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Judge denies challenge to death penalty provision

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has denied a Georgia death row inmate's latest challenge to a state requirement that defendants must prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt in order to be spared from execution.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA lawmakers to hear testimony on medical cannabis

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A committee of state lawmakers tasked with studying effects of marijuana extracts on certain illnesses is scheduled to meet with law enforcement officials, health professionals and others.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man struck, killed by transit train in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a man has been struck and killed by a commuter train at a downtown station.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


8 horses escape Ga. pasture, trot along freeway

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Animal services workers in east Georgia are investigating how a group of eight horses escaped a pasture before trotting alongside Interstate 20.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


In Georgia, 2 parties battle over minority votes

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Behind a nondescript storefront just outside Atlanta, Delores Washington makes telephone call after call in this Democratic stronghold using a list of potential voters handed to her by a young party staffer.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Romney to attend Georgia fundraiser for Perdue

ATLANTA (AP) - Mitt Romney will be heading to Georgia on Wednesday, raising money for Senate candidate David Perdue as the former Dollar General CEO looks to hold a key seat for Republicans this year.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. college smoking ban goes into effect Wednesday

TLANTA (AP) - A rule smoking ban at all University System of Georgia campuses is scheduled to go into effect this week.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


School considers options for Bible verse monument

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Officials at a public high school in east Georgia are considering whether to remove or modify a monument that quotes the Bible.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wal-Mart: Morgan, others weren't wearing seatbelts

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics complaint against Jason Carter dismissed

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission has dismissed a complaint accusing Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter of violating state law by sending fundraiser invitations during the legislative session.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah harbor dredging deal close

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Ports Authority's top executive says a cost-sharing agreement needed to start work on a $706 million deepening of the waterway to the Port of Savannah should be finished within two weeks.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. highway officials buy image-boosting radio ads

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy hospitalized after he's run over by lawnmower

BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old boy is hospitalized with severe injuries after his father accidentally ran over him with a riding lawnmower.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman accused of killing mom to steal her newborn

RINGGOLD, Ga. (AP) - A Tennessee woman was charged with murder after gunning down a northwest Georgia woman because she wanted the woman's newborn baby, a sheriff said.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Song Birds of Dalton keep on going

ALTON, Ga. (AP) - Deed Robbs was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was told he only had weeks to live.

November 15, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman arrested in break-in that led to dog fights

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Macon police say they've arrested a woman and charged her with animal cruelty after a break-in at a central Georgia animal shelter that led to deadly dog fights.

November 15, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia offering online hunter education courses

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering free online courses to anyone looking to fulfill their hunter education requirement for licensing.

November 15, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


$300M in public funds for Braves stadium

ATLANTA (AP) - Cobb County officials have released key details for the public financing of a new $672 million Atlanta Braves stadium, saying they'll use a mix of existing taxes as well as new taxes on business and tourism.

November 14, 2013 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press | STATE


Pygmy whale stranded on Jekyll Island euthanized

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say a pygmy sperm whale that was stranded on Jekyll Island last month had a digestive tract that was blocked by two pieces of plastic sheeting.

November 14, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia hospital joins May Clinic Care Network

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A Columbus hospital is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

November 14, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves to build Cobb Co. stadium in '17

ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves announced Monday they are leaving Turner Field and moving into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium about 10 miles from downtown in 2017. Atlanta's mayor said the city wasn't willing match an offer from suburban Cobb County worth $450 million in taxpayer funding.

November 11, 2013 | GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Ethics chief received pay increases

ATLANTA (AP) - The head of Georgia's Ethics Commission who is accused of intervening in a case involving Gov. Nathan Deal received pay increases despite being hired as the agency said it had to cut costs.

September 20, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Giant pet tortoise is found after escaping its pen

ARLTON, Ga. (AP) - A giant tortoise that went missing in northeast Georgia has been found after a motorist spotted the 50-pound animal crossing a road.

September 20, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


US women regain lost jobs; men still short 2.1M

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. women have recovered all the jobs they lost to the Great Recession. The same can't be said for men, who remain 2.1 million jobs short.

September 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. teen convicted of killing baby to be sentenced

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia teenager convicted of fatally shooting a baby in the face while trying to rob the child's mother faces sentencing before a judge who could send him to prison for the rest of his life.

September 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. students in trouble could do service projects

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Some students who get in trouble in an east Georgia school system will be doing community service projects instead of being suspended.

September 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


'Walking Dead' actor struck by military vehicle

SENOIA, Ga. (AP) - An actor playing a zombie on the set of the hit cable show "The Walking Dead" is recovering after reports that he was struck by a military vehicle during filming in Georgia.

September 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves to honor students, staff at McNair Academy

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves will host students, parents and employees from a Decatur school where police say a bookkeeper in the front office talked a suspect into surrendering after a gun battle.

September 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Assad warns of repercussions for a US strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - Opening a possible diplomatic solution to avoid a U.S. military strike, Syria's foreign minister on Monday welcomed a suggestion floated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to move all the country's chemical weapons under international control.

September 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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