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Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island weighs smoking ban for largest Ga. public beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's largest public beach could become off limits to smoking next year.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 charged with killing deer that mingled with farmer's cows

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia have charged two young men with killing a deer in a pasture where it was known to mingle with a farmer's cows.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House approves Gov. Deal's 'failing schools' amendment

TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" on Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House committee chair says no vote on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to Ga. governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing a form of medical marijuana is headed to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after a two-year legislative battle.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia honors Vietnam veterans

Georgia is home to more than 234,000 Vietnam War veterans, and the state seeks to honor them with a new program to be unveiled next week.

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia trout fishing season to open Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say they're stocking the state's waterways with fish before the opening of trout fishing season.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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2 people die in small plane accident in Ga. woods

TLANTA (AP) - An emergency management official says two people have died in the crash of an amateur-built experimental biplane in west Georgia.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wife in Ga. hot car death case has attorney

ATLANTA (AP) - The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son was left in a hot car and died has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself.

July 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Trial will go on without ex-Atlanta school chief

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has decided that an upcoming trial in Atlanta's school cheating case will go on as scheduled in August without former school superintendent Beverly Hall, who is battling cancer.

July 11, 2014 | Brandon DeCosse | STATE


Kitten thrown off Georgia bridge, swims to shore

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Animal control officers say a 10-week-old kitten that was thrown over the railing of a bridge and into the Intracoastal Waterway survived and is recovering at an animal shelter, and police seeking the person who tossed him.

July 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Toxicology tests on toddler negative

ATLANTA (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say results of a toxicology report on a Georgia toddler who died in a hot car have come back with negative results, but officials won't specify which substances they tested for.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee mayor says 'no chance' to nude beach idea

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of Tybee Island says more than 800 people who signed a petition calling for a nude friendly section of beach will need to keep their clothes on as long as he's in office.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Clemency hearing set for Ga. death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - A clemency hearing is set for Wednesday for a Georgia death row inmate convicted of murder in the slaying of a store clerk who was scheduled to testify against his son.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ready for the red carpet

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez will host the red carpet Mississippi premiere of "Get On Up" later this month with the director and headline star in attendance.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Reality TV husband gets prison sentence for fraud

ATLANTA (AP) - The husband of a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. governor pushes trials of marijuana derivative

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's governor is pushing clinical trials for a marijuana-derived drug that proponents say could help treat severe seizure disorders among children.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

ATLANTA (AP) - Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at a research center made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. DOT awards $85M in highway, road inprovements

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded contracts to get $85 million worth of road improvements under way across the state.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged with stealing Ga. deputy's patrol car

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in middle Georgia say a Florida motorist arrested on drug charges managed to steal a deputy's patrol car and drive several miles after he had been placed in handcuffs.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Men grab $2,000 in soap, hygiene items

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - Police are trying to figure out why three men walked into a CVS pharmacy in Atlanta's northern suburbs and stole $2,000 in soap and other personal care items.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Skateboarder struck, killed by car near Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old man riding a skateboard has been struck and killed by a car south of Atlanta.

July 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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