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Ga. Senate panel passes food stamp drug test bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Senate Committee has narrowly approved a bill requiring food stamp recipients who are suspected of drug abuse to submit to drug testing.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bernice King turns in father's Bible, Nobel prize

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer involved in the dispute over Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize says few words were exchanged as King's daughter Bernice quietly surrendered the items so they could be placed in a safe deposit box.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Senate passes bill criminalizing 'revenge porn'

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill criminalizing "revenge porn," a trend involving explicit photographs being posted without permission to the Internet.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ceremony kicks off St. Patrick's week in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah has kicked off the week leading to its massive St. Patrick's Day celebration with a much more quiet ceremony honoring the city's Irish heritage.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


King family wants input on Georgia MLK monument

ATLANTA (AP) - The family of Martin Luther King Jr. has warned Georgia's governor it wants input on any monument to the slain civil rights icon that might be erected on the grounds of the state Capitol.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Copperheads appear on rise as kingsnakes decline

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - As kingsnakes decline in localized areas of the Southeast, the abundance of one of their common meals - the venomous copperhead - seems to be increasing.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Study shows Ga. pre-K improves school readiness

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say a recent study shows that Georgia's pre-kindergarten program increased school readiness, and children who participated scored higher in language and math evaluations.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bernice King to speak about judge's order

ATLANTA (AP) - The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. plans to speak out about a judge's order that she turn over her father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize to the court's control pending the outcome of a legal dispute.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate declines to 7.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's unemployment rate has declined to 7.3 percent.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storm to bring heavy rain to Ga, snow in mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say snow is possible in parts of the north Georgia mountains, with widespread heavy rain expected across other parts of the state.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia man accused of dropping dog from balcony

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say a man accused of throwing his 2-year-old dog from a second-floor balcony has been charged with animal cruelty.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


New SAT: The essay portion is to become optional

WASHINGTON (AP) - Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police probe vandalism at Savannah battle memorial

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are searching for vandals who damaged stones that honor soldiers killed and wounded in the 1779 Battle of Savannah during the American Revolution.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police probe vandalism at Savannah battle memorial

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are searching for vandals who damaged stones that honor soldiers killed and wounded in the 1779 Battle of Savannah during the American Revolution.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Hudgens urging Georgians to change alarm batteries

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is reminding Georgians to use the transition to daylight saving time this weekend as a chance to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Deal to sign overhaul of criminal justice system

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation that will bring sweeping changes to the state's criminal justice system, a priority he set early in his administration.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Blaze hits backlot at Tyler Perry studios

ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators were trying Wednesday to find the cause of a fire that ripped through a simulated streetscape at Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios, sending flames soaring into the night sky.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Counties take up Caterpillar agreement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Athens-Clarke County Commission has approved a more detailed agreement with Oconee County that outlines how the two governments will cooperate on a new plant being developed for construction equipment maker Caterpillar.

May 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. outlaws abortions after 5 months

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would ban abortions five months after conception.

May 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Fulton county turns to debt collectors

ATLANTA (AP) - One of Georgia's largest counties is turning to private debt collectors in an effort to track down money owed by residents.

May 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Obamas visit Georgia

FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Obama administration wants to trademark the term "GI Bill" in an effort to shield veterans and military families from being swindled or misled by schools that target their federal education benefits.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Season's first sea turtle nest is found on Georgia coast

CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the year in Georgia has been reported on Atlantic coast, authorities said.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Smoke from Ala. fire could drift into Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Alabama fire officials say Georgia residents might see and smell smoke from a controlled burn being planned.

April 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man spared death sentence in federal case in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A jury has spared the life of a federal inmate who faced the death penalty for killing his cellmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.

April 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport to hire workers without background checks

ATLANTA (AP) - Employers at Atlanta's airport have been allowed to hire workers without completing background security checks because of delays in the process, federal officials said.

April 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


U-Haul truck used in hair heist

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say thieves rammed a stolen U-Haul truck through the front of an Atlanta beauty supply store and made off with a box of hair weaves, the latest in a series of such crimes.

April 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge rules against ousted student

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia teenager who says he was ousted as student body president after he proposed changes to make prom more inclusive to gay students has lost another court battle.

April 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman accused of PTA thefts due in court

ATLANTA (AP) - A woman accused of stealing more than $57,000 from an Atlanta elementary school PTA is scheduled to make her first court appearance.

April 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia begins daycare rating system

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Parents often spend weeks visiting dozens of daycare centers and preschools before finding one they like, but the state hopes to cut down on that leg work with a new rating system.

April 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Industry deals good sign for Georgia

Georgia's job market has received a boost of confidence in recent months.

April 19, 2012 | By Lee Johnson ljohnson@gainesvilletimes.com | STATE


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