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Charter school backers want exemption from takeover district

ATLANTA (AP) - Charter school supporters want the schools to be exempt from a state-run district that Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing to take over chronically failing institutions.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 185,000 without power in Georgia after ice storm

ATLANTA (AP) - Power companies say more than 185,000 customers in Georgia were still without power as crews worked to clear downed trees and power lines.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Jeffares capital update

The past couple of weeks have been fairly busy for legislators under the Gold Dome. We have now completed 15 days of the Legislative Session and have passed seven bills on the Senate floor. We are moving quickly and I look forward to keeping you updated as we move forward at the Gold Dome.

February 17, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Deal delays Tuesday opening for state offices due to weather

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says state agencies will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Tuesday in metro Atlanta to prevent problems with black ice on roadways.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal issues a State of Emergency ahead of wintery mix

ATLANTA (AP) - On Sunday Gov. Nathan Deal issued a State of Emergency until Tuesday ahead of a wintry mix expected to hit areas of northern Georgia.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


When disaster hits, FEMA watches Waffle Houses for guidance

ATLANTA (AP) - When a big storm or tornado devastates a community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually steps in to help state and local officials. But in recent years, FEMA has been getting some help of its own from an unexpected source - one you see on almost every highway throughout the Southeast: Waffle House.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Schools react to takeover plan as Ga. governor seeks support

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia would become one of several states authorized to take over "chronically failing" schools if Republican Gov. Nathan Deal can hold members of his own party while attracting Democrats and placating some school officials frustrated by the proposal.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Snow, sleet, ice threat raised in several areas of the South

ATLANTA (AP) - Snow falling steadily in parts of Kentucky turned roads hazardous Monday as a major winter storm system also threatened to spew ice, sleet and freezing rain across several Southern states.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Study: Health law to raise claims cost 32 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

March 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Calif. gay marriage argument at high court Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court waded into the fight over same-sex marriage Tuesday, at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don't allow it.

March 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Pa. groundhog's handler taking blame for forecast

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An Ohio prosecutor who light-heartedly filed a criminal indictment against the famous Pennsylvania groundhog who fraudulently "predicted" an early spring said he may consider a pardon now that the animal's handler is taking the blame.

March 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Tip led to arrests in Ga. baby killing

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Police in Georgia say an anonymous tip helped them make arrests in the shooting death of baby who was killed in a stroller.

March 25, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Ga. infant killed while pushed in stroller

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia mother says a young gunman opened fire on her baby as she pushed him in a stroller, wounding her and killing the 1-year-old boy.

March 22, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA student reports attack by mime

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A University of Georgia student told police she was attacked by a woman who appeared dressed as a mime.

March 22, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Girl, 7, was asked to pepper spray workers

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) - Police say a Philadelphia-area woman returned to a dollar store where she'd been banned and pepper-sprayed employees who tried to escort her out before giving the can to her 7-year-old daughter and asking her to continue the fight.

March 21, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


AP: Costs of US wars linger for over 100 years

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Fla. college student plotted an attack

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A University of Central Florida student who pulled a dorm fire alarm in the middle of the night had a more sinister plan than sending students scurrying out into the night, authorities said.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Brazil: police puzzle over 7 gift-wrapped skulls

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Police in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo are baffled by a macabre puzzle: someone has been leaving gift-wrapped human skulls around town.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Lowest gas price - March 15

The lowest price for regular fuel in Covington is $3.50 at the Shell station, located at 10724 ByPass Road and Monticello Street.

March 15, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


First lady latest whose private info leaked online

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The first lady and the vice president are among the latest public figures to have their private information posted on a mysterious website, and the Secret Service has joined the investigation into the postings that include documents from people ranging from rapper Jay-Z to the head of the FBI.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House adopts $40.9 billion spending plan

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has passed a state spending plan that trims many government agencies, but largely insulates public schools from cuts.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal set to announce new school board members

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to announce his selections to replace six suspended DeKalb County Board of Education members.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Black smoke from chapel chimney: No pope yet

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try.

March 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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