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Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, the penultimate working day of the 2015 legislative session.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate clears way for continued operation of Uber, Lyft

ATLANTA (AP) - Uber and other ride sharing companies may have passed their last legislative roadblock with the passage of a Georgia Senate bill mandating insurance minimums for drivers and the firms they drive for.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate OKs bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage for treating autism in children.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tiger Woods' plane seen at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State House backs charge on strip clubs to fight trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a constitutional amendment charging strip clubs to provide services for victims of child sexual abuse.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. hunting regulations proposed; public comment sought

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are inviting public comments on proposed changes to hunting regulations.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl, 9, wounded by gunshot in northeast Georgia

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia are investigating a gunshot that wounded a 9-year-old girl.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


10-foot, 300-pound metal rooster goes missing in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' fight ramps up as bill remains stalled

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill remains stalled in a Georgia House committee as lawmakers enter the final two days of the legislative session surrounded by pressure from supporters and critics who say the bill can be used as a defense for discrimination against gay or transgender people.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal announces new program to honor Vietnam veterans

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a new program aimed at honoring the state's 234,000 Vietnam veterans with "certificates of honor."

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 Alabama players arrested in separate weekend cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban is expected to address the media Monday after two Crimson Tide players were arrested in separate cases over the weekend.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Panel expected to review Ga. religious freedom bill canceled

ATLANTA (AP) - A House committee expected to take up a divisive religious freedom bill will not meet as planned.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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2,500-plus Ga. doctors w/o malpractice insurance

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 2,500 doctors in Georgia don't have malpractice insurance, according to a newspaper analysis of state data.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Poisoned Auburn oaks become museum piece

ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Moulthrop was as horrified as anyone when news broke in 2010 that a University of Alabama fan had poisoned Auburn University's landmark oak trees after a football defeat.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


5 arrested in male enhancement scheme

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say five men have been charged with illegally importing male enhancement products from China.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia AG: No weapons on campus, in schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia gun owners can't bring their weapons onto the grounds of public schools or public college campuses when two new laws take effect on July 1, Attorney General Sam Olens said Thursday.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


3 Ga. men charged in post-prom sexual assault

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say three teens accused of sexually assaulting a girl at an after-prom party at a north Georgia cabin have been charged with aggravated sexual battery.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Karen Handel to endorse Kingston for US Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - For all the wrangling between the tea party and establishment conservatives in this midterm election year, key players from both sides are closing ranks behind one candidate in Georgia's Republican Senate primary runoff.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA man out on bond in fatal crash charged with DUI

JASPER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a man facing charges in a DUI crash that killed his newlywed wife was arrested again over the weekend for drunk driving.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal: Lawmakers should revisit whistleblower rules

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says lawmakers should consider whether government employees responsible for conducting investigations should be "automatically" granted whistleblower protection if they decide to sue.

May 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Nunn calls for VA secretary to resign

ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn, who's seeking Georgia's open Senate seat, has joined a chorus of congressional candidates from both parties calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to leave amid a growing crisis over veterans' health care.

May 23, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 6.5 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to 6.5 percent in April.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. GOP Senate runoff: Businessman vs. politician

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's Republican Senate primary runoff pits a multimillionaire businessman who's never held public office against a congressman who's spent more than two decades on Capitol Hill.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Roaches in food prompts closure of Ga. cafeteria

CEDARTOWN, Ga. (AP) - Students at a northwest Georgia high school will be eating prepackaged lunches for the rest of the year after roaches were found in meals being served in the cafeteria.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Some I-85 drivers owe $15,000-plus in tolls, fines

ATLANTA (AP) - State records show that one motorist has racked up 570 violations and owes more than $17,000 in tolls and fines on the Interstate 85 toll lanes in metro Atlanta.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


15 candidates fight to be schools superintendent

ATLANTA (AP) - Six Democrats and nine Republicans vying to become state schools superintendent are locked in tight primary contests, with both races likely headed for a runoff.

May 20, 2014 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Deal wins GOP primary for Ga. gov.; faces Carter

ATLANTA (AP) - For years, leading Democrats predicted that Georgia's increasingly diverse population will weaken a Republican hold on state government in the Deep South.

May 20, 2014 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


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