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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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Ga. lawmaker wants to lower minimum age to run for office

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia lawmaker believes people legally able to drink, vote and serve in the military should be allowed to run for a seat in the state Senate.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters issue fog advisory in north, central Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are asking drivers to use extreme caution while dense fog reduces visibility in much of north and central Georgia.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal set to begin 2nd term with Monday inauguration

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was set to begin his second term in office Monday afternoon with plans to focus on education.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Brian Schottenheimer expects 'easy fit' at Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Brian Schottenheimer's background as a player at Florida almost got in the way of his hopes to become offensive coordinator at Georgia.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA man who stole $255 in robbery sentenced to life in prison

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Cobb County prosecutors say a man who took $255 during an armed robbery has been sentenced to life in prison.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


$5,000 reward offered for armed robber

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, is asking the public to help with the identification and apprehension of the individual responsible for the Nov. 29, 2014 armed robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank on Riverwood Drive in Atlanta.

January 09, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


GA governor campaign reports $607K to daughter-in-law's firm

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal reported paying his daughter-in-law's consulting firm about $607,000 in his final fundraising report from the 2014 gubernatorial election.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


King Center plans MLK holiday events

ATLANTA (AP) - The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change has more than a week of events planned to celebrate the upcoming King holiday.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge declines to dismiss challenge to Ga. gay marriage ban

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge in Georgia has declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Study finds fewer bears in part of central Ga. than thought

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A three-year study has concluded the black bear population in part of central Georgia is less than half as big as previously thought.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


A list of stores that JC Penney plans to close

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney Co. said will close about 40 stores this year and cut about 2,250 jobs. Most of the stores will close by April 4, the Plano, Texas-based department store operator said Thursday.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Coca-Cola cutting up to 1,800 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola says it will cut between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs in coming months to trim costs.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Pedestrians to carry bright orange flags to cross street

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Let your "feet flag" fly, Athens.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Selma civil rights march still vivid for US Rep John Lewis

ATLANTA (AP) - Forty-nine years after John Lewis and fellow marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the memories of "Bloody Sunday" are still vivid in his mind. It was one of the defining moments of the civil rights era.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Temperatures plunge to 10 in some towns, 0 at Brasstown Bald

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures fell to 10 degrees before dawn in Marietta, Cartersville and Rome and 12 in Atlanta as an arctic blast of frigid weather brought the coldest temperatures in a year to Georgia.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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