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GA lawmakers to hear testimony on medical cannabis

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A committee of state lawmakers tasked with studying effects of marijuana extracts on certain illnesses is scheduled to meet with law enforcement officials, health professionals and others.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man struck, killed by transit train in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a man has been struck and killed by a commuter train at a downtown station.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


8 horses escape Ga. pasture, trot along freeway

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Animal services workers in east Georgia are investigating how a group of eight horses escaped a pasture before trotting alongside Interstate 20.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


In Georgia, 2 parties battle over minority votes

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Behind a nondescript storefront just outside Atlanta, Delores Washington makes telephone call after call in this Democratic stronghold using a list of potential voters handed to her by a young party staffer.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Romney to attend Georgia fundraiser for Perdue

ATLANTA (AP) - Mitt Romney will be heading to Georgia on Wednesday, raising money for Senate candidate David Perdue as the former Dollar General CEO looks to hold a key seat for Republicans this year.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. college smoking ban goes into effect Wednesday

TLANTA (AP) - A rule smoking ban at all University System of Georgia campuses is scheduled to go into effect this week.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


School considers options for Bible verse monument

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Officials at a public high school in east Georgia are considering whether to remove or modify a monument that quotes the Bible.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wal-Mart: Morgan, others weren't wearing seatbelts

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics complaint against Jason Carter dismissed

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission has dismissed a complaint accusing Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter of violating state law by sending fundraiser invitations during the legislative session.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah harbor dredging deal close

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Ports Authority's top executive says a cost-sharing agreement needed to start work on a $706 million deepening of the waterway to the Port of Savannah should be finished within two weeks.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. highway officials buy image-boosting radio ads

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy hospitalized after he's run over by lawnmower

BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old boy is hospitalized with severe injuries after his father accidentally ran over him with a riding lawnmower.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman accused of killing mom to steal her newborn

RINGGOLD, Ga. (AP) - A Tennessee woman was charged with murder after gunning down a northwest Georgia woman because she wanted the woman's newborn baby, a sheriff said.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Governor's race drives spending in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A new national report has found that political spending on television ads for Georgia state offices is down from four years ago.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Fox Theatre thanks Atlanta for saving it

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's Fox Theatre is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the campaign that helped spare it from demolition.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Gunman kills 1 in chapel of megachurch

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for the man suspected of opening fire inside a Georgia megachurch, killing one.

The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. Wednesday at World Changers Church International, which is led by the Rev. Creflo Dollar.

October 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Morehouse to furlough employees

ATLANTA (AP) - Morehouse College will furlough faculty and cut its budget because of a drop in enrollment.

Interim Provost Willis Sheftall told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Atlanta college has 2,360 students, or about 125 fewer than projected. He blamed the drop in enrollment on a poor economy and changes to a federal loan program for students.

October 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. aims to collect more tax from online

ATLANTA (AP) - With changes in the tax law taking effect this month, Georgia intends to begin treating some online retailers the same way it treats those with stores here: by collecting sales tax.

October 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves lose 6-3, knocked out of playoffs

ATLANTA (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals won baseball's first wild-card playoff, taking advantage of a disputed infield fly call that led to a protest and fans littering the field with debris to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Friday.

October 05, 2012 | PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer | STATE


Local may be head of Ga. Lottery

A Rockdale local may be appointed as the next head of the Ga. Lottery.

October 05, 2012 | | STATE


Elderly victims die in Rockdale fire

Investigators have released the names of the two victims in the house fire at 1573 Mountain View Circle. Peggy Stanich, 78, and Frank Bitterman II, 68, were found unconscious when firefighters arrived to the burning house.

October 03, 2012 | Michelle Kim | STATE


Emory, others launch autism center

ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University and other Atlanta partners are launching a new autism research center using an $8.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

September 27, 2012 | BILL BARROW, The Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Power to purchase more solar energy

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power executives say the utility firm plans to substantially boost the amount of solar power it distributes to customers.

Company officials say the utility will buy more than 10 times the amount of solar electricity it now gets from solar farms and rooftop equipment by 2017.

September 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA could eliminate nearly 130 positions

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Documents released by University of Georgia administrators to state officials indicate that the school plans to eliminate nearly 130 jobs.

September 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Police guard home of malnourished teen

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Police are guarding the Georgia home of a couple accused of child cruelty after a teenage boy weighing just 87 pounds was found wandering a Los Angeles bus station.

September 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Chick-fil-A tries to clarify giving

ATLANTA (AP) - Chick-fil-A gave another statement about recent reports that it will stop giving money to groups that oppose gay marriage, but the company did not make any clearer Thursday whether it was still funding them.

September 20, 2012 | BILL BARROW, Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta mayor: no jail for panhandling

ATLANTA (AP) - The mayor of Atlanta says he plans to veto a new city ordinance that would send aggressive panhandlers to jail for up to six months.

September 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia cuts archives access

ATLANTA (AP) - Scholars, amateur genealogists and others are protesting the state's decision to limit public access to the Georgia Archives.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/PvdbBE ) thousands of people signed online petitions and Facebook pages over the weekend after Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced only limited public appointments to the archives will be available starting Nov. 1. Kemp says the change was necessary to help trim more than $730,000 from his office's budget.

September 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Drum major's parents speak on hazing

ATLANTA (AP) - Florida A&M University's insistence that it is not to blame for a drum major's death during a hazing ritual shows school officials are not taking responsibility for the safety of students, the band member's parents said Thursday.

Pam and Robert Champion Sr. said at a news conference in Atlanta that they were disappointed by court documents filed Monday by FAMU in response to their lawsuit against the school. The university said in its filing that 26-year-old Robert Champion, as a top leader in the band, should have refused to participate in the ritual. The ...

September 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gas prices fall 6.2 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 6.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.86/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.81/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


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