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Georgia's jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at 6.3 percent, which is unchanged from the previous month.

May 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. daycare temporarily closed during state investigation

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - A judge has affirmed an order to temporarily close a Cobb County daycare after employees were accused of lying about how long a child was left alone in a van.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Charges dropped for man who smashed car window, saved dog

THENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have dropped the charges against an Athens veteran who was arrested after breaking a window to free a dog from a hot car.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia teacher accused of letting students have sex

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - An Atlanta-area teacher has been arrested after a parent complained he allowed middle school students to have sex in a storage unit in his classroom.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


It's not an ostrich: Emu causes highway traffic jam

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Drivers may have mistaken it for an ostrich, but an emu was at the heart of a highway traffic jam in metro Atlanta.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


University board backs plan to prevent sexual violence

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's state university system plans to set specific training requirements for students and staff and create new positions in hopes of preventing sexual violence at its 30 schools.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


NTSB: Pilot reported problem before fatal crash into freeway

ATLANTA (AP) - Seconds before slamming into a metro Atlanta freeway, a pilot radioed air traffic controllers to say he was struggling to gain altitude, authorities said.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Clarification: Michael's Law story

ATLANTA (AP) - In a story May 17, The Associated Press reported that a new Georgia law prevents anyone younger than 21 from entering a bar, defined as a business with more than 75 percent of its revenue from sales of alcohol to be consumed at that location. The story should have specified that the law allows people younger than 21 in a bar if accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse older than 21 or to attend a live concert requiring a paid ticket.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


About 270 tickets written in Ga under "slow poke" law

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia State Patrol says officers have written about 270 tickets under a law that makes it illegal to block faster drivers in the left-hand lane.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 20 suspects arrested in child sex sting

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they arrested more than 20 people in a weekend operation aimed at curbing the exploitation of children.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Busy spring puts state ports on track for record fiscal year

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's seaports in Savannah and Brunswick are on track for a record-breaking fiscal year following a busy spring in which East Coast ports benefited from a West Coast labor dispute.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal appoints members to medical marijuana study group

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed 11 members of a new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island puts off vote on banning plastic bags

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Tybee Island officials have delayed a vote on preventing local retailers from using plastic bags.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Republicans gather, hear from presidential hopefuls

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Republicans will hear from three White House hopefuls as the party gathers for its annual convention.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cats, dogs, squirrel and tortoise taken from coastal GA home

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Police in coastal Georgia say they're investigating a couple that had been keeping dogs, cats, a squirrel and a tortoise in their house.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Gov. Deal signs duel enrollment bills to boost workforce

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal signed two bills into law Thursday that remove barriers to dual enrollment participation both for students with dim hopes or plans of attending college and also for high school youngsters who want to earn college credits before being handed their diplomas.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Police charge woman hit by train with public intoxication

ATLANTA (AP) - A woman is facing three charges after being hit by a freight train in southwest Atlanta.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sentences cut for 3 ex-educators in Atlanta cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge sharply reduced the sentences Thursday for three former Atlanta public school educators who received the harshest prison terms in the city's standardized test cheating trial.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former SEC football player charged in death of Georgia boy

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police have charged a former Southeastern Conference football player with killing a 4-year-old boy.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Army soldier found dead after standoff with SWAT, police

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A soldier was found dead after a standoff with police at a Savannah apartment complex.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


It ain't easy: Goats can't resist lure of cheesy Cheetos

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A herd of goats wandering through midtown Savannah were unable to resist the lure of a bag of Cheetos.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal signs autism insurance bill for kids

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law that includes an insurance coverage requirement for children 6 and under.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sperm bank responds to accusations it misrepresented donor

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Rubio to speak at Georgia Republicans' state convention

ATLANTA (AP) - Presidential candidate Marco Rubio is slated to address Georgia Republicans at the party's state convention next month.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Principal, teacher accused of grabbing students by the neck

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) - A pair of Spalding County elementary school administrators surrendered to accusations of using excessive physical force against two elementary school students.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman accused of making death threats against police online

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - A woman accused of making death threats on a social media site against police officers has been put in jail.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics commission picks veteran state attorney as chief exec

ATLANTA (AP) - The newly hired chief executive of Georgia's ethics commission said Tuesday that he will ensure the agency is efficient, non-partisan and resistant to outside pressure.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia teacher to retire after blasting Obama to students

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - A central Georgia middle school teacher will retire at the end of the school year after criticizing President Barack Obama and his supporters in front of students.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Roby named interim Commissioner of Veterans Service

Mike Roby, GDVS Assistant Commissioner for Field Operations & Claims, has been named Interim Commissioner of Veterans Service.

April 28, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Air Force pilot laid to rest at Arlington cemetery

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia Air Force pilot has been laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery almost 50 years after he was killed in Vietnam.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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