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Audit details long wait times at Ga. VA centers

ATLANTA (AP) - The Veterans Affairs Department says the average wait time for new patients at the Atlanta VA Medical Center was about 64 days for a primary care doctor, nearly 53 days for a specialist and almost 27 days for a mental health professional.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama moves to extend student loan payment relief

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the rising costs of college have left America's middle class feeling trapped. He says no hard-working youngster in America should be priced out of a higher education.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Obama moves to extend student loan payment relief

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the rising costs of college have left America's middle class feeling trapped. He says no hard-working youngster in America should be priced out of a higher education.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GA to implement boater education class requirement

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - State Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding Georgians that boater education courses will soon be required for some vessel operators.

June 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. department awarding life sciences grant

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a $1,000 grant for elementary school teachers who show exceptional innovation in teaching life sciences.

June 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Train passes over body of sleeping Ala. woman

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn police say a woman who fell asleep on a set of railroad tracks was not injured when a train passed over her.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia chooses company to write standardized test

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will pay more than $107 million for the development of a new statewide standardized test, replacing the CRCT and EOCT exams taken by elementary and high school students.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Chambliss: Intel should be released

ATLANTA (AP) - Sen. Saxby Chambliss is calling on the Obama administration to declassify details about five detainees who were released from Guantanamo in exchange for an American soldier held captive by the Taliban.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. inmates to make cards for elderly

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is launching a community service project aimed at connecting juvenile offenders with the elderly.

June 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal suspends gasoline tax increase

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order preventing a hike in state taxes on gasoline.

June 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Program to provide meals to low-income GA children

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say free meals will be available to eligible children throughout the state over the summer.

June 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Second body found after man jumps from GA overpass

ATLANTA (AP) - DeKalb County police say a suicide note left by a man who jumped from a freeway overpass has led them to a second body.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


2,500-plus Ga. doctors w/o malpractice insurance

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 2,500 doctors in Georgia don't have malpractice insurance, according to a newspaper analysis of state data.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Poisoned Auburn oaks become museum piece

ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Moulthrop was as horrified as anyone when news broke in 2010 that a University of Alabama fan had poisoned Auburn University's landmark oak trees after a football defeat.

June 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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More gun laws = fewer deaths, 50-state study says

CHICAGO (AP) - States with the most gun control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study that suggests sheer quantity of measures might make a difference.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


$7,000 in lost cash recovered at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) - An Alabama foot doctor said he is grateful for the honesty of a part-time parking cashier at Atlanta's airport, who found $7,000 in cash on the curb outside the international terminal and promptly turned it in.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


106-year-old Mass. man gets high school diploma

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) - Fred Butler was married for 65 years, raised five children, served in the Army during World War II and worked for years for the local water department, but the fact he never earned a high school diploma always bothered him.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Dukes of Hazzard reunion could be big draw

BYRON, Ga. (AP) - The upcoming "Dukes of Hazzard" reunion in Byron is beginning to have the makings of a countrified Woodstock.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge won't halt school board members' removal

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge on Monday allowed the Georgia governor's removal of two-thirds of the school board members in a suburban Atlanta school district to move forward, although legal questions remain.

March 04, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Casey Anthony speaks at bankruptcy hearing

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Casey Anthony says she doesn't pay rent or utilities and is living off the kindness of others.

March 04, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured

WASHINGTON (AP) - A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

March 04, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill seeks to protect Ga. youth from concussions

ATLANTA (AP) - Newly approved legislation would require that young athletes in Georgia who show the symptoms of a concussion be pulled from games and reviewed by medical professionals.

March 01, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Former postal employees guilty of stealing millions in U.S. Treasury checks

ATLANTA – Gerald Eason, 47, of Stockbridge, Georgia, pleaded guilty today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. to stealing over 1,300 U.S. Treasury checks worth more than $2.8 million, while employed as a supervisor at an Atlanta mail distribution facility. He also admitted to conspiring with another postal worker, Deborah Fambro-Echols, 49, of Hapeville, Georgia, at the same facility to steal and cash additional checks.

March 01, 2013 | Staff Report | STATE


Falcons release 3 key players

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons started their youth movement Friday by ditching three key players from the most successful era in franchise history.

March 01, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. couple gets 15 years in alleged abuse case

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia couple accused of confining their teenage son to a bedroom for years with little food has been sentence to serve 15 years in prison.

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Organizers cancel this year's Redneck Games

EAST DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Organizers of the Redneck Games, a Georgia festival that includes competitions such as toilet seat horseshoes and mud pit belly flops, say this summer's event is being canceled.

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Goodbye, red shoes

The red shoes are being retired.

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate Democrats, GOP to stage votes on rival cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Across-the-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are staging a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services.

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Father of Newtown victim: Ban assault weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) - Battling tears, the father of one of the first-graders slain at the December elementary school massacre in Connecticut pleaded with senators on Wednesday to ban assault weapons like the gun that killed his 6-year-old son.

February 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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