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House adds legal refugees to student scholarship program

ATLANTA (AP) - Students with legal refugee status could be eligible for special needs scholarships under a bill approved by the Georgia House.

March 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House bill would remove limitations on cancer hospita

ATLANTA (AP) - A House bill that would remove limitations placed on a for-profit cancer hospital under a 2008 deal with Georgia lawmakers has run into stiff opposition.

March 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Versions of transportation, school bills passed

State lawmakers took a step forward Thursday on two major priorities for the legislative session.

March 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal: February tax revenues up more than 12 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state's net tax collections are up more than 12 percent over this time last year.

March 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


SUV plunges off bridge on highway north of Atlanta

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a suburban utility vehicle has plunged off a bridge over a creek that flows into Lake Lanier north of Atlanta.

March 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cell phone lot at Atlanta airport closing for road work

ATLANTA (AP) - The cellphone parking lot at Atlanta's airport will close for a week while improvements are made to roads leading to the terminals.

March 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. governor's school takeover amendment passes Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" is moving to the Georgia House.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Prosecutor to seek charge against police chief who shot wife

ATLANTA (AP) - A prosecutor said Thursday that he would seek a misdemeanor charge - but no felony - against a suburban Atlanta police chief who reported accidentally shooting his sleeping wife on New Year's Day.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Pig disease traced to central Georgia livestock show

MACON, Ga. (AP) - The state's first known cases of a potentially deadly pig disease have been tied to an event at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers expected to talk transportation, schools, religion

ATLANTA (AP) - Three provocative pieces of legislation are on track to floor votes in the General Assembly.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's unemployment rate drops to 6.4 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.4 percent, its lowest level since July 2008.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Rain, freezing rain and sleet expected in north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say north Georgia residents can expect a mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet as a new storm system moves across the state.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Richt promises open QB competition in spring drills

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Brice Ramsey's edge in Georgia's quarterback competition this spring may not be as big as some believed.

March 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia waffles on execution with cloudy drug

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials waffled on whether to proceed with an execution when the lethal injection drug was discovered to have a cloudy appearance, according to court documents, and one expert said their decision to postpone it was the right move.

March 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man killed in confrontation with police detectives

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a man was killed after a confrontation with police detectives outside Atlanta.

March 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Deal seeks contingency plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he has asked his agency heads to come up with contingency plans if federal leaders can't reach agreement to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff."

December 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


A DragonCon founder charged in sex crime

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a co-founder of a science fiction convention will likely be extradited to Georgia by Christmas on child molestation charges.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday reported Edward W. Kramer, co-founder of DragonCon, was arrested on molestation charges in Connecticut.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man,73, kills woman, 65, at gas station

ATLANTA (AP) - A chance encounter at a Georgia gas station left a 65-year-old woman dead and a 73-year-old man facing a murder charge after authorities say the woman's car and his motorized wheelchair bumped and he opened fire, police said Wednesday.

Linda Hunnicutt, 65, had just pulled into the gas station in Macon shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday and stepped out of her Buick Lucerne when the man pulled a gun and fatally shot her, city police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Emory cuts anger some students, faculty

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan by Emory University to eliminate several academic departments and make cuts to others has angered some students and faculty who say the administration decided on the changes without consulting the university community.

December 04, 2012 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. high school grad. rate is 67%

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal education officials say Georgia has a high school graduation rate of 67 percent among all students, ranking it behind all of its neighboring states.

November 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Athens women’s business expo Nov. 30

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will present its first annual "Women's Business Expo" Nov. 30.

November 25, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Ga. immigrants apply for protection

More than 10,000 illegal immigrants living in Georgia have requested temporary protection from deportation under a plan established by President Barack Obama.

November 19, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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