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Middle Ga. schools close with more than 100 children sick

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Laurens County closed all of its public schools Friday after an estimated 150 children went home sick the day before with what health officials suspect is highly contagious norovirus.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. deputies disciplined for 'mistakes' in gunshots response

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Five sheriff's deputies have been disciplined for their handling of a case involving fisherman who reported someone shooting at them at a middle Georgia lake.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cookout employees extinguish SUV fire in drive-thru

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Employees at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Atlanta saved a woman and others nearby after her SUV burst into flames in the drive-thru.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia high school teacher arrested for sex with students

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia high school teacher has been arrested and charged with having sexual contact with her male students.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Atlanta TV anchor diagnosed with liver cancer

ATLANTA (AP) - Longtime Atlanta news anchor Monica Pearson has revealed she's been diagnosed with liver cancer.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rates drops below 6 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has dropped below 6 percent.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


5 dead, 3 injured in fiery crash on Georgia interstate

ELLABELLE, Ga. (AP) â€" Five people died early Wednesday in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 16 west of Savannah that authorities said began when a tractor-trailer failed to slow down and smashed into stop-and-go traffic.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State: Schools not required to pull ice cream but some do

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say Georgia schools are not required to discard Blue Bell ice cream products, but some of the state's largest school systems say they are doing so.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Shooting at Georgia Kia plant

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) - A shooting inside the Kia Motors auto manufacturing plant in Georgia left one worker wounded and another in custody after armed officers swarmed the site Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's veteran leader, Pete Wheeler, dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Pete Wheeler, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, died Tuesday as the longest-serving state agency head after holding the job for more than six decades.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


3 ex-educators in Atlanta cheating case to be resentenced

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge plans to resentence three former Atlanta public school educators who got the stiffest sentences after they were convicted in a conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Funeral home mistakenly cremates man; negotiations ongoing

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A family attorney says a former Macon pastor who wanted to be buried in a casket was cremated by mistake.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal to sign Opportunity School District legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal said he plans to sign legislation Tuesday to allow a state takeover of "chronically failing" schools and set up a statewide vote in 2016 to authorize the move.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Men who stole 39 Wal-Mart iPads could be part of crime ring

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Police say two men accused of stealing 39 iPads from a Georgia Wal-Mart could be part of a larger crime ring. Last week a couple was accused of stealing 33 iPads valued at more than $15,000 at another Wal-Mart store.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Spring breaker from Georgia found dead in Florida pool

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say a 20-year-old spring breaker from Georgia has been found dead in a Panama City Beach motel pool.

March 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Meeting set on proposed Ga. medical marijuana legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - State Rep. Allen Peake said Monday he will make a pitch to a powerful Senate committee later this week to meld two widely-divergent medical marijuana bills passed by the upper and lower chambers of the General Assembly.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Coke a good snack? Health experts who work with Coke say so

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA high court rejects challenge to Falcons stadium financing

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has rejected a challenge to the city of Atlanta using taxpayer revenue to help finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Megachurch pastor seeks donations for pricey private jet

ATLANTA (AP) - The ministry of a prominent megachurch pastor and evangelist is seeking donations to buy a luxury jet valued at more than $65 million.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House approves earlier Sunday start for alcohol sales

ATLANTA (AP) - Counties or cities could approve alcohol sales as early as 10:30 a.m. on Sundays under a bill approved by the Georgia House.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate OKs bill to keep children out of smoky cars

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that would make a person smoking in a car when a child under 15 is in the vehicle subject to a fine up to $100.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate passes medical marijuana bill after long debate

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a medical marijuana bill that establishes a five-year study involving people under 18 with seizure disorders.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Marine who was held in Mexican jail is charged with DUI

TWIN CITY, Ga. (AP) - Georgia authorities say a former Marine who spent eight months in a Mexican jail for crossing the border with loaded guns was arrested during a traffic stop on misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate approves watered down craft brew measure

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that craft beer brewers say would give them a competitive boost in the state and region.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House approves 'cyberbullying' bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill adding threats made on computers or other electronic devices to the state's bullying law.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Irish Prime Minister to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials are celebrating St. Patrick's Day and the anniversary of an Irishman's work to save parts of Atlanta from destruction during the Civil War with a visit from the Irish prime minister.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tesla, medical cannabis bills before Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers face a key deadline for bills to maintain a shot at becoming law this year.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man accused of stabbing dog more than 20 times indicted

ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a man accused of stabbing a friend's dog more than 20 times has been indicted on aggravated animal cruelty charges.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man accused of stabbing dog more than 20 times indicted

ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a man accused of stabbing a friend's dog more than 20 times has been indicted on aggravated animal cruelty charges.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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