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Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Jury finds 2 Georgia men guilty in ricin plot

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A jury has convicted two Georgia men of plotting to make the poison ricin to target government officials.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. shrimping season worst in decades

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - One of the worst shrimp seasons in decades has Smith & Sons Seafood owner Walker "Big John" Smith Jr. fearing what will happen if his business has to suffer through another year like 2013.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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