examine a rifle dropped by a man who was seen aiming it at a school bus.

May 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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