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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


With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA (AP) - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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Atlanta PD names LGBT liaison officer

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in Anderson County on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said Wednesday.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Alabama's Saban wins Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year

ATLANTA (AP) - Nick Saban, who led Alabama to the No. 1 seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff, has been selected the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Hotel hopes guests head home with a rescue dog

At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


KKK group to keep fighting to join cleanup program

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Ku Klux Klan group says it will move forward with its application for a highway cleanup program after a judge ruled that the state's denial violated the organization's right to free speech.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


No. 13 Georgia runs over No. 20 Louisville, 37-14

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - When quarterback Hutson Mason went down with an injury in the second quarter, Georgia coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs turned to plan B.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Emory University makes changes to sexual misconduct policy

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Emory University is updating its sexual misconduct policy as federal education officials investigate how the metro Atlanta school handles sexual assaults and civil rights cases.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


New year kicks off with start of Ga. shad fishing season

ATLANTA (AP) - Commercial fishermen can kick off the new year with the opening day of shad season in Georgia.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Firefighter hears emergency call about his own home on fire

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - Firefighters are helping to raise money for a co-worker who was at work when he heard a fire call for his own home.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


More Georgians signing up for health insurance

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal report says more Georgians have selected health insurance plans through a federally facilitated marketplace.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Tech, Mississippi St clash in Orange Bowl

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Georgia Tech is all about the run. Mississippi State is all about stopping the run.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


MARTA looks to raise money on parking

ATLANTA (AP) - Metro Atlanta's transit system is aiming to make more money from its parking lots at rail stations.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Officer kills dog, shoots and wounds man with gun

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A police officer shot and wounded a man who police say threatened the officer with a gun at an apartment complex near Atlanta.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storm packing high winds hits south Georgia

ALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Lowndes County say four people were hospitalized after a storm packing high winds swept through the area.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Orange Bowl to have an international flavor

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - It wasn't long ago that Justin Senior, Adam Gotsis and Francis Kallon had no idea what the Orange Bowl was.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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