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Former AG: 'Religious freedom' bills excuse discrimination

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Georgia attorney general says he is troubled by two bills that supporters argue protect religious freedom.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Hibernating pet tarantulas stolen from crawlspace of house

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta man told police that a spider thief snuck into a crawlspace under his home and stole five of his 18 pet tarantulas.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah selling St. Patrick's parking spaces in advance

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - If you're planning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Savannah next month, City Hall is selling reserved parking spaces more than two weeks in advance of the sprawling festival and parade.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves' Upton wants to be called Melvin instead of BJ

ATLANTA (AP) - There is a new-look Upton headed to the Braves' camp.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jeffares: Senate passes veteran’s bills

Snow flurries, ice and freezing rain threatened to stall business at the Capitol last week, but we were lucky enough to be able to travel safely to continue as scheduled. We passed quite a few bills this week designed to help support and protect the military service members in our state.

February 23, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Weather service issues winter weather advisory for Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a mix of rain and snow could make travel dangerous in a large part of north Georgia, including Atlanta.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather warning calls for snow, sleet across north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters have issued a winter storm warning for much of north Georgia, saying parts of the state could see up to 3 inches of snow and sleet.

February 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia to face NCarolina in 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will face North Carolina to open the 2016 college football season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Houses passes bill changing age of kindergarten eligibility

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has passed a bill that would establish an age requirement for children enrolling in kindergarten.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Legislators spar over revised College Board AP history test

ATLANTA (AP) - The College Board's new Advanced Placement U.S. history test is strongly biased to the left and should be scrapped, Republican Sen. William Ligon said Wednesday in an argument that has also been made by lawmakers in at least three other states.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House committee passes transportation funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Local governments could continue collecting some sales tax on motor fuel, but the money would have to be used for transportation purposes, including school bus service, under an amended transportation bill that won approval Wednesday in a state House committee.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 20,000 remain without power as temperature drops

ATLANTA (AP) - Utility companies say more than 20,000 Georgia customers remain without power after this week's ice storm as low temperatures dipped into the single-digits in northern parts of the state.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wrong body buried after crime lab mix-up in Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A coroner says a mix-up at the state crime lab led to a family burying the wrong body during a closed-casket funeral.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Ga. girls' track coach sentenced for sexting student

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A former suburban Atlanta girls' high school track coach has been given a five year sentence for sexting a student.

February 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 67,000 still without power in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Utility companies say more than 67,000 Georgia customers remain without power as crews work to clear downed trees and power lines.

February 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Coca-Cola cutting up to 1,800 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola says it will cut between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs in coming months to trim costs.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Pedestrians to carry bright orange flags to cross street

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Let your "feet flag" fly, Athens.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Selma civil rights march still vivid for US Rep John Lewis

ATLANTA (AP) - Forty-nine years after John Lewis and fellow marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the memories of "Bloody Sunday" are still vivid in his mind. It was one of the defining moments of the civil rights era.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Temperatures plunge to 10 in some towns, 0 at Brasstown Bald

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures fell to 10 degrees before dawn in Marietta, Cartersville and Rome and 12 in Atlanta as an arctic blast of frigid weather brought the coldest temperatures in a year to Georgia.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA hires Schottenheimer as O.C.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Former St. Louis Rams and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is moving back to the college ranks to direct Georgia's offense.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Isakson named chairman of Senate VA, ethics committees

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has been named chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. agency offering cold weather insurance claims tips

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is offering Georgians tips on getting financial help if their property is damaged by cold weather that's moving into the region.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters warn of dangerous wind chill across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are issuing a wind chill advisory as the coldest weather in about year arrives in Georgia.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Organizers of new country music festival announce lineup

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - An organizer of a new two-day country music festival says he hopes to draw 30,000 people each day to Kennesaw.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Mercedes HQ moving to Atlanta

MONTVALE, N.J. (AP) - Mercedes-Benz says it's moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, in part to be closer to its manufacturing facility in Alabama.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy, 8, killed by gunshots fired through his apartment door

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy has been shot to death by a gunman who fired through the door of his apartment in central Georgia, authorities said Tuesday.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Dangerous cold expected as arctic air mass moves into state

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of dangerous wind child readings as the coldest weather in about a year is expected in Georgia.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Police chief's wife upgraded to fair condition after gunshot

ATLANTA (AP) - The wife of a Georgia police chief who told a 911 dispatcher that he accidentally shot her was improving at a hospital Monday, according to officials who hope she can be interviewed soon.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Wallenda aims to cross gorge with great-grandfather's image

ATLANTA (AP) - The image of Karl Wallenda crossing the Tallulah Gorge is still vivid for those who witnessed it on July 18, 1970.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


School board member refuses the district's background check

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County school officials say a newly-elected school board member is refusing to submit to a fingerprint and background check the district does on board members, employees and volunteers.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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