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Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, the penultimate working day of the 2015 legislative session.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate clears way for continued operation of Uber, Lyft

ATLANTA (AP) - Uber and other ride sharing companies may have passed their last legislative roadblock with the passage of a Georgia Senate bill mandating insurance minimums for drivers and the firms they drive for.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate OKs bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage for treating autism in children.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tiger Woods' plane seen at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State House backs charge on strip clubs to fight trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a constitutional amendment charging strip clubs to provide services for victims of child sexual abuse.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. hunting regulations proposed; public comment sought

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are inviting public comments on proposed changes to hunting regulations.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl, 9, wounded by gunshot in northeast Georgia

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia are investigating a gunshot that wounded a 9-year-old girl.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


10-foot, 300-pound metal rooster goes missing in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' fight ramps up as bill remains stalled

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill remains stalled in a Georgia House committee as lawmakers enter the final two days of the legislative session surrounded by pressure from supporters and critics who say the bill can be used as a defense for discrimination against gay or transgender people.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal announces new program to honor Vietnam veterans

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a new program aimed at honoring the state's 234,000 Vietnam veterans with "certificates of honor."

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 Alabama players arrested in separate weekend cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban is expected to address the media Monday after two Crimson Tide players were arrested in separate cases over the weekend.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Panel expected to review Ga. religious freedom bill canceled

ATLANTA (AP) - A House committee expected to take up a divisive religious freedom bill will not meet as planned.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Gold Dome update from Sen. Jeffares

The Gold Dome started buzzing once again on Monday as Senators and Representatives gathered in their chambers to mark the beginning of the 153rd Legislative Session.

January 19, 2015 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


Police: Robbery suspect shot at DeKalb drive-in restaurant

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a man opened fire on a group of men he said tried to rob him at a drive-in fast food restaurant.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Scientists: Tumor-causing virus widespread in wild turkeys

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Wildlife biologists tracking a tumor-causing virus first diagnosed in eastern wild turkeys five years ago have found the virus is far more widespread - but less deadly - than expected.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Teens suspected in southern crime spree captured in Florida

One of the two teenage sweethearts from Kentucky suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks around the South awaited a first court appearance Monday in Florida, where they were captured over the weekend.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


MLK play debuting in Dallas, salute to civil rights leader

DALLAS (AP) - Willie Pearl Mackey knew how to decipher the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s writing. She was used to his sloppy cursive and large vocabulary.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Icy highway raises questions

ATLANTA (AP) - A freezing highway contributed to more than a dozen accidents Friday, raising questions about whether Georgia's transportation officials are prepared for winter weather.

January 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Marietta Daily Journal parent buys Rome newspaper group

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - The parent company of the Marietta Daily Journal has purchased the Rome News Publishing Company at a bankruptcy auction.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Execution timeframe set for Georgia inmate Warren Lee Hill

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has set a weeklong window for the execution of a Georgia death row inmate convicted of killing a fellow inmate.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Authorities: 9 buses stolen in SW Ga. and sold to scrap yard

ABBEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in southwest Georgia say someone stole nine buses used to haul watermelons and sold them to a scrap yard.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials to honor MLK ahead of holiday, open plaza

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials are planning to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. ahead of Monday's holiday honoring the civil rights leader.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal proposes $45B Georgia budget as economy improves

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has proposed a nearly $45 billion budget for state government as the economy improves and tax collections climb.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Icy road conditions, wrecks reported in northern Georgia

Icy road conditions, wrecks reported in northern Georgia

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Nearly $150,000 raised in effort to save R.E.M. steeple

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A 60-day crowdfunding campaign for Nuci's Space, aimed both at restoring the "R.E.M. steeple" and helping the nonprofit group fund the health care assistance and other services it provides to local musicians, has fallen short of its $250,000 goal.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


MARTA police hiring 18 new officers

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say they're helping Atlanta's public transit agency recruit 18 new police officers.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Chief who shot sleeping wife has 4 divorces, no violent past

ATLANTA (AP) - The man who dialed 911 to report accidentally shooting his wife as she slept in their suburban Atlanta home early New Year's Day waited nearly two minutes to mention where he worked.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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