Connect with us!

RSS Feed
Home » Archives by category » HEADLINES (Page 2)

Deal: Lawmakers should revisit whistleblower rules

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal says lawmakers should consider whether government employees responsible for conducting investigations should be “automatically” granted whistleblower protection if they decide to sue. wsbtv.com.…

Albany police: Homeless must leave wooded encampments by Monday

Albany police: Homeless must leave wooded encampments by Monday

ALBANY — The homeless population that settled in a wooded area off 16th Avenue in northern Albany has until Monday to clear out of the woods or face arrest by…

How VA clinics falsified appointment records

How VA clinics falsified appointment records

Fake appointments, unofficial logs kept on the sly and appointments made without telling the patient are among tricks used to disguise delays in seeing and treating veterans at Veterans Affairs…

Carter leading Deal in new poll

Carter leading Deal in new poll

The first poll of Georgia’s gubernatorial race since last week’s primaries has Democrat Jason Carter leading incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal by seven points. A statewide telephone survey of 750…

Nearly 100 members of Congress calling for Shinseki to resign

Politicians are lining up to call for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in light of the report released Wednesday that substantiated serious conditions at the Phoenix VA…

Football great Herschel Walker joins the ranks of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio

Herschel Walker wants Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) “carrying the ball” for Georgia in the U.S. Senate. That’s what the football standout says in a new campaign ad paid for by…

AP slams de Blasio on lack of press access

The Associated Press has written a damning report about Bill de Blasio’s efforts to restrict press access, noting that the New York City mayor has barred reporters from more than…

SCOTUS rules in favor of Fox News reporter

The Supreme Court  on Tuesday rejected an appeal to a lower court ruling that shielded Fox News reporter Jana Winter from revealing confidential sources in stories about the 2012 Aurora,…

Senate run shines light on Michelle Nunn’s pay at nonprofit

Michelle Nunn, the Points of Light Foundation president and CEO now running for U.S. Senate, got a significant pay boost while the charity she led was shedding workers, according to…

$6 million in cocaine seized in undercover bust

$6 million in cocaine seized in undercover bust

A police raid shut down a major drug operation in south Fulton County overnight. www.wsbtv.com.…

State’s cost in ethics lawsuit climbs to $1.15 million

Stacey Kalberman’s claim that she was forced from her job as head of the state ethics commission will cost the state a total of $1.15 million, according to documents obtained…

APNewsBreak: Obama aide to oversee VA review

APNewsBreak: Obama aide to oversee VA review

The move is similar to the action the White House took last year when it assigned longtime Obama aide Jeffrey Zients to take over management of the troubled HealthCare.gov website…

Former Murray County judge indicted on 6 counts

A grand jury in northwest Georgia has indicted a former judge on criminal charges including witness tampering and conspiracy to distribute drugs. The seven-page indictment accusing former Murray County Chief…

Rep. Paul Broun’s son arrested for drug possession

Rep. Paul Broun’s son arrested for drug possession

Paul Collins Broun III, son of U.S. Representative Paul Broun, was arrested this weekend in Athens for marijuana possession. The trouble began when Broun’s 2014 Cadillac was spotted stopped across…

Atlanta man gets 12 years on child porn charges

Federal prosecutors say an Atlanta-area man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for sending an undercover agent a pornographic photo of a 1-year-old girl. Prosecutors said in news…

Isakson demands answers over failure to give green light to Savannah Harbor dredging

US Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga, has demanded answers from an Obama administration official who played a key role in refusing to give the green light in March to the Savannah Harbour…

Energy savings bill fails amid election politics

A widely popular, bipartisan energy savings bill fell victim in the Senate on Monday to election-year politics and the Obama administration’s continued indecision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A…

Recovering state economy won’t heal all needs

Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal published revenue figures for April of about $1.68 billion. That’s about $50 million short of what Georgia collected in April 2013. As the economy picks…

Baby boy shot dead in Georgia by masked gunmen in retaliation for a spate of murders

Baby boy shot dead in Georgia by masked gunmen in retaliation for a spate of murders

A nine-month-old baby boy who was shot dead by four masked gunmen this weekend was a senseless victim in an escalating cycle of murders and shootings outside Atlanta, police say.…

Report: Journalists are miserable, liberal, over-educated, under-paid, middle-aged men

Today, the term ink-stained wretches is exactly one-third accurate. Journalists aren’t quite so blotched from pens and printers, now that the newspaper die-out has wiped out 50 years of advertising…

As incidents mount for Jameis Winston, so does concern

As incidents mount for Jameis Winston, so does concern

“When I get older we gone laugh at this petty stuff IM GOOD that’s all that matters ignore minor comments or people that ain’t livin MY life” A week after…

Westmoreland appointed to the Benghanzi Select Committee

Westmoreland appointed to the Benghanzi Select Committee

After the attack on the US compound in Benghanzi, the US House has placed a Georgia Congressman on the Benghanzi Select Committee. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland represents the states 3rd district.…

Democratic Senate hopeful Nunn attacked in her only debate

Democratic Senate hopeful Nunn attacked in her only debate

Frontrunner Michelle Nunn took fire from all three of her Democratic opponents Sunday during the only forum she has joined them in. It was taped to be shown statewide this…

Buckhead robbers foiled by iPhone app

Buckhead robbers foiled by iPhone app

Two suspects accused of robbing a Buckhead man at gunpoint didn’t make make it very far, thanks to the victim’s iPhone. Ron Eichels told Atlanta police he was watching television…

Suspect in Norcross pitchfork robbery arrested in Knoxville charged with murder

Authorities have arrested a suspect in the pitchfork robbery of a Waffle House in Georgia and a killing in Tennessee. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old Jeffery Willard Wooten…

Students suspended over bus incident

Students suspended over bus incident

Parents of students suspended in Clayton County over a school bus incident say the punishment is unjust. Some of the nine suspended students say they did not take part in…

Mayor’s aide suspended after asking for opponent’s campaign sign

Judy Tucker, executive assistant to Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, has been suspended briefly from her position because of an incident she says started out as a practical joke involving a campaign…

State education board moves to replace CRCT

So long, CRCT. Hello, GMAP. The state Board of Education voted today to have a firm develop a standardized test to replace the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which has been given…

Young blood may slow the process of aging, cure Alzheimer’s disease: scientists

Young blood may slow the process of aging, cure Alzheimer’s disease: scientists

Transfusions of young blood could reverse the aging process and even cure Alzheimer’s disease, American scientists believe. In a breakthrough that could herald a new dawn in anti-aging treatments, researchers…

Classic rock group’s ready for class action

How was your band name chosen? It’s a legal term and a tongue in cheek (or misleading) reference to the quality of the band: class act. How did you all…

Ex-leader of Duluth language school sentenced in fraud

Ex-leader of Duluth language school sentenced in fraud

Federal prosecutors say a former administrator of a metro Atlanta language school has been sentenced in an immigration fraud scheme.…

House to subpoena records in VA hospital deaths

House to subpoena records in VA hospital deaths

A House committee voted Thursday to subpoena records relating to a waiting list at the Phoenix veterans hospital, and officials said Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki had ordered a nationwide…

Georgia couple building off-the-grid home

Georgia couple building off-the-grid home

Living “off the grid” might seem crazy to some but for Andy Hickman and his fiancée Rosemary Kinsman it was a dream come true.  The Royston couple is building a…

Georgia state park gift cards now available

Georgia state park gift cards now available

Searching for the perfect gift for an outdoor enthusiast? Georgia State Parks now offer gift cards that can be used for campsites, cabins, yurts, retail shops, picnic shelters, historic sites,…

Deal: State revenue down $50 million in April

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of April totaled $1.68 billion for a decrease of nearly $50 million, or 2.9 percent, compared to…

Establishment GOP vs. tea party battle far from over

Round One is done but this year’s electoral fight between the GOP establishment and the tea party movement is far from over. Moderates scored a victory on Tuesday in North…

Canton Tea Party endorses Pennington

The Canton Tea Party formally endorsed David Pennington today in Georgia’s gubernatorial race. “Pennington is our Tea Party favorite,” said the group’s chairwoman, Carolyn Crosby. “Pennington stepped forward to sign…

Judge’s phone call to court of appeals could upend APS cases

An unusual footnote in an order by the Georgia Court of Appeals has created uncertainty about who will preside over the trial of a blockbuster criminal case. The footnote in…

Slimy ice machines, rodent droppings reported at Atlanta school kitchens

Slimy ice machines, rodent droppings reported at Atlanta school kitchens

The Atlanta Public School Board of Education heard a call for action over school cafeteria concerns Monday. A group of food service workers and APS employees want Marilyn Hughes, director…

Isakson, Chambliss sign on to Keystone Pipeline bill bypassing Obama

Isakson, Chambliss sign on to Keystone Pipeline bill bypassing Obama

A Senate bill to bypass the White House and approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline could soon come up for a vote, and both of Georgia’s Republican…

You cannnot make this stuff up: Man trying to rob donut shop shot by police

You cannnot make this stuff up: Man trying to rob donut shop shot by police

An armed robbery suspect is in custody after police say he tried to rob a donut shop in southwest Atlanta. The incident happened at the Dunkin’ Donuts near the intersection…

Former UGA football coach Donnan faces federal fraud charges

Former UGA football coach Donnan faces federal fraud charges

Former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan is scheduled to face federal charges of mail and wire fraud this week in the federal court. A federal grand jury indicted…

Chip Rogers was fired from GPB for violating policy

Chip Rogers was fired from GPB for violating policy

A letter to Chip Rogers from Georgia Public Broadcast released this week shows the former state senator was fired for several violations of the company’s employment policies. The letter, sent…

Parents outraged after Instagram page features scantilly clad middle school girls

Parents and students say inappropriate pictures of girls from McClure Middle School were posted on an Instagram page. They say some of the girls were pictured in bikinis and at…

Georgia police searching for pitchfork-wielding Waffle House robber

Georgia police searching for pitchfork-wielding Waffle House robber

Police are searching for a man who used a pitchfork to rob a Waffle House in Norcross, Georgia. He would’ve gotten away unscathed, but he accidentally tripped and dropped the…

DeKalb teacher resigns after past sexual accusations surface

DeKalb teacher resigns after past sexual accusations surface

A DeKalb County teacher resigned Friday after questions about his past surfaced. Horace Morris worked as a criminal justice teacher at the DeKalb County High School Technology South for three…

VA chief Eric Shinseki not talking about delays

VA chief Eric Shinseki not talking about delays

He’s the leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs, which runs the VA hospitals where dozens of U.S. veterans died waiting for simple medical screenings. Yet in the six months…

UP students build affordable exoskelton

UP students build affordable exoskelton

Surviving a stroke or debilitating injury is often the start of a very long ordeal. Physical therapy can be slow and strenuous with no guarantee of recovery. Robotic exoskeletons can…

A powerful, portable, and affordable robotic exoskeleton

Surviving a stroke or debilitating injury is often the start of a very long ordeal. Physical therapy can be slow and strenuous with no guarantee of recovery. Robotic exoskeletons can…

Three on leave over allegations on Phoenix vet care

Three executives of the veterans hospital in Phoenix have been placed on administrative leave amid an investigation into allegations of corruption and unnecessary deaths at the facility, federal officials announced…

Handel passes Kingston to take second place

Handel passes Kingston to take second place

Karen Handel has ridden a wave of growing support to pass Jack Kingston in the GOP Senate primary race to take second place and come within the margin of error…

Samurai swords found at ‘horrific’ crime scene in DeKalb

Police say the swords were used to kill the couple in what DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander described as a “horrific scene” inside the suburban Atlanta home. The bodies…

Watchdog group calls for Rep. Ralston’s resignation

A dozen leaders of various organizations plus many other concerned citizens gathered at the Capitol today and made a personal call for House Speaker, David Ralston, to resign his seat.…

Stimulus tops $3.4 trillion — but where’s the growth?

Since August 2007 when the financial crisis began, the Federal Reserve has expanded its balance sheet by more than $3.4 trillion — purchasing mortgage-backed securities and U.S. treasuries.…

Veto pen used 10 times by Governor Deal

Governor Nathan Deal today vetoed 10 pieces of legislation. The following are Deal’s veto messages: Veto Number 1 SB 281: Senate Bill 281 would require that the State of Georgia…

Shooting at Kennesaw FedEx facility wounds six

FedEx has confirmed a shooting at its facility in Kennesaw. The WellStar Kennestone Hospital has confirmed that six of its patients are related to the shooting.…

Probe: DHS watchdog cozy with officials, altered reports as he sought top job

Probe: DHS watchdog cozy with officials, altered reports as he sought top job

The top watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security altered and delayed investigations at the request of senior administration officials, compromising his independent role as an inspector general, according to…

State: Lower Oconee hospital loses Medicaid, Medicare

State: Lower Oconee hospital loses Medicaid, Medicare

State and federal agencies have stopped Medicare and Medicaid funding for Lower Oconee Community Hospital in Wheeler County. That’s according to Lisa Marie Shekell, communications director for the state Department…

Chicken plant workers say chemicals sprayed on carcasses makes them sick

Chicken plant workers say chemicals sprayed on carcasses makes them sick

Producing 26 million pounds of chicken a day, Georgia is the poultry capital of the nation. The poultry industry employs over 100,000 people in the state and contributes $28 billion…

Emails show governor’s office had hand in Rogers’ ouster from PBS

Emails show governor’s office had hand in Rogers’ ouster from PBS

Gov. Nathan Deal played matchmaker to arrange the hiring of Chip Rogers last year to a six-figure job at Georgia Public Broadcasting. His office’s fingerprints were all over Rogers’ departure,…

Study: Georgia has 835 structurally deficient bridges

Study: Georgia has 835 structurally deficient bridges

There are 835 “structurally deficient” bridges in Georgia, and the three most-traveled are on Interstate 75 in metro Atlanta, according to a new analysis by the industry group the American…

Missing 2-year-old Mississippi girl found in Georgia

Missing 2-year-old Mississippi girl found in Georgia

Authorities have found 2-year-old Maliah Harris who was the subject of a multi-state amber alert. Investigators in Mississippi told Channel 2 Action News the girl was found in the south Georgia…

APS Superintendent speaks out on school abuse video

APS Superintendent speaks out on school abuse video

The superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools spoke out on Wednesday with his reaction to some disturbing video released on Tuesday. The video allegedly shows two para-professionals beating special needs children…

Southern Whites’ Loyalty to G.O.P. Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats

President Obama’s landslide victory in 2008 was supposed to herald the beginning of a new Democratic era. And yet, six years later, there is not even a clear Democratic majority…

Georgia’s new gun measure opens a rift in law enforcement

A broad expansion of gun rights that Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Wednesday has divided the state’s law enforcement community, leading some sheriffs to warn that the changes endanger…

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,…