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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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Ga. lawmaker wants to lower minimum age to run for office

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia lawmaker believes people legally able to drink, vote and serve in the military should be allowed to run for a seat in the state Senate.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters issue fog advisory in north, central Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are asking drivers to use extreme caution while dense fog reduces visibility in much of north and central Georgia.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal set to begin 2nd term with Monday inauguration

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was set to begin his second term in office Monday afternoon with plans to focus on education.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Brian Schottenheimer expects 'easy fit' at Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Brian Schottenheimer's background as a player at Florida almost got in the way of his hopes to become offensive coordinator at Georgia.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA man who stole $255 in robbery sentenced to life in prison

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Cobb County prosecutors say a man who took $255 during an armed robbery has been sentenced to life in prison.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


$5,000 reward offered for armed robber

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, is asking the public to help with the identification and apprehension of the individual responsible for the Nov. 29, 2014 armed robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank on Riverwood Drive in Atlanta.

January 09, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


GA governor campaign reports $607K to daughter-in-law's firm

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal reported paying his daughter-in-law's consulting firm about $607,000 in his final fundraising report from the 2014 gubernatorial election.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


King Center plans MLK holiday events

ATLANTA (AP) - The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change has more than a week of events planned to celebrate the upcoming King holiday.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge declines to dismiss challenge to Ga. gay marriage ban

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge in Georgia has declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Study finds fewer bears in part of central Ga. than thought

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A three-year study has concluded the black bear population in part of central Georgia is less than half as big as previously thought.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


A list of stores that JC Penney plans to close

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney Co. said will close about 40 stores this year and cut about 2,250 jobs. Most of the stores will close by April 4, the Plano, Texas-based department store operator said Thursday.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Coca-Cola cutting up to 1,800 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola says it will cut between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs in coming months to trim costs.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Pedestrians to carry bright orange flags to cross street

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Let your "feet flag" fly, Athens.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Selma civil rights march still vivid for US Rep John Lewis

ATLANTA (AP) - Forty-nine years after John Lewis and fellow marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the memories of "Bloody Sunday" are still vivid in his mind. It was one of the defining moments of the civil rights era.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Temperatures plunge to 10 in some towns, 0 at Brasstown Bald

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures fell to 10 degrees before dawn in Marietta, Cartersville and Rome and 12 in Atlanta as an arctic blast of frigid weather brought the coldest temperatures in a year to Georgia.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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