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Ga. lottery third quarter 2014 earnings top $261 million

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lottery officials say more than $261 million in proceeds was used to fund education initiatives during the third quarter of 2014.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport hosting fire, disaster drills

ATLANTA (AP) - A firefighter training exercise is expected to create smoke plumes near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Fast-food workers, others rally in push for higher pay

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Fast-food workers rallied in College Park and planned another demonstration in Atlanta as they and others across the nation called for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Huge metal rooster is found in forest following Athens heist

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say the hunt for a 10-foot metal rooster stolen from outside an Athens business has ended in a Georgia forest, where Rocket the Rusty Roster was discovered under a pile of wood.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. school leaders meet after teacher blasts Obama in class

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's NAACP chapter president is calling for a middle Georgia teacher and her husband - a local school board member - to resign after allegations that the teacher made negative comments about President Barack Obama during class.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Students at Georgia's public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Tuition is going up for Georgia students the state's 30 colleges and universities.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Percy Sledge, who sang 'When A Man Loves a Woman,' dies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jail for 9 of 10 ex-educators in Atlanta test-cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators were sentenced to jail time Tuesday in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on the state's standardized tests, and the judge called the case "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town."

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


1 ex-educator accepts deal in Atlanta schools cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - One of the 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a test-cheating conspiracy has accepted a sentencing deal.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sentencing hearing starts for ex-educators in cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - Character witnesses are pleading for leniency as a judge prepares to sentence most of the former Atlanta educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to cheat on state tests.

April 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia prison officials change transgender inmate policy

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia prison officials are changing how they treat inmates with gender identity conditions, just days after the U.S. Justice Department weighed in on a lawsuit filed by a transgender prisoner.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Confederate flag over courthouse sparks some disagreement

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) - One hundred and fifty years after the final drops of soldiers' blood sealed the Civil War, the South's battle flag has returned to the grounds of Chattooga County's government.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Road work to close lanes on I-75 in Lowndes County

ATLANTA (AP) - Roadwork in Lowndes County will force lane closures on Interstate 75 next week.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Double-decker freeway among ideas to unclog Atlanta traffic

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation planners say converting Atlanta's Downtown Connector into a double-decked superhighway -- or creating tunnels beneath or parallel to it -- are the types of ideas they want explored.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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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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