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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


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Rep. Price opts not to pursue key leadership post

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia has decided not to seek a top leadership position in the House after Majority Leader Eric Cantor's decision to step down, saying he wants to focus on serving as the next chairman of the Budget Committee.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officers may have lied about training hours

ATLANTA (AP) - Reviews suggest that at least 500 law enforcement officers in Georgia may have lied about fulfilling required training in the last year.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Paula Deen launching digital network

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Celebrity cook Paula Deen, whose career was derailed after she admitted using racial slurs, is going digital.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters warning of severe thunderstorms in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch covering most of north, central and western Georgia.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Arkansas pastor is new Southern Baptist president

BALTIMORE (AP) - An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country's Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Megachurch pastor to lead So. Baptists

BALTIMORE (AP) - An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country's Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA school board group hosts conference in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Members of the Georgia Schools Boards Association are expected to meet later this week in Savannah.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Southern Baptists meet to elect new president

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Southern Baptists are electing a new president to succeed the Rev. Fred Luter Jr., who became the denomination's first African-American president in 2012.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Audit details long wait times at Ga. VA centers

ATLANTA (AP) - The Veterans Affairs Department says the average wait time for new patients at the Atlanta VA Medical Center was about 64 days for a primary care doctor, nearly 53 days for a specialist and almost 27 days for a mental health professional.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama moves to extend student loan payment relief

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the rising costs of college have left America's middle class feeling trapped. He says no hard-working youngster in America should be priced out of a higher education.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama moves to extend student loan payment relief

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the rising costs of college have left America's middle class feeling trapped. He says no hard-working youngster in America should be priced out of a higher education.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA to implement boater education class requirement

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - State Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding Georgians that boater education courses will soon be required for some vessel operators.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. department awarding life sciences grant

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a $1,000 grant for elementary school teachers who show exceptional innovation in teaching life sciences.

June 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Train passes over body of sleeping Ala. woman

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn police say a woman who fell asleep on a set of railroad tracks was not injured when a train passed over her.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia chooses company to write standardized test

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will pay more than $107 million for the development of a new statewide standardized test, replacing the CRCT and EOCT exams taken by elementary and high school students.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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