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Statewide trafficking prosecutor named

Attorney General Sam Olens announced today that he has appointed a new prosecutor, Camila Wright, who will be dedicated to the prosecution of human trafficking. As a prosecutor for the Attorney General's Office, she will have the authority to prosecute human trafficking throughout the entire state and will assist jurisdictions as they work these complex cases. In addition to handling prosecutions, Ms. Wright will conduct trainings around the state for law enforcement and oversee the Attorney General's policy agenda on human trafficking.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia's Todd Gurley suspended 4 games by NCAA

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The NCAA has ruled that Georgia star running back Todd Gurley must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period.

October 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even tho

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The NCAA has ruled that Georgia star running back Todd Gurley must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period.

October 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge declines to act on Georgia voting dispute

ATLANTA (AP) - Just days before the Nov. 4 midterm elections, a state judge in Georgia is declining to act on a dispute over 56,000 voter registration applications in one of the nation's most politically charged states.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Libertarians could play outsized role in key races

ATLANTA (AP) - This year, two Libertarian candidates could wreak havoc on Georgia's top races with control of the U.S. Senate potentially on the line.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Nurse who had Ebola will be released from hospital

ATLANTA (AP) - A Dallas nurse who flew from Texas to Ohio and back before being diagnosed with Ebola will be released from an Atlanta hospital Tuesday after tests showed she's virus-free, a hospital spokeswoman said.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia still waiting for ruling on Gurley

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's wait for a ruling from the NCAA on Todd Gurley's status continued with Monday's start of game-week preparations for Florida.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officials recommend checking smoke alarms

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say Georgians should use this weekend's time change as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2 students test positive for tuberculosis exposure

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Health officials say two students have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis after about 150 students were tested at Newnan High School.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal, Carter potential runoff looms

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A runoff is increasingly likely in Georgia's tight gubernatorial race, and both candidates are spending their time rallying their base of supporters with just over a week left before the Nov. 4 election.

October 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Academic scores lag at Ga. Division I schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Data from Georgia universities with top tier Division I football programs shows they're willing to make exceptions to admission requirements for football players despite the schools becoming increasingly competitive for other incoming freshmen.

October 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal, Carter face off in tense Ga. gov debate

ATLANTA (AP) - The candidates for Georgia governor came to their third and final debate ready to attack, ramping up their accusations on education, taxes and the economy.

October 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia woman, 'voice of Siri,' speaks in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Whether it's giving sports score updates or naming the hottest restaurant in town, the voice heard by millions of iPhone users took center stage at Augusta's Legends Club on Tuesday.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Perdue urging conservatives in final bus tour

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Twelve days from Georgia's Senate election, Republican David Perdue has launched a statewide bus tour to remind conservatives that he wants to help his party continue fighting President Barack Obama.

October 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


'Outsourcing' changes Georgia race in closing days

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has spent the past month hammering away at Republican David Perdue's career as a business executive, making his role in outsourcing jobs a hallmark of her campaign for U.S. Senate.

October 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. shrimping season worst in decades

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - One of the worst shrimp seasons in decades has Smith & Sons Seafood owner Walker "Big John" Smith Jr. fearing what will happen if his business has to suffer through another year like 2013.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill moving up Ga. primary date gets final passage

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers have agreed to move up the state primary to May 20, and the bill now heads to the governor for his signature.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers move to restore Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four states - Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas - would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced Thursday to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal proposes autism coverage in state health plan

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing the state employee health plan cover treatment of autism, a move applauded by advocates who say early intervention can improve behavior and quality of life.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


NAACP hosting Atlanta gun buyback

ATLANTA (AP) - The NAACP is looking to collect 1,000 firearms during a gun buyback at Turner Field in Atlanta.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Carter: Deal is forgetting about the middle class

ATLANTA (AP) - State Sen. Jason Carter says Gov. Nathan Deal is forgetting about the middle class in favor of big businesses and arguing state education cuts have forced an increase in local property taxes.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Pruitt says he waited 11 years for Georgia job

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Jeremy Pruitt says he didn't have to think twice about leaving Florida State for Georgia after he learned coach Mark Richt was looking for a new defensive coordinator.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


MLK Memorial, national parks free Monday

ATLANTA (AP) - Admission to all 401 national parks, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Atlanta, will be free on Monday.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal to propose increase in education spending

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to propose a nearly $547 million increase in state education funding when he submits his budget proposal to state lawmakers.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Rain and snow mix possible in north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning that a mix of rain and snow could fall across parts of north Georgia.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA lawmakers to revive effort to expand gun rights

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers will be reviving an effort to expand gun rights, but will be starting over with new legislation and weighing the possibility of giving college presidents and religious leaders the option of whether to allow guns on public campuses and in places of worship, according to interviews with key lawmakers.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wintry mix possible in parts of Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a wintry mix of precipitation is possible across parts of North Georgia.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Island residents raise concerns about wind turbine

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Some townspeople on Tybee Island near Savannah are expressing concerns about plans for a wind turbine, but others say the structure represents a unique opportunity for the beach town and should be welcomed.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


SCLC pushes for statue of King at Capitol building

ATLANTA (AP) - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is lobbying state lawmakers to approve building a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the state Capitol.

January 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's Wiggins arrested for suspended license

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia cornerback Shaq Wiggins has been released on bail following his arrest for driving with a suspended license.

January 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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