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New Ga. council will focus on child welfare reform

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says a newly created council is expected to help improve child welfare in the state.

March 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers OK statue for Martin Luther King

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers have taken another step forward to put a statue honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of Georgia's Statehouse.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wind gusts of 40-45 mph possible in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected in parts of north and central Georgia as a cold front sweeps across the region.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves sign RHP Ervin Santana to bolster rotation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday on a one-year contract with right-hander Ervin Santana, bolstering their injury plagued starting rotation.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Century-old lamp posts at UGA undergo restoration

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The historic lamp posts on at the University of Georgia in Athens are getting a makeover.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb Co. residents paying double for leadership

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Taxpayers in one metro Atlanta county are paying about $16,000 a month to a suspended leader because of a state law requiring compensation until a public corruption case he's involved in is resolved.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bribery plea deal denied for Conyers woman

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a plea agreement for Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble, who was indicted for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. abandons push to decriminalize campus guns

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican lawmakers abandoned a push Tuesday to decriminalize carrying a gun on Georgia's college campuses as they try to rally support for legislation that would allow firearms in churches, bars and arm school teachers.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate panel passes food stamp drug test bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Senate Committee has narrowly approved a bill requiring food stamp recipients who are suspected of drug abuse to submit to drug testing.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bernice King turns in father's Bible, Nobel prize

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer involved in the dispute over Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize says few words were exchanged as King's daughter Bernice quietly surrendered the items so they could be placed in a safe deposit box.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Senate passes bill criminalizing 'revenge porn'

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill criminalizing "revenge porn," a trend involving explicit photographs being posted without permission to the Internet.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ceremony kicks off St. Patrick's week in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah has kicked off the week leading to its massive St. Patrick's Day celebration with a much more quiet ceremony honoring the city's Irish heritage.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


King family wants input on Georgia MLK monument

ATLANTA (AP) - The family of Martin Luther King Jr. has warned Georgia's governor it wants input on any monument to the slain civil rights icon that might be erected on the grounds of the state Capitol.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Copperheads appear on rise as kingsnakes decline

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - As kingsnakes decline in localized areas of the Southeast, the abundance of one of their common meals - the venomous copperhead - seems to be increasing.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Study shows Ga. pre-K improves school readiness

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say a recent study shows that Georgia's pre-kindergarten program increased school readiness, and children who participated scored higher in language and math evaluations.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. schools with test erasures plummet

ATLANTA (AP) - A new state report shows that the number of schools with unusual erasure patterns on standardized tests plummeted last year after a massive cheating scandal that led to tighter exam security across the state.

April 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Foreclosure money goes unspent

ATLANTA - Authorities say millions of dollars in a fund intended to help unemployed Georgia homeowners avoid foreclosure have gone unspent, even as 12,000 residents get foreclosure notices each month.

April 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


MLK's children, others mark his death

ATLANTA (AP) - Two of the children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a pair of institutions instrumental in his life are marking the 44th anniversary of his assassination.

April 04, 2012 | ERRIN HAINES, Associated Press | STATE


No timetable for women golfers at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Jabbed, prodded and poked repeatedly about a topic that never really goes away, Billy Payne wouldn't budge.

April 04, 2012 | EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer | STATE


Romney turns from primaries to Obama

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Mitt Romney is turning away from his primary opponents and toward Democratic President Barack Obama after sweeping three more Republican contests.

April 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. woman claims $250K lottery prize

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say an Atlanta woman has come forward to claim a $250,000 prize she won in last month's record-jackpot Mega Millions drawing.

April 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Wind topples tents, fencing at Masters Tournament

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Officials at the Masters Tournament in Augusta delayed opening the grounds after thunderstorms with winds of up to 60 mph blew over some vendor tents and temporary fencing.

April 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


World's oldest physician dies at 114

ATLANTA (AP) - Family members say Dr. Leila Denmark, who was the world's oldest practicing physician when she retired at age 103, has died in Georgia. She was 114.

April 03, 2012 | | STATE


Heat brings early start for Georgia strawberries

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia strawberry growers say the warm winter and hot spring has caused fields across the state to be in full bloom.

April 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Former college student kills 7 in Calif.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A former student at a small Christian university had gone to the building to find a female administrator and opened fire when she was not there, killing at least seven people, police said Tuesday.

April 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Student loan debt continues to rise

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal student loan program seemed like a great idea back in 1965: Borrow to go to college now, pay it back later when you have a job.

April 03, 2012 | TOM RAUM, Associated Press | STATE


Some early breast cancer overdiagnosed

NEW YORK - For years, women have been urged to get screened for breast cancer because the earlier it's found, the better. Now researchers are reporting more evidence suggesting that's not always the case.

April 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Lottery winner hasn't yet stepped forward

WASHINGTON (AP) - Every once in a while a lottery jackpot becomes so huge that people can't help but band together in the hope of increasing their odds, pooling their money for a wad of tickets and promising to evenly split the spoils. Seems like a good idea until lightning strikes and the group wins.

April 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Heat brings early start for strawberries

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia strawberry growers say the warm winter and hot spring has caused fields across the state to be in full bloom.

April 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


5 hurt in Oakland religious school shooting

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Police surrounded a Christian university in search of a gunman who reportedly opened fire Monday morning and wounded at least five people, authorities said.

April 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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