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Metro Atlanta jobless rates drops below 6 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has dropped below 6 percent.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


5 dead, 3 injured in fiery crash on Georgia interstate

ELLABELLE, Ga. (AP) â€" Five people died early Wednesday in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 16 west of Savannah that authorities said began when a tractor-trailer failed to slow down and smashed into stop-and-go traffic.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State: Schools not required to pull ice cream but some do

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say Georgia schools are not required to discard Blue Bell ice cream products, but some of the state's largest school systems say they are doing so.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Shooting at Georgia Kia plant

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) - A shooting inside the Kia Motors auto manufacturing plant in Georgia left one worker wounded and another in custody after armed officers swarmed the site Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's veteran leader, Pete Wheeler, dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Pete Wheeler, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, died Tuesday as the longest-serving state agency head after holding the job for more than six decades.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


3 ex-educators in Atlanta cheating case to be resentenced

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge plans to resentence three former Atlanta public school educators who got the stiffest sentences after they were convicted in a conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Funeral home mistakenly cremates man; negotiations ongoing

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A family attorney says a former Macon pastor who wanted to be buried in a casket was cremated by mistake.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal to sign Opportunity School District legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal said he plans to sign legislation Tuesday to allow a state takeover of "chronically failing" schools and set up a statewide vote in 2016 to authorize the move.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Men who stole 39 Wal-Mart iPads could be part of crime ring

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Police say two men accused of stealing 39 iPads from a Georgia Wal-Mart could be part of a larger crime ring. Last week a couple was accused of stealing 33 iPads valued at more than $15,000 at another Wal-Mart store.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather service: 4 twisters confirmed after weekend storms

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say four tornadoes struck Georgia during recent weekend storms.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Creator of Atlanta's "Ghetto Burger" dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Ann Price, the creator of the world famous Ghetto Burger, has passed away. She was 72.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah female veteran receives Congressional Gold Medal

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A former support member of the Tuskegee Airmen has received one of the nation's highest civilian honors.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Families upset over veteran cemetery turned into movie set

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Several families are outraged over a decision to turn a cemetery for military veterans into a movie set.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Public Defender: Office plagued by roach infestation, mold

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A trip to county jail or state prison might not be the worst sight ahead for some of Augusta's poorest criminal defendants.

April 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Panel to discuss GA transportation, infrastructure

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers and state transportation officials will soon begin a series of public meetings to gather input on statewide plans to improve transportation and infrastructure.

August 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged with impersonating firefighter

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old Appling man is accused of pulling over a 16-year-old girl and pretending to be a firefighter in east Georgia.

August 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


US doctor with Ebola in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - An American doctor infected with the Ebola virus in Africa arrived in Atlanta for treatment Saturday, landing in a specially equipped plane at a military base, then being whisked away to one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country, officials say.

August 02, 2014 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


2 Ebola victims arrive in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - The first person infected with Ebola to be brought to the United States from Africa was safely escorted into a specialized isolation unit Saturday at one of the nation's best hospitals, where doctors said they are confident the deadly virus won't escape.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Low cost carrier to begin flying between Ga., Va.

ATLANTA (AP) - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say they're welcoming a new low cost carrier that will provide service to Virginia.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


1st piece of Chattahoochee zip line in place

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Work has begun on a zip line that will carry people across the Chattahoochee River at the Georgia-Alabama state line.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Dog fatally shot after attacking Ga. boy, officer

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Athens-Clarke County police say a dog was fatally shot after mauling a 10-year-old boy and attacking a responding officer.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal meets with Latino leaders on immigration

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is reaching out to leaders of the state's Latino community to learn more about unaccompanied minors from Central American nations who are in Georgia, and to share concerns and seek solutions.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT suspending construction during GA tax holiday

ATLANTA (AP) - State transportation officials say they're planning to suspend road work near shopping centers to accommodate Georgians looking to save money during the upcoming tax holiday period.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


School principal resigns after 2 DUI arrests

MILTON, Ga. (AP) - The principal of Milton High School has resigned after sheriff's deputies arrested him twice within a few hours on charges of drunken driving.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Driver says she was nearly killed by sledgehammer

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta motorist says she feels lucky to be alive after a sledgehammer flew through her window on one of Georgia's busiest freeways.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Drone carrying contraband crashes at SC prison

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a South Carolina maximum-security prison never made it inside the 12-foot-high razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused in connection with trying to sneak it in.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia tax holiday approaching

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Retail Association is reminding residents that the state's tax holiday is quickly approaching.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta, Macon break record low temperatures

ATLANTA (AP) - Unusually cool air helped Atlanta and Macon break records for low temperatures.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Theater apologizes after kids see 'Sex Tape' clips

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A movie theater chain says it's reviewing complaints after its Augusta theater showed scenes from the R-rated film "Sex Tape" instead of the children's movie "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" in a summer movie program for youngsters.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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