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Forecasters: Storms coming to Plains, Gulf Coast

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Forecasters say severe weather is possible in the Southern Plains and across the Deep South over the next few days.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta readies for reaction to Ferguson case

ATLANTA (AP) - Police and leaders in the Atlanta area were preparing Thursday for protests and possible unrest as a grand jury in Missouri decides whether to criminally charge a white officer who fatally shot a black man.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate declines to 7.7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 percent.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


NBC scraps Cosby television project

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Temperatures drop into teens for 2nd straight day

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures sunk as low as 14 degrees in at least one Georgia town as near-record cold gripped the state for a second straight day.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bullying, lying debt collectors an epidemic

NEW YORK (AP) - The country is facing an epidemic of unscrupulous debt collectors willing to pose as law enforcement and threaten arrest to squeeze dollars out of Americans, a top prosecutor said Tuesday as he announced the arrests of seven people who worked for an Atlanta-area company.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Alabama sets road widening among Southern mansions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Transportation is advertising for bids to complete the four-laning of U.S. 431 from Interstate 85 in Opelika to the Florida line.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


7 charged in Georgia-based debt collection scam

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities in New York say they've brought criminal charges against seven people in a debt collection scam run out of Georgia.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia moves on _ again _ without star RB Gurley

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia is not concerned about carrying on without Todd Gurley.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA flags fly at half-staff to honor Gov. Sanders

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says flags at state buildings and grounds will fly at half-staff to honor former Gov. Carl Sanders, who died at age 89.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Severe wind chills, freezing temperatures in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures plunged into the 20s in many parts of Georgia -- and dropped to 13 in one spot in the mountains -- as cold air settled over the state.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Tornado destroyed mobile home

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials have determined that a tornado destroyed a mobile home, damaged a barn and toppled trees in Twiggs County.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate Majority Caucus elects leaders for 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate Majority Caucus has selected six Republican lawmakers to serve as the group's leaders for the 2015 legislative session.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders - known for his work on education and as a prominent member of the state's legal community - has died at age 89.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia lawmaker files early medical cannabis bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A top state lawmaker has filed an early bill that would allow for the limited use of medical cannabis in Georgia.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. GOP could have super majority

ATLANTA (AP) - An independent lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives is considering becoming a Republican, a decision that could give the GOP a supermajority in the General Assembly.

November 07, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta's airport to offer free Wi-Fi

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta say free Wi-Fi will be available to travelers next year.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport announced Wednesday that it will first reduce the price of airport wireless Internet access to $4.95 a day effective Thursday. Then, officials say they will eliminate the fees entirely in the fall of 2013.

November 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Nearly 1,300 drivers convicted of texting

ATLANTA (AP) - Fewer than 50 drivers a month have been convicted of texting and driving in the two years since a law to ban texting went into effect, state records show.

As of mid-September, 1,281 motorists had been convicted of the offense since the state law took effect on July 1, 2010, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

October 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia churches challenge IRS rules on politics

ATLANTA (AP) - Dozens of Georgia's religious leaders are embracing a new movement to challenge a decades-old tax law that prohibits preaching about politics from the pulpit.

October 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Committee of teens to study safe driving

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor has appointed 22 teenagers to a committee to provide advice on how to communicate a safe driving message to teen drivers.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Kudzu bugs blanket Georgia fields

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Residents in northeast Georgia say kudzu bugs are swarming on yards, fields and front porches.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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