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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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GDOT gives $77 million for infrastructure

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials have authorized contracts for 16 new infrastructure improvement projects across the state.

June 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Case dismissal shocks slain Ga. gir's family

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A judge's decision to dismiss charges against a Savannah man accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl has shocked the victim's family.

June 02, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman's hobby making explosives?

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A college student accused of making explosive devices as a hobby faces a court hearing on federal charges.

June 01, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Marine's Purple Heart a milestone

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A U.S. Marine from suburban Atlanta has become the first Georgian to receive a Purple Heart under new rules designed to honor military members who suffer brain injuries.

May 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Warm waters ending oyster harvesting

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Georgia officials will soon close state waters to oyster harvesting for the summer.

May 31, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Board saves Fernbank for now

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County's school board has decided, for now, to spare the Fernbank Science Center from closing.

May 30, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Holiday weekend wrecks kill 15 in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say traffic crashes in Georgia during the Memorial Day holiday weekend claimed the lives of more than a dozen motorists.

May 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Beryl to dump more heavy rain on Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia emergency management officials say they expect a tropical depression to bring more heavy rain to the state, but no major damage has been reported so far.

May 29, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Full list of state, U.S. qualifiers

State Senator

May 25, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Vietnam vet wall opens at Ft. Gordon

FORT GORDON, Ga. (AP) - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall is now open to the public at Fort Gordon, military officials said.

May 25, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


New Ga. license plates now available

The Georgia Department of Revenue has announced that the new license plates will be available in all 159 counties recently.

May 24, 2012 | Staff Report | STATE


Deal going on trade mission to Turkey

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal will lead a delegation of Georgia officials to Turkey to explore trade opportunities.

May 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Anti-abortion anger tied to clinic fires?

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal agents are investigating two fires in the past week at women's clinics in metro Atlanta, authorities said.

May 24, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


American Idol finalist from Ga.

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Friends and fans of Georgia's American Idol finalist will find out soon whether he can pull out a big win.

May 23, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


Officer rescues kids from flooded creek

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta police officer waded through a flooded creek to rescue three children and an adult from a wooded area.

May 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE


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