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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


Obama moves to extend student loan payment relief

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the rising costs of college have left America's middle class feeling trapped. He says no hard-working youngster in America should be priced out of a higher education.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama moves to extend student loan payment relief

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the rising costs of college have left America's middle class feeling trapped. He says no hard-working youngster in America should be priced out of a higher education.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA to implement boater education class requirement

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - State Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding Georgians that boater education courses will soon be required for some vessel operators.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. department awarding life sciences grant

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a $1,000 grant for elementary school teachers who show exceptional innovation in teaching life sciences.

June 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Train passes over body of sleeping Ala. woman

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn police say a woman who fell asleep on a set of railroad tracks was not injured when a train passed over her.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia chooses company to write standardized test

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will pay more than $107 million for the development of a new statewide standardized test, replacing the CRCT and EOCT exams taken by elementary and high school students.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Chambliss: Intel should be released

ATLANTA (AP) - Sen. Saxby Chambliss is calling on the Obama administration to declassify details about five detainees who were released from Guantanamo in exchange for an American soldier held captive by the Taliban.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. inmates to make cards for elderly

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is launching a community service project aimed at connecting juvenile offenders with the elderly.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal suspends gasoline tax increase

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order preventing a hike in state taxes on gasoline.

June 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Program to provide meals to low-income GA children

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say free meals will be available to eligible children throughout the state over the summer.

June 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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2 men shot after Atlanta home invasion

Atlanta police say officers shot two men suspected of taking part in an early-morning home invasion, killing one of them and wounding the other.

July 13, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl killed by truck part on I-20

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl was killed and her mother injured when part of an oncoming semitrailer flew across an interstate and crashed through the windshield of their vehicle near downtown Atlanta.

July 12, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Look at Ga.'s 14 congressional primaries

Here is a breakdown of the 14 congressional races on the ballot for the upcoming July 31 primary in Georgia. Financial information provided for contested races as of March 31, the latest period available on the website of the Federal Election Commission.

July 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga Senate GOP leader opposes T-SPLOST

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's Senate majority leader is now opposing a transportation sales tax referendum that would fund metro Atlanta's largest infrastructure investment in decades.

July 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Adults brawl at little league game

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Little league officials in Columbus say a brawl involving adults that was captured on videotape is an embarrassment to the players and the city.

July 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Heat wave expected to break Tuesday

The heat wave that sent temperatures soaring across Georgia is expected to break its grip on the state.

July 09, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Many Ga. farmers turn to irrigation

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Farmers don't just pray for rain anymore.

July 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl with flesh-eating bug to leave hospital

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia woman diagnosed with a rare, flesh-eating disease will soon leave the hospital where doctors gave her little chance of surviving when she was admitted nearly two months ago, her father said Tuesday.

June 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Falcon Jamal Anderson gets DUI

ATLANTA (AP) - Police in metro Atlanta say former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson is facing a charge of driving under the influence after an officer pulled him over just northeast of Atlanta.

June 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


CDC trying out free drugstore AIDS test

ATLANTA (AP) - Would you go to a drugstore for an AIDS test?

June 26, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Top court won't hear Lake Lanier dispute

ATLANTA (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not intervene in a tri-state water dispute between Alabama, Florida and Georgia that until a year ago threatened to severely restrict the Atlanta area's access to its main water supply for roughly 3 million people.

June 25, 2012 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. funerals, private gov't in NY Times

The New York Times was busy covering Georgia this past weekend, including two Sunday features:

June 25, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Berries beat peaches as Ga.'s top seller

ATLANTA (AP) - Though Georgia is known for its peaches, blueberries have mounted a challenge in recent years and have quietly overtaken the peach as the state's top-selling fruit crop.

June 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Pedestrian killed by train ID'd

UPDATE: Investigators identified the victim who was struck and killed by a train Wednesday night as 54-year-old Bryant Bennett Johnson.

June 21, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Alcohol limit higher for Ga. boaters

ATLANTA (AP) - Safety advocates are continuing to push for a lower legal limit for boaters who consume alcohol on Georgia's lakes and rivers.

June 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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