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'Religious freedom' fight ramps up as bill remains stalled

ATLANTA (AP) — A divisive religious freedom bill remains stalled in a Georgia House committee as lawmakers enter the final two days of the legislative session surrounded by pressure from supporters and critics who say the bill can be used as a defense for discrimination against gay or transgender people.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 4:47 p.m.

Gov. Deal announces new program to honor Vietnam veterans

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a new program aimed at honoring the state's 234,000 Vietnam veterans with "certificates of honor."

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 4:45 p.m.

Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 1:56 p.m.

2 Alabama players arrested in separate weekend cases

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban is expected to address the media Monday after two Crimson Tide players were arrested in separate cases over the weekend.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 12:59 p.m.

Panel expected to review Ga. religious freedom bill canceled

ATLANTA (AP) — A House committee expected to take up a divisive religious freedom bill will not meet as planned.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 10:27 a.m.

With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA (AP) — With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 4:40 p.m.

Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 2:21 p.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 10:00 a.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 9:59 a.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 9:57 a.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 9:55 a.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 3:48 p.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 2:19 p.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 10:30 a.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 8:45 a.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 2:22 p.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 12:51 p.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 12:29 p.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 1:16 p.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 8:47 a.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 2:20 p.m.

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.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 2:18 p.m.

House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 1:37 p.m.

House panel OKs governor's school takeover amendment

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" appears headed for a vote in the Georgia House of Representatives after securing a key committee's approval on Monday.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 9:24 a.m.

'Good Morning America' anchor to speak at UGA commencement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — "Good Morning America" anchor Amy Robach is set to give a commencement speech to University of Georgia undergraduates.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 9:23 a.m.

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