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Statewide trafficking prosecutor named

Attorney General Sam Olens announced today that he has appointed a new prosecutor, Camila Wright, who will be dedicated to the prosecution of human trafficking. As a prosecutor for the Attorney General's Office, she will have the authority to prosecute human trafficking throughout the entire state and will assist jurisdictions as they work these complex cases. In addition to handling prosecutions, Ms. Wright will conduct trainings around the state for law enforcement and oversee the Attorney General's policy agenda on human trafficking.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia's Todd Gurley suspended 4 games by NCAA

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The NCAA has ruled that Georgia star running back Todd Gurley must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period.

October 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even tho

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The NCAA has ruled that Georgia star running back Todd Gurley must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period.

October 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge declines to act on Georgia voting dispute

ATLANTA (AP) - Just days before the Nov. 4 midterm elections, a state judge in Georgia is declining to act on a dispute over 56,000 voter registration applications in one of the nation's most politically charged states.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Libertarians could play outsized role in key races

ATLANTA (AP) - This year, two Libertarian candidates could wreak havoc on Georgia's top races with control of the U.S. Senate potentially on the line.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Nurse who had Ebola will be released from hospital

ATLANTA (AP) - A Dallas nurse who flew from Texas to Ohio and back before being diagnosed with Ebola will be released from an Atlanta hospital Tuesday after tests showed she's virus-free, a hospital spokeswoman said.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia still waiting for ruling on Gurley

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's wait for a ruling from the NCAA on Todd Gurley's status continued with Monday's start of game-week preparations for Florida.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officials recommend checking smoke alarms

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say Georgians should use this weekend's time change as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2 students test positive for tuberculosis exposure

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Health officials say two students have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis after about 150 students were tested at Newnan High School.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal, Carter potential runoff looms

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A runoff is increasingly likely in Georgia's tight gubernatorial race, and both candidates are spending their time rallying their base of supporters with just over a week left before the Nov. 4 election.

October 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Academic scores lag at Ga. Division I schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Data from Georgia universities with top tier Division I football programs shows they're willing to make exceptions to admission requirements for football players despite the schools becoming increasingly competitive for other incoming freshmen.

October 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal, Carter face off in tense Ga. gov debate

ATLANTA (AP) - The candidates for Georgia governor came to their third and final debate ready to attack, ramping up their accusations on education, taxes and the economy.

October 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia woman, 'voice of Siri,' speaks in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Whether it's giving sports score updates or naming the hottest restaurant in town, the voice heard by millions of iPhone users took center stage at Augusta's Legends Club on Tuesday.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Perdue urging conservatives in final bus tour

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Twelve days from Georgia's Senate election, Republican David Perdue has launched a statewide bus tour to remind conservatives that he wants to help his party continue fighting President Barack Obama.

October 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


'Outsourcing' changes Georgia race in closing days

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has spent the past month hammering away at Republican David Perdue's career as a business executive, making his role in outsourcing jobs a hallmark of her campaign for U.S. Senate.

October 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Bonus pay for teachers revealed in cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta educators accused of crimes in connection with the school system's cheating scandal earned bonuses that totaled as little as $750 and averaged $2,600.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Chris Kelly of 1990s rap duo Kris Kross dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo behind one of the decade's most memorable songs, "Jump," has died at an Atlanta hospital of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said. He was 34.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gunshot at rattlesnake leads to school lock down

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A gunshot intended for a rattlesnake led authorities to briefly lock down an elementary school in northeast Georgia.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gary Michael Hilton gets 4 life sentences

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - A drifter previously convicted of killing and beheading hikers in Florida and Georgia was sentenced Thursday to four additional life sentences in federal prison for kidnapping and murdering a North Carolina couple in a national forest.

April 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Boston Marathon bombing suspect out of hospital

BOSTON - The surviving Boston Marathon bombings suspect has been released from a civilian hospital and transferred to a federal medical detention center in central Massachusetts.

April 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Ga. PTA treasurer charged with theft

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - The former treasurer of a metro Atlanta elementary school's PTA is accused of stealing more than $12,000 from the organization and more than $5,800 from another school's booster club.

April 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Napolitano: Men of interest seen in bomb video

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the FBI wants to speak with individuals seen in at least one video from the Boston Marathon but says she isn't calling them suspects.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gun control backers: Senate defeat won't stop us

WASHINGTON (AP) - One day after the demise of gun control legislation, Senate supporters of the measure vowed to try again, while a leading opponent accused President Barack Obama of taking the "low road" when he harshly criticized lawmakers who voted against key provisions.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Miss. man arrested for mailing suspected ricin

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market and claimed "various parties within the government" were trying to ruin his reputation.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Image leads to hunt for Boston bombing suspect

BOSTON (AP) - The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Feds seek suspects, motive in Boston bombings

BOSTON (AP) - The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world's most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, more than 140 wounded and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why.

April 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Official angered by story on 'state secrets' bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Emails show that a Georgia juvenile justice official was angered by a writer's coverage of a bill that would keep some reports of problems in juvenile lockups secret, and she worried that news coverage could derail the legislation.

April 15, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Plan for cameras in city vehicles raises concerns

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan to install cameras in city-owned vehicles in Atlanta is raising privacy concerns from the workers who will be videotaped.

April 15, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


State agency struggles with computer outage

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say the Georgia Department of Driver Services has been struggling with a statewide computer outage at licensing and testing centers across the state.

April 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


US couple in jail after fleeing to Cuba with kids

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida couple accused of kidnapping their two young sons and fleeing by boat to Cuba were handed over to the United States and imprisoned and their children were returned to their maternal grandparents, who have official custody, authorities said Wednesday.

April 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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