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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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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


Former police dog found dead on side of highway

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - A retired police dog has been found dead on the side of a northeast Georgia highway.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House approves medical cannabis bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Patients diagnosed with certain illnesses could take a form of medical marijuana under a plan that that the Georiga House of Representatives approved 171-4 Monday.

March 03, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers OK statue for Martin Luther King Jr

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan passed by the Georgia House of Representatives calls for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to be commemorated with a statute at the state Capitol.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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