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Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Nunn calls for VA secretary to resign

ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn, who's seeking Georgia's open Senate seat, has joined a chorus of congressional candidates from both parties calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to leave amid a growing crisis over veterans' health care.

May 23, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 6.5 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to 6.5 percent in April.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. GOP Senate runoff: Businessman vs. politician

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's Republican Senate primary runoff pits a multimillionaire businessman who's never held public office against a congressman who's spent more than two decades on Capitol Hill.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Roaches in food prompts closure of Ga. cafeteria

CEDARTOWN, Ga. (AP) - Students at a northwest Georgia high school will be eating prepackaged lunches for the rest of the year after roaches were found in meals being served in the cafeteria.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Some I-85 drivers owe $15,000-plus in tolls, fines

ATLANTA (AP) - State records show that one motorist has racked up 570 violations and owes more than $17,000 in tolls and fines on the Interstate 85 toll lanes in metro Atlanta.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


15 candidates fight to be schools superintendent

ATLANTA (AP) - Six Democrats and nine Republicans vying to become state schools superintendent are locked in tight primary contests, with both races likely headed for a runoff.

May 20, 2014 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Deal wins GOP primary for Ga. gov.; faces Carter

ATLANTA (AP) - For years, leading Democrats predicted that Georgia's increasingly diverse population will weaken a Republican hold on state government in the Deep South.

May 20, 2014 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


California Chrome cleared to wear nasal strip

NEW YORK (AP) - California Chrome can breathe easy - he's allowed to wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

May 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. high court upholds execution drug secrecy law

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has ruled a state law that makes the identity of an execution drug supplier a "confidential state secret" is constitutional.

May 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-UGA coach Donnan not guilty in investment case

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Faced with a laundry list of charges related to an investment fraud scheme, former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan was found not guilty on all 41 counts against him Friday, looking relived as he put his head in his hands and hugged teary family members in the courtroom.

May 16, 2014 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Men sentenced in shooting over public urination

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Two middle Georgia men have been sentenced to life in prison in a fatal shooting that stemmed from an argument over public urination.

May 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


State offers chance to catch up on child support

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Division of Child Support Services is offering non-custodial parents a chance to get caught up on child support payments without penalties.

May 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Testing could cost Georgia $107 million by 2019

ATLANTA (AP) - According to contract documents, Georgia could pay about $107 million for a company to create a new statewide standardized test during the next five years.

May 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. boy accidentally run over in family driveway

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Douglas County authorities say a 4-year-old boy died after being accidentally run over in his family's driveway.

May 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. jobless rate remains unchanged at 7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has remained unchanged at 7 percent from the previous month.

May 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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