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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


Tybee Island puts off vote on banning plastic bags

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Tybee Island officials have delayed a vote on preventing local retailers from using plastic bags.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Republicans gather, hear from presidential hopefuls

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Republicans will hear from three White House hopefuls as the party gathers for its annual convention.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cats, dogs, squirrel and tortoise taken from coastal GA home

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Police in coastal Georgia say they're investigating a couple that had been keeping dogs, cats, a squirrel and a tortoise in their house.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. electorate shrinks; fewer new voters are white

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's electorate is changing fast, state officials said Tuesday, underscoring a shift that Democrats see as critical to making gains in a state dominated by Republicans.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Drone operation course to be offered at GA school

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Clarke County school is planning to offer courses to teach students how to operate drones, track down cybercriminals and more.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged with assault when online romance sours

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - A Georgia man charged with assaulting a woman in eastern Kentucky has told police he thought she didn't match the description she had given on the Internet.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia partisans feud over voter registration

ATLANTA (AP) - Amid a scramble for political supremacy in rapidly changing Georgia, Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers over the handling of as many 50,000 voter registration forms as the Nov. 4 election looms.

October 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia workshops urge women to embrace outdoors

MANSFIELD, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are offering a series of workshops intended to encourage women to embrace outdoor activities.

October 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Jury to resume deliberations in county CEO trial

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Jurors are set to resume their deliberations in the trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis after repeatedly telling the judge they can't decide on the counts against him.

October 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Officer fires at car after pedestrians struck

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) - A police officer opened fire on a driver that police say struck at least two people -- including an officer -- after a fight in a bowling alley south of Atlanta spilled into the parking lot.

October 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Court unseals divorce file of Ala federal judge

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A court has unsealed the divorce record of an Alabama federal judge arrested on a domestic violence charge in Atlanta in August.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. gov candidates talk ethics during 2nd debate

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal questioned whether Democrat Jason Carter's leadership and faulted his legislative record, while Carter attacked the incumbent over a high unemployment rate and accused him of an ethics scandal.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia appreciative of surge after early loss

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Looking back, Hutson Mason isn't so sure an early season loss to South Carolina wasn't the catalyst Georgia needed to play up to the level it thought it could.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man dies in police custody during breath test

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing the death of a 60-year-old man who died in police custody in northeast Georgia.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man falls off waterfall in north Georgia mountains

CLEVELAND, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a hiker was injured after falling off a waterfall in the north Georgia mountains.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man accused in hot car death pleads not guilty

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler in a hot vehicle to die has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

October 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deadline set for arrested judge's resignation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama congresswoman said she will begin impeachment proceedings against a federal judge arrested a fight at a hotel with his wife unless he resigns before Congress returns next month.

October 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Publix recalls snack mix that had peanuts

NEW YORK (AP) - Supermarket chain Publix is recalling a snack mix because the label doesn't warn shoppers that it contains peanuts.

October 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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