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Atlanta Streetcar won't debut for football weekend

ATLANTA (AP) - The debut of the Atlanta Streetcar, which has been delayed numerous times, is still unknown and officials say it won't start carrying passengers this weekend as some had hoped.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Protests in Atlanta after decision in Garner case

ATLANTA (AP) - Protesters gathered peacefully in downtown Atlanta to protest a New York City grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA lawmakers look ahead to medical marijuana bills

ATLANTA (AP) - A state lawmaker sponsoring a bill that would allow limited use of medical cannabis in Georgia says he hopes to have specifics by Christmas.

December 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. statewide deer hunt information available online

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are offering statewide information on deer hunting online.

December 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta police: Woman attacked by lynx in Buckhead

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say a woman who was attacked by a Siberian lynx in the city's Buckhead neighborhood has been hospitalized.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy behind wall used texts to help police find him

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy used text messages and photos to help lead police to the small compartment behind an upstairs linen closet where he was being hidden inside his father's and stepmother's home in the Atlanta suburbs, authorities said Monday.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Kennesaw rejects plans for mosque at mall

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - The Kennesaw City Council has denied a request by Muslim residents to open a mosque at a strip mall, setting up a possible legal battle in the community northwest of Atlanta.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Demonstration planned in Athens over Ferguson case

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Demonstrators are planning a march in Athens in support of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal's inauguration set for Jan. 12 in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's inauguration has been set for Monday, Jan. 12 in Atlanta.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-UPS driver's pregnancy bias claim at high court

WASHINGTON (AP) - Peggy Young only has to look at her younger daughter to be reminded how long she has fought United Parcel Service over its treatment of pregnant employees, and why.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. GOP could have super majority

ATLANTA (AP) - An independent lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives is considering becoming a Republican, a decision that could give the GOP a supermajority in the General Assembly.

November 07, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta's airport to offer free Wi-Fi

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta say free Wi-Fi will be available to travelers next year.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport announced Wednesday that it will first reduce the price of airport wireless Internet access to $4.95 a day effective Thursday. Then, officials say they will eliminate the fees entirely in the fall of 2013.

November 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Nearly 1,300 drivers convicted of texting

ATLANTA (AP) - Fewer than 50 drivers a month have been convicted of texting and driving in the two years since a law to ban texting went into effect, state records show.

As of mid-September, 1,281 motorists had been convicted of the offense since the state law took effect on July 1, 2010, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

October 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia churches challenge IRS rules on politics

ATLANTA (AP) - Dozens of Georgia's religious leaders are embracing a new movement to challenge a decades-old tax law that prohibits preaching about politics from the pulpit.

October 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Committee of teens to study safe driving

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor has appointed 22 teenagers to a committee to provide advice on how to communicate a safe driving message to teen drivers.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Kudzu bugs blanket Georgia fields

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Residents in northeast Georgia say kudzu bugs are swarming on yards, fields and front porches.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gunman kills 1 in chapel of megachurch

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for the man suspected of opening fire inside a Georgia megachurch, killing one.

The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. Wednesday at World Changers Church International, which is led by the Rev. Creflo Dollar.

October 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Morehouse to furlough employees

ATLANTA (AP) - Morehouse College will furlough faculty and cut its budget because of a drop in enrollment.

Interim Provost Willis Sheftall told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Atlanta college has 2,360 students, or about 125 fewer than projected. He blamed the drop in enrollment on a poor economy and changes to a federal loan program for students.

October 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. aims to collect more tax from online

ATLANTA (AP) - With changes in the tax law taking effect this month, Georgia intends to begin treating some online retailers the same way it treats those with stores here: by collecting sales tax.

October 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves lose 6-3, knocked out of playoffs

ATLANTA (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals won baseball's first wild-card playoff, taking advantage of a disputed infield fly call that led to a protest and fans littering the field with debris to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Friday.

October 05, 2012 | PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer | STATE


Local may be head of Ga. Lottery

A Rockdale local may be appointed as the next head of the Ga. Lottery.

October 05, 2012 | | STATE


Elderly victims die in Rockdale fire

Investigators have released the names of the two victims in the house fire at 1573 Mountain View Circle. Peggy Stanich, 78, and Frank Bitterman II, 68, were found unconscious when firefighters arrived to the burning house.

October 03, 2012 | Michelle Kim | STATE


Emory, others launch autism center

ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University and other Atlanta partners are launching a new autism research center using an $8.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

September 27, 2012 | BILL BARROW, The Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Power to purchase more solar energy

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power executives say the utility firm plans to substantially boost the amount of solar power it distributes to customers.

Company officials say the utility will buy more than 10 times the amount of solar electricity it now gets from solar farms and rooftop equipment by 2017.

September 27, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA could eliminate nearly 130 positions

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Documents released by University of Georgia administrators to state officials indicate that the school plans to eliminate nearly 130 jobs.

September 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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