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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


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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Louisville mum on Belk Bowl quarterback

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Coach Bobby Petrino won't say who will start at quarterback for Louisville in the Belk Bowl. He will concede this: Both Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin will play against Georgia.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta Falcons fire coach Mike Smith

ATLANTA (AP) - Mike Smith was fired as the Atlanta Falcons' coach Monday, one day after the end of his second straight losing season and a 34-3 rout by the Carolina Panthers before booing fans at the Georgia Dome.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Restoration of 1930 Tybee Island theater to finish in 2015

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - It's been five decades since the Tybee Post Theater showed its last movie. That's likely to change in 2015.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Augusta expressway expansion near completion after delays

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The expansion of one of Augusta's major interstate highways is expected to be completed after New Year's following several months of delays and costs that have exceeded the project's budget by $3 million.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb DA investigator accused of speeding, DUI

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - The lead investigator of the DeKalb County district attorney's office is out on bond after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in suburban Atlanta.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


University system uses loophole to lobby lawmakers

ATLANTA (AP) - University System of Georgia officials spent tens of thousands of dollars this year on football tickets, meals and events for state lawmakers despite a law banning many freebies for members of Georgia's Legislature.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta streetcar expected to open Dec. 30

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials say the new Atlanta streetcar is expected to open just before the end of the year.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Teacher facing battery charge after fight in his classroom

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a teacher in Warner Robins is facing a battery charge following a fight in his classroom.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sanders leaves $3.4 million to UGA School of Law

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders has left $3.4 million of his estate to the University of Georgia School of Law.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Charity fined over misleading solicitations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee agency that oversees charity fundraising is levying a $45,000 fine against a Georgia-based group for misleading practices.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia under flood watch as thunderstorms move across state

ATLANTA (AP) - Most of Georgia is under a flood watch as thunderstorms roll across the state.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta's Plaza Theater gives gift of The Interview

The Plaza in Atlanta announced on Twitter Tuesday that it will be one of the only theaters in the country to screen the controversial film The Interview, despite threats of violence made by hackers warning against the film's release.

December 23, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


30 years later, Cabbage Patch Kids still have fans

CLEVELAND, Ga. (AP) - Standing in a loose circle with one hand raised, a group of about five dozen adults recited an oath to be the best adoptive parent in the world. Then, when the word was given, they scrambled around the room to find the perfect baby.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Severe storms possible just before Christmas across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say the potential for severe thunderstorms will be greatest Tuesday in parts of western and south Georgia -- an area south and west of Macon that includes the Columbus area.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Yates tapped for deputy AG

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the move.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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