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Fire destroys historic Hancock County Courthouse

SPARTA, GA. (AP) - The historic Hancock County Courthouse has burned down in the central Georgia town of Sparta.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Mother of Ga. boy left in hot car defends husband

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - The mother of a Georgia toddler who died after being left for hours in his father's car insists her husband was a loving father and would never have intentionally harmed their son, according to a recent victim impact statement sent to prosecutors.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge denies GM motion to dismiss ignition suit

NEW YORK (AP) - A Georgia judge has denied a motion by General Motors to dismiss a wrongful death case against the automaker and set a trial date for April 2016.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. trial shows food safety relies on honor system

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Jurors at the nation's first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America's food safety largely depends on the honor system.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta VA cites improved wait times, care

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials with the Atlanta VA Medical Center are reporting improvements to wait times and care, following a national audit two months ago that identified problems at the facility and prompted further federal review.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Thunderstorm warnings issued in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm warning for parts of north central Georgia.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Heavy storm causes damage across metro Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - A heavy storm that rolled through metro Atlanta brought down trees, flooded streets and caused power outages for thousands of residents.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia revenues in July total $1.49 billion

ATLANTA (AP) - A report shows Georgia's revenues totaled nearly $1.49 billion in July, an increase of 5.5 percent over the same month a year ago.

August 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT hosting public meetings on state rail plan

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning three public meetings to discuss long-range transportation planning projects.

August 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man accused of stealing wire at haunted house

Man accused of stealing wire at haunted house

August 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia county approves 17 percent tax hike

ATLANTA (AP) - Commissioners in Georgia's most populous county have approved a 17 percent property tax hike.

August 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Florida detectives help in Georgia beheading case

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) - In the days and weeks since early May when his elderly parents were killed, Keith Dermond has been as puzzled as anyone else.

August 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Injuries at receiver don't faze Georgia's Richt

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Coach Mark Richt isn't sure when Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley will be cleared medically to play, so he's counting on Georgia's entire group of receivers to fill the void.

August 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2nd American aid worker with Ebola arrives in US

ATLANTA (AP) - A second American aid worker infected with Ebola arrived Tuesday in Atlanta, where doctors will closely monitor the effect of an experimental drug she agreed to take even though its safety was never tested on humans.

August 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Panel to discuss GA transportation, infrastructure

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers and state transportation officials will soon begin a series of public meetings to gather input on statewide plans to improve transportation and infrastructure.

August 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Central Ga. law officers search for escaped inmate

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Law officers in central Georgia were searching for an inmate they say escaped from the Twiggs County law enforcement center by creating a hole in the shower.

May 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Monroe-based firm to expand its operations in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say Monroe-based Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc. will expand its operations in Walton County, creating 250 new jobs and investing $80 million.

May 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Some states push back against new school standards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Some states are pushing back against a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math that have been fully adopted in most states and are being widely put in place this school year.

May 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged with raping toddler is sex offender

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man who has been charged with killing an elderly Alaska couple and raping their 2-year-old great-granddaughter is a registered sex offender convicted of breaking into a home and assaulting an 11-year-old girl four years ago.

May 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Passengers returning to US after cruise ship fire

BALTIMORE (AP) - For the second time this year, a fire at sea has aborted a cruise ship's voyage. This time, aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas and the ship's 2,200 passengers were expected back in Baltimore on Tuesday after being flown on charter flights from the Bahamas.

May 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Much of Red Cross fund for Sandy aid still unspent

NEW YORK (AP) - Seven months after Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross still hasn't spent more than a third of the $303 million it raised to assist victims of the storm, a strategy the organization says will help address needs that weren't immediately apparent in the disaster's wake.

May 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb moves commencements from religious settings

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - None of the DeKalb County school system's commencement ceremonies will take place in places of worship this year in response to parent complaints.

May 24, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Legal woes piling up for GA Democratic Party chair

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party.

May 24, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA's controversies are far from over.

May 24, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Man who killed wife, self also raped teen

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A felon who police say shot himself to death after fatally beating his pregnant wife also raped a 15-year-old girl the same day.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Death of Ga. infant under investigation

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a couple has been arrested after a 4-month-old girl in their care was found unresponsive.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Feds investigate after plane parts land on GA home

ELLENWOOD, Ga. (AP) - Federal authorities are investigating after a Boeing 747 on approach to Atlanta's airport lost parts from its right wing that landed on a woman's house in Clayton County.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Birth control coverage up for federal appeal

DENVER (AP) - In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

WASHINGTON - Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries.

May 14, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Film crews transform Atlanta into vintage New York

ATLANTA (AP) - Part of downtown Atlanta has been transformed into a movie set designed to look like New York City as it appeared more than three decades ago.

May 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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