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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


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


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Woman accused of PTA thefts due in court

ATLANTA (AP) - A woman accused of stealing more than $57,000 from an Atlanta elementary school PTA is scheduled to make her first court appearance.

April 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia begins daycare rating system

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Parents often spend weeks visiting dozens of daycare centers and preschools before finding one they like, but the state hopes to cut down on that leg work with a new rating system.

April 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Industry deals good sign for Georgia

Georgia's job market has received a boost of confidence in recent months.

April 19, 2012 | By Lee Johnson ljohnson@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


Human remains found on I-20

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that human remains have been found Thursday alongside I-20 by Windsor Street in Atlanta.

April 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | STATE


Security upgrades planned for Ga. federal building

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Officials say they're planning increased security measures at a south Georgia federal building, one of several identified nationwide as needing improvements.

April 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


8 bald eagles die of disease linked to weed

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say eight bald eagles found dead on a lake near the Georgia-South Carolina border died of a disease linked to an invasive weed.

April 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. developer to pitch gambling complex

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia developer is planning to pitch his proposed $1 billion gambling complex to the Georgia Lottery Board.

April 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Military kids face unique challenges

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Kendall Raley fiddles with the silver beaded chains around her neck. On them hang three dog tags - one is hers and one is her father's. The third she received earlier in April in commemoration of Month of the Military Child.

April 18, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


National park land could be expanded

MACON, Ga. (AP) - National park land in central Georgia could be greatly expanded under a plan being considered by the federal government.

April 18, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. inmate injured in courtroom scuffle dies

MORROW (AP) - An inmate injured during a courtroom fight with Clayton County sheriff's deputies has died.

April 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum and the police chief defended the action.

April 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge orders man to jail for saggy pants

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A central Alabama judge ordered a man to serve three days in jail for contempt of court for wearing so-called saggy pants.

April 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal OKs drug testing for benefits

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would require some people applying for welfare in Georgia to pass a drug test before they could get benefits.

April 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


2 people face charges in infant death

AUGUSTA (AP) - Authorities are investigating after an infant was found dead in an east Georgia mobile home park.

April 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


First bald eagle nest documented on Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Wildlife officials say that for the first time, they've documented a bald eagle nest on Lake Lanier.

April 16, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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