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House OKs easier path to diploma despite failing test

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill letting thousands of Georgians who did not pass high school graduation tests petition local officials for diplomas.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed and sent to the House two proposals aimed at cracking down on pimps and others engaged in what lawmakers say is an increasing problem of sexual exploitation of children in Georgia.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


American Pickers TV show coming to Georgia

Think you might have a hidden treasure in that collection of what other people call junk? The American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, of the HBO show on the History Channel, are coming to Georgia looking for junkyards, basements, garages and barns to find hidden treasures, rare artifacts, and vintage collectibles and they want to see what you've got.

February 12, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


High winds, cold temperatures predicted in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - High winds followed by a surge of cold air this weekend are in store for Georgia as multiple cold fronts move across the South.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal proposes broad powers to take over failing schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal wants lawmakers to create a state-run district to take over failing schools, overseen by an appointed superintendent with broad new powers over those institutions.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers await details of governor's failing schools plan

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers plan to begin discussing Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to turn over management of failing schools to a state-run district.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Another ad from Craigslist death in Georgia

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Clark Atlanta University says the killing of a junior chemistry major is a "devastating" loss for the school.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wolves acquire Adreian Payne from Hawks for 1st-round pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adreian Payne came to Minnesota on Monday as a seldom-used member of the powerful Atlanta Hawks, languishing on the bench for one of the league's best teams.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Home Depot: hiring more than 80,000 workers for spring

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot Inc., the nation's largest home-improvement retailer, says it has started to hire more than 80,000 seasonal workers for the spring selling season, the company's busiest period.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. transportation funding bill revised to calm critics

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican leaders on Monday previewed changes to a bill aiming to raise $1 billion to maintain Georgia's roads and bridges, hoping to placate county and city officials unhappy with their initial plan to raise half that dollar amount by eliminating locals' share of the sales tax on gasoline.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House subcommittee approves date change for pre-K

ATLANTA (AP) - A House sub-committee on education has taken the first step toward giving parents more time to enroll their 5-year-olds in pre-kindergarten.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. transportation funding bill revised to calm critics

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan to find $1 billion to maintain Georgia's roads and bridges continues to change in response to local officials' complaints that lawmakers were forcing them to consider tax increases on gasoline.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Execution date set for sole Georgia female death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - An execution date has been set for Georgia's only female death row inmate.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves bringing back McGriff, Walker as special assistants

ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves are bringing back former first baseman Fred McGriff and ex-hitting coach Greg Walker.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia confirms 1st case of measles since 2012

ATLANTA (AP) - State health officials say they've confirmed Georgia's first reported case of measles since 2012.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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State recommends denial of charter school

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's first charter school to win a Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education for standardized test achievement could lose its battle to stay open.

May 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Civil War shipwreck in the way of Ga. port project

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Before government engineers can deepen one of the nation's busiest seaports to accommodate future trade, they first need to remove a $14 million obstacle from the past - a Confederate warship rotting on the Savannah River bottom for nearly 150 years.

May 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Justifiable homicides in Ga. increase

ATLANTA (AP) - The number of justifiable homicides in Georgia has increased since 2006, the same year state lawmakers passed a version of the controversial self-defense law that's the target of national scrutiny in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

May 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


New law slashes unemployment benefits

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a law that will reduce the number of weeks people would be able to collect unemployment benefits.

May 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal approves funding for state's charter schools

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation approving a funding system for Georgia charter schools created by the state.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Longtime UGA president announces retirement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Longtime University of Georgia President Michael Adams says he will retire next year.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. teachers to build underwater robots

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Officials say up to a dozen science teachers will get to build and pilot underwater robots under a grant program intended to improve teacher quality.

May 03, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal to sign overhaul of criminal justice system

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation that will bring sweeping changes to the state's criminal justice system, a priority he set early in his administration.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Blaze hits backlot at Tyler Perry studios

ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators were trying Wednesday to find the cause of a fire that ripped through a simulated streetscape at Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios, sending flames soaring into the night sky.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Counties take up Caterpillar agreement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Athens-Clarke County Commission has approved a more detailed agreement with Oconee County that outlines how the two governments will cooperate on a new plant being developed for construction equipment maker Caterpillar.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. outlaws abortions after 5 months

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would ban abortions five months after conception.

May 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Fulton county turns to debt collectors

ATLANTA (AP) - One of Georgia's largest counties is turning to private debt collectors in an effort to track down money owed by residents.

May 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Obamas visit Georgia

FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Obama administration wants to trademark the term "GI Bill" in an effort to shield veterans and military families from being swindled or misled by schools that target their federal education benefits.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Season's first sea turtle nest is found on Georgia coast

CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the year in Georgia has been reported on Atlantic coast, authorities said.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Smoke from Ala. fire could drift into Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Alabama fire officials say Georgia residents might see and smell smoke from a controlled burn being planned.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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