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Georgia launches Alzheimer's, dementia plan

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials from the Georgia Department of Human Services say the state has launched a plan meant to improve services for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


VA whistleblowers allege retaliation in 4 GA cases

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Federal authorities say they are looking into four retaliation cases in Georgia, in which whistleblowers within the Department of Veterans Affairs say they've been punished for reporting concerns in VA facilities.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Depression near Florida expected to strengthen

MIAMI (AP) - A tropical depression that formed off the coast of Florida is expected to strengthen and soon become the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. university changes gay couples' benefi

ATLANTA (AP) - Married same-sex couples will get tax benefits equal to heterosexual couples through a retirement plan offered by the University System of Georgia.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah courthouse renaming proposed

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A government official in coastal Georgia is proposing to rename a county courthouse after a former state lawmaker, the late J. Tom Coleman Jr.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT suspending lane closures for holiday weekend

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Transportation officials say construction lane closures will be suspended during the holiday weekend.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2 men accused of defrauding Delta

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal grand jury indicted two men on charges they were part of a long-running scheme to defraud Delta Airlines.

June 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. schools resist arming teachers despite new law

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option of arming teachers, arguing that it doesn't make kids any safer.

June 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials discourage drunk boating

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Lew enforcement officials in Georgia are participating in a nationally coordinated effort to discourage boating under the influence.

June 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Conyers woman sentenced

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble to 30 months in prison for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children.

June 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 7.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has increased to 7.3 percent.

June 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Warrant: Ga. man returned to car with son inside

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man accused of leaving his 22-month-old son in an SUV on a hot day returned at lunchtime to put something in the vehicle, where the child was strapped into a seat in the back, according to an arrest warrant filed Tuesday.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Drunk drivers to be targeted during holiday travel

ATLANTA (AP) - The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says law enforcement agencies will be targeting suspected drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. awarded unemployment, job training grant

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal labor officials have awarded more than $300,000 to fund re-employment programs and eligibility assessments for the unemployed in Georgia.

June 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. agency responds to child safety probe backlog

ATLANTA (AP) - The interim director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services has ordered mandatory overtime to address backlogged child protective services investigations.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Parking crackdown lucrative for Atlanta

An aggressive parking enforcement strategy in Atlanta has more than doubled the number of parking citations, boosting revenue for the city.

August 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Summer unemployment for school workers?

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal agency's decision might lead to thousands of Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and private school teachers getting summer unemployment benefits after the state denied them the money.

August 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Supt. to oppose charter amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge will oppose a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the state's authority to charter independent schools.

August 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Carroll Co. schools add cameras to buses

CARROLLTON (AP) - A west Georgia school system is the latest to add school bus cameras aimed at nabbing motorists who break traffic laws, officials said.

August 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man beats woman with dead dog in Atl.

A Fulton County prosecutor says a man has pleaded guilty to using a dead dog to beat his girlfriend.

August 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Voters to decide charter school issue

After most Georgia voters decided against a transportation tax, political attention is shifting to a new battle involving charter schools.

August 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


50th anniversary of 1st black UGA grad

The University of Georgia plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the first African-American to earn a degree from the school.

August 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Indonesian zoo moves orangutan to stop her smoking

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesian zookeepers have moved an orangutan out of visitors' sight so she'll no longer smoke lit cigarettes people regularly throw into her cage.

August 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Sikh temple shooter a white supremacist

The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before being shot to death by police was identified Monday as a 40-year-old Army veteran and former leader of a white supremacist heavy metal band.

August 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Drought could take toll on Ga. poultry

Georgia, struggling with a drought of its own, also has to worry about earth-parched conditions in other states, particularly the Corn Belt states of the Midwest.

August 06, 2012 | By Jeff Gill jgill@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


Contractors sue over nuclear plant work

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Contractors working on a first-of-its-kind nuclear plant are suing Georgia Power and the group of cooperative and municipal utilities building the new reactors near Waynesboro.

August 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Activists plan Chick-fil-A 'Kiss In'

ATLANTA (AP) - Gay rights activists and other supporters of marriage equality planned a national "Kiss In" at Chick-fil-A restaurants Friday to protest the fast-food chain owners' opposition to same-sex unions.

August 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents plan lawsuits after football death

ATLANTA (AP) - The parents of two high school football players who died after collapsing during practice drills in the heat say they plan to sue school or county officials.

July 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


DFCS changing protocols after death

A state official says the agency in charge of protecting Georgia children from abuse is revamping its protocols after an investigation found that a teenage girl who died was severely malnourished.

July 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


New heat rules for football players

High school football teams across Georgia are doing a new "heat-conditioning" period under new rules designed to reduce the number of heat-related deaths and injuries.

July 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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