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Fast-food workers, others rally in push for higher pay

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Fast-food workers rallied in College Park and planned another demonstration in Atlanta as they and others across the nation called for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Huge metal rooster is found in forest following Athens heist

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say the hunt for a 10-foot metal rooster stolen from outside an Athens business has ended in a Georgia forest, where Rocket the Rusty Roster was discovered under a pile of wood.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. school leaders meet after teacher blasts Obama in class

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's NAACP chapter president is calling for a middle Georgia teacher and her husband - a local school board member - to resign after allegations that the teacher made negative comments about President Barack Obama during class.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Students at Georgia's public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Tuition is going up for Georgia students the state's 30 colleges and universities.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Percy Sledge, who sang 'When A Man Loves a Woman,' dies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Jail for 9 of 10 ex-educators in Atlanta test-cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators were sentenced to jail time Tuesday in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on the state's standardized tests, and the judge called the case "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town."

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


1 ex-educator accepts deal in Atlanta schools cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - One of the 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a test-cheating conspiracy has accepted a sentencing deal.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sentencing hearing starts for ex-educators in cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - Character witnesses are pleading for leniency as a judge prepares to sentence most of the former Atlanta educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to cheat on state tests.

April 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia prison officials change transgender inmate policy

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia prison officials are changing how they treat inmates with gender identity conditions, just days after the U.S. Justice Department weighed in on a lawsuit filed by a transgender prisoner.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Confederate flag over courthouse sparks some disagreement

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) - One hundred and fifty years after the final drops of soldiers' blood sealed the Civil War, the South's battle flag has returned to the grounds of Chattooga County's government.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Road work to close lanes on I-75 in Lowndes County

ATLANTA (AP) - Roadwork in Lowndes County will force lane closures on Interstate 75 next week.

April 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Double-decker freeway among ideas to unclog Atlanta traffic

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation planners say converting Atlanta's Downtown Connector into a double-decked superhighway -- or creating tunnels beneath or parallel to it -- are the types of ideas they want explored.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Parents: Teacher told students Obama is evil, hates America

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Parents of a Georgia middle school student have accused a teacher of making disparaging remarks about President Barack Obama to students, calling him an evil man who hates America.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-UGA officer threatens lawsuit over medical amnesty law

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A former University of Georgia police officer has threatened to file a $5 million lawsuit against the state Board of Regents after he was fired for refusing to arrest two drunk, underage students who needed medical help, his lawyer said Thursday.

April 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Woman set for execution seeks clemency reconsideration

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for the only woman on Georgia's death row are asking the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia to execute only woman on state's death row

ATLANTA (AP) - The only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed Monday.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Execution date set for Ga. man convicted in 1992 slaying of Covington man

ATLANTA (AP) - An execution date has been set for a man convicted in a 1992 murder.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. consumer information possibly compromised in data breach

ATLANTA (AP) - State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says personal information belonging to millions of Georgia consumers may have been compromised in a recent data breach.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Travis Kvapil's NASCAR car stolen from hotel before race

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Travis Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car was stolen early Friday from a hotel parking lot, forcing him to withdraw from a race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons release WR Harry Douglas, G Justin Blalock

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have released wide receiver Harry Douglas, who was third on the team with 51 catches in 2014, and starting offensive guard Justin Blalock.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Spate of crimes linked to Craigslist prompts extra caution

ATLANTA (AP) - With gray skies and a curtain of drizzly rain, the transaction at the McDonald's had an aura of film noir.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb police rescue 2 girls after tip about prostitution

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County police say three people were arrested after officers got a tip two girls were being held and forced into prostitution.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Honduras youth soccer field to bear Vince Dooley's name

ATLANTA (AP) - Vince Dooley's name finally is being placed on a field - far away from Georgia's Sanford Stadium.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA House passes $44.6 billion state budget for Senate review

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has passed a state spending plan that narrows previous years' cuts to public education spending and hires more child protection workers.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


High Museum opens Coca-Cola exhibit

ATLANTA (AP) - A new exhibition at Atlanta's High Museum of Art explores the origins and artistic influence of the distinctive, curvy Coca-Cola bottle.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. transportation officials warn of slick road conditions

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters warned of the potential for black ice on roads and highways as nearly nine inches of snow blanketed parts of northwest Georgia.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


No charges for Ga. officer who shot handcuffed man

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won't face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednesday that the suspect was armed with a handgun police missed while patting him down.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather delays flights destined for Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Winter weather has led to flight delays at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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