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Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island weighs smoking ban for largest Ga. public beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's largest public beach could become off limits to smoking next year.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 charged with killing deer that mingled with farmer's cows

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia have charged two young men with killing a deer in a pasture where it was known to mingle with a farmer's cows.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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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


LifePoint Hospitals, Duke Health System enter quality agreement

LifePoint Hospitals, which owns Rockdale Medical Center, and Duke University Health System have expanded their collaborative effort by entering into a national quality agreement to enhance patient safety.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Atlanta onducting homeless count

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials say they're preparing to conduct a count of the city's homeless population.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Publix issues allergy alerts for fajitas, burger

LAKELAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 14, 2015--Out of an abundance of caution, Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for ready-to-cook beef and chicken fajitas and pork chorizo burgers because they may contain peanuts that are not declared on the packaging. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the products which include:

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. parole board backs new agency proposed by Gov. Deal

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of Georgia's parole board says he backs Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to create a new agency to supervise people on parole or probation.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA student shot to death off-campus

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police in Athens are investigating the shooting death of a University of Georgia student who was killed off-campus.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal urges action on schools, transportation in state speech

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is urging lawmakers to take dramatic action on transportation and education issues facing Georgia.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. appeals court to hear case over Vidalia onion regulation

ATLANTA (AP) - A Vidalia onion farmer's lawsuit challenging the Georgia agriculture commissioner's authority to regulate the famous crop is going back to court.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia executes man for killing a deputy in traffic stop

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - A man who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy who stopped him for speeding on a Georgia interstate was put to death Tuesday for the 1998 killing, which was captured on the patrol car's video camera.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stretchers stolen from funeral hearses in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police and funeral directors in Gainesville have a mystery on their hands: Someone is breaking into hearses and stealing the stretchers used to carry deceased people.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Principal: Let students hurl canned food at intruders

VALLEY, Ala. (AP) - A middle school principal in eastern Alabama wants to stockpile cans of food such as corn and peas in classrooms so that students could hurl them as weapons in a last-resort confrontation with a school intruder.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. leaders united on transportation action, mum on details

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state government's top leaders are united on one point: Something must be done this year to pay for the state's transportation needs.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Parts of eastern Georgia remain under fog advisory

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say parts of northeast Georgia and eastern parts of the state remain under a dense fog advisory.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Hearing to be held in dispute over MLK Bible, Nobel medal

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge in Atlanta is set to hear arguments in a dispute over who owns the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal and traveling Bible.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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