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Georgia House, Senate rapidly pass state budget agreement

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a $40 billion state spending plan for the next year Tuesday night, giving raises to the state's top judges and pushing $103 million in costs for some part-time school employees' health insurance to local districts.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers pass $900 million transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a transportation funding plan late Tuesday night that they said will raise $900 million through changes to the state's gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta streetcar to continue offering free rides

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials say streetcar passengers may ride for free through the end of 2015.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Georgia's jobless rate rises to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 7.2 percent in May -- up from 6.9 percent in April.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters warn of storms throughout Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of isolated and scattered thunderstorms throughout most of Georgia.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. wildlife officials urge patience with geese

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are asking landowners to be patient with Canada geese during their summer molting period.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. mom looking to send son with stranger arrested

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A suburban Atlanta woman accused of arranging for her son to travel with a stranger she found on Craigslist is being held in the Cobb County jail, police said Tuesday.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


SunTrust agrees to loan, foreclosure settlement

ATLANTA (AP) - The State of Georgia and federal officials have reached a settlement with SunTrust Mortgage Inc. to address mortgage loan and foreclosure issues.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storms, hazardous air quality expected in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a storm system and heavy rain is expected to linger in most of Georgia.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers urge Medicare coverage for cancer test

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 130 lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to expand coverage for a lung-cancer test under Medicare that could cost the program billons, calling the preventative screening important for vulnerable seniors.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Agency faces lawsuit in malnourished girl's death

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's child protection agency is facing a $1 million lawsuit in the death of a malnourished 14-year-old girl who weighed 43 pounds when she died in June in Smyrna.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. inmate to be executed for death of teen

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia death row inmate convicted in the death of his 15-year-old neighbor is set to be executed.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Clemency denied for Georgia death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for a death row inmate set to die this week.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Clemency hearing held for Ga. death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - Family members of a Georgia death row inmate set to die this week spoke at his clemency hearing.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. couple's killing leaves authorities baffled

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) - The unsolved beheading of a retiree and the killing of his elderly wife has so rattled their gated, lakeside Georgia community that neighbors are casting about for even outlandish explanations. Was it a mob hit? A drug dealer? A hungry alligator?

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Herschel Walker speaks out about mental illness

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Six years ago, University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker revealed he had been dealing for years, including during his playing days as a UGA running back, with dissociative identity disorder, a mental health condition popularly understood as having multiple personalities.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. settles with 3 ex-ethics employees

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission has settled for more than $1.8 million with three former employees alleging retaliation stemming from an investigation into complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Residents can put blood type on licenses

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia residents will now be allowed to list their blood type on their driver's license or identification card.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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