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Metro Atlanta's jobless rate holds steady at 4.9 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say the jobless rate in metro Atlanta is holding steady at 4.9 percent.

January 28, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE


Deputies: Woman faked cancer, got $25K in donations, trips

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia woman is accused of pretending to have terminal cancer and accepting thousands of dollars in donations and trips.

January 26, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE


Jeffares: A busy legislative session has begun with tough issues ahead

The halls of the Georgia State Capitol are alive again this week as the Senate and House of Representatives gathered in their respective chambers to ...

January 17, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


Georgia Perimeter, Georgia State consolidation now official

The Board of Regents granted final approval to the creation of the new Georgia State University from the consolidation of Georgia State University and Georgia ...

January 06, 2016 | Staff Report | STATE


DeKalb motel standoff ends with suspect stabbing himself

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A standoff at a motel outside Atlanta that involved a number of children ended Tuesday morning with the suspect stabbing himself but ...

January 05, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE


Board of regents to approve University of Georgia building

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The state board of regents is set to approve a building project for the University of Georgia.

January 04, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE


School for LGBT youth called first of its kind in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A first-of-its-kind private school in Georgia aimed at attracting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and teachers is being established in Atlanta for ...

January 04, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE


Kirby Smart adds 3 assistant coaches to Georgia staff

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - New Georgia coach Kirby Smart has hired James Coley as wide receivers coach, Dell McGee as running backs coach and Marshall Malchow ...

January 04, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta could see warmest Christmas ever recorded

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say this Christmas could be the warmest ever recorded for several other Georgia cities.

December 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Mother charged with kidnapping; son found safe after search

ATLANTA (AP) - Jail records show that an Atlanta mother is charged with kidnapping after police say she took her 14-month-old son from state custody during ...

December 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Masters field at 89 going into next year

Lee Westwood did his part in Thailand. The math took care of the rest, and he's going to the Masters.

December 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Conyers K-9 officer likely saves life of missing woman

A K-9 officer has likely saved the life of a missing elderly woman.

December 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Smart excited about good first week with Georgia recruits

For one week, Kirby Smart could devote his full attention to his new job as Georgia's coach - complete with a hectic travel schedule for ...

December 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Piedmont first healthcare system in Georgia to offer on-demand virtual visits

Piedmont Healthcare is the first health system in Georgia to offer a new app for visits.

December 15, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Stockbridge mayor resigns after city council meeting

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of Stockbridge has resigned after a meeting addressing his temper.

December 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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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


Estimate: Higher tobacco tax could raise $585M

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia could raise an extra $585 million by increasing its tobacco taxes, according an analysis by Georgia State University that comes as state leaders seek ways to pay for transportation projects.

February 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged with having sex with corpse in Georgia mortuary

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Police have charged a homeless man with performing a sex act on a woman's body at a funeral home in Columbus.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Auburn replacing oaks killed by Alabama fan

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn is replacing the Toomer's Corner oak trees that were poisoned by a University of Alabama fan.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta police: 785 pairs of panties stolen from store

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police are searching for a person they believe stole almost 800 pairs of panties from a Victoria's Secret store.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House OKs easier path to diploma despite failing test

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill letting thousands of Georgians who did not pass high school graduation tests petition local officials for diplomas.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed and sent to the House two proposals aimed at cracking down on pimps and others engaged in what lawmakers say is an increasing problem of sexual exploitation of children in Georgia.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


American Pickers TV show coming to Georgia

Think you might have a hidden treasure in that collection of what other people call junk? The American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, of the HBO show on the History Channel, are coming to Georgia looking for junkyards, basements, garages and barns to find hidden treasures, rare artifacts, and vintage collectibles and they want to see what you've got.

February 12, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


High winds, cold temperatures predicted in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - High winds followed by a surge of cold air this weekend are in store for Georgia as multiple cold fronts move across the South.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal proposes broad powers to take over failing schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal wants lawmakers to create a state-run district to take over failing schools, overseen by an appointed superintendent with broad new powers over those institutions.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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