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Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, the penultimate working day of the 2015 legislative session.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate clears way for continued operation of Uber, Lyft

ATLANTA (AP) - Uber and other ride sharing companies may have passed their last legislative roadblock with the passage of a Georgia Senate bill mandating insurance minimums for drivers and the firms they drive for.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate OKs bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage for treating autism in children.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tiger Woods' plane seen at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State House backs charge on strip clubs to fight trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a constitutional amendment charging strip clubs to provide services for victims of child sexual abuse.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. hunting regulations proposed; public comment sought

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are inviting public comments on proposed changes to hunting regulations.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl, 9, wounded by gunshot in northeast Georgia

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia are investigating a gunshot that wounded a 9-year-old girl.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


10-foot, 300-pound metal rooster goes missing in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' fight ramps up as bill remains stalled

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill remains stalled in a Georgia House committee as lawmakers enter the final two days of the legislative session surrounded by pressure from supporters and critics who say the bill can be used as a defense for discrimination against gay or transgender people.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal announces new program to honor Vietnam veterans

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a new program aimed at honoring the state's 234,000 Vietnam veterans with "certificates of honor."

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 Alabama players arrested in separate weekend cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban is expected to address the media Monday after two Crimson Tide players were arrested in separate cases over the weekend.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Panel expected to review Ga. religious freedom bill canceled

ATLANTA (AP) - A House committee expected to take up a divisive religious freedom bill will not meet as planned.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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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


Ga. lawmakers consider changes to electric car tax credits

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's generous $5,000 tax credit for electric vehicles is the target of three separate bills in the state House, including one lawmaker trying to end the write-off altogether.

February 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man found trapped under home taken to Savannah hospital

PORTAL, Ga. (AP) - A man trapped under his mobile home when a water heater fell through the floor is being treated at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man found trapped under home

PORTAL, Ga. (AP) - A man trapped under his mobile home when a water heater fell through the floor is being treated at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Male pedestrian killed on interstate north of Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities are urging motorists to stay off eastbound Interstate 285 north of Atlanta after a pedestrian crossing the roadway was struck and killed.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officials seeing high number of fraudulent tax returns

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Revenue officials say they're already seeing numerous cases of scammers attempting to file fraudulent 2014 income tax returns.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Business tops list of big donors on '14 referendum campaigns

ATLANTA (AP) - Large corporations and trade groups gave at least $217 million to sway the outcome of state ballot measure and referendum campaigns during the 2014 midterm elections, a new study has found. For the most part, they were overwhelmingly successful in defeating proposals that they didn't like.

February 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Supreme Court's new health law case cuts both ways

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is taking another look at President Barack Obama's health care law, and this time it's not just the White House that should be worried.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia signs top DL prospect Thompson, 7 early enrollees

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia class of 28 signees on Wednesday included an emphasis on defense, seven early enrollees and a defensive lineman rated as the nation's top prospect.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 448,500 in Ga. enroll in health insurance plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal officials say more than 448,500 Georgians have signed up for health insurance through a federally facilitated marketplace.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Mayor announces plans to expand Atlanta streetcar system

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says there are plans to expand the Atlanta Streetcar system to the east, which would connect it with the Atlanta BeltLine trail.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Lung cancer now top cancer killer for women in rich nations

For the first time, lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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