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Georgia Senate passes sweeping medical marijuana bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a sweeping medical marijuana bill that now goes back to the House for tweaking.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Privacy and private parts: Nude neighbor exposes law's limit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man who has continually irritated his neighbors by standing naked in the front door of his home has exposed a state law that local prosecutors want to change.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House panel OKs governor's school takeover amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" appears headed for a vote in the Georgia House of Representatives after securing a key committee's approval on Monday.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


'Good Morning America' anchor to speak at UGA commencement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - "Good Morning America" anchor Amy Robach is set to give a commencement speech to University of Georgia undergraduates.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia State coach breaks cast in fall, has to get new one

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Georgia State coach Ron Hunter is getting a new cast on his injured left foot.

March 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate passes spending plan

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has approved a state spending plan for the next year, setting up negotiations with House lawmakers who already have approved their own version.

March 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons find help at tight end by signing Jacob Tamme

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have signed free agent Jacob Tamme, looking for help at tight end one year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.

March 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


County settles suit alleging court practices targeted poor

ATLANTA (AP) - DeKalb County has agreed to policy changes that aim to protect the rights of people who can't afford to make fine and fee payments required for traffic violations and other misdemeanor offenses.

March 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia jobless rate declines to 6.3 percent

State labor officials say Georgia's jobless rate has dropped to 6.3 percent, its lowest mark since January 2008.

March 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


City council orders mayor to get anger management counseling

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) - The Stockbridge city council is ordering the mayor to undergo anger management counseling.

March 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta airport launches online parking reservation system

ATLANTA (AP) - Travelers passing through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport may now reserve parking spaces online.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate lawmakers make big changes to Ga. transportation bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A key Senate committee on Tuesday approved significant changes to a bill aimed at raising $1 billion for Georgia's transportation needs.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta voters approve $250 million bond package

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta voters have approved a $250 million bond package aimed at fixing aging infrastructure such as roads, bridges, sidewalks and buildings.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


ist Oklahoma video leads to hoop skirt ban on Ga. campus

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The latest fallout from a racist video involving Oklahoma fraternity members is a ban on hoop skirts at University of Georgia social events.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Gold Dome update from Sen. Jeffares

The Gold Dome started buzzing once again on Monday as Senators and Representatives gathered in their chambers to mark the beginning of the 153rd Legislative Session.

January 19, 2015 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


Police: Robbery suspect shot at DeKalb drive-in restaurant

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a man opened fire on a group of men he said tried to rob him at a drive-in fast food restaurant.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Scientists: Tumor-causing virus widespread in wild turkeys

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Wildlife biologists tracking a tumor-causing virus first diagnosed in eastern wild turkeys five years ago have found the virus is far more widespread - but less deadly - than expected.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Teens suspected in southern crime spree captured in Florida

One of the two teenage sweethearts from Kentucky suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks around the South awaited a first court appearance Monday in Florida, where they were captured over the weekend.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


MLK play debuting in Dallas, salute to civil rights leader

DALLAS (AP) - Willie Pearl Mackey knew how to decipher the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s writing. She was used to his sloppy cursive and large vocabulary.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Icy highway raises questions

ATLANTA (AP) - A freezing highway contributed to more than a dozen accidents Friday, raising questions about whether Georgia's transportation officials are prepared for winter weather.

January 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Marietta Daily Journal parent buys Rome newspaper group

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - The parent company of the Marietta Daily Journal has purchased the Rome News Publishing Company at a bankruptcy auction.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Execution timeframe set for Georgia inmate Warren Lee Hill

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has set a weeklong window for the execution of a Georgia death row inmate convicted of killing a fellow inmate.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Authorities: 9 buses stolen in SW Ga. and sold to scrap yard

ABBEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in southwest Georgia say someone stole nine buses used to haul watermelons and sold them to a scrap yard.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials to honor MLK ahead of holiday, open plaza

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials are planning to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. ahead of Monday's holiday honoring the civil rights leader.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal proposes $45B Georgia budget as economy improves

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has proposed a nearly $45 billion budget for state government as the economy improves and tax collections climb.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Icy road conditions, wrecks reported in northern Georgia

Icy road conditions, wrecks reported in northern Georgia

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Nearly $150,000 raised in effort to save R.E.M. steeple

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A 60-day crowdfunding campaign for Nuci's Space, aimed both at restoring the "R.E.M. steeple" and helping the nonprofit group fund the health care assistance and other services it provides to local musicians, has fallen short of its $250,000 goal.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


MARTA police hiring 18 new officers

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say they're helping Atlanta's public transit agency recruit 18 new police officers.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Chief who shot sleeping wife has 4 divorces, no violent past

ATLANTA (AP) - The man who dialed 911 to report accidentally shooting his wife as she slept in their suburban Atlanta home early New Year's Day waited nearly two minutes to mention where he worked.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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