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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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Lobbyists spend in charter school debate

ATLANTA (AP) - Lobbyists on both sides of the charter school debate have spent thousands trying to woo Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, shelling out for a documentary film screening, coffee and pricey meals, some topping $100 a person.

March 10, 2012 | DORIE TURNER, AP Education Writer | STATE


Occupy At. demonstrators in court

ATLANTA - Several members of Occupy Atlanta are due in court to face a variety of charges.

March 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House pass charter school bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has passed legislation that outlines how the state would fund charter schools if a constitutional amendment is approved.

March 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers face deadline to move bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers approved a flood of legislation Wednesday ahead of a deadline to pass bills or see them fail, including provisions that would exempt religious employers from paying for birth control and requirements that people getting government assistance pass drug tests and get career training.

March 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Teens arrested after fall through ceiling

COLLEGE PARK (AP) - Police say they nabbed two teenagers suspected of burglary after the boys crashed through the ceiling into two apartment units in Clayton County.

March 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Super Tuesday: What we learned

(AP) - Republicans in 10 states weighed in on the GOP presidential nomination race in its busiest day yet. Mitt Romney won six states, Rick Santorum clinched three and Newt Gingrich prevailed in one. And along the way, clues were gleaned from the results about the path ahead. A look at what we learned:

March 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Romney says he's ready to fight to nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney said Wednesday he's "prepared to fight all the way" to become the Republican presidential nominee after padding his delegate count on Super Tuesday. Supporters of his chief rival, Rick Santorum, tried to elbow Newt Gingrich out of the race in an effort to give conservatives a clear alternative to the GOP front-runner.

March 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Santorum, Romney take 3 states each

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney split six states and dueled for supremacy in Ohio on a Super Tuesday that stretched from one end of the country to the other in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


AP Analysis of Tuesday's results

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's lackluster showing in Super Tuesday's primaries nonetheless moves him closer to the Republican presidential nomination. But a string of events and voter data underscore his challenge in winning independent voters turned off by the long, divisive primary.

March 06, 2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press | STATE


Girls abducted, attacked in DeKalb

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for suspects after one girl reported being dragged into the woods by a man in a black mask, and another girl at the same apartment complex near Atlanta said she was attacked in a separate incident.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


East Point struggles with utility rates

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - The East Point city council has delayed voting on a contentious budget matter that has led to heated arguments and a heavy police presence at public meetings in recent days.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Voters weigh in on GOP race

ATLANTA (AP) - Mitt Romney is angling to solidify his front-runner status and Rick Santorum to keep it a two-man race as voters in 10 states put Super Tuesday's imprint on the Republican presidential race. Newt Gingrich just hopes to keep his struggling campaign alive with a strong showing in Georgia.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Vote today in presidential primary

ATLANTA (AP) - Voters are making their picks across Georgia in what could be the biggest test yet for Newt Gingrich as he fights to keep his bid alive for the Republican presidential nomination.

March 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate passes bill to grade schools

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed legislation that would give grades to schools based on how their students perform.

March 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama's transgender ex-nanny outcast

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Once, long ago, Evie looked after "Barry" Obama, the kid who would grow up to become the world's most powerful man. Now, his transgender former nanny has given up her tight, flowery dresses, her brocade vest and her bras, and is living in fear on Indonesia's streets.

March 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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