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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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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


Child protection workers arrested in probe

ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators have arrested two child protection workers in Georgia on charges that they falsified reports to keep millions of dollars in funding.

September 05, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Leaders push voter ID education

ATLANTA (AP) - Several leaders within the National Baptist Convention and the NAACP plan a rally in Atlanta to call attention to changes in voter access laws in several states.

September 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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