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Ga. lawmakers rush to meet 30th day deadline for bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers on Wednesday passed dozens of bills, rushing to meet a key deadline to keep legislation alive for the remainder of the 40-day session.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 6.2 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has risen to 6.2 percent.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Girlfriend says man shot by cop had stopped medication

ATLANTA (AP) - Bridget Anderson had been planning to go to her boyfriend's place Monday evening to cook together and celebrate their three-year anniversary. Instead, she got a call that he had been shot dead by police.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House approves various levels of raises for Ga. judges

ATLANTA (AP) - Supreme and Appeals Court judges would receive a $12,000 raise under a bill headed to the Georgia state Senate.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia police chief resigns after shooting ex-wife

ATLANTA (AP) - A police chief in suburban Atlanta resigned Wednesday before a grand jury decides whether to charge him with a misdemeanor crime for accidentally shooting his sleeping wife after drinking alcohol and taking sleep medication, officials said.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Senate approves resolution to change AP history exam

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has passed a resolution demanding that the New York-based College Board redo its most recent revision of the Advancement Placement U.S. History exam.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Charleston parking ticket revenue rises sharply

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - People visiting Charleston should make sure they feed the parking meter.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


R&B singer Angie Stone arrested on assault charge in Georgia

LITHONA, Ga. (AP) - Police say Grammy-nominated R&B singer Angie Stone is accused of knocking out several of her daughter's teeth with a metal stand and has been charged with aggravated assault.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cancer hospital company abandons bid to expand in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A cancer hospital company dropped a longshot bid Tuesday to win permission from lawmakers to expand its patient base in the state.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House panel revives education savings accounts bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill letting parents use state dollars toward private school tuition or other education expenses could receive a House floor vote as soon as Wednesday after a last-minute jumpstart from a key tax policy committee.

March 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons re-sign backup QB T.J. Yates

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed backup quarterback T.J. Yates.

March 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama scheduled to speak Georgia Tech during Atlanta stop

ATLANTA (AP) - President Barack Obama is paying a visit to Georgia.

March 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 widely different medicinal marijuana bills to butt heads

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate's version of a medicinal marijuana bill, much weaker than the House bill, could come up this week in the General Assembly, setting the stage for a showdown.

March 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House backs legalizing fireworks to spark economy

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House hopes that legalizing fireworks will spark part of the state's economy.

March 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Economists project solid job growth in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Economists expect solid job growth in Georgia during the rest of 2014, with help from the housing market and the state's manufacturing and technology industries.

February 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Forsyth County man charged in death of 3-year-old

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - Forsyth County sheriff's officials say a man has been charged with child cruelty and reckless conduct in the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son.

February 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate approves criminal justice bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia state Senate has passed a bill meant to help ex-offenders re-enter society and find jobs.

February 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. medical marijuana bill could go to vote

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill to enable a type of medical marijuana to be used in Georgia under certain circumstances passed a key committee vote Wednesday, keeping it alive as a major legislative deadline looms.

February 26, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. bill requires coverage for autism therapy

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia state senate has passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover autism therapy for children under the age of 6.

February 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sub-freezing temperatures forecast for much of Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures are headed below freezing across much of Georgia -- even as far south as Americus in south Georgia -- by early Thursday.

February 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. politicians fault national education standards

ATLANTA (AP) - Conservatives are making an election-year attack on national curriculum standards used by Georgia's schools, though it appears unlikely to change much inside classrooms.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill backing amnesty in drug overdoses advances

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill granting amnesty in some cases to those who seek medical attention in the event of a drug overdose.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. politicians fault national education standars

ATLANTA (AP) - Conservatives are making an election-year attack on national curriculum standards used by Georgia's schools, though it appears unlikely to change much inside classrooms.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Georgia teacher sentenced for sexual abuse

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) - A former high school teacher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with multiple students.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wintry mix possible in north Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a wintry mix of precipitation is possible across parts of north Georgia.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Items for US troops sit for months at post office

ATLANTA (AP) - Residents of an Atlanta-area retirement home want to know why care packages they tried to send to U.S. troops overseas were left sitting in a nearby post office for months.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. girl killed when TV, dresser fall on her

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Bibb County sheriff's officials say a 17-month-old girl was killed when a television and the dresser it was placed on fell onto her.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate passes income tax cap resolution

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia state Senate has approved a resolution to cap the state's income tax at its current rate.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


High court: Inmates have right to legal resources

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Supreme Court ruling reinforces inmates' rights to access prison libraries and legal assistance.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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