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Georgia school district to expand abstinence class

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A southwest Georgia school district plans to expand an abstinence program after officials say it increased the number of ninth-grade students pledging to wait until marriage to have sex.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. veterans aid groups receive $5.7 million

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia community organizations that work with homeless or at-risk veterans have received more than $5.7 million in federal grants.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Updated Ga. hunting rules now available online

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say information on new state hunting regulations is now available online and in print.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge sides with Ga. charter school in dispute

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) - A judge on Monday sided with a charter school seeking to open in Clayton County, ordering local officials to conduct required inspections so some 200 students can begin classes.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga prep player dies after overhydrating

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia high school football player is dead after drinking too much fluid during practice.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


20 rescued dogs arrive in NJ by private jet

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - Twenty dogs rescued from high-kill shelters in Georgia and South Carolina arrived in New Jersey by means usually reserved for corporate titans.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Fire destroys historic Hancock County Courthouse

SPARTA, GA. (AP) - The historic Hancock County Courthouse has burned down in the central Georgia town of Sparta.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Mother of Ga. boy left in hot car defends husband

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - The mother of a Georgia toddler who died after being left for hours in his father's car insists her husband was a loving father and would never have intentionally harmed their son, according to a recent victim impact statement sent to prosecutors.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge denies GM motion to dismiss ignition suit

NEW YORK (AP) - A Georgia judge has denied a motion by General Motors to dismiss a wrongful death case against the automaker and set a trial date for April 2016.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. trial shows food safety relies on honor system

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Jurors at the nation's first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America's food safety largely depends on the honor system.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta VA cites improved wait times, care

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials with the Atlanta VA Medical Center are reporting improvements to wait times and care, following a national audit two months ago that identified problems at the facility and prompted further federal review.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Thunderstorm warnings issued in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm warning for parts of north central Georgia.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Heavy storm causes damage across metro Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - A heavy storm that rolled through metro Atlanta brought down trees, flooded streets and caused power outages for thousands of residents.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia revenues in July total $1.49 billion

ATLANTA (AP) - A report shows Georgia's revenues totaled nearly $1.49 billion in July, an increase of 5.5 percent over the same month a year ago.

August 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT hosting public meetings on state rail plan

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning three public meetings to discuss long-range transportation planning projects.

August 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Death of Ga. infant under investigation

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a couple has been arrested after a 4-month-old girl in their care was found unresponsive.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Feds investigate after plane parts land on GA home

ELLENWOOD, Ga. (AP) - Federal authorities are investigating after a Boeing 747 on approach to Atlanta's airport lost parts from its right wing that landed on a woman's house in Clayton County.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Birth control coverage up for federal appeal

DENVER (AP) - In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

WASHINGTON - Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries.

May 14, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Film crews transform Atlanta into vintage New York

ATLANTA (AP) - Part of downtown Atlanta has been transformed into a movie set designed to look like New York City as it appeared more than three decades ago.

May 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged in case of missing Ga. college student

COCHRAN, Ga. (AP) - A teenager has been apprehended and charged with murder in the case of a MiddleGeorgia State College student missing for more than two weeks, authorities said.

May 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Accused serial rapist apprehended outside Atlanta

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - A man accused of raping at least five women inside a vacant apartment outside Atlanta is facing several charges.

May 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Arias says in interview that she wants death

PHOENIX (AP) - The jury has rendered its verdict - Jodi Arias is guilty of first-degree murder - but the trial is far from finished.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Cafe owner charged with courthouse bomb threats

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Cobb County businessman who operates a restaurant on the Marietta Square in suburban Atlanta has been arrested for charges linked to bomb threats at courthouses Tuesday.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-sheriff sent to prison in jail beatings case

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A former Wilcox County sheriff, his son and several other people were sentenced to prison Wednesday for beating jail inmates - one of whom had to have his jaw wired shut because of his injuries - and conspiring to cover up the assault.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Grandson, woman accused of killing his grandfather

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A 78-year-old man who had been reported missing was found dead inside his truck outside Atlanta, and his grandson and the suspect's girlfriend now face charges in connection with his killing, police said.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Bonus pay for teachers revealed in cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta educators accused of crimes in connection with the school system's cheating scandal earned bonuses that totaled as little as $750 and averaged $2,600.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Chris Kelly of 1990s rap duo Kris Kross dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo behind one of the decade's most memorable songs, "Jump," has died at an Atlanta hospital of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said. He was 34.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gunshot at rattlesnake leads to school lock down

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A gunshot intended for a rattlesnake led authorities to briefly lock down an elementary school in northeast Georgia.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gary Michael Hilton gets 4 life sentences

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - A drifter previously convicted of killing and beheading hikers in Florida and Georgia was sentenced Thursday to four additional life sentences in federal prison for kidnapping and murdering a North Carolina couple in a national forest.

April 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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