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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


Georgia trout fishing season to open Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say they're stocking the state's waterways with fish before the opening of trout fishing season.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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5 free things to do on your next trip to Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Many people who visit Atlanta for the hundreds of conventions the city hosts each year never make it out of the few blocks around their hotels. But the city has much more to offer, and some attractions are even free.

December 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man pleads guilty to prostituting juveniles

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 27-year-old middle Georgia man has pleaded guilty to prostituting three juveniles from motel rooms in Macon and Tybee Island.

December 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Ga. sergeant sentenced in drive-thru flap

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - An ex-DeKalb County police sergeant has been sentenced to 10-years of probation for pulling a gun during a dispute at a drive-thru window.

December 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman makes history by joining confederate group

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The weather may have been gloomy in Savannah on Dec. 14, but Georgia Benton was all smiles as she was inducted into the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

December 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Sen. Balfour acquitted of ethics charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A jury on Thursday acquitted a state lawmaker accused of illegally claiming mileage and expense reimbursement from the state and will return to his Senate duties.

December 20, 2013 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. among 6 states getting early learning grants

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state is expecting to receive more than $50 million in federal education grants over the next four years.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


US Rep. Kingston defending school lunch idea

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston is defending comments he made suggesting that poor students who are part of the nation's school lunch program should sweep cafeteria floors.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Long term jobless benefits to expire

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Labor officials say extended federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed in Georgia will expire soon without congressional intervention.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Governor to review digital learning proposals

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says his office is going to review a task force's recommendations to use digitally-based programs to improve student achievement.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. woman claims 1 of 2 winning lottery tickets

TLANTA (AP) - On her way to work, Ira Curry heard on the radio that one of the winning lottery ticket numbers was her family's lucky No. 7. She called home, her daughter checked the ticket and in an instant, Curry was a multi-millionaire.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. jobless rate drops to lowest mark in 5 years

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in November, its lowest mark since November 2008.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Semi overturns, spilling holiday hams on I-85 ramp

ATLANTA (AP) - The latest wreck on a metro Atlanta freeway system that features names such as Spaghetti Junction, Peach Passes and HOT lanes involved a ham jam.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


GBI investigates nude photos of Georgia teens

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - State agents are investigating social media accounts where nude photos of metro Atlanta teenagers are being shared.

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. school district approves rifles for officers

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A north Georgia school board has approved a measure allowing some resource officers to carry long-range rifles.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


South Georgia girl left on school bus for 6 hours

LAKELAND, Ga. (AP) - A south Georgia bus driver has been placed on administrative leave after a 5-year-old girl was left alone on a school bus for six hours.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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