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$284,000 in work done on Georgia Regents University president’s house without approval

A spokesman for the Georgia Board of Regents says the board has not approved any renovation work done at the president’s home at Georgia Regents University in several years. The…

Police: Baby slaying suspect had bullets in pocket

Police warrants say a teenager charged with fatally shooting a baby in the face in on a Brunswick street had bullets in his pants pocket when he was arrested the…

Man facing charges linked to computer virus

An Algerian man is set to appear in court on charges he created and marketed a computer program that drained millions of dollars from bank accounts around the world. U.S.…

Band of US Air Force Reserve plays swan song

The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Robins Air Force Base has played its final public performance. Band members performed with the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra at Mercer…

James Bond studio announces move to Georgia

James Bond studio announces move to Georgia

UK film studio Pinewood Shepperton, home to James Bond, has announced plans to build its first sound stages across the Atlantic in the US. The new complex, Pinewood Atlanta, will…

Home invaders pistol whip Thomasville man

Thomasville resident Jasper Walker told Thomasville Police that when he answered a knock on his door Monday, a man hit him in the head with a pistol butt. Jasper tried…

Earthquake shakes east Georgia

An early morning earthquake that struck east Georgia is the latest in a series of quakes to hit the region, authorities said. The latest quake struck at 1:13 a.m. Friday…

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson calls for full state funding of public schools

The neurosurgeon who conservatives began to mention as a presidential hopeful after his National Prayer Breakfast comments is now offering Republicans his prescription for minority voters.Complete state funding of public…

BluePearl recalls pet food and treats

Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are urging people to stop using and return or discard certain Natura Pet Products food and treats after the company issued a recall due to…

College head to reimburse school for wedding costs

Officials at a Georgia university say the college president plans to reimburse the school for costs of a state-owned bus that was used to carry guests of a private wedding…

Atlanta schools work to help kids left behind

The Atlanta Public Schools system is spending millions on remediation programs to help those directly affected by a massive cheating scandal and others who’ve simply fallen behind. Thirty-five former Atlanta…

Felon grand juror spoils 95 indictments in Chatham County

Prosecutors in Chatham County will have to take as many as 95 felony cases to a grand jury for a second time because a convicted felon was on the panel…

Suspect to be tried in federal court; details sealed

A court official says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is facing federal charges and has made an initial court appearance in his hospital room. via savannahnow.com.…

Jacksonville man who snapped suspect photo speaks

The Jacksonville runner who unknowingly snapped a photo of one of the Boston bombing terror suspects is talking about Saturday’s arrest of 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev. News4Jax.…

Deal signs dual credit classes bill

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill to give high school students an incentive to take dual credit courses and earn college credit. ActionNewsJax.com.…

NPR hacked by ‘Syrian Electronic Army’

The Two-Way, NPR.org and some of NPR’s Twitter accounts were hacked late Monday by an organization that’s said to support Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, as this statement from NPR…

Report: Two Department of Agriculture officials resign after party

Two high-ranking officials at the state Department of Agriculture resigned after hosting a drunken party during a government-funded training session and then going skinny dipping with several employees, according to…

Immigration legislation would have big impact on Georgia

Details emerged Tuesday from sweeping immigration legislation that a bipartisan group of senators is expected to soon release, and its impact on immigrants, workers and employers across Georgia could be…

Bomb victim remembered as vivacious

Bomb victim remembered as vivacious

The boy who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings was remembered by neighbors Tuesday as a vivacious 8-year-old who loved to run and climb. Martin Richard was among the…

Deputy prison warden, 7 guards charged with attacking inmates

A deputy warden and seven members of a specially trained team of guards at a state prison have been indicted on charges of repeatedly attacking inmates. The indictment, filed this…

Jack Kingston shows off $843k in GOP names, connections

Last week, we told you that U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston was giving off strong signals that he was packing himself as the candidate for Georgia’s GOP establishment in next year’s…

Forty percent of Georgia homes underwater

Forty percent of Georgia homes underwater

More than forty percent of Georgia homeowners with mortgages owe more money than their houses are worth, according to new data. But at the same time, real estate companies are…

South Georgians ran in Boston Marathon

At least three of those running in today’s Boston Marathon were southeast Georgian’s and three more are from southwest Georgia. Michael Beeman of Tifton, and April Scruggs and Yvette Moore…

Scenes from explosions at Boston Marathon

Scenes from explosions at Boston Marathon

Bloodied victims are carried on stretchers and pushed in wheelchairs to safety. Police clear the scene strewn with debris and broken glass. A runner, crying, is comforted after the explosions.…

Two explosions rock Boston Marathon finish line; at least 2 dead, dozens injured

Two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon, leaving at least two dead and dozens injured, the Boston Police Department reports. The explosions happened in quick…

Police sergeant says Trayvon Martin shooting targets were training aid

A police sergeant in Port Canaveral, Fla., has been fired after he brought targets bearing images resembling Trayvon Martin a silhouetted figure in a hooded sweatshirt, holding a canned drink…

Film company plans to build big studio complex near Covington

A film company is planning to build a sprawling studio complex in Newton County, southeast of Atlanta. Executives with Georgia-based Triple Horse say the company will build five new filming…

Blueberries climb to the top in Peach State

Blueberries climb to the top in Peach State

When Mike and Diane Stafford bought a 17-acre wooded parcel in CrawfordCounty about seven years ago, they knew they wanted to plant blueberries. It wasn’t because the soil and weather…

Rome business owners arrested in gambling sting

Authorities in northwest Georgia say the ninth man wanted in an illegal gambling sting has surrendered to police. Officials say Naveed Bhamani is charged with commercial gambling, gambling, possession and…

Juvenile corrections officer arrested on felony drug charges

Juvenile corrections officer arrested on felony drug charges

Commissioner Avery D. Niles of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice announced today that Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested off-duty juvenile corrections officer (JCO) Craig Banks on felony drug…

All Atlanta schools cheating suspects have surrended and are free on bail

All 35 former Atlanta Public Schools educators indicted last week had surrendered to authorities and bonded out of jail as of Wednesday night. A grand jury indictment alleges that the…

Group sues Georgia prisons chief over open records

A group that focuses on fighting human rights violations against inmates has sued the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections, saying the agency is in violation of the state’s…

FDA: ‘Ninja Mojo’ and ‘Love Rider’ contain hidden drugs

Even before the Food and Drug Administration’s latest safety warning to men about dietary supplements that claim to enhance sexual performance, there were clues of trouble. The label for Ninja…

Ex-Fulton Co. official wins reverse discrimination lawsuit

The former deputy director of Fulton County Human Services has been awarded $1.2 million in a race and gender discrimination suit. A jury found that Douglas Carl was denied a…

Budget, ethics legislation approved on session’s final day

The 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly came to an end at midnight March 28, with the House of Representatives and the Senate reaching final agreement on a $19.9…

Ethics bill architect faces violations at home

Georgia Senator Josh McKoon helped lead the charge on the state’s historic ethics reform only to come home to a bitter battle and allegations of ethics violations here in Columbus.…

First of Atlanta test cheating defendants surrender

The first of more than 30 defendants expected to surrender by Tuesday’s deadline in Atlanta’s school cheating scandal have turned themselves in to authorities. Fulton County Jail records show that…

Lanier sheriff proposes takeover of Lakeland law enforcement

Though Lanier County Sheriff Nick Norton has drafted a proposal to outsource the Lakeland City Police Department to the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office, Mayor Bill Darsey said nothing has been…

Senate ups ante on House ethics efforts

The Georgia Senate upped the ante on the House as the two chambers attempt to overhaul lobbying rules under the Gold Dome. The Senate passed its version of House Bill…

No cheating educators had turned themselves Monday

No cheating educators had turned themselves Monday

The parade of indicted Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal defendants turning themselves in at the Fulton County Jail didn’t start early Monday as expected, apparently because of paperwork delays. Despite…

Gainesville Symphony Orchestra to shut down

The Gainesville Symphony Orchestra is shutting down after more than 30 years of operation. Vanessa Hyatt, vice president of the symphony, says every effort was made to keep the symphony…

Toddler attacked, killed by pit bulls outside Ellabelle home

A toddler who slipped outside through a doggie door was mauled to death by her family’s seven dogs in the backyard while the attack went unnoticed by the child’s mother…

Gingrey to run for U.S. Senate in Georgia

Phil Gingrey of Georgia plans to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The six-term Republican and obstetrician will make the announcement at his alma mater of Georgia…

House approves tougher stance on llegal immigration

Georgia’s House on Monday passed legislation that would expand the state’s 2011 crackdown on illegal immigration. By a vote of 111-58, the House approved Senate Bill 160. Among other things,…

Georgia Senate passes measure to move state line, claim Tennessee water

Georgia’s Senate passed a resolution by a vote of 48-2 Monday that would “correct” a portion of the state’s northern border in order to claim valuable water rights from the…

Commercial mug shot bill clears Georgia Senate

They’ve become popular viewing on the Internet, but pretty soon those online arrest mug shot websites could get some handcuffs of their own from Georgia’s state legislature. Monday evening, the…

Metro Atlanta dominatIon of legislature draws complaints

Legislators from Augusta, Savannah and other parts of Georgia grumbled privately last week that the General Assembly is beginning to feel like the Atlanta City Council because so many of…

Krystal moves ahead with headquarters move to Dunwoody

Officials say Krystal, the fast-food company founded in Chattanooga, Tenn., is moving ahead with the process of relocating its headquarters in suburban Atlanta. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/WWTwUf)…

FAA closes five Georgia airport towers

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced five Georgia airport traffic control towers are slated to close because of automatic spending cuts. Federal officials Friday released a list of 149 contract…

UGA student reports attack by mime

A University of Georgia student told police she was attacked by a woman who appeared dressed as a mime. Police said the attack on West Broad Street Wednesday was stopped…

Handel Inching closer to Senate run?

Republican Karen Handel, the former Georgia secretary of state, gubernatorial candidate, and vice president for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, is moving closer to running for the Senate next year…

Senate subcommittee votes to move three professions from secretary of Kemp’s oversight

A Senate subcommittee quickly approved legislation Wednesday that would move the licensing of dentists, hygienists and pharmacists from Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office to another state agency without giving…

House bill backs guns at colleges

Guns would not be allowed by default in bars and churches, though they could be carried on college campuses under a bill backed by House lawmakers. The legislation approved by…

Equalization fund: Some schools more equal than others

Gov. Nathan Deal won praise in January when he announced plans to plow an additional $40 million into struggling Georgia school districts that are having trouble raising enough money to…

Macon boy mauled by pit bull, critically injured

Macon boy mauled by pit bull, critically injured

Macon police say a 5-year-old boy has been mauled by a dog and is hospitalized in critical condition. Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says the boy was attacked by a pit…

Corrections official charged with smuggling contraband

Commissioner Avery D. Niles of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice announced today that Evans County Sheriff’s Deputies have made the agency’s first arrest of a juvenile corrections cadet under…

Police seize gambling machines in Ray City raid

Several gambling machines were seized along with cash and various documents stemming from a reported gambling operation inside of a convenience store in this Berrien County town, according to the…

Senate OKs video poker, HOPE measure

The Georgia Senate doubled down on video poker machines Thursday, approving a measure under which more money could flow to the state’s strained HOPE scholarship program. House Bill 487 would…

Classic rock 38 Special band re-opens Wild Adventures this weekend

Classic rock 38 Special band re-opens Wild Adventures this weekend

The last time 38 Special played Valdosta, guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes said, “This band has actually outlasted a lot of our marriages. We have found tolerance.” As the classic rock band…

Georgia Senate plans to reduce or cut out income tax

Senate leaders say they have the mechanics for reducing the state income tax and possibly eliminate it completely. Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer, R-Duluth, is sponsoring two constitutional amendments…

House unveils amended Georgia budget plan

House lawmakers have unveiled an amended budget plan that would restore some proposed budget cuts. Lawmakers did not publicly release all the financialdocuments accompanying their budget proposal. The chairman of…

Area teen killed in Monday morning accident

A Monday morning accident took the life of an area teen earlier this morning after he was accidentally struck by a vehicle while on an east side Brantley highway. …

Valdosta received help from EPD to keep EPA away

In October 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA Region 4 requested a long list of documents from the City of Valdosta regarding the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant and the…

Proposal to ignore national curriculum standards fails to see vote

When the gavel in the House of Representatives fell at 9 p.m. Thursday, it ended the prospects of hundreds of proposals as stand-alone bills that failed to make the General…

Pit bull dogs attack man, 70, in wheelchair

Police say two pit bull dogs attacked a 70-year-old man in a wheelchair in Macon, severely injuring him. Authorities say the attack happened shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, as the…

Two charged in Moultrie murder

Two people are now charged in a Sunday night shooting in Moultrie that left a man dead and injured three others. 23-year-old Derek Rushing and 24-year-old Antonio Williams are charged…

Bill easing HOPE grant standard clears Georgia House

The Georgia House of Representatives essentially admitted Thursday that cost-cutting reforms to the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarships program two years ago went too far. The House overwhelmingly approved legislation restoring the…

Support builds for Ligon’s bill to reject national education standards

Support builds for Ligon’s bill to reject national education standards

A coalition of state and national conservative groups is backing legislation that would withdraw Georgia from national school standards adopted last year, arguing they are too costly and not rigorous…

Six horses test positive for EHV-1

Since this original report, five additional horses that are linked to the HITS Show in Ocala and one horse that has not been linked have tested positive for the EHV-1…

Grady students demand system for reporting bias

Protesters at Emory University are calling on the school to develop a system so that people can report bias. Students who rallied Wednesday evening at the metro Atlanta university also…

Four charged in deadly 2009 peanut salmonella outbreak in court Thursday

Four people charged in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds are set to appear in federal court in south Georgia. via jacksonville.com.…

Governor suspends DeKalb BOE members

Acting on the recommendation of the State Board of Education, Gov. Nathan Deal today suspended six members of the DeKalb school board. …

Augusta optometrist pleads guilty to health care fraud charge

Jeffrey Sponseller, 47, of Augusta, Georgia pleaded guilty today before United States District Court Judge J. Randal Hall to submitting over $800,000 in fraudulent claims to Medicare.…

Legislation targeting ‘pill mills’ clears Georgia House

A bill that would tighten restrictions on who owns a pain clinic passed the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, a development that backers say will advance the fight against…

Birthday tax to disappear on vehicles purchased after March 1

A new law that changes the way motor vehicles are taxed in Georgia will go into effect on March 1, 2013.…

Shooting leaves one dead, two injured in Lanier County

A shooting in Lanier County over the weekend left one person dead and two hospitalized, according to the sheriff’s department. via Valdosta Daily Times.…

Local officials say House bill could remove local control over cell phone tower location

City and county officials from across the state told a House subcommittee Wednesday they fear legislation it’s considering would prevent them from controlling cell towers to protect safety and neighborhood…

Bill to allow school districts to arm staff passes Georgia House committee

A bill presented by Georgia State Rep. Paul Battles (R-Cartersville) that would allow school districts to arm employees passed the Georgia House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee by a…

Obama keeps newspaper reporters at arm’s length

America’s newspapers have trouble enough these days, what with shrinking ad revenue and straying readers. But the daily print-and-pixel press also hasn’t gotten much love lately from the biggest newsmaker…

Savannah man gets 13 years for federal firearms offense

Charles Starks, 22, of Savannah, Georgia was sentenced yesterday by Senior United States District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield to 162 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a…

Georgia senator: Hammers, frying pans top guns for murders

The national debate about gun control triggered by the mass shooting in aConnecticut elementary school took a new dimension Monday when aGeorgia legislator announced that hammers and frying pans were…

Movie makers plan sprawling Georgia studio complex

Several investors in metro Atlanta have announced plans to build what would be the largest film studio complex in Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the studio is set to…

Lawmaker looks to allow guns at elementary schools|

A Republican state Senator has introduced a bill allowing local school boards to decide whether to let elementary school employees carry guns on campus The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Sen. Ronald…

Lowered reservoir offers glimpse of lost city

Ken Boyd has a perennial fascination with the barren, windswept peninsula that juts into a remote arm of Thurmond Lake.“There’s not much here today,” the Army Corps of Engineers biologist…

Savannah doc indicted on sex for drugs charges

William Ellien, 57, of Savannah was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury sitting in Savannah for felony drug charges related to the unlawful distribution of prescription drugs, including percocet…

Bank robbed at gunpoint in Adel

Adel police are on the lookout for two men who robbed a bank at gunpoint Thursday, stole a bank customer’s vehicle and escaped, according to authorities. The burglary at the…

Washington Post was forced into finally revealing drone base secret

Newspaper editors are always conscious of the need to balance the public’s right to know with the requirements of national security. And, most often, they oblige governments by acceding to…

US newspapers accused of complicity as drone report reopens security debate

US newspapers accused of complicity as drone report reopens security debate

US news organisations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base…

Deal backs effort to lower HOPE grant GPA

Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston and state Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna), announced today a proposal that will lower to its original level…

Boy Scouts delay gay admission decision

The Boy Scouts of America put off a decision Wednesday on whether to lift its ban on gay members and leaders, saying the question will be taken up at the…

Nine students arrested after Henry County food fight

Nine students were arrested following a food fight at a Henry County high school, and more students could face charges, the school district said Monday. Administrators at Ola High School…

Buck Belue named to state sports hall of fame

Buck Belue named to state sports hall of fame

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame will enshrine Buck Belue, Skip Caray, J.B. Hawkins, Heather Stepp McCormick, and Reggie Wilkes as the newest members of the Hall of Fame On…

Republicans sweep special elections for seats in Georgia legislature

Republicans were victorious in all three special elections for seats in the state House and Senate. In the 11th state Senate district — spanning areas of southwest Georgia — Republican…

Post office to end Saturday mail delivery Aug. 1

The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting Aug. 1 — but will continue delivering packages. Unless forbidden to do…