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Atlanta Falcons fire coach Mike Smith

ATLANTA (AP) - Mike Smith was fired as the Atlanta Falcons' coach Monday, one day after the end of his second straight losing season and a 34-3 rout by the Carolina Panthers before booing fans at the Georgia Dome.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Restoration of 1930 Tybee Island theater to finish in 2015

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - It's been five decades since the Tybee Post Theater showed its last movie. That's likely to change in 2015.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Augusta expressway expansion near completion after delays

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The expansion of one of Augusta's major interstate highways is expected to be completed after New Year's following several months of delays and costs that have exceeded the project's budget by $3 million.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb DA investigator accused of speeding, DUI

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - The lead investigator of the DeKalb County district attorney's office is out on bond after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in suburban Atlanta.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


University system uses loophole to lobby lawmakers

ATLANTA (AP) - University System of Georgia officials spent tens of thousands of dollars this year on football tickets, meals and events for state lawmakers despite a law banning many freebies for members of Georgia's Legislature.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta streetcar expected to open Dec. 30

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials say the new Atlanta streetcar is expected to open just before the end of the year.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Teacher facing battery charge after fight in his classroom

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a teacher in Warner Robins is facing a battery charge following a fight in his classroom.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sanders leaves $3.4 million to UGA School of Law

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders has left $3.4 million of his estate to the University of Georgia School of Law.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Charity fined over misleading solicitations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee agency that oversees charity fundraising is levying a $45,000 fine against a Georgia-based group for misleading practices.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia under flood watch as thunderstorms move across state

ATLANTA (AP) - Most of Georgia is under a flood watch as thunderstorms roll across the state.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta's Plaza Theater gives gift of The Interview

The Plaza in Atlanta announced on Twitter Tuesday that it will be one of the only theaters in the country to screen the controversial film The Interview, despite threats of violence made by hackers warning against the film's release.

December 23, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


30 years later, Cabbage Patch Kids still have fans

CLEVELAND, Ga. (AP) - Standing in a loose circle with one hand raised, a group of about five dozen adults recited an oath to be the best adoptive parent in the world. Then, when the word was given, they scrambled around the room to find the perfect baby.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Severe storms possible just before Christmas across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say the potential for severe thunderstorms will be greatest Tuesday in parts of western and south Georgia -- an area south and west of Macon that includes the Columbus area.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Yates tapped for deputy AG

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the move.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Strong storms possible on Christmas Eve across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say strong storms, some with the potential for isolated tornadoes, are possible over large parts of Georgia on Christmas Eve.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Lake Lanier full of water heading into summer

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - After recent droughts emptied Lake Lanier during the summer months, the northeast Georgia lake is now full heading into its busiest time.

May 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police charge 6 in Georgia-to-New York gun sales

NEW YORK (AP) - A Georgia man, his wife and other family members have been charged with selling 155 guns, including an AR-15 assault rifle and other automatic weapons, transported in road trips up the Interstate 95 corridor over seven months to an undercover police officer in Brooklyn, authorities announced Wednesday.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. faces potential severe weather for 3rd day

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgians are being cautioned to watch out for potentially severe weather for a third day, with strong thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes possible mostly in the middle and southern regions of the state.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs bill for MLK statue at Capitol

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law providing for a statue honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Capitol.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


6 hurt in FedEx shooting in Kennesaw; suspect found dead

Update, 11:26 a.m.: Police say two people are in critical condition after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx station outside Atlanta, injuring six people in all.

April 29, 2014 | By Kate Brumback | STATE


Deal signs HOPE technical grant scholarship bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law establishing the Zell Miller Grant for technical college students, which provides full tuition coverage for those eligible for the HOPE Grant and who maintain a 3.5 GPA.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. governor signs $42.4 billion budget

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a $42.4 billion state operating budget, with improving revenues allowing the state to increase public education spending by hundreds of millions of dollars.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Paula Deen to cook for fans live on 20-show tour

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Approaching a year since the Food Network pulled the plug on her TV show, Paula Deen plans to hit the road this summer to cook for her fans live.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Kennesaw State lifts lockdown

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - A lockdown at Kennesaw State University in Georgia has been lifted after reports of a possibly armed man on campus.

April 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Man carrying gun in holster prompts scare at park

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - A man carrying a gun in a holster prompted parents at a children's baseball game to halt play and round up the children behind a dugout, but authorities say no crime was committed.

April 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal signs 'medical amnesty' bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a bill that would grant amnesty in some cases to those who seek medical help in the event of a drug overdose.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs bill restricting some abortion coverage

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law restricting abortion coverage in plans for state employees and those sold on the insurance exchange as part of the federal health care law.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.8 percent.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal set to sign bill expanding gun rights

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Lawsuit challenging Ga. gay marriage ban filed

ATLANTA (AP) - A gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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