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Protest planned at Valdosta graduation over student death

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they will provide extra security during graduation ceremonies this weekend at the Valdosta high school where a student was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat more than two years ago.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah prosecutors seek indictment over death of college student

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Prosecutors plan to seek an criminal indictment next month in the death of a 22-year-old college student at the Chatham County jail.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Carroll hurts left knee as Hawks fall to Cavaliers, 97-89

ATLANTA (AP) - The Hawks have been here before in this postseason, down 1-0 after losing the opening game of a series at home.

May 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Vaccine spray may not work for swine flu in kids

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine did not protect young children against swine flu last winter and might not work again this year.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. October net tax revenue totals $1.55 billion

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia collected $1.55 billion in net taxes in October, an increase of roughly $87 million from October of 2013.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Former adult businesses find new life as church

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - When members of the Athens Link Fellowship went through their newly-purchased Baxter Street building, certain details stood out.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. agency offers veterans special services

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Driver Services is reminding veterans to take advantage of several special services the agency offers to military personnel as Veterans Day approaches.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal celebrates win, lays out 2nd term priorities

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says his administration will take a deliberate approach to reviewing the state's method for funding K-12 schools.

November 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Nathan Deal wins re-election

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will serve a second term after overcoming a challenge from Democrat Jason Carter, a state senator from Atlanta and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

November 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Staff errors complicate voting in DeKalb County

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Elections officials say staff errors in DeKalb County led to some voters having to use paper ballots.

November 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Guard fired after Obama visit: I'm not a convict

ATLANTA (AP) - A security guard fired after President Barack Obama's trip to Atlanta said Monday that he lost his job because he snapped a picture of the presidential motorcade to send to his mother and is humiliated by news reports wrongly claiming he's a convicted felon.

November 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. voters to decide between Deal, Carter for gov

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia voters decide Tuesday whether to give Republican Gov. Nathan Deal four more years in office or make a change to Democrat Jason Carter after more than a year of contentious and often personal campaigning.

November 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate seat on the line in Tuesday's election

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia voters headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the state's high-stakes battle for an open U.S. Senate seat, while the prospect of a lengthy runoff loomed if no candidate captures a majority of the vote.

November 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Hyundai-Kia to pay US $100M for overstating mpg

WASHINGTON (AP) - Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the U.S. government a $100 million civil penalty to end a two-year investigation into overstated gas mileage figures on window stickers on 1.2 million vehicles.

November 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Supreme Court to hear Florida-Georgia water suit

APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit filed by Florida that seeks to limit the amount of water Georgia can take from a shared river system.

November 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia fire officials offer heating safety tips

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah fire officials are offering Georgians tips to stay safe while heating their homes as cold weather moves into the region.

November 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Temperatures dip into 20s in parts of Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A blast of cold weather sent temperatures tumbling into the 20s in the Macon area and led to freezing weather as far south as Valdosta.

November 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Farmers could soon be flying drones

MOULTRIE, Ga. (AP) - The next big thing for Georgia farmers could be drones.

November 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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