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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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Ex-Falcon Jamal Anderson gets DUI

ATLANTA (AP) - Police in metro Atlanta say former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson is facing a charge of driving under the influence after an officer pulled him over just northeast of Atlanta.

June 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


CDC trying out free drugstore AIDS test

ATLANTA (AP) - Would you go to a drugstore for an AIDS test?

June 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Top court won't hear Lake Lanier dispute

ATLANTA (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not intervene in a tri-state water dispute between Alabama, Florida and Georgia that until a year ago threatened to severely restrict the Atlanta area's access to its main water supply for roughly 3 million people.

June 25, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. funerals, private gov't in NY Times

The New York Times was busy covering Georgia this past weekend, including two Sunday features:

June 25, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Berries beat peaches as Ga.'s top seller

ATLANTA (AP) - Though Georgia is known for its peaches, blueberries have mounted a challenge in recent years and have quietly overtaken the peach as the state's top-selling fruit crop.

June 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Pedestrian killed by train ID'd

UPDATE: Investigators identified the victim who was struck and killed by a train Wednesday night as 54-year-old Bryant Bennett Johnson.

June 21, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Alcohol limit higher for Ga. boaters

ATLANTA (AP) - Safety advocates are continuing to push for a lower legal limit for boaters who consume alcohol on Georgia's lakes and rivers.

June 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gay marriage ban not upheld in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) - Twenty-five Illinois couples were prepared for a long legal fight when they joined lawsuits challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. Turns out they won't get one - at least not from the attorneys who would normally be responsible for defending the state's laws.

June 21, 2012 | TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press | STATE


Church mentor sentenced to life in prison

LAWRENCEVILLE (AP) - A former church youth leader has been sentenced to life in prison after prosecutors say he posed as a girl on MySpace to find boys to molest.

June 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


156 sea turtle eggs stolen from Ga. coast

SAPELO ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife agents intercepted 156 sea turtle eggs they suspect were stolen from a nest on Sapelo Island, authorities said.

June 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Small banks turn to new areas for growth

Still dealing with weak loan demand and a rough economic recovery, some Georgia community banks that weathered the crisis are getting bolder in their search for new business.

June 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Baptists debate gay vs. civil rights

A day after electing their first African-American president, Southern Baptists are considering a resolution opposing the idea that gay rights are civil rights.

June 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Largest-ever police force for Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's city council has approved a plan that's expected to boost the city's police force to 2,000 -- the largest in the city's history.

June 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Conyers YMCA to anchor development

Developers with the 4A company, which owns 300-plus acres of Conyers land south of Interstate 20, launched three days of design brainstorming for the plot, which would be anchored by the "shining jewel" of Metro Atlanta YMCA facilities.

June 19, 2012 | Michelle Kim | STATE


Rules against family in alligator death

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has reversed a lower court ruling in the death of a Georgia woman whose partially-eaten body was found in a subdivision lagoon frequented by an alligator.

June 18, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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