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Bill backing amnesty in drug overdoses advances

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill granting amnesty in some cases to those who seek medical attention in the event of a drug overdose.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. politicians fault national education standars

ATLANTA (AP) - Conservatives are making an election-year attack on national curriculum standards used by Georgia's schools, though it appears unlikely to change much inside classrooms.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Georgia teacher sentenced for sexual abuse

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) - A former high school teacher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with multiple students.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Wintry mix possible in north Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a wintry mix of precipitation is possible across parts of north Georgia.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Items for US troops sit for months at post office

ATLANTA (AP) - Residents of an Atlanta-area retirement home want to know why care packages they tried to send to U.S. troops overseas were left sitting in a nearby post office for months.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. girl killed when TV, dresser fall on her

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Bibb County sheriff's officials say a 17-month-old girl was killed when a television and the dresser it was placed on fell onto her.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate passes income tax cap resolution

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia state Senate has approved a resolution to cap the state's income tax at its current rate.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


High court: Inmates have right to legal resources

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Supreme Court ruling reinforces inmates' rights to access prison libraries and legal assistance.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Paula Deen says she's 'back in the saddle'

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Paula Deen continued maneuvering for a comeback Sunday, turning a beachside cooking demonstration into a public apology for the racist comments that decimated her career last year.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House Republicans condemn colleague's bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of the House GOP leadership are speaking out in opposition to a bill sponsored by a fellow Republican, condemning it as a move that would loosen sex offender restrictions in Georgia.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Department of Labor to host career expo

CUMMING, GA. (AP) - Georgia Department of Labor officials say 75 employers are slated to participate in a career expo next week.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storms bring down trees in north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - There were several reports of trees down across north Georgia after a fast-moving line of thunderstorms brought high winds to the region.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


School day requirement eased

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's state school board voted Thursday to ease the requirements for school districts to make up days lost because of abnormally bad weather.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Price gouging reported for Ga. tree removal

ATLANTA (AP) - State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is warning of scammers targeting homeowners looking to remove tree limbs from their property after the last winter storm.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. forecast predicts thunderstorms, flooding

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say storms expected to move into central and north Georgia bring the potential for severe thunderstorms and even isolated tornadoes.

February 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Confederate flag flies at Ga. fort

RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (AP) - As Fort McAllister fell to the Union Army of Gen. William T. Sherman days before Christmas in 1864, one of his artillery officers seized the Confederate flag of a vanquished company of Georgia riflemen. The officer carried the silk banner home to Maine as a souvenir, and it stayed in his family for three generations in a box along with a handwritten note: "To be return to Savannah or Atlanta sometime."

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama taps Jim Yong Kim for World Bank

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Dartmouth College president and global health expert Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank, an unconventional pick that could help to quell criticism in the developing world of the U.S. stranglehold on the international organization's top post.

March 23, 2012 | Amberlee Melendez | STATE


Obama talks on Trayvon "tragedy"

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama spoke in unusually personal terms Friday about the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, a case that has roiled civil rights activists and a suburban Orlando community. "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said, vowing to "get to the bottom of what happened."

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Unemployment applications hit 4-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. student sues over prom changes

ATLANTA (AP) - A suburban Atlanta high school student says in a federal lawsuit that administrators removed him as student body president after he promoted changes aimed at making the prom more inclusive to gay students.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


March for Trayvon Martin set in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Organizers are planning to march through downtown Atlanta in memory of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose shooting by a neighborhood watch captain has led to protests nationwide.

March 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Man jailed after calling 911 on his wife over Facebook

A Wesley Chapel man is serving jail time - all because he wanted to check his Facebook page.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia jobless rate drops to 3-year low

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's jobless rate has dropped to a three-year low, state labor officials said Thursday.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Welfare recipients could get drug tested

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers are debating whether some people should be exempt from a proposal that would force those applying for welfare to take drug tests.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


GA Republicans report threats from GOP rivals

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Two local Republican Party leaders have told police they've been threatened by supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


The GOP race is now lining up for Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) - It hasn't been pretty, but the Republican establishment, the delegate math, the money and more are increasingly lining up in Mitt Romney's favor in the long and grinding race for the party's presidential nomination.

March 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man sentenced in sex trafficking case

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a 39-year-old man to more than 17 years in prison for charges related to sex trafficking of a minor.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate adopts $19.2B state budget

ATLANTA (AP) - More students would be eligible for low-interest loans that replace part of the HOPE scholarships they lost in last year's budget crunch under a $19.2 billion budget plan passed Wednesday by the state Senate.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Florida Gov endorses Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh off a decisive victory in Illinois, Mitt Romney won critical establishment support Wednesday from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as he looks to unite the Republican Party behind his candidacy. Romney said he's "almost there" after pursuing the GOP nomination for six years, and there are fresh signs that big GOP donors and other party figures will follow Bush's lead after sitting on the sidelines for much of the primary season.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


House to vote on justice reform

ATLANTA (AP) - After months of debate, the proposal to overhaul Georgia's criminal justice system is headed to lawmakers, as state representatives are set to vote on the measure.

March 21, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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