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Deal signs state budget with schools, construction funding

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a $40 billion state spending plan for the next year.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


36 golden retrievers rescued from Turkey arrive in Atlanta

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Dozens of abandoned golden retrievers rescued from Turkey have arrived in Atlanta and have been placed at a boarding facility in Fulton County to be adopted.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Small plane crashes into busy Atlanta interstate; 4 killed

ATLANTA (AP) - A small passenger airplane dropped from the sky, grazed the hood of a tractor-trailer and crashed into an Atlanta interstate Friday, killing all four people aboard and starting an intense fire on the busy highway.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Alabama sues over fed plan for river basin

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state of Alabama filed suit over a plan it said will harm water quality by keeping additional water in a Georgia lake for recreational use, the latest move in a long-running dispute over shared river resources.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Small plane crashes into busy Atlanta interstate; 4 killed

ATLANTA (AP) - A small passenger airplane dropped from the sky and grazed the hood of a tractor-trailer before it crashed into an Atlanta interstate Friday, killing all four people aboard and starting an intense fire on the busy road.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Folk singer behind popularity of 'We Shall Overcome' dies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The musician and folk singer who promoted the song "We Shall Overcome" and is credited with helping it rise in popularity as an anthem during the civil rights movement in the 1960s has died.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Small plane crashes into Atlanta interstate after takeoff

ATLANTA (AP) - A small plane has crashed into Interstate 285 after taking off from an Atlanta-area airport.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Coyote attacks dog in front of 2 young children

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A coyote attacked a family dog in front of two young children in a Marietta neighborhood.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia sheriff retains support after shooting woman

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff charged in the shooting of a real estate agent is retaining support in a county that also voted him back into office three years ago despite his indictment on more than two dozen felony ethics charges.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Metro Atlanta shop worker shoots, kills armed robber

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Police in metro Atlanta say a store employee shot and killed an armed man trying to rob him at gunpoint.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Study: Vaccination against measles may have other benefits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia sheriff charged in shooting of real estate agent

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia sheriff has been charged with reckless conduct in the shooting of a real estate agent as prosecutors look into his statement that he was conducting police training exercises at the time.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Pastor accused of 2013 rape of 16-year-old girl

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Macon pastor accused of raping an underage girl two years ago has been arrested in Atlanta.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Teacher lowered autistic boy head-first into trash

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia special education teacher is accused of cruelty to children after police say she held an autistic boy upside-down by his legs and lowered him head-first into a trash can.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman reunited with dog after robbery

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta woman who was robbed of her car and dog has her pet back due to the kindness of a stranger.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House approves Gov. Deal's 'failing schools' amendment

TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" on Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House committee chair says no vote on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Medical marijuana bill headed to Ga. governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill allowing a form of medical marijuana is headed to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after a two-year legislative battle.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia honors Vietnam veterans

Georgia is home to more than 234,000 Vietnam War veterans, and the state seeks to honor them with a new program to be unveiled next week.

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia trout fishing season to open Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials say they're stocking the state's waterways with fish before the opening of trout fishing season.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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