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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


Sleet, freezing rain possible in north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a mix of sleet and light freezing rain will be possible in north Georgia as the latest winter storm moves across the South.

March 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Execution of Terrell, Gissendar postponed

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - Before they ultimately postponed an execution at the eleventh hour, Georgia officials were indecisive about whether they should proceed with a cloudy injection drug, according to a court filing.

March 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House passes bill to regulate car hailing firms such as Uber

ATLANTA (AP) - The first of a slew of bills that would regulate popular car hailing services such as Uber has passed the Georgia House, and several more are under discussion.

March 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wintry weather possible in northwest Georgia by mid-week

ATLANTA (AP) - Another round of wintry weather could soon hit parts of north Georgia.

March 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


: Ex-superintendent charged in cheating scandal dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools charged in what prosecutors had called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


New medical marijuana bill in Senate weaker than House form

ATLANTA (AP) - A new bill to legalize a form of medicinal marijuana in Georgia has been filed in the state Senate, and unlike its House counterpart would set up a four-year study rather than making the drug available immediately.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman set for execution seeks clemency reconsideration

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for the only woman on Georgia's death row are asking the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Zoo Atlanta mourns death of gorilla

ATLANTA (AP) - A 50-year-old gorilla who became a beloved figure at Zoo Atlanta after spending several decades in a Washington state department store has died, zoo officials said Tuesday.

August 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Court: Ga. police may verify immigration status

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled law enforcement in Georgia may verify the immigration status of criminal suspects who fail to produce proper identification.

August 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Air France: Out of gas? Ask passengers to pitch in

PARIS - An emergency layover in Syria's capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

August 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Augusta National adds female members

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

August 20, 2012 | DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer | STATE


Emory misrepresented data for decade

Prestigious Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade, the Atlanta school disclosed Friday, adding its high-profile name to a growing list of institutions caught up in scandals over rankings pressure.

August 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Parking crackdown lucrative for Atlanta

An aggressive parking enforcement strategy in Atlanta has more than doubled the number of parking citations, boosting revenue for the city.

August 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Summer unemployment for school workers?

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal agency's decision might lead to thousands of Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and private school teachers getting summer unemployment benefits after the state denied them the money.

August 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Supt. to oppose charter amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge will oppose a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the state's authority to charter independent schools.

August 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Carroll Co. schools add cameras to buses

CARROLLTON (AP) - A west Georgia school system is the latest to add school bus cameras aimed at nabbing motorists who break traffic laws, officials said.

August 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man beats woman with dead dog in Atl.

A Fulton County prosecutor says a man has pleaded guilty to using a dead dog to beat his girlfriend.

August 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Voters to decide charter school issue

After most Georgia voters decided against a transportation tax, political attention is shifting to a new battle involving charter schools.

August 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


50th anniversary of 1st black UGA grad

The University of Georgia plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the first African-American to earn a degree from the school.

August 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Indonesian zoo moves orangutan to stop her smoking

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesian zookeepers have moved an orangutan out of visitors' sight so she'll no longer smoke lit cigarettes people regularly throw into her cage.

August 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Sikh temple shooter a white supremacist

The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before being shot to death by police was identified Monday as a 40-year-old Army veteran and former leader of a white supremacist heavy metal band.

August 06, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Drought could take toll on Ga. poultry

Georgia, struggling with a drought of its own, also has to worry about earth-parched conditions in other states, particularly the Corn Belt states of the Midwest.

August 06, 2012 | By Jeff Gill jgill@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


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