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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


Spring breaker from Georgia found dead in Florida pool

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say a 20-year-old spring breaker from Georgia has been found dead in a Panama City Beach motel pool.

March 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Meeting set on proposed Ga. medical marijuana legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - State Rep. Allen Peake said Monday he will make a pitch to a powerful Senate committee later this week to meld two widely-divergent medical marijuana bills passed by the upper and lower chambers of the General Assembly.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Coke a good snack? Health experts who work with Coke say so

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


GA high court rejects challenge to Falcons stadium financing

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has rejected a challenge to the city of Atlanta using taxpayer revenue to help finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Megachurch pastor seeks donations for pricey private jet

ATLANTA (AP) - The ministry of a prominent megachurch pastor and evangelist is seeking donations to buy a luxury jet valued at more than $65 million.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House approves earlier Sunday start for alcohol sales

ATLANTA (AP) - Counties or cities could approve alcohol sales as early as 10:30 a.m. on Sundays under a bill approved by the Georgia House.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate OKs bill to keep children out of smoky cars

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that would make a person smoking in a car when a child under 15 is in the vehicle subject to a fine up to $100.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Senate passes medical marijuana bill after long debate

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a medical marijuana bill that establishes a five-year study involving people under 18 with seizure disorders.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Marine who was held in Mexican jail is charged with DUI

TWIN CITY, Ga. (AP) - Georgia authorities say a former Marine who spent eight months in a Mexican jail for crossing the border with loaded guns was arrested during a traffic stop on misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Senate approves watered down craft brew measure

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that craft beer brewers say would give them a competitive boost in the state and region.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House approves 'cyberbullying' bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill adding threats made on computers or other electronic devices to the state's bullying law.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Irish Prime Minister to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials are celebrating St. Patrick's Day and the anniversary of an Irishman's work to save parts of Atlanta from destruction during the Civil War with a visit from the Irish prime minister.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Bernice King to speak about judge's order

ATLANTA (AP) - The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. plans to speak out about a judge's order that she turn over her father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize to the court's control pending the outcome of a legal dispute.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's jobless rate declines to 7.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's unemployment rate has declined to 7.3 percent.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storm to bring heavy rain to Ga, snow in mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say snow is possible in parts of the north Georgia mountains, with widespread heavy rain expected across other parts of the state.

March 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia man accused of dropping dog from balcony

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say a man accused of throwing his 2-year-old dog from a second-floor balcony has been charged with animal cruelty.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


New SAT: The essay portion is to become optional

WASHINGTON (AP) - Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police probe vandalism at Savannah battle memorial

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are searching for vandals who damaged stones that honor soldiers killed and wounded in the 1779 Battle of Savannah during the American Revolution.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police probe vandalism at Savannah battle memorial

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are searching for vandals who damaged stones that honor soldiers killed and wounded in the 1779 Battle of Savannah during the American Revolution.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Hudgens urging Georgians to change alarm batteries

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is reminding Georgians to use the transition to daylight saving time this weekend as a chance to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Teen accused of killing grandmother with ball bat

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia teenager is accused of beating his grandmother to death with a baseball bat south of Atlanta.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal outlines severe weather response plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has outlined an action plan to address future severe weather events based on an internal review he ordered after Georgia was caught unprepared for a winter storm in late January.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. GOP sticks close to election-year agenda

ATLANTA (AP) - The Republican leadership in the General Assembly has kept tight control of its election-year agenda, ensuring some of the more controversial bills have not reached the floor for a vote.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Vice President Joe Biden to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is expected to visit Atlanta on Tuesday.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Former police dog found dead on side of highway

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - A retired police dog has been found dead on the side of a northeast Georgia highway.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House approves medical cannabis bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Patients diagnosed with certain illnesses could take a form of medical marijuana under a plan that that the Georiga House of Representatives approved 171-4 Monday.

March 03, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers OK statue for Martin Luther King Jr

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan passed by the Georgia House of Representatives calls for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to be commemorated with a statute at the state Capitol.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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