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Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - Eleven former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House, Senate rapidly pass state budget agreement

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a $40 billion state spending plan for the next year Tuesday night, giving raises to the state's top judges and pushing $103 million in costs for some part-time school employees' health insurance to local districts.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers pass $900 million transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers approved a transportation funding plan late Tuesday night that they said will raise $900 million through changes to the state's gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta streetcar to continue offering free rides

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials say streetcar passengers may ride for free through the end of 2015.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, the penultimate working day of the 2015 legislative session.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate clears way for continued operation of Uber, Lyft

ATLANTA (AP) - Uber and other ride sharing companies may have passed their last legislative roadblock with the passage of a Georgia Senate bill mandating insurance minimums for drivers and the firms they drive for.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate OKs bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage for treating autism in children.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tiger Woods' plane seen at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State House backs charge on strip clubs to fight trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a constitutional amendment charging strip clubs to provide services for victims of child sexual abuse.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. hunting regulations proposed; public comment sought

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are inviting public comments on proposed changes to hunting regulations.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Girl, 9, wounded by gunshot in northeast Georgia

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia are investigating a gunshot that wounded a 9-year-old girl.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


10-foot, 300-pound metal rooster goes missing in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Religious freedom' fight ramps up as bill remains stalled

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill remains stalled in a Georgia House committee as lawmakers enter the final two days of the legislative session surrounded by pressure from supporters and critics who say the bill can be used as a defense for discrimination against gay or transgender people.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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CDC workers taking anti-anthrax drugs

At least 52 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are taking antibiotics as a precaution because of a lab safety problem that may have accidentally exposed them to anthrax.

June 20, 2014 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | STATE


King to receive Congressional award

ATLANTA (AP) - Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, will posthumously receive a Congressional Gold Medal this month, marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

June 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Rep. Johnson announces 16M to help homeless

Congressman Hank Johnson announced Thursday more than $16 million in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons and their families in Georgia's Fourth Congressional District.

June 19, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Possible anthrax exposure at CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at one of its labs.

June 19, 2014 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | STATE


Charges filed in death of toddler left in hot SUV

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say a man whose 22-month-old son died after being left in a hot SUV for hours has been charged with felony murder.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. toddler dies after being left in vehicle

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a toddler has died after being left in an SUV all day.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Memorial, procession set for slain sheriff's dog

LAFAYETTE, Ga. (AP) - A sheriff's department in northwest Georgia is mourning the loss of a canine officer who was fatally shot after about three months on the job.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate rises to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 7.2 percent in May -- up from 6.9 percent in April.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters warn of storms throughout Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of isolated and scattered thunderstorms throughout most of Georgia.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. wildlife officials urge patience with geese

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are asking landowners to be patient with Canada geese during their summer molting period.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. mom looking to send son with stranger arrested

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A suburban Atlanta woman accused of arranging for her son to travel with a stranger she found on Craigslist is being held in the Cobb County jail, police said Tuesday.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


SunTrust agrees to loan, foreclosure settlement

ATLANTA (AP) - The State of Georgia and federal officials have reached a settlement with SunTrust Mortgage Inc. to address mortgage loan and foreclosure issues.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storms, hazardous air quality expected in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a storm system and heavy rain is expected to linger in most of Georgia.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawmakers urge Medicare coverage for cancer test

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 130 lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to expand coverage for a lung-cancer test under Medicare that could cost the program billons, calling the preventative screening important for vulnerable seniors.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Agency faces lawsuit in malnourished girl's death

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's child protection agency is facing a $1 million lawsuit in the death of a malnourished 14-year-old girl who weighed 43 pounds when she died in June in Smyrna.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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