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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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Senate Republicans change up fundraising effort

ATLANTA (AP) - The fundraising arm of the Georgia Senate Republican Caucus has not filed a mid-year campaign finance report nor has it submitted its annual registration with the state ethics commission, records show.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Teen who died on flight was traveling with family

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane Fire Department says a 16-year-old boy who died on a Delta Air Lines flight had a medical condition and was with members of his military family traveling from Seattle to Atlanta.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to baseball Hall

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Protesters accuse Ga. university of animal cruelty

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Nearly 100 demonstrators and their dogs gathered in Augusta on Saturday to protest Georgia Regents University's use of dogs to test human dental implants.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Newton deputy pleads guilty to federal gun charge

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Newton County sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.

December 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Wendy's worker drops pot in burger, arrested

ATLANTA (AP) - A Wendy's employee who dropped a partially smoked blunt in a customer's cheeseburger has been fired and charged with marijuana possession.

December 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


After conviction overturned, Ga. man acquitted

PERRY, Ga. (AP) - A man who spent 29 years in prison after pleading guilty to a deadly armed robbery has been acquitted by a jury in Houston County.

December 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man charged with stalking after Iron Bowl call

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A western Georgia man who called his ex-girlfriend from jail to talk about the Iron Bowl game has been charged with stalking.

December 05, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Arrest of electric car driver sparks debate

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) - A motorist who plugged his electric car into an outlet at a school near Atlanta is facing a theft charge, sparking debate about where and when it's acceptable to use power.

December 05, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. immigrant students seeking in-state tuition

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A judge said Thursday that he needs more information and time to decide the case of a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and want the Georgia university system to grant them in-state tuition.

December 05, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Affidavit: Slain surgeon lured by sex encounter

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Court records state that a surgeon found dead in an east Georgia creek was lured to Augusta for a sexual encounter.

December 04, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Thieves steal 100 calendars in unusual mall heist

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Someone made off with $2,000 worth of calendars for 2014 in an unusual heist at the Mall of Georgia.

December 04, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Chick-fil-A working to remove dyes, corn syrup

NEW YORK (AP) - Chick-fil-A says it's removing high-fructose corn syrup from its white buns and artificial dyes from its sauces and dressings as part of a push to improve its ingredients.

December 03, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island to reconsider license-plate scanners

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - City officials on Tybee Island are having second thoughts about plans to install computer-linked cameras that would read and record the license plates of every car and truck coming onto the island.

December 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Driver intentionally ran over woman

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say they consider the death of a woman struck and killed by a car in Atlanta as an intentional act.

December 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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