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Gov signs gun carry bill

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law House Bill 60, legislation that protects law-abiding, licensed Georgia citizens’ Second Amendment rights. …

Harry Reid using tax dollars to fight Koch brothers?

Harry Reid using tax dollars to fight Koch brothers?

The head of the Louisiana GOP filed a federal ethics complaint Wednesday against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, claiming the Nevada Democrat has misused taxpayer money for campaign purposes ahead…

Time magazine cover features new book by Piedmont professor

Time magazine cover features new book by Piedmont professor

The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor’s 13th book was released April 8 by HarperCollins and appears on its way to becoming a runaway best seller after being featured on the cover…

Ringgold woman, 2 grandchildren drown in farm pond

Authorities in northwest Georgia say a woman and her two grandchildren drowned on a farm in Catoosa County. Sheriff Gary Sisk says 60-year-old Renee Monroe, 3-year-old Regan Cohen and 18-month-old…

30,000 Golf Carts and 4,000 Heavy Duty Ford Trucks Recalled

30,000 Golf Carts and 4,000 Heavy Duty Ford Trucks Recalled

About 30,000 golf carts and buggies are being recalled because the steering wheel may be loose, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Ford is recalling almost 4,000 of its…

Video shows special education teacher beating student

Video shows special education teacher beating student

A teacher’s video of a special education student being beaten in class has led to the arrest of a teacher’s aide. Parents said the video shows a paraprofessional assaulting students…

States quietly sign onto plan to ditch Electoral College

Nearly a dozen states have quietly signed onto a plan to effectively ditch the Electoral College and instead, award the White House to the candidate that wins the popular vote.…

Neighbor pleads guilty to dismembering Mercer law student

Neighbor pleads guilty to dismembering Mercer law student

 The Lilburn man accused of killing and dismembering an Agnes Scott College and Mercer law school graduate nearly three years ago was sentenced to life in prison this morning after…

DOE: Obama admin waived millions in loan guarantee fees for state nuclear project, documents show

The Obama administration finalized $6.5 billion worth of loan guarantees for the country’s first U.S. reactors in decades without requiring developers to pay a “credit subsidy fee” — money that…

Senator received support from probation firm owner, bondsmen group

Senator received support from probation firm owner, bondsmen group

Less than a week before a Senate committee stripped a bill of provisions that limited the fees private probation companies can charge, the owner of such a firm wrote a…

Lobbyist avoids felony cocaine charge in Fulton

A lobbyist for a private prison company recently avoided jail time for felony cocaine possession, after receiving a sweetheart deal from a Fulton County judge. John Clayton (shown right), who…

Senator received support from probation firm owner, bondsmen group

Less than a week before a Senate committee stripped a bill of provisions that limited the fees private probation companies can charge, the owner of such a firm wrote a…

A conflict of interest?

There’s more — and less — than meets the eye concerning a recent mini-flap over legislation by State Sen. Buddy Carter.…

More Senate seats at risk

Democrats are finding that their path to keeping control of the U.S. Senate this year is getting bumpier. At least four states where Democrats hold Senate seats that once were…

Southern comfort: Georgia ‘deals’ out $25M in tax breaks to game developers

Southern comfort: Georgia ‘deals’ out $25M in tax breaks to game developers

The United States is not the manufacturing powerhouse that it once was, but video games are one thing that Americans make that people all over the world still buy. This…

Bat killing fungus spreads in Georgia

Black Diamond Tunnel sits just outside the city of Clayton in the northeast corner of Georgia. In the mid-1800s, the tunnel was meant to be part of a train passageway…

Regents to set tuition, fees

Parents and students learn what they’ll be paying for next year’s tuition when the Board of Regents votes today and Wednesday on the finances for the 31 public colleges in…

Documents show GM’s early knowledge of switch defect

General Motors engineers were well aware of serious problems with ignition switches in GM small cars, but rejected several opportunities to make fixes, according to dozens of confidential documents released…

Nationwide outages plague AT&T services

Nationwide outages plague AT&T services

Reports have flowed in since Monday regarding a nationwide outage of AT&T U-verse phone, cable and Internet services, a situation that continued to plague the company’s customer’s Wednesday morning. Consumers…

Medical marijuana changes on tap today

Medical marijuana changes on tap today

Gov. Nathan Deal’s staff has quietly worked on a plan to allow the limited use of medical marijuana since lawmakers scuttled a legislative push to do so last month. He…

Ga.’s ‘guns everywhere’ law awaits governor’s signature

Ga.’s ‘guns everywhere’ law awaits governor’s signature

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is reviewing a sweeping, controversial gun bill that greatly expands where Georgians â?? and licensed gun owners visiting from 28 other states â?? can legally carry…

Another lawsuit from ex-ethics staffer is in the works

Another former Georgia ethics staffer sends word she is planning a lawsuit against the ethics commission. Former staffer Elisabeth Murray-Obertein plans to file her own lawsuit against the agency, according…

Deal wants overhaul of Georgia ethics agency after $700,000 verdict against him

Deal wants overhaul of Georgia ethics agency after $700,000 verdict against him

Gov. Nathan Deal will propose an overhaul of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, he said in Athens on Monday. Deal’s announcement comes three days after a jury…

Spring break mayhem can wear out students’ welcome

Spring break mayhem can wear out students’ welcome

A weekend riot by alcohol-fueled college spring breakers in a California beach town may have beach communities nationwide wondering if the trouble of such disturbances is worth the boost to…

Study: 303 deaths in GM cars with airbag failure

Study: 303 deaths in GM cars with airbag failure

A study commissioned by the Center for Auto Safety found that 303 people were killed in crashes of now-recalled General Motors vehicles where the airbags did not deploy, according to…

Time: Free-marketing gravy train is over on Facebook

Over the past several months, Facebook has been reducing the organic reach of Pages. A recent study found that companies’ posts dropped from reaching 12% of their followers in October…

GM SUVs get top crash scores, Honda Pilot at bottom

General Motors’ aging Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs won top ratings in the most-recent crash tests of SUVs by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Honda Pilot was in…

Jeep recall drags on as GM switch repairs begin

Nearly 10 months after agreeing to recall 1.56 million Jeeps — and about four years since the government investigation began — Chrysler still is gearing up to fix the SUVs.…

Navy SEALs Take Control Of Oil Tanker Seized By Libyan Rebels

Navy SEALs Take Control Of Oil Tanker Seized By Libyan Rebels

A team of Navy SEALs boarded and took control of an oil tanker carrying Libyan oil, southeast of Cyprus, at the request of the Libyan and Cypriot governments, the Defense…

Local NBC station exposes Kingston’s taxpayer-paid meals

Several weeks after Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) generated controversy for suggesting low-income students ought to sweep cafeteria floors to learn “there’s no such thing as free lunch,” local Georgia NBC…

Sony sells PC business, and buyer will focus on Japan

Sony sells PC business, and buyer will focus on Japan

Due to ongoing financial struggles, Sony is to sell off its venerable Vaio PC business in order to focus on smartphones and tablets. The company will also try to realign…

J.D. Power: Car quality on the decline

J.D. Power: Car quality on the decline

J.D. Power’s annual Vehicle Dependability Study showing the most reliable 3-year-old vehicles — a key study for finding a good used car — was released today, and the most stunning…

The talk on Twitter includes 10,000 racist slurs a day

Roughly 10,000 racist slurs are posted daily on Twitter, according to a U.K. group that sees value in analyzing the multitudinous chatter on social media. Based on a nine-day survey…

Study: 303 deaths occured in GM cars with airbag failure

Study: 303 deaths occured in GM cars with airbag failure

A study commissioned by the Center for Auto Safety found that 303 people were killed in crashes of now-recalled General Motors vehicles where the airbags did not deploy, according to…

Honda recalls 900,000 minivans for fire risk

Honda recalls 900,000 minivans for fire risk

Honda is recalling almost 900,000 vehicles to replace a fuel-related part that could increase fire risk, the carmaker said Sunday. The recall will include 886,815 Honda Odyssey minivans in the…

Constitution Article V call by Georgia legislators is a very big deal

The passage of SR 736 by the Georgia General Assembly is a much bigger event than many people seem to realize. The Senate resolution calls for an Article V Convention…

Marietta woman bets it all to win Jeopardy Battle of the Decades tourney round

Marietta woman bets it all to win Jeopardy Battle of the Decades tourney round

A Marietta woman won Jeopardy! for the sixth time during an episode the special “Battle of the Decades” series that aired Wednesday night — and the contest wasn’t without dramatics.…

Grady High School football cheating scandal tosses APS back into national spotlight

A cheating scandal at Grady High School in Midtown involving the football team has thrust Atlanta Public Schools back into the national spotlight, just as the district was working to…

King family wants say-so over MLK monument on state Capitol grounds

The family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has served notice to Gov. Nathan Deal that it wants approval rights over any image of the slain civil rights leader…

Former Woodruff director sentenced for stealing $1 million

An Ellenwood man who admitted to stealing more than $1 million from Woodruff Arts Center while serving as the facilities director was sentenced to two years, six months in a…

State ‘error’ leaves hundreds of nurses out of work

Right now, in Georgia, hundreds of nurses are currently sitting without licenses, through no fault of their own. The Secretary of State’s office is in charge of approving licenses for…

Georgia legislation that didn’t make it this year

Proposals making solar panels more affordable, raw milk available for human consumption, English the official language and hedgehogs legal pets are among the hundreds of bills that failed to make…

Organizers cite cost in Redneck Games cancellation

Organizers of the annual Redneck Games say the event has been canceled this year because of a drop in visitors and tight budgets. Treasurer of the East Dublin Lions Club…

Albany City Commission seeks to calm uproar over city manager pay increase

Albany City Commission seeks to calm uproar over city manager pay increase

The caller was angry, and he minced no words in registering his complaint. “Morale here has plummeted since folks found out the city manager was getting a $15,000 raise,” the…

TV station costs UGA more than $800,000 a year

The University of Georgia is spending nearly $900,000 a year on a university-owned television station that produces almost no income, according to a working group appointed to help UGA President…

RadioShack closing 1,100 stores after same store sales plummet 19%

RadioShack closing 1,100 stores after same store sales plummet 19%

So much for that  Super Bowl boost: just one month after surging on the success of a Super Bowl ad triumph, shares of RadioShack are plummeting more than 20% in early…

Carmike posts $3.8 million profit on record revenue

Carmike posts $3.8 million profit on record revenue

An acquisition-fueled year in which Carmike Cinemas continued to gobble up movie theaters helped propel the company’s revenue to a record $171.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. That…

College ordered to crush rare Dodge Viper

College ordered to crush rare Dodge Viper

Automotive professors and students at South Puget Sound Community College were in shock Tuesday after being notified their $250,000 pre-production Dodge Viper SRT must be destroyed within two weeks. “It’s…

Cobb filmmaking gathering steam here

“HOLLYWOOD EAST”? Well, we’re not there yet, but Cobb and Marietta seem to be heading toward that description if state figures released Monday are any indication. “Georgia is one of…

Former Habitat affiliate director charged with felony theft

Joel E. Kellam, 56, of 201 Fairway Drive, Americus was charged this week with theft by conversion, a felony charge involving the wrongful use of funds of another person or…

Expert: Practical effect of state’s ACA non-compliance bill limited

Expert: Practical effect of state’s ACA non-compliance bill limited

Georgia’s state House passed a bill late Monday designed to push back against the federal Affordable Care Act. It now goes to the state Senate. The legislation would prevent state…

Officer involved in shooting outside DeKalb night club

DeKalb County police are investigating a shooting outside a Chamblee night club. Witnesses told Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach there was an album release party at the Velvet Room Sunday night,…

AG’s office gets ‘extraordinary’ number of complaints about Gordon operations

Turmoil in Gordon has reached the state capital, with an “extraordinary” number of open-meeting-law complaints sent to the state’s top prosecutor. The state Attorney General’s Office gave Gordon Mayor Mary…

For Coke, challenge Is staying relevant

For Coke, challenge Is staying relevant

Coca-Cola has reigned for years as the world’s No. 1 brand, but last year both Apple and Google overtook it in Interbrand’s annual ranking. The first lady, Michelle Obama, is…

Atlanta principal suspended after child sex charge

School officials say a metro Atlanta elementary school principal has been suspended after he was charged with traveling with intent to have sex with a child. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports…

Senate passes re-entry bill

The State Senate passed Senate Bill 365, sponsored by Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro), by a vote of 53 to 0. The bill seeks to clearly define a path for previous…

The battle for control of the U.S. Senate is a toss up

In the latest episode of Political Wire’s podcast, we spoke with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling for an in-depth look at the 2014 midterm elections and the close battle…

Medical marijuana, other key bills face ‘Crossover’ deadline

Monday marks a key deadline as bills must pass either the House or Senate to remain active for the last 10 days of the session. Known as Crossover Day, it…

Executives responsible for Augusta VA delays avoid punishment

The senior-level executives responsible for delays in care at veterans affairs medical centers in Augusta and Columbia probably won’t face punishment because they retired before they could be disciplined, VA…

House panel OKs bill for Georgia-grown medical cannabis

A bill that would legalize access to a cannabis-derived medicine in Georgia passed its first vote Wednesday, with a new provision for sourcing the illegal plant: in-state cannabis cultivation. It…

Deal sees no problem with Confederate battle flag license plate

Deal sees no problem with Confederate battle flag license plate

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday he takes no issue with the state providing a specialty license tag featuring the Confederate battle flag.When the newest version made national news last…

Georgia banks’ profit down 8.4% to $2 billion in 2013

Georgia’s banks weathered collectively an 8.4 percent decline in profitability in 2013, but saw a third consecutive year in the black, according to new Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data. Georgia’s…

House bill would force slow drivers to move out of fast lane

Drivers who refuse to pull out of the left lane for a faster car – even one that is speeding – could be charged with a misdemeanor under legislation the…

AfterCredits tells you if movie has bonus scene

AfterCredits tells you if movie has bonus scene

Have you ever left a movie theater just as the credits start to roll, only to find out that there was a totally-amazing-oh-my-god-you-missed-the-best-part bonus scene tacked on to the end?…

Care packages for troops stuck in DeKalb post office for months

Care packages for troops stuck in DeKalb post office for months

More than 100 care packages meant for troops serving in Afghanistan are just sitting at a postal office in DeKalb County. The packages were sent out months ago by the King’s…

SCAD students add Sharpie murals at Newell Rubbermaid

SCAD students add Sharpie murals at Newell Rubbermaid

Student artists from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) welcomed Sharpie to its new Atlanta headquarters the only way they could — with art. Atlanta Business Chronicle.…

GOP state lawmaker apologizes for controversial bill

A freshman state lawmaker from Cherokee County has apologized for introducing a bill that would have loosened restrictions on sex offender in Georgia. Republican Rep. Sam Moore, who took office…

Bill to require drug test for food stamps clears committee

Some Georgia residents applying for food stamps and welfare benefits would have to pass a drug test under a House bill that cleared a committee on Monday, reports Georgia Health…

Georgia Senate considers making English official language

The Georgia state Senate panel approved Resolution 1031 on Monday, a proposal declaring English the official language of the state of Georgia. The S.R. 1031 would amend the state’s Constitution;…

House subcommittee OK’s giving cities same lawsuit protection as counties

House subcommittee OK’s giving cities same lawsuit protection as counties

Lawsuits stemming from a fatal plane crash in Thomson spurred a House subcommittee Monday to approve legislation giving cities the same protection from lawsuits as counties. The panel also OK’d…

Georgia bill: Ban driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

Georgia bill: Ban driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

Georgia’s Republican-controlled Legislature is diving back into the contentious debate over illegal immigration with a new initiative that would expand the state’s crackdown. Co-sponsored by a dozen Republican lawmakers, Senate…

New technology, outsourcing rob party power

New technology, outsourcing rob party power

This is the dawn of the outsourced campaign. For decades, elections have been the business of candidates and political parties and the professionals they employed. People with names on the…

Farmbot makes growing food as easy as playing Farmville

Farmbot makes growing food as easy as playing Farmville

The world’s population is expected to grow from about 7 billion to over 9 billion by 2050. That’s means we’re going to need more food. A lot more food. To…

Ford to drop Microsoft for BlackBerry in its car technology system

Ford Motor Co. (F), struggling with in-car technology flaws, will base the next-generation Sync system on BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY)’s QNX and no longer use Microsoft (MSFT) Corp.’s Windows, according to…

Paula Deen says she’s ‘back in the saddle’

Paula Deen says she’s ‘back in the saddle’

Paula Deen continued maneuvering for a comeback Sunday, turning a beachside cooking demonstration into a public apology for the racist comments that decimated her career last year. The former Food…

PETA wants to ground Kennesaw State’s live owl mascot

A local university’s use of a live predatory bird as a mascot has garnered negative attention from a national activist group. After sending repeated requests to Kennesaw State University, People…

Low Country Moonshine now legal beverage

Hooch, White Lightning, Hillbilly Pop, Radiator Whiskey and Mule Kick are just a few nicknames for moonshine, an illegal spirit distilled in the backwoods of Appalachia since the 1800s. Moonshine…

At half way point, GA medical marijuana bill in trouble

Just over a month ago, State Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon) admitted he knew next to nothing about medical marijuana. But when he met families of several young children whose life-threatening…

Strong storms whip up winds, damage homes and bring down trees in north and central Georgia

Strong storms whip up winds, damage homes and bring down trees in north and central Georgia

A fast-moving line of thunderstorms with strong winds sent trees toppling into several homes, including one where an 11-year-old boy was injured early Friday when a pine smashed into his…

How dogs read our moods: Emotion detector found In Fido’s brain

How dogs read our moods: Emotion detector found In Fido’s brain

A paw on the leg. A nose nuzzling against your arm. Maybe even a hop onto your lap. Dogs always seem to know when you’re upset and need extra love,…

Feds bust alleged militiamen in Rome

Brian Cannon and Cory Williamson of Rome, Ga. appeared in federal court today for preliminary and bond hearings on federal charges of conspiring to receive and possess unregistered destructive devices,…

Key figure in APS test-cheating scandal to plead guilty

One of the key figures in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating scandal is scheduled to plead guilty Friday and begin cooperating with prosecutors, say individuals closely familiar with ongoing plea…

Solar panel bill out of steam in Georgia

Solar panel bill out of steam in Georgia

Legislation allowing Georgia property owners to contract directly with solar energy installers to finance the installation of solar panels is essentially dead for the year. State Rep. Mike Dudgeon, R-Johns…

Bill would allow sex offenders at schools

Bill would allow sex offenders at schools

Brand new state Rep. Sam Moore (R-Macedonia) is pushing a sweeping law that would allow registered sex offenders to go anywhere they want — even to schools. Moore, in his…

Hightower bill aims to ‘put faith back in our schools’

State Rep. Dusty Hightower’s “Georgia Student Religious Liberties Act of 2014” is working its way through the process to passage in the Georgia House of Representatives. The bill, HB 861,…

Marijuana seized from six sites in central Georgia raid

Marijuana seized from six sites in central Georgia raid

Authorities say they have arrested four people and seized more than $4 million dollars’ worth of marijuana in central Georgia raid. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that officers…

Georgia Cop Kills Teen Holding Up Wii Controller

A 17-year-old Georgia JROTC student was fatally shot in his home last Friday by a law enforcement officer who mistook his Nintendo video game controller for a weapon, according to…

The talk on Twitter: 10,000 racist slurs a day

The talk on Twitter: 10,000 racist slurs a day

Roughly 10,000 racist slurs are posted daily on Twitter, according to a U.K. group that sees value in analyzing the multitudinous chatter on social media.Based on a nine-day survey of…

GEMA activates State Operations Center

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) elevated the State Operations Center (SOC) to full activation Tuesday following Governor Nathan Deal’s state of emergency declaration for 45 counties in response to…

Original Waffle House not in top 21 Buzzfeed rankings

Original Waffle House not in top 21 Buzzfeed rankings

Athens’ Waffle Houses didn’t make the cut on Buzzfeed’s recent ranking of the 21 most popular Waffle Houses in America . Emily Hennen, writer of the Buzzfeed article said the…

Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85

Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85

Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was…

Atlanta braces for winter storm sequel

Atlanta braces for winter storm sequel

Just two weeks ago, Atlanta became a national punch line when a few inches of snow crippled the city. Comedians said the gridlocked highways looked more like a zombie apocalypse…

UGA ag economists note farm bill affects on Georgians

Due to the new federal farm bill, which passed the Senate last week, the farm subsidies issued annually to producers around the country were eliminated, including counter-cyclical payments. Both were…

Trial of fired ethics commission employee’s lawsuit delayed

The upcoming trial in the lawsuit of a former state ethics commission employee who alleges retaliation for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal has been delayed for several weeks. jacksonville.com.…

Former UGa registrar’s office worker charged with using students’ info to obtain credit cards

ATHENS, GA. | Police say a former employee in the registrar’s office at the University of Georgia is accused of using students’ personal information to obtain credit cards. jacksonville.com.…

New York Times reports fall in ad revenue and circulation

The company has become more reliant on readers than on advertisers for annual revenue, and chief executive Mark Thompson is working to lure more subscribers by creating packages of news…

Senate Democrats Call for More ‘Independent’ Weather Task Force | WABE 90.1 FM

Senate Democrats Call for More ‘Independent’ Weather Task Force | WABE 90.1 FM

Following a snowstorm last week, which stranded large numbers of motorists and a number of school children, Gov. Deal announced Monday he will create a more than 25-person task force…

Georgia asks Supreme Court to reject Florida water suit

Attorneys for the state of Georgia are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stay out of the latest legal battle in a long fight over water rights with Florida. WALB.com…

Atlanta mayor defends using emergency lanes during traffic woes

ATLANTA — Atlanta’s mayor is defending his use of emergency lanes at the height of Tuesday’s icy traffic jam so he could do an interview at The Weather Channel’s studios.…

Man wanted in St. Johns County molestation case arrested

U.S. deputy marshals helped local law enforcement arrest a man Thursday in the 2013 molestation of a minor, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. jacksonville.com.…

State department finds no objections to pipeline

AP has just reported that the U.S. State Department has raised no major environmental objections to the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.…

Girl suffers serious leg injury in car pileup

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — An ice patch caused a pileup that left a young girl with serious injuries in Cobb County on Thursday.  www.wsbtv.com.…

Parvo at Macon-Bibb shelter leads to euthanization, quarantine

A parvo outbreak has put the Macon-Bibb County animal shelter under quarantine for 14 days, and it required 10 puppies to be euthanized Thursday. Macon.com.…

Toyota tells dealers to stop selling 6 models

DETROIT — Toyota has told North American dealers to stop selling six popular models with heated seats because the fabric doesn’t comply with U.S. safety codes and potentially could catch…

Governor Deal takes the blame for slow winter storm response

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal took responsibility Thursday for the chaos that swept across the Atlanta area during and after a winter storm that blasted the South this week. 11alive.com.…

String of Strange Incidents Involving 9-Year-Old Indiana Boy Lead to Exorcism

Exorcisms were performed on an Indiana mother after a number of bizarre incidents were reported. Latoya Ammons claimed she and her three children were possessed. Fox News Insider.…

39 members of Congress leaving office before midterm elections

Thirty-nine U.S. representatives and senators have announced plans to leave their seats in Congress in advance of mid-term elections in November, including 22 Republicans and 17 Democrats. via FACTBOX-Members of U.S. Congress who…

Hyperlocal news website pioneer Patch hit with massive layoffs

The ax came down on a number of Patch employees today. TechCrunch has confirmed that a number of Patch employees were let go this morning with another round of layoffs…

Georgia bill would allow rooftop leasing for solar panels

Amid the falling snow blocking the sun Tuesday, Rep. Mike Dudgeon introduced legislation designed to bring solar power to more homes and small businesses. The professional electrical engineer acknowledges that…

Gov declares state of emergency as storm covers most of state

As a winter storm gripped most of the state Tuesday and caused hundreds of traffic crashes, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for the entire state. Deal also…

CNN cuts more than 40 senior journalists

But the once-vaunted network just had its lowest rated week since Jeff Zucker took over, Deadline Hollywood noted. Atlanta Business Chronicle.…

Georgia urged to better market, promote its music

Georgia urged to better market, promote its music

A committee from the Georgia House of Representatives released a report Jan. 22 which urges the aggressive promotion of the state’s music talent, business, education and tourism, as well as…

Manuel’s Tavern builds chicken coop atop roof for eggs

The popular restaurant and bar on North Highland Avenue in Atlanta is offering organic eggs courtesy of the restaurant’s coop with a view, reports WABE. Atlanta Business Chronicle.…

State lawmaker tries again to overhaul Georgia forfeiture laws

Rep. Wendell Willard, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday he’s hopeful the bill will proceed and plans to bring it up in committee soon. Under the revised bill,…

Springfield fire chief placed on leave after DUI charge

A southeast Georgia fire chief has been placed on leave after being charged with driving under the influence. jacksonville.com.…

Reports: White House caught lying again on ObamaCare

New reports reveal that the White House may have misled the public on ObamaCare enrollment numbers. On Jan. 2, White House Deputy Senior Advisor David Simas said there were “more…

AP Source: NSA phone data control to come to end

AP Source: NSA phone data control to come to end

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday will call for ending the government’s control of phone data from millions of Americans, but will not offer a plan for where the…

Marvel Comics Ant-Man to be first Pinewood Atlanta film, UK trade pub says

A London-based film and TV production guide publisher, KFTV.com, is reporting Jan. 15 that Marvel Comics’ Ant-Man will be the much anticipated blockbuster movie to start filming in May at…

MARTA punishes 525 riders

MARTA punishes 525 riders

MARTA has punished 525 people since the transit system began its “Ride with Respect” campaign in November, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV. Atlanta Business Chronicle.…

Kia parts supplier seeks 190 workers for West Point plant

Kia auto supplier Hyundai Dymos is looking to fill 190 positions for its new plant now under construction in West Point, Ga. Columbus Ledger Enquirer.…

AT&T withdraws as ‘Idol’ sponsor, Coke scales way back

AT&T will stop sponsoring Fox’s “American Idol” and Coke is scaling way back in its support – a sign the singing-competition show is losing ground with advertisers as its audience…

Arctic cold causes estimated $75 million in insured losses in Georgia

Arctic cold causes estimated $75 million in insured losses in Georgia

As Middle Georgia braces for another bout of winter cold, some people are only beginning to realize the extent of damage from last week’s deep freeze. Two buildings at the…

State school superintendent blasts education funding

GEORGIA SCHOOL Superintendent John Barge may go down in flames by trying to unseat Gov. Nathan Deal, a fellow Republican, in this year’s elections. But anyone who cares about the…

UGA police withhold name of student found dead in dorm Tuesday

University of Georgia police are investigating the death of a student whose body was found in his dormitory room. Authorities say the student was found dead in his fifth-floor room…

Truck carrying 38,000 pounds of chicken overturns on I-285 ramp

Truck carrying 38,000 pounds of chicken overturns on I-285 ramp

An overturned tractor-trailer full of chicken shut down an Interstate 285 ramp Tuesday morning. The crash happened at the I-285 south ramp onto Interstate 20 east in DeKalb County. The…

Jim Beam maker acquired by Japanese firm

The maker of classic American whiskeys Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark has agreed to be acquired by a Japanese company in a $13.62 billion deal that would create the third…

Cracking the door on medicinal marijuana in Georgia

Another counterculture taboo has just begun to wobble. Two states – Colorado and Washington — now allow recreational use of marijuana. More importantly, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week took a…

Georgia friends vanish following Jan. 1 fishing trip

David Wood and Mason Cox vanished early Jan. 2, leaving behind many of their belongings. ‘It’s like they just disappeared into thin air,’ one of their desperate parents said. NY…

Democrat opposes party’s new director because she’s white

Rebecca DeHart has accepted the position as executive director of the Georgia Democratic Party, but because both she and the chairman are white, state Sen. Vincent Fort is expressing his…

Opinion: Could Georgia become police state?

Let’s be abundantly clear. What we’re talking about here today is not — again, is not — a piece of proposed legislation up for consideration by the Georgia General Assembly.…

Loehmann’s to close all stores, including 2 in Atlanta

Loehmann’s to close all stores, including 2 in Atlanta

Loehmann’s says it will begin closing all 39 of its stores immediately, including two stores in the Atlanta area – at 2480 Briarcliff Road and at 120 Perimeter Center in…

Vibrations cause I-95 lane to buckle; repairs take hours

A 6- to 7-inch crack opened up early Thursday morning in one lane of Interstate 95 northbound near downtown, forcing police to close two entrance ramps and backing up traffic…

Rodman apologizes for drunken rant during interview

Rodman apologizes for drunken rant during interview

Saying that “I had been drinking,” former NBA player Dennis Rodman has had his publicist issue an apology for the obscenity-laced rant he went on earlier this week during an…

30,000 comic books stolen in Augusta

An Augusta man told police that someone burglarized his storage unit and stole his collection of nearly 30,000 comic books. The Augusta Chronicle reports a 46-year-old man told police he…

More plead guilty in Atlanta schools test cheating scandal

Six more indicted Atlanta Public Schools educators have pleaded guilty to their involvement in a standardized test-cheating conspiracy. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that former Parks Middle School Teacher, Starlette…

Publishers Clearing House talks Georgia Lottery on Facebook

Publishers Clearing House asked their fans what they know about the Georgia Lottery in a Dec. 29 post on their PCHlotto Facebook page. And they shared what they knew about…

Atlanta man attempts to defraud IRS of nearly $12 million

An Atlanta man used information from prisoners across the country in an attempt to defraud the IRS of more than $12 million, according to the US Department of Justice. Qadir…

Naked 1-year-old found walking Athens road New Year’s Eve

A 1-year-old boy was found walking naked on a road in west Athens after a baby-sitter abandoned him and his infant twin sisters on New Year’s Eve, according to an…

Bill aims to increase funds for HOPE Grant

The HOPE Grant for technical college students in Georgia could once again cover full tuition if the latest proposed legislation is approved in the 2014 Georgia General Assembly session, which…

Lobbying limits, other Georgia laws take affect Jan. 1

After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. The ethics laws are among a small number of major…

Falcons fire offensive, defensive line coaches

Falcons fire offensive, defensive line coaches

Coach Mike Smith took his first steps to help the Atlanta Falcons return to NFL relevance, firing defensive line coach Ray Hamilton and offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul…

Ceylon cinnamon best for diabetics

Ceylon cinnamon best for diabetics

If I say cinnamon, you say … sugar? Its a popular combination, of course.But if youre interested in the health-promoting effects of cinnamon, you may want to think anew about…

Boy, woman dead in head-on Florida crash

Boy, woman dead in head-on Florida crash

An 8-year-old boy and 65-year-old woman were killed Sunday morning in a head-on crash in Oviedo, in the area of S.R. 434 and the 417. WKMG-TV reports that while the…

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications…

Florida, New York compete for third largest popluation

New York, once the largest state in the Union, will soon fall to fourth-largest, demographers predict. Florida, with growing population hubs in Jacksonville, Miami-Dade County and Tampa, will likely overtake…

Read comments about A&E’s decision to reinstate Phil Roberson

Breaking News: Hit TV show ‘Duck Dynasty’ will resume filming with Phil Robertson, A&E announces, after suspending him earlier in the month for his comments about homosexuality. via Fox News…

Report: UPS to offer refunds for late deliveries

Report: UPS to offer refunds for late deliveries

United Parcel Service is joining Amazon in offering refunds to customers who did not get packages promised by Christmas. Atlanta-based UPS (NYSE: UPS) is offering refunds on shipping costs, while…

Eight tax breaks disappearing soon

Credits and deductions benefiting everyone from teachers and students to homeowners are scheduled to expire at the end of the year, unless Congress extends them. Here are eight of the…

Dish and DirecTV hike prices for 2014

Dish and DirecTV hike prices for 2014

If you’re a Dish Network or DirecTV subscriber, be prepared for another round of price hikes. Following the trend from recent years, nearly every available package from the two satellite…

Pantone names official color of 2014

Pantone names official color of 2014

Pantone, the self-declared official body in control of the entire visible spectrum, has announced the color of the year for 2014. You’re looking at it. Dubbed Radiant Orchid—you can use…

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