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Do you know your new laws?

The new gun law went into effect July 1, with the beginning of the fiscal year marking the start of many bills passed by Gov. Nathan Deal during the most recent legislative session.

July 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | STATE


Director, 2 more indicted in fatal Ga. train crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Three people, including the director, have been indicted on criminal charges stemming from a fatal crash in which a freight train plowed into the crew working on a movie about rocker Gregg Allman in southeast Georgia.

July 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Hearing for dad in Georgia hot SUV child death

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A suburban Atlanta man charged with murder in his 22-month-old son's death in a hot SUV is due in court to discuss his bond.

July 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Men with guns face off in Valdosta store

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Police say a misunderstanding between two men carrying guns led to tense moments in a south Georgia convenience store.

July 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. to offer bonuses to early childhood teachers

ATLANTA (AP) - A new state program is aimed at giving incentives to early childhood educators for furthering their education.

July 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Child rape case leaves mysteries

Matthew Coniglio's Georgia home held a trove of child pornography, more than 50,000 images and videos stored on laptops, external hard drives and thumb drives.

July 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storm causes rip tide worries for busy Ga. beaches

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to churn up hazardous rip currents along Georgia beaches even if it remains at sea while passing the state's coastline.

July 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. to delay welfare drug testing

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials say they will delay enforcement of a new law that allows drug testing of welfare recipients.

July 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Film, TV representatives discuss Ga. crew issues

ATLANTA (AP) - Representatives for the film and television industry say they regularly struggle to find crew members in Georgia and have to fly staff in from other states.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia launches Alzheimer's, dementia plan

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials from the Georgia Department of Human Services say the state has launched a plan meant to improve services for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


VA whistleblowers allege retaliation in 4 GA cases

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Federal authorities say they are looking into four retaliation cases in Georgia, in which whistleblowers within the Department of Veterans Affairs say they've been punished for reporting concerns in VA facilities.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Depression near Florida expected to strengthen

MIAMI (AP) - A tropical depression that formed off the coast of Florida is expected to strengthen and soon become the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

July 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. university changes gay couples' benefi

ATLANTA (AP) - Married same-sex couples will get tax benefits equal to heterosexual couples through a retirement plan offered by the University System of Georgia.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah courthouse renaming proposed

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A government official in coastal Georgia is proposing to rename a county courthouse after a former state lawmaker, the late J. Tom Coleman Jr.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT suspending lane closures for holiday weekend

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Transportation officials say construction lane closures will be suspended during the holiday weekend.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Many Georgia mail centers to close

U.S. Postal Service workers in several Georgia cities have been told that mail processing centers where they work will close, with the work done elsewhere.

February 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. passes charter school amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House passed a constitutional amendment Wednesday that would allow the state to create charter schools.

February 22, 2012 | By Dorie Turner AP Education Writer | STATE


Bill on drug testing Ga. welfare recipients slowed

ATLANTA (AP) - Relenting to critics, a Georgia lawmaker agreed Wednesday to slightly loosen a proposal that would require drug tests for poor people applying for welfare benefits.

February 15, 2012 | Ray Henry Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport to open cell phone lot

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's airport plans to open a cell phone waiting lot where people will be able to wait for arriving passengers to get to the curb.

February 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. to spend $3.6M on rural educators

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Education wants to spend up to $3.6 million on bonuses for high-quality educators willing to relocate to rural areas of the state.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


$11.2 million in drugs found in Duluth

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in suburban Atlanta say they've discovered cocaine and methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $11 million.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Dog pierced by arrow in Tucker

TUCKER, Ga. (AP) - Residents in a metro Atlanta neighborhood say they're on edge after someone shot a dog with an arrow.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Agents raid metro Atlanta car body shop

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - State agents raided a metro Atlanta car body shop as authorities investigate whether cars were being intentionally rammed into each other to collect insurance money.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Fulton County elephant hook ban halted

ATLANTA (AP) - A Fulton County judge has temporarily blocked the county's ban of the use of bullhooks by elephant trainers days before the circus comes to town.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA taking nominations for top alumni

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The University of Georgia Alumni Association is accepting nominations for this year's "40 Under 40" awards.

February 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


How-to set up an offshore account

WASHINGTON (AP) - Movie super spies James Bond and Jason Bourne use them. So do real-life presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who says he pays his taxes, and untold numbers of Americans who don't. Swiss banks and their secretive counterparts around the globe may sound like the exclusive province of the wealthy, the mysterious or the shady, but anybody can legally open an offshore account.

February 13, 2012 | CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | STATE


Gwinnett judges to perform free weddings

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Magistrate Court judges in a Georgia county plan to perform free wedding ceremonies Tuesday.

February 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Slain girl's family sues Canton apartment

ATLANTA (AP) - The family of a 7-year-old girl who was slain is accusing managers of her apartment complex of failing to properly check the background of a maintenance man who later confessed to killing her.

February 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Some Occupy Atlanta protesters arrested

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say about a dozen people associated with Occupy Atlanta have been arrested at a midtown office building.

February 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Actor, singer Whitney Houston dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

February 11, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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