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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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School, MARTA bus collide in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a school bus has collided with a MARTA bus just east of Atlanta. No serious injuries were reported.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Voters to decide on charter schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia voters will get a chance in November to decide whether to change the state Constitution to allow the state to create charter schools.

March 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Preschool shooter guilty but mentally ill

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A corporate engineer who fawned over a female subordinate was found guilty but mentally ill Thursday of killing her husband outside of a suburban Atlanta preschool.

March 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. juvenile officer accused of sex crimes

ATLANTA (AP) - A former juvenile corrections officer has been jailed after being accused of sex crimes.

March 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. bill would expand brewpub business

ATLANTA (AP) - A Senate panel has approved legislation that could be a boon for the state's brewpub business.

March 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta leaders hope to redevelop GM plant

ATLANTA (AP) - Several metro Atlanta leaders are meeting with President Obama's so-called "car czar" as they try to move ahead with plans to redevelop an abandoned General Motors plant in Doraville.

March 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Authorities raid alleged gambling operation

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Authorities on Tuesday raided seven long-distance calling card stores that prosecutors said were fronts for illegal Internet gambling cafes.

March 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gingrich comes up short in South

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Newt Gingrich saw his presidential hopes all but dashed Tuesday in the Deep South, where he was rejected by voters in the very region that launched his storied political career more than three decades ago.

March 14, 2012 | BETH FOUHY, Associated Press | STATE


Sparta policeman arrested for dogfighting

SPARTA, Ga. (AP) - A Sparta police officer has been arrested after authorities say he was involved in dogfighting.

March 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ala., Miss. votes could clarify GOP race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Mitt Romney hoped to seal his status as the Republican presidential front-runner with a thus-far-elusive victory in the Deep South, a region that has been slow to embrace the former Massachusetts governor.

March 13, 2012 | BETH FOUHY, Associated Press | STATE


Occupy students disrupt regents meeting

ATLANTA (AP) - A group of college students who are part of the Occupy movement disrupted the state Board of Regents meeting to call for a halt to tuition and fee increases at Georgia's institutions.

March 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


New interntaional terminal to open in May

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says a new international terminal at the city's airport will open May 16.

March 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Deadline put on plan to merge colleges

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials have put a deadline on merging eight public colleges into four.

March 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Rep. Broun to debate challengers later

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Paul Broun says he will debate opponents challenging him in this summer's Republican primary, but they'll have to wait at least a couple of months.

March 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Caterpillar taking applications for plant

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Construction equipment maker Caterpillar is already accepting job applications for its planned manufacturing plant in northeast Georgia.

March 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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