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Panel expected to review Ga. religious freedom bill canceled

ATLANTA (AP) - A House committee expected to take up a divisive religious freedom bill will not meet as planned.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA (AP) - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island weighs smoking ban for largest Ga. public beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's largest public beach could become off limits to smoking next year.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 charged with killing deer that mingled with farmer's cows

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia have charged two young men with killing a deer in a pasture where it was known to mingle with a farmer's cows.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House approves Gov. Deal's 'failing schools' amendment

TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" on Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House committee chair says no vote on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to Ga. governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing a form of medical marijuana is headed to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after a two-year legislative battle.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia honors Vietnam veterans

Georgia is home to more than 234,000 Vietnam War veterans, and the state seeks to honor them with a new program to be unveiled next week.

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


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1 plans to plead guilty in Ala. dog fighting case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - One of the 14 people charged in connection with a multi-state dog fighting investigation has filed notice that he plans to plead guilty.

April 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. judge asked to stop new Vidalia onion rule

REIDSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - One of Georgia's most prominent growers of sweet Vidalia onions has asked a judge to shield him from possible sanctions for shipping his crop ahead of the official start date imposed by a new state regulation.

April 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Winds gusts up to 40 mph expected across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible across much of north and central Georgia.

April 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia voter registration deadline looming

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding voters April 21 is the deadline to register for the May 20 primary.

April 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs law extended tax-free shopping holidays

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgians can count on at least two more years of tax-free shopping holidays for school items and energy-efficient appliances.

April 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Vidalia onion farmer back in court

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - One of Georgia's most prominent Vidalia onion farmers is going back to court in an effort to stop the state agriculture commissioner from fining growers who ship the famous sweet onions before a certain date.

April 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's share of NFL stadium costs could grow

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are preparing to spend more than $30 million to buy land and build parking for the new stadium that would be home to the Atlanta Falcons.

April 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Dieters move past calories, food makers follow

NEW YORK (AP) - Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling.

April 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


School bus cameras nab 17 violators in 1st week

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A new camera system being used on several Clarke County School District buses captured images of 17 violators in its first full week of operation.

April 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Death of Ga. film worker 'senseless,' father says

ATLANTA (AP) - The parents of a Georgia camera assistant killed by a freight train while filming a movie say they're grieving, angry and want someone held accountable for their daughter's death.

April 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Driver whose car went into creek is identified

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have identified the driver of a car that went into a suburban Atlanta creek as a 57-year-old Loganville woman.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


$4 million to fund conflict-free lawyers for poor

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor signed an executive order Tuesday to provide $4 million to cover costs associated with legal representation without conflicting interests for poor defendants.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb County school system eyes charter status

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County could soon become the latest metro Atlanta school system to pursue charter school status.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Island prepares for 'Orange Crush' of young people

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Tybee Island officials say they're bringing in extra police officers from nearby communities for the expected spring gathering of young people known as "Orange Crush."

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Masters, Trivia Quiz

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - How well do you know the Masters? Try this quiz:

April 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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