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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


Teen accused of killing grandmother with ball bat

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia teenager is accused of beating his grandmother to death with a baseball bat south of Atlanta.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal outlines severe weather response plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has outlined an action plan to address future severe weather events based on an internal review he ordered after Georgia was caught unprepared for a winter storm in late January.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. GOP sticks close to election-year agenda

ATLANTA (AP) - The Republican leadership in the General Assembly has kept tight control of its election-year agenda, ensuring some of the more controversial bills have not reached the floor for a vote.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Vice President Joe Biden to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is expected to visit Atlanta on Tuesday.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Jailers overlook gun when booking man into lockup

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say jailers overlooked a gun on a suspect as they booked him into the Clarke County Jail in northeast Georgia.

March 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House rejects changes to abortion bill

ATLANTA (AP) - House lawmakers have rejected an attempt by Georgia's Senate to loosen the restrictions on a bill that would generally ban abortions five months after conception.

March 28, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Claims cast Martin as the aggressor

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A slain Florida teenager and the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed him exchanged words before the teen punched him in the nose and began banging the man's head on the ground, according to the watch captain's account of the confrontation that led to the shooting.

March 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Public records changes headed to Gov.

ATLANTA (AP) - Legislation to change Georgia's open government laws is headed to Gov. Nathan Deal's desk after the Senate overwhelmingly approved it.

March 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs law banning synthetic marijuana

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that outlaws all forms of synthetic marijuana in Georgia.

March 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. 'Chicken Man' attorney fought eviction

ATLANTA (AP) - An attorney for the local activist known as the "Chicken Man" said Tuesday that he filed an emergency motion to fight the man's eviction minutes before a deadly explosion tore through his house.

March 27, 2012 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press | STATE


Pot puts Florida teen’s side on defense

SANFORD, Fla. - The family and supporters of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin found themselves on the defensive Monday following revelations he had been suspended for marijuana before he was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Police also confirmed a report that the watchman claimed Martin was the aggressor, punching him in the nose and smacking his head on a sidewalk.

March 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Justices moving to heart of health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they are ready to confront without delay the keep-or-kill questions at the heart of challenges to President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul. Virtually every American will be affected by the outcome, due this summer in the heat of the election campaign.

March 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Tebow gets first New York close-up

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Tim Tebow got his first New York close-up Monday.

March 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents force egg hunt cancellation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - An annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children has been canceled because of misbehavior last year. Not by the kids, but by the grown-ups.

March 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


'Hunger Games' racks up $155 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Hunger Games" has filled fan appetites with a $155 million opening weekend that puts it near the top of the domestic record book.

March 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Water wars have cost Georgia $18 million

ATLANTA (AP) - The state of Georgia and the Atlanta Regional Commission have spent about $18.7 million in outside legal fees during two decades of legal battles involving Florida and Alabama over access to drinking water.

March 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Health care ruling may affect elections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is likely to shake the presidential election race in early summer. But the winners in the court will not necessarily be the winners in the political arena.

March 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


NJ middle school: Don't hug, please

ABERDEEN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey school superintendent says there's no policy against huggingin the district, and says the issue of middle schoolers being told by their principal not to hug each other anymore is being blown out of proportion.

March 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Five scenarios that could settle GOP race

Are we there yet? Not quite. Mitt Romney's two steps forward, one flub back campaign continues its tantalizing progress toward a total victory that always seems just ahead.

March 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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