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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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Ga. insurance commissioner warning of life insurance scam

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is warning consumers of a life insurance scam involving unsolicited calls.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wintry mix possible in north Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a wintry mix of precipitation will be possible across far north Georgia.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate OKs high school credit for some college-level courses

ATLANTA (AP) - High school students could earn credit toward their diploma while taking some college-level courses under a bill approved by Georgia's Senate.

February 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Quinn lays out plan to bring winner to Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Dan Quinn says he's looking to build a defense that plays "fast and physical" and a balanced offense as the Atlanta Falcons coach.

February 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Device found on Atlanta freeway wasn't explosive

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a device taped to a bridge over a busy Atlanta freeway was not explosive, but they haven't said exactly what it was.

February 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man suspected of killing 5 arrested in Mississippi

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man charged in the deaths of his wife, three of her family members and a friend was arrested at a bus station in Tupelo, Mississippi, authorities said Monday.

February 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Whitney Houston's daughter 'fighting for her life'

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - Bobbi Kristina Houston wanted to sing, act and dance like her megastar parents, Whitney Houston and R&B artist Bobby Brown. Instead, she has mostly made tabloid headlines for drug use and family disputes - the same perils that derailed their careers.

February 03, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Suspicious device closes Atlanta freeway

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a suspicious package has prompted a freeway closure near downtown Atlanta.

February 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons agree to 5-year deal with Seahawks' Quinn

ATLANTA (AP) - Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has agreed to a five-year deal to become the Atlanta Falcons coach, a person familiar with the negotiations said on Monday.

February 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Rain-snow mix possible in north Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a mix of rain and snow is possible at higher elevations of the north Georgia mountains.

February 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sheriff: Murder suspect sought after 5 people killed

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a man being sought after five people were found slain inside a west Georgia home is now considered a murder suspect.

February 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta area man shot dead trying to rob dog breeder

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a metro Atlanta man was fatally shot as he tried to rob a bulldog breeder he had contacted through the website Craigslist.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stone Mountain Pecan product recalled

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain pecan products for potential health risk. The products were distributed only in the State of Georgia, directly to consumers at the retail level from the Stone Mountain Pecan Company, located in Monroe.

January 30, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Ga. law enforcement watching for drunk game day drivers

ATLANTA (AP) - The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says authorities will be on the lookout for suspected drunk drivers on Super Bowl Sunday.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta man shot dead after responding to pit bull ad

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a metro Atlanta man was fatally shot after meeting with two people who advertised a pit bull for sale online.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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