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Tybee Island weighs smoking ban for largest Ga. public beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's largest public beach could become off limits to smoking next year.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 charged with killing deer that mingled with farmer's cows

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia have charged two young men with killing a deer in a pasture where it was known to mingle with a farmer's cows.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House approves Gov. Deal's 'failing schools' amendment

TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" on Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House committee chair says no vote on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to Ga. governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing a form of medical marijuana is headed to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after a two-year legislative battle.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia honors Vietnam veterans

Georgia is home to more than 234,000 Vietnam War veterans, and the state seeks to honor them with a new program to be unveiled next week.

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia trout fishing season to open Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say they're stocking the state's waterways with fish before the opening of trout fishing season.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes sweeping medical marijuana bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a sweeping medical marijuana bill that now goes back to the House for tweaking.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Privacy and private parts: Nude neighbor exposes law's limit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man who has continually irritated his neighbors by standing naked in the front door of his home has exposed a state law that local prosecutors want to change.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House panel OKs governor's school takeover amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" appears headed for a vote in the Georgia House of Representatives after securing a key committee's approval on Monday.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Atlanta Streetcar delayed; won't begin this summer

ATLANTA (AP) - City officials say Atlanta's new streetcar system will not begin operations this summer as planned. They now say it won't start rolling until November.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


4 sentenced in massage parlor prostitution

MACON, Ga. (AP) - The owner and several employees of a middle Georgia massage parlor have been sentenced on prostitution, conspiracy and money laundering charges.

July 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Carter blasts Deal over ethics memo

ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Jason Carter is seizing on a memo written by the head of the state ethics commission in which she says an attorney for Gov. Nathan Deal threatened her agency during its investigation of ethics complaints against the governor.

July 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia basketball player arrested, off team

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia forward Brandon Morris has been kicked off the basketball team following his arrest on a marijuana charge.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


9 injured in metro Atlanta highway crash

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say nine people have been injured in a crash involving at least two tractor trailers on I-285 in DeKalb County.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics chief: Gov aide made threat over complaints

ATLANTA (AP) - The head of the state ethics commission claims in a memo sent last year that an attorney for Gov. Nathan Deal once threatened to thwart legislative efforts to expand the agency's authority unless she made complaints against the governor "go away."

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia ends fiscal year with revenues up $879M

ATLANTA (AP) - A new report shows Georgia has ended the fiscal year with an increase in revenues of about $879 million, a 5.2 percent increase over the previous year.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2 people die in small plane accident in Ga. woods

TLANTA (AP) - An emergency management official says two people have died in the crash of an amateur-built experimental biplane in west Georgia.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wife in Ga. hot car death case has attorney

ATLANTA (AP) - The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son was left in a hot car and died has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself.

July 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Trial will go on without ex-Atlanta school chief

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has decided that an upcoming trial in Atlanta's school cheating case will go on as scheduled in August without former school superintendent Beverly Hall, who is battling cancer.

July 11, 2014 | Brandon DeCosse | STATE


Kitten thrown off Georgia bridge, swims to shore

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Animal control officers say a 10-week-old kitten that was thrown over the railing of a bridge and into the Intracoastal Waterway survived and is recovering at an animal shelter, and police seeking the person who tossed him.

July 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Toxicology tests on toddler negative

ATLANTA (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say results of a toxicology report on a Georgia toddler who died in a hot car have come back with negative results, but officials won't specify which substances they tested for.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee mayor says 'no chance' to nude beach idea

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of Tybee Island says more than 800 people who signed a petition calling for a nude friendly section of beach will need to keep their clothes on as long as he's in office.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Clemency hearing set for Ga. death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - A clemency hearing is set for Wednesday for a Georgia death row inmate convicted of murder in the slaying of a store clerk who was scheduled to testify against his son.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ready for the red carpet

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez will host the red carpet Mississippi premiere of "Get On Up" later this month with the director and headline star in attendance.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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