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Ga. lawmakers OK statue for Martin Luther King

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers have taken another step forward to put a statue honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of Georgia's Statehouse.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wind gusts of 40-45 mph possible in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected in parts of north and central Georgia as a cold front sweeps across the region.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves sign RHP Ervin Santana to bolster rotation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday on a one-year contract with right-hander Ervin Santana, bolstering their injury plagued starting rotation.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Century-old lamp posts at UGA undergo restoration

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The historic lamp posts on at the University of Georgia in Athens are getting a makeover.

March 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb Co. residents paying double for leadership

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Taxpayers in one metro Atlanta county are paying about $16,000 a month to a suspended leader because of a state law requiring compensation until a public corruption case he's involved in is resolved.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bribery plea deal denied for Conyers woman

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a plea agreement for Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble, who was indicted for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. abandons push to decriminalize campus guns

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican lawmakers abandoned a push Tuesday to decriminalize carrying a gun on Georgia's college campuses as they try to rally support for legislation that would allow firearms in churches, bars and arm school teachers.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate panel passes food stamp drug test bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Senate Committee has narrowly approved a bill requiring food stamp recipients who are suspected of drug abuse to submit to drug testing.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Bernice King turns in father's Bible, Nobel prize

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer involved in the dispute over Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize says few words were exchanged as King's daughter Bernice quietly surrendered the items so they could be placed in a safe deposit box.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Senate passes bill criminalizing 'revenge porn'

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill criminalizing "revenge porn," a trend involving explicit photographs being posted without permission to the Internet.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ceremony kicks off St. Patrick's week in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah has kicked off the week leading to its massive St. Patrick's Day celebration with a much more quiet ceremony honoring the city's Irish heritage.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Bill moving up Ga. primary date gets final passage

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers have agreed to move up the state primary to May 20, and the bill now heads to the governor for his signature.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers move to restore Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four states - Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas - would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced Thursday to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal proposes autism coverage in state health plan

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing the state employee health plan cover treatment of autism, a move applauded by advocates who say early intervention can improve behavior and quality of life.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


NAACP hosting Atlanta gun buyback

ATLANTA (AP) - The NAACP is looking to collect 1,000 firearms during a gun buyback at Turner Field in Atlanta.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Carter: Deal is forgetting about the middle class

ATLANTA (AP) - State Sen. Jason Carter says Gov. Nathan Deal is forgetting about the middle class in favor of big businesses and arguing state education cuts have forced an increase in local property taxes.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Pruitt says he waited 11 years for Georgia job

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Jeremy Pruitt says he didn't have to think twice about leaving Florida State for Georgia after he learned coach Mark Richt was looking for a new defensive coordinator.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


MLK Memorial, national parks free Monday

ATLANTA (AP) - Admission to all 401 national parks, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Atlanta, will be free on Monday.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal to propose increase in education spending

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to propose a nearly $547 million increase in state education funding when he submits his budget proposal to state lawmakers.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Rain and snow mix possible in north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning that a mix of rain and snow could fall across parts of north Georgia.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA lawmakers to revive effort to expand gun rights

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers will be reviving an effort to expand gun rights, but will be starting over with new legislation and weighing the possibility of giving college presidents and religious leaders the option of whether to allow guns on public campuses and in places of worship, according to interviews with key lawmakers.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wintry mix possible in parts of Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a wintry mix of precipitation is possible across parts of North Georgia.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Island residents raise concerns about wind turbine

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Some townspeople on Tybee Island near Savannah are expressing concerns about plans for a wind turbine, but others say the structure represents a unique opportunity for the beach town and should be welcomed.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


SCLC pushes for statue of King at Capitol building

ATLANTA (AP) - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is lobbying state lawmakers to approve building a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the state Capitol.

January 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's Wiggins arrested for suspended license

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia cornerback Shaq Wiggins has been released on bail following his arrest for driving with a suspended license.

January 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Grantham leaves Georgia to join Louisville staff

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has accepted a similar position on Bobby Petrino's staff at Louisville.

January 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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