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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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College pres. candidates to face less scrutiny

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's university system is looking to hire six college presidents, and finalists for those positions will be subject to less scrutiny under a change in state law.

June 08, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. colleges to get $72.5 million in FY13

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia 35 state colleges are getting $72.5 million in new funds for the upcoming school year aimed at addressing enrollment growth and increasing the number of college graduates in the state.

June 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov't job losses could drag down growth

ATLANTA (AP) - Government workers didn't lose jobs in droves like their private sector counterparts during the recession, but the jobs of thousands of Georgia teachers and postal and social service workers are now threatened, further dampening the state's tepid economic recovery.

June 07, 2012 | DAN CHAPMAN Atlanta Journal-Constitution (courtesy of AP) | STATE


CDC: Older teens text behind the wheel

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say more than half of high school seniors admit they text or email while driving.

June 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Thousands honor fallen soldier

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Thousands of southwest Georgians lined the route as Marine Lance Cpl. Steve Sutton made his journey to his final resting place.

June 07, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


S.C. court hears Savannah River lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's highest court is questioning the authority of a state agency to bypass a special commission in discussions over dredging the Savannah River.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Shrimpers see small hauls in first days

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Shrimpers say the first six days of the official season has been disappointing.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Carrollton approves downtown open container law

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) - Patrons in Carrollton will soon be able to get takeout cups for alcoholic beverages purchased at downtown bars.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Albany police officer saved by cell phone

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - What can stop a speeding bullet? Turns out, a cellphone.

June 05, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


System unveiled for Atlanta overpass

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta motorists will get a new experience when driving through a metro interstate overpass.

June 04, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT gives $77 million for infrastructure

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials have authorized contracts for 16 new infrastructure improvement projects across the state.

June 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Case dismissal shocks slain Ga. gir's family

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A judge's decision to dismiss charges against a Savannah man accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl has shocked the victim's family.

June 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman's hobby making explosives?

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A college student accused of making explosive devices as a hobby faces a court hearing on federal charges.

June 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Marine's Purple Heart a milestone

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A U.S. Marine from suburban Atlanta has become the first Georgian to receive a Purple Heart under new rules designed to honor military members who suffer brain injuries.

May 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Warm waters ending oyster harvesting

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Georgia officials will soon close state waters to oyster harvesting for the summer.

May 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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