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Ga. couple's killing leaves authorities baffled

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) - The unsolved beheading of a retiree and the killing of his elderly wife has so rattled their gated, lakeside Georgia community that neighbors are casting about for even outlandish explanations. Was it a mob hit? A drug dealer? A hungry alligator?

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Herschel Walker speaks out about mental illness

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Six years ago, University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker revealed he had been dealing for years, including during his playing days as a UGA running back, with dissociative identity disorder, a mental health condition popularly understood as having multiple personalities.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. settles with 3 ex-ethics employees

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission has settled for more than $1.8 million with three former employees alleging retaliation stemming from an investigation into complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Residents can put blood type on licenses

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia residents will now be allowed to list their blood type on their driver's license or identification card.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons to be featured on Hard Knocks

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have announced they will be featured on HBO Sports' documentary series Hard Knocks this summer.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal shakes up Ga. child welfare agency

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is overhauling Georgia's child welfare agency, replacing the current director who will now report directly to the governor.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Rep. Price opts not to pursue key leadership post

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia has decided not to seek a top leadership position in the House after Majority Leader Eric Cantor's decision to step down, saying he wants to focus on serving as the next chairman of the Budget Committee.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officers may have lied about training hours

ATLANTA (AP) - Reviews suggest that at least 500 law enforcement officers in Georgia may have lied about fulfilling required training in the last year.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Paula Deen launching digital network

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Celebrity cook Paula Deen, whose career was derailed after she admitted using racial slurs, is going digital.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters warning of severe thunderstorms in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch covering most of north, central and western Georgia.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Arkansas pastor is new Southern Baptist president

BALTIMORE (AP) - An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country's Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Megachurch pastor to lead So. Baptists

BALTIMORE (AP) - An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country's Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA school board group hosts conference in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Members of the Georgia Schools Boards Association are expected to meet later this week in Savannah.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Southern Baptists meet to elect new president

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Southern Baptists are electing a new president to succeed the Rev. Fred Luter Jr., who became the denomination's first African-American president in 2012.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Audit details long wait times at Ga. VA centers

ATLANTA (AP) - The Veterans Affairs Department says the average wait time for new patients at the Atlanta VA Medical Center was about 64 days for a primary care doctor, nearly 53 days for a specialist and almost 27 days for a mental health professional.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Prosecutor: terror plot behind murder

LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) - Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks, prosecutors told a judge Monday.

August 27, 2012 | RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | STATE


GA Regents University sued for name

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The Virginia university founded by television preacher Pat Robertson is suing a new Georgia university, saying its new name is too similar and will create confusion.

August 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. health officials urge caution for swine flu at fairs, events

State agriculture and health officials are warning Georgians to take safety precautions while attending state fairs and other events this fall due to human infections from a flu virus normally found in pigs.

August 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. students make slight gains on ACT scores

Georgia students' overall performance on the ACT college-entrance exam rose slightly this year, as the number of students taking the test continued to increase.

August 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Zoo Atlanta mourns death of gorilla

ATLANTA (AP) - A 50-year-old gorilla who became a beloved figure at Zoo Atlanta after spending several decades in a Washington state department store has died, zoo officials said Tuesday.

August 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Court: Ga. police may verify immigration status

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled law enforcement in Georgia may verify the immigration status of criminal suspects who fail to produce proper identification.

August 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Air France: Out of gas? Ask passengers to pitch in

PARIS - An emergency layover in Syria's capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

August 20, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Augusta National adds female members

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

August 20, 2012 | DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer | STATE


Emory misrepresented data for decade

Prestigious Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade, the Atlanta school disclosed Friday, adding its high-profile name to a growing list of institutions caught up in scandals over rankings pressure.

August 17, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Parking crackdown lucrative for Atlanta

An aggressive parking enforcement strategy in Atlanta has more than doubled the number of parking citations, boosting revenue for the city.

August 15, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Summer unemployment for school workers?

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal agency's decision might lead to thousands of Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and private school teachers getting summer unemployment benefits after the state denied them the money.

August 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Supt. to oppose charter amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge will oppose a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the state's authority to charter independent schools.

August 14, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Carroll Co. schools add cameras to buses

CARROLLTON (AP) - A west Georgia school system is the latest to add school bus cameras aimed at nabbing motorists who break traffic laws, officials said.

August 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man beats woman with dead dog in Atl.

A Fulton County prosecutor says a man has pleaded guilty to using a dead dog to beat his girlfriend.

August 10, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Voters to decide charter school issue

After most Georgia voters decided against a transportation tax, political attention is shifting to a new battle involving charter schools.

August 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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