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Charter school backers want exemption from takeover district

ATLANTA (AP) - Charter school supporters want the schools to be exempt from a state-run district that Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing to take over chronically failing institutions.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 185,000 without power in Georgia after ice storm

ATLANTA (AP) - Power companies say more than 185,000 customers in Georgia were still without power as crews worked to clear downed trees and power lines.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Jeffares capital update

The past couple of weeks have been fairly busy for legislators under the Gold Dome. We have now completed 15 days of the Legislative Session and have passed seven bills on the Senate floor. We are moving quickly and I look forward to keeping you updated as we move forward at the Gold Dome.

February 17, 2015 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | STATE


Deal delays Tuesday opening for state offices due to weather

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says state agencies will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Tuesday in metro Atlanta to prevent problems with black ice on roadways.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal issues a State of Emergency ahead of wintery mix

ATLANTA (AP) - On Sunday Gov. Nathan Deal issued a State of Emergency until Tuesday ahead of a wintry mix expected to hit areas of northern Georgia.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


When disaster hits, FEMA watches Waffle Houses for guidance

ATLANTA (AP) - When a big storm or tornado devastates a community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually steps in to help state and local officials. But in recent years, FEMA has been getting some help of its own from an unexpected source - one you see on almost every highway throughout the Southeast: Waffle House.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Schools react to takeover plan as Ga. governor seeks support

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia would become one of several states authorized to take over "chronically failing" schools if Republican Gov. Nathan Deal can hold members of his own party while attracting Democrats and placating some school officials frustrated by the proposal.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Snow, sleet, ice threat raised in several areas of the South

ATLANTA (AP) - Snow falling steadily in parts of Kentucky turned roads hazardous Monday as a major winter storm system also threatened to spew ice, sleet and freezing rain across several Southern states.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Estimate: Higher tobacco tax could raise $585M

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia could raise an extra $585 million by increasing its tobacco taxes, according an analysis by Georgia State University that comes as state leaders seek ways to pay for transportation projects.

February 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged with having sex with corpse in Georgia mortuary

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Police have charged a homeless man with performing a sex act on a woman's body at a funeral home in Columbus.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Auburn replacing oaks killed by Alabama fan

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn is replacing the Toomer's Corner oak trees that were poisoned by a University of Alabama fan.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta police: 785 pairs of panties stolen from store

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police are searching for a person they believe stole almost 800 pairs of panties from a Victoria's Secret store.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House OKs easier path to diploma despite failing test

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill letting thousands of Georgians who did not pass high school graduation tests petition local officials for diplomas.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed and sent to the House two proposals aimed at cracking down on pimps and others engaged in what lawmakers say is an increasing problem of sexual exploitation of children in Georgia.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


American Pickers TV show coming to Georgia

Think you might have a hidden treasure in that collection of what other people call junk? The American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, of the HBO show on the History Channel, are coming to Georgia looking for junkyards, basements, garages and barns to find hidden treasures, rare artifacts, and vintage collectibles and they want to see what you've got.

February 12, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


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MARTA looks to raise money on parking

ATLANTA (AP) - Metro Atlanta's transit system is aiming to make more money from its parking lots at rail stations.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Officer kills dog, shoots and wounds man with gun

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A police officer shot and wounded a man who police say threatened the officer with a gun at an apartment complex near Atlanta.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storm packing high winds hits south Georgia

ALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Lowndes County say four people were hospitalized after a storm packing high winds swept through the area.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Orange Bowl to have an international flavor

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - It wasn't long ago that Justin Senior, Adam Gotsis and Francis Kallon had no idea what the Orange Bowl was.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Louisville mum on Belk Bowl quarterback

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Coach Bobby Petrino won't say who will start at quarterback for Louisville in the Belk Bowl. He will concede this: Both Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin will play against Georgia.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta Falcons fire coach Mike Smith

ATLANTA (AP) - Mike Smith was fired as the Atlanta Falcons' coach Monday, one day after the end of his second straight losing season and a 34-3 rout by the Carolina Panthers before booing fans at the Georgia Dome.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Restoration of 1930 Tybee Island theater to finish in 2015

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - It's been five decades since the Tybee Post Theater showed its last movie. That's likely to change in 2015.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Augusta expressway expansion near completion after delays

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The expansion of one of Augusta's major interstate highways is expected to be completed after New Year's following several months of delays and costs that have exceeded the project's budget by $3 million.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb DA investigator accused of speeding, DUI

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - The lead investigator of the DeKalb County district attorney's office is out on bond after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in suburban Atlanta.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


University system uses loophole to lobby lawmakers

ATLANTA (AP) - University System of Georgia officials spent tens of thousands of dollars this year on football tickets, meals and events for state lawmakers despite a law banning many freebies for members of Georgia's Legislature.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta streetcar expected to open Dec. 30

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials say the new Atlanta streetcar is expected to open just before the end of the year.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Teacher facing battery charge after fight in his classroom

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a teacher in Warner Robins is facing a battery charge following a fight in his classroom.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sanders leaves $3.4 million to UGA School of Law

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders has left $3.4 million of his estate to the University of Georgia School of Law.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Charity fined over misleading solicitations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee agency that oversees charity fundraising is levying a $45,000 fine against a Georgia-based group for misleading practices.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia under flood watch as thunderstorms move across state

ATLANTA (AP) - Most of Georgia is under a flood watch as thunderstorms roll across the state.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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