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Ga. deputies disciplined for 'mistakes' in gunshots response

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Five sheriff's deputies have been disciplined for their handling of a case involving fisherman who reported someone shooting at them at a middle Georgia lake.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cookout employees extinguish SUV fire in drive-thru

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Employees at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Atlanta saved a woman and others nearby after her SUV burst into flames in the drive-thru.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia high school teacher arrested for sex with students

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia high school teacher has been arrested and charged with having sexual contact with her male students.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Atlanta TV anchor diagnosed with liver cancer

ATLANTA (AP) - Longtime Atlanta news anchor Monica Pearson has revealed she's been diagnosed with liver cancer.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rates drops below 6 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has dropped below 6 percent.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


5 dead, 3 injured in fiery crash on Georgia interstate

ELLABELLE, Ga. (AP) â€" Five people died early Wednesday in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 16 west of Savannah that authorities said began when a tractor-trailer failed to slow down and smashed into stop-and-go traffic.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State: Schools not required to pull ice cream but some do

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say Georgia schools are not required to discard Blue Bell ice cream products, but some of the state's largest school systems say they are doing so.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Shooting at Georgia Kia plant

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) - A shooting inside the Kia Motors auto manufacturing plant in Georgia left one worker wounded and another in custody after armed officers swarmed the site Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's veteran leader, Pete Wheeler, dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Pete Wheeler, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, died Tuesday as the longest-serving state agency head after holding the job for more than six decades.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


3 ex-educators in Atlanta cheating case to be resentenced

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge plans to resentence three former Atlanta public school educators who got the stiffest sentences after they were convicted in a conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Funeral home mistakenly cremates man; negotiations ongoing

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A family attorney says a former Macon pastor who wanted to be buried in a casket was cremated by mistake.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal to sign Opportunity School District legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal said he plans to sign legislation Tuesday to allow a state takeover of "chronically failing" schools and set up a statewide vote in 2016 to authorize the move.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Men who stole 39 Wal-Mart iPads could be part of crime ring

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Police say two men accused of stealing 39 iPads from a Georgia Wal-Mart could be part of a larger crime ring. Last week a couple was accused of stealing 33 iPads valued at more than $15,000 at another Wal-Mart store.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather service: 4 twisters confirmed after weekend storms

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say four tornadoes struck Georgia during recent weekend storms.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ahead of storm, Ga. delays execution

ATLANTA (AP) - Ahead of a winter storm, Georgia has delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate.

February 25, 2015 | Alec Smith | STATE


Husband of ex-DeKalb commissioner guilty of mail fraud

ATLANTA (AP) - The husband of a former DeKalb County commissioner who admitted to stealing county money has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Only female death row inmate in Georgia set for execution

ATLANTA (AP) - The only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather service: 3-6 inches of snow possible in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of the potential for 3-6 inches of snow across north Georgia.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More cold, snow, ice, wintry mix expected Wednesday

States of emergencies have already been declared and schools have already been closed ahead of wintry weather mix that is expected to continue to batter a wide swath of the country Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Longtime Coke executive Donald Keough dies at 88

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Keough, who steered Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980s, died Tuesday in Atlanta, the company said. He was 88.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sleet, snow, ice move into metro Atlanta and north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Snow was blowing across highways in the north Georgia mountains and ice coated cars in some of metro's Atlanta's northern suburbs as the latest winter storm struck the state Tuesday.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons sign DiMarco, Matthews to contract extensions

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed fullback Patrick DiMarco and defensive end Cliff Matthews to contract extensions.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmaker introduces bill to shift state tax system

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawmaker has introduced a bill to shift Georgia's tax system to what he considers a more consumption-based model.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former AG: 'Religious freedom' bills excuse discrimination

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Georgia attorney general says he is troubled by two bills that supporters argue protect religious freedom.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Hibernating pet tarantulas stolen from crawlspace of house

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta man told police that a spider thief snuck into a crawlspace under his home and stole five of his 18 pet tarantulas.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah selling St. Patrick's parking spaces in advance

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - If you're planning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Savannah next month, City Hall is selling reserved parking spaces more than two weeks in advance of the sprawling festival and parade.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves' Upton wants to be called Melvin instead of BJ

ATLANTA (AP) - There is a new-look Upton headed to the Braves' camp.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jeffares: Senate passes veteran’s bills

Snow flurries, ice and freezing rain threatened to stall business at the Capitol last week, but we were lucky enough to be able to travel safely to continue as scheduled. We passed quite a few bills this week designed to help support and protect the military service members in our state.

February 23, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


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