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Ga. lawmakers adjourns 2015 session; pass dozens of bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers have adjourned the 2015 legislative session after passing dozens of bills.

April 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials award $2.5 million in grants for trails

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says it has awarded grants for trails around the state.

April 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Crane sends concrete falling onto metro Atlanta interstate

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police say concrete chunks raining onto a metro Atlanta freeway caused multiple wrecks before rush hour.

April 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House sends bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - Insurers would be required to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage to treat children with autism under a bill headed to Gov. Nathan Deal's desk.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House sends fireworks bill to governor for review

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill legalizing fireworks sales in Georgia is headed to Gov. Nathan Deal for consideration.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia lawmakers scramble on final legislative day

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers in Georgia were scrambling Thursday to pass legislation on the final day of the 2015 legislative session. By law, the session runs 40 days. Any bills that do not pass by midnight Thursday fail for the year.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' bill stuck in committee, may not emerge

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia religious freedom bill that became a flashpoint for a debate over anti-gay discrimination was bottled up in a state House committee Thursday, and its sponsor said he did not expect it to emerge in the closing hours of this year's General Assembly.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jeffares update from the capitol

As we complete day 38 of the 2015 legislative session, we are quickly approaching day 40, also known as Sine Die, which is the last day for any bills to be passed to move on to the Governor.

April 02, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Teen who got heart transplant dies in crash during chase

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta area teenager who said a heart transplant two years ago gave him a second chance at life died this week when he lost control of the car he was driving while fleeing police, according to police records.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. transportation officials suspending lane closures

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Transportation officials say they're limiting construction-related lane closures for the next two weekends.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Atlanta educators jailed in test cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - A group of former Atlanta educators convicted in a test cheating scandal were locked up in Fulton County jails Thursday as they await sentences that could send them to prison for years.

April 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - Eleven former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Train passes over body of sleeping Ala. woman

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn police say a woman who fell asleep on a set of railroad tracks was not injured when a train passed over her.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia chooses company to write standardized test

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will pay more than $107 million for the development of a new statewide standardized test, replacing the CRCT and EOCT exams taken by elementary and high school students.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Chambliss: Intel should be released

ATLANTA (AP) - Sen. Saxby Chambliss is calling on the Obama administration to declassify details about five detainees who were released from Guantanamo in exchange for an American soldier held captive by the Taliban.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. inmates to make cards for elderly

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is launching a community service project aimed at connecting juvenile offenders with the elderly.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal suspends gasoline tax increase

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order preventing a hike in state taxes on gasoline.

June 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Program to provide meals to low-income GA children

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say free meals will be available to eligible children throughout the state over the summer.

June 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Second body found after man jumps from GA overpass

ATLANTA (AP) - DeKalb County police say a suicide note left by a man who jumped from a freeway overpass has led them to a second body.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2,500-plus Ga. doctors w/o malpractice insurance

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 2,500 doctors in Georgia don't have malpractice insurance, according to a newspaper analysis of state data.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Poisoned Auburn oaks become museum piece

ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Moulthrop was as horrified as anyone when news broke in 2010 that a University of Alabama fan had poisoned Auburn University's landmark oak trees after a football defeat.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


5 arrested in male enhancement scheme

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say five men have been charged with illegally importing male enhancement products from China.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia AG: No weapons on campus, in schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia gun owners can't bring their weapons onto the grounds of public schools or public college campuses when two new laws take effect on July 1, Attorney General Sam Olens said Thursday.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


3 Ga. men charged in post-prom sexual assault

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say three teens accused of sexually assaulting a girl at an after-prom party at a north Georgia cabin have been charged with aggravated sexual battery.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Karen Handel to endorse Kingston for US Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - For all the wrangling between the tea party and establishment conservatives in this midterm election year, key players from both sides are closing ranks behind one candidate in Georgia's Republican Senate primary runoff.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA man out on bond in fatal crash charged with DUI

JASPER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a man facing charges in a DUI crash that killed his newlywed wife was arrested again over the weekend for drunk driving.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal: Lawmakers should revisit whistleblower rules

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says lawmakers should consider whether government employees responsible for conducting investigations should be "automatically" granted whistleblower protection if they decide to sue.

May 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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