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Georgia to limit abortion coverage in employee plan

Georgia will join seven other states that ban coverage of abortions in nearly all instances for those enrolled in the state employee health insurance plan. The decision Thursday by the…

Georgia’s food stamp numbers are troubling economic indicator

Georgia legislators have a pressing issue to tackle when they convene for the 2014 session of the General Assembly in January. They must focus on the reason or reasons for…

Source of Braves’ hot streak might be waffles

Behold, the power of the waffle. The Atlanta Braves are the hottest team in baseball, having won 13 straight games. But that run might not be due to solid pitching…

Gwinnett grandma chases, rams van into fleeing burglars

Gwinnett grandma chases, rams van into fleeing burglars

A Gwinnett County grandmother chased burglars from her home and rammed their car twice with her minivan to get them to stop. via ActionNewsJax.com.…

Atlanta immigration activist ‘polite but uncompromising’

He says the United States is filling up with immigrants who do not respect the law or the American way of life. He refers to Latino groups as “the tribalists,”…

Lilburn teenager charged in fake emergency calls to Pittsburgh 911

A 17-year-old Georgia teen has been charged with posing as a 13-year-old girl whose mother had been shot during a domestic abuse incident in Westmoreland County, leading to the deployment…

State schools superintendent may run for governor

State schools superintendent may run for governor

Georgia state schools Superintendent John Barge says he’s considering challenging Gov. Nathan Deal in next year’s Republican primary. WALB.com…

Teens hospitalized after homeowner opens fire during attempted burglary

DeKalb County police say two teens accused of breaking into a house were shot by the homeowner and have been hospitalized.  The Republic…

Washington Post to be sold to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

The Washington Post Co. will sell its flagship newspaper and one of the most respected news organizations in the country to Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, the company announced in…

A-Rod sole holdout on MLB suspensions

A-Rod sole holdout on MLB suspensions

Alex Rodriguez remained the lone holdout while All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were among 12 players who accepted 50-game penalties from Major League Baseball on Monday as…

Chattanooga newspaper fires editor for headline critical of Obama

The opinion page editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press has been fired over a headline of an editorial that was highly critical of President Barack Obama’s new “jobs plan.” Editor &…

Failing Newsweek sold to IBT

Newsweek, the iconic newsmagazine brand, has been acquired by IBT Media, which publishes the news website International Business Times. Editor & Publisher…

Maher: Comparing Islam to Christianity just wrong

On HBO’s “Real Time” on Friday night, host Bill Maher entertained CSU-San Bernardino professor Brian Levin, director of the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism, who maintained that despite…

Gun purchases in Newtown nearly double since Sandy Hook

Gun purchases in Newtown nearly double since Sandy Hook

According to a Wall Street Journal report, applications for permits to purchase guns (for the record, it’s ridiculous to need a permit just to purchase a gun), have nearly doubled year…

Source: MLB tells Yankees that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended

Source: MLB tells Yankees that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended

NEW YORK | Major League Baseball told the New York Yankees that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended Monday for his links to a clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs…

Georgia becomes the center of the political storm over Obamacare

ATLANTA — For three days last week, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens put Georgia into the center of the political storm over Obamacare, and as is usually the case with politics,…

UGA workshops aimed at home-based businesses

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and Small Business Development Centers are collaborating to offer workshops across the state to help individuals think through the decision to start a home-based…

Meet Nathan Deal, Georgia’s food stamp governor

Remember when Newt Gingrich cynically slapped the “food stamp president” label on Barack Obama? Obama didn’t deserve it. When he made his racially-tinged crack, the ex-speaker hoped you’d forgotten that…

Rome police motorcycle officer hit by car

Rome police motorcycle officer hit by car

A Rome Police Department motorcycle officer was struck from behind this morning by the driver of a car on Riverside Parkway behind Applebee’s. RN-T.com.…

Economy not on Organizing for Action’s ‘Action August’ agenda

Organizing for Action, the nonprofit organization assembled from the remnants of President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, is pushing for the president’s second-term agenda during a month-long “Action August” of advocacy…

Manning acquitted

Manning acquitted

Army PFC Bradley Manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy by giving secrets to WikiLeaks, according to the Associated Press.…

AP: Court rules against NYC’s soda ban

The courts have ruled that New York City’s ban on sugary drinks is unconstitutional, according to the Associated Press.…

FBI conducts child prostitution raids across nation

The FBI said it rescued 105 children and arrested 150 people it described as “pimps” and others in a series of raids in 76 American cities – including Atlanta. The…

Georgia lawsuit targets payday lenders

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has filed a lawsuit aimed at forcing two payday lenders to stop doing business in the Peach State. Atlanta Business Chronicle.…

Study: Online sales taxes would boost economies in Georgia and Florida

ATLANTA | Retailers across Georgia and in neighboring states are hopeful that a report issued by a well-known conservative economist will bring needed support in Congress for legislation to tax…

Waffle House patron opens fire on would-be robber, wounding him

UNION CITY  — Authorities say a customer at a Waffle House outside Atlanta shot and wounded a suspect who was trying to rob the restaurant. via Daily Reporter.…

Another Georgia family stars in reality show: ‘Hollywood Hillbillies’

Honey Boo Boo is getting some competition. Another family from rural Georgia is coming to reality television, with “Hollywood Hillbillies” set to debut in January on ReelzChannel. The show follows…

Heavy rains cause septic tank problems for some

Recent rains left some homeowners tackling septic tank problems. Saturated soils aren’t able to take up additional water from drainfield lines. Georgia FACES.…

Unisex uniforms debut as Army opens units to women

FORD GORDON, Ga.  — A new combat uniform with special consideration to the female body is now available at Fort Gordon, almost a month after the Army announced plans to…

‘Justice For Trayvon’ Movement Struggles To Find Focus

‘Justice For Trayvon’ Movement Struggles To Find Focus

In the two weeks since George Zimmerman’s acquittal, the same activists galvanized by his trial are finding it hard to focus the energy of the Trayvon Martin movement. via GPB.…

Synovus repays TARP

Synovus repays TARP

Synovus Financial Corp. on Friday officially paid back about $967.9 million it borrowed from regulators as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).   Atlanta Business Chronicle.…

Could door-to-door Postal Service delivery end soon?

In an effort designed to cut costs at the cash-strapped agency by up to $4.5 billion a year, Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is proposing the U.S Postal Service phase out…

State jobless rate up to 8.6 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor announced this week that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in June. The rate was up three-tenths of a percentage point from…

Policy changes should not affect wood-pellet plans at Wilmington port

Energy policy changes across the Atlantic could affect how long the boom in the U.S. wood pellet industry will last, forestry experts and industry opponents say. StarNewsOnline.com.…

GOP to donors: Democratic Senate majority is in serious trouble

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is making the case to top donors and senators in a new memo obtained by NBC News that a GOP majority is within their grasp.…

Flowers Foods completes Hostess bread buyout

Flowers Foods Inc. has completed its $355 million acquisition of several breads, bakeries and other assets from the company previously known as Hostess Brands. ActionNewsJax.com.…

Georgia sticking with nationwide Common Core curriculum but will write own exams, governor says

ATLANTA | Georgia won’t be part of a multi-state testing plan that was part of the controversial Common Core curriculum agreement, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday. jacksonville.com.…

State gasoline prices up 3.9 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.53/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia.…

DJJ completes internal investigation

Today Commissioner Avery D. Niles announced the conclusion of the state Department of Juvenile Justice’s month-long internal investigation to determine causes behind department deficiencies that prevented the completion of DJJ…

Georgia man killed In Florida panhandle crash

A Georgia driver was killed and his passenger suffered serious injuries in a Friday night traffic crash in Gulf County. WMBB…

Alabama burglary results in chase through Georgia, Tennessee

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a burglary in northeast Alabama sparked a police chase that crossed into Georgia before ending in Tennessee.  WSFA.com…

Venerable peach gives way to brash upstart blueberry

Venerable peach gives way to brash upstart blueberry

In a little-noticed development, the value of blueberry production in Georgia beat the peach crop in 2005 — and the gap has grown even bigger since then, according to U.S.…

Georgia congressman calls for VA secretary to resign

Georgia congressman calls for VA secretary to resign

A Georgia congressman is calling for the secretary of Veterans Affairs to step down over concerns with oversight at Atlanta’s VA Medical Center. AccessNorthGa.…

Georgia Democrats blame their numbers on gerrymandering

This week, Georgia’s revered civil rights icon and congressman U.S. Rep. John Lewis testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the first congressional hearing after the Supreme Court’s decision last…

Despite rains, no blueberry blues for Georgia

In the wake of a cold spring and more than 35 inches of rain, Georgia’s blueberry crop has prevailed. UGA.…

Thomaston Ritz Theatre featured in music video by T Hardy Morris

Thomaston Ritz Theatre featured in music video by T Hardy Morris

ATLANTA – The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce Georgia’s “Places in Peril” will be featured in a series of music videos for “Audition Tapes,” the debut…

Georgia unemployment rate rises to 8.6% in June

Georgia’s unemployment rate went up again in June as education workers are generally unemployed during the summer and new college graduates are unemployed until they find a job, Georgia Department…

Detroit becomes the largest city in US history to file for bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit has become the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. savannahnow.com.…

Immigration Reform: Pathway to citizenship?

Immigration reform appears to have hit a roadblock in Congress. Some Democrat and Republican representatives are at odds over whether a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million illegal immigrants should…

Woman arrested for DUI dies after booking into Oconee County jail

A Madison County woman arrested Tuesday evening on a DUI charge died shortly after she was booked into the Oconee County Jail, authorities said Wednesday. jacksonville.com.…

That ain’t country

I laugh at people like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (not to his face, of course), the beardy guy on “Duck Dynasty,” Honey Boo Boo and about half of the singers…

Hundreds march in Atlanta over Zimmerman acquittal

Hundreds march in Atlanta over Zimmerman acquittal

ATLANTA — Hundreds of people in metro Atlanta marched in protest of George Zimmerman’s acquittal Monday night. www.wsbtv.com.…

Rallies against Zimmerman verdict erupt across country

Rallies against Zimmerman verdict erupt across country

NEW YORK — From New York to California, demonstrators are rallying against a Florida verdict acquitting George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. savannahnow.com.…

Zimmerman found not guilty.

Zimmerman found not guilty.

George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin at 10 p.m. tonight after deliberating for more than 15 hours over two days. The jury returned the…

Leesburg girl to serve as Ronald McDonald House poster child

Leesburg girl to serve as Ronald McDonald House poster child

LEESBURG — Over the last few years, circumstances have resulted in Stephanie Oxley, as well as a few of her family members, making good use of the Ronald McDonald House…

Albany Herald | Farm bill has tough row to hoe

The Senate adopted farm legislation in June and sent it to the House. Among those in the Senate who endorsed the legislation in the 66-27 vote was Georgia’s senior Sen.…

Appeals court reverses summary judgment against Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance

The Georgia Court of Appeals reversed the grant of summary judgment to Vincent and Patricia Croft in their action against Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company (“GFB”) in which the…

AP reports Napolitano resigning

The Associated Press is reporting that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning from her post to take a senior post in the University of California system. Napolitano has held…

Column Commandos get inside info on Rogers radio gig

When I heard that former State Sen. Chip Rogers was to debut his much-anticipated radio show on Georgia Public Broadcasting, I was curious to know about any last-minute details as…

Students in limbo after loan interest rate talks stall

WASHINGTON / ATLANTA — Senate Democrats on Wednesday failed to restore lower interest rates on subsidized student loans, again coming up short and perhaps signaling that undergraduates might really face…

June rains soaked state but kept it cooler than normal

Georgia saw a soggy June, with almost all counties receiving more rain than normal and a few cities seeing record-breaking amounts. UGA.…

Georgia Power approved for solar expansion

ATLANTA — Georgia Power must purchase more solar power for its energy system under a plan approved Thursday by state utility regulators, a move sought by solar developers and renewable…

Widesread Google outage hits UGA, other spots in South

University of Georgia computer users had trouble on Wednesday using Google, but the problem extended far beyond the campus. Online Athens.…

Insurance commissioner, two staffers took expensive gifts from lobbyists, disclosures show

ATLANTA | Georgia’s top insurance regulator and two senior staffers accepted $100 a head meals and, in one case, a round of golf last month funded by the industry they…

Isakson, Chambliss, and 44 others call for Obamacare delay

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., along with all 44 of their Republican colleagues, sent a letter today to President Obama urging him to permanently delay the…

Democratic aide brings gun into courthouse, gets ticket

Democratic aide brings gun into courthouse, gets ticket

An aide to Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers got off with a warning after illegally bringing a gun into a public building.   The Daily Caller.…

Death of Atlanta police officer ruled homicide

Authorities say a suburban Atlanta police officer who was found dead in her house was killed by a gunshot wound to her head. NorthJersey.com.…

Florida accidentally bans smartphones and computers

As the story goes, Florida recently passed a law banning Internet cafes that offer slot machine-like games. “The Legislature and governor acted with dizzying speed, leaving many questions as to…

Conservative groups want no legalization for those in country illegally

ATLANTA | A coalition of groups in Georgia is urging the state’s members of Congress to vote against any immigration reform bill that includes a path to legalization for people…

One grower’s grapes of wrath

One grower’s grapes of wrath

KERMAN, Calif. — In the world of dried fruit, America has no greater outlaw than Marvin Horne, 68.   The Washington Post.…

State gas prices fall 1.5 cents per gallon

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 1.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.32/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia.…

Woman’s body dumped at Jax cemetery

A woman’s body was found Sunday on the north side of Jacksonville at Restlawn Cemetery. News – Home.…

Athens police department adds hybrids to its fleet

ATHENS, Ga. AP –The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has added 18 hybrid cars to its patrol fleet. ActionNewsJax.com.…

Georgia’s per capita income ranking continues to tumble

ATLANTA | Georgia has slipped toward the lower rankings of states in per capita income during the last decade. jacksonville.com.…

School lunch choices

Last August, Georgia students returned to school and found some familiar friends missing from their cafeterias — sodium, fat and sugar. This school year, processed grains continue their exit. UGA.…

Two jailed for posting ‘Townies Go Home’ stickers at Jax beach

Two men were arrested overnight after police said they were placing stickers around Jacksonville Beach that read “Townies Go Home.” News – Home.…

Supporters of Egyptian president say military coup is underway

CAIRO — Armored cars, tanks and troops deployed in the Egyptian capital on Wednesday, and advisers said they had lost contact with President Mohammed Morsi in what they described as…

Researchers tout progress in glioblastoma fight

University of Florida Health researchers have discovered a molecular pathway involved in the deadly spread of the most lethal kind of brain cancer. Their findings, which appear in the advanced…

Obamacare employer mandate implementation postponed

Businesses won’t be fined for not providing health insurance to their employees for one more year, the Obama administration said Tuesday evening, announcing that they would delay the implementation of…

Lake Seminole shooting victims identified

Two people were found dead inside a South Georgia home Monday morning. The house is in the 8000 block of Northwood Drive in Donalsonville  and was roped off with crime…

Florida misspelled twice on interstate sign

Florida misspelled twice on interstate sign

The Florida Department of Transportation had some explaining to do when Florida was misspelled on an Interstate 95 exit sign in Jacksonville. News – Home.…

Georgians advised to show caution with fireworks

Most fireworks are illegal in Georgia, but that won’t stop people from experiencing the rush of nearly blowing their hand off. The Red and Black…

Egypt’s crisis signals the unraveling of yet another Arab nation-state

When British and French diplomats sat down to draw the boundaries of the modern Middle East, one country required no ruler and compass to define it.   People lived in Egypt…

21 charged in cruelty to Alzheimer’s sufferers

COMMERCE | Nearly two-dozen former employees of a Georgia center for people with Alzheimer’s disease are facing more than 70 charges amid allegations of cruel treatment of patients.  jacksonville.com.…

Student loan rates double after Senate rejects compromise

The subsidized interest rate on Stafford student loans doubled Monday, following top Senate Democrats’ rejection of a bipartisan compromise supported by the president. via Yep, student loans just doubled |…

Atheists unveil monument by Ten Commandments in front of Florida courthouse

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. That’s what American Atheists decided after losing a challenge to the placement of a Ten Commandments monument in front of the Bradford County…

116 laws to go into effect Monday in Georgia

ATLANTA | Among the 116 laws taking effect Monday are new limits on workers compensation benefits, tougher restrictions on pain-management clinics and relaxed sentences for people convicted of nonviolent crimes.…

DJJ commissioner encourages public to use agency TIP-Line

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles publicly pledged again today that the Department of Juvenile Justice will continue to maintain a Zero Tolerance policy against sexual misconduct violations…

How Immigration Bill Could Affect Florida And Georgia

The U.S. Senate’s passing of an immigration reform bill still has the nation buzzing. It could lead to the first meaningful immigration legislation in decades. Opinions on Thursday’s immigration bill…

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks will not be removed from office

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks will not be removed from office

State Representative Tyrone Brooks will not be removed from office. A review commission appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal unanimously decided to allow Brooks to remain in his position. via State…

SUV hits Westside Jax home; driver lands on couch

An SUV hit a home on the Westside early Friday morning, ejecting the driver onto the couch in the living room. News – Home.…

Head of GBI: We’re protecting Georgians’ privacy

ATLANTA | When using investigative technology, state law enforcement agencies rely on set policy guidelines and transparency to avoid the public reaction federal officials are getting, the head of the…

Armed convenience store robber shot and killed, police say

A clerk has shot and killed a robber whom police say was trying to steal money from a Villa Rica store.WSB-TV reports the robbery Tuesday night happed at the Junior…

Senate in full horse-trading mode on immigration bill

Senate in full horse-trading mode on immigration bill

Senators engaged in last-minute jockeying and horse trading Tuesday as they barreled toward the finish line for the Gang of Eight bill — an effort that could secure a handful…

High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still…

Colquitt County man charged with three counts of incest

A Colquitt County man has been charged with at least three counts of incest. Officials say Ruben Fernando-Lopez, 41, has others pending in Buena Vista, Tift County and Alabama. It…

Georgia GOP adopts resolution opposing regionalism

This past weekend, the Georgia Republican Party State Committee met to complete the business of adopting resolutions. Key among them was a resolution opposing mandated regionalism. Regionalism was thrust upon…

Macon police officer resigns after raid on home

A Macon police officer arrested on drug and child endangerment charges has resigned before the department decided her fate. Kontrina Lanette Toomer submitted a letter of resignation, according to a…

Kingston on immigration: House unlikely to consider Senate Bill

Congressman Jack Kingston says he still believes immigration reform is important but doubts that House republicans will ever consider a bill from the Senate. “The Senate bill does not have…

Indicted DeKalb CEO meets with county workers

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, who faces a 15-count indictment, spent part of his lunch hour Monday addressing county workers at a staff meeting in the county seat of Decatur.…

Smithville closing police department because of budget cuts

Budget cuts have led city leaders in a small south Georgia town to shut down its police department.WALB-TV reports that the Smithville City Council decided at its meeting last week…

16-year-old dies in Macon ATV crash

A 16-year-old girl was killed in the crash of an all-terrain vehicle in central Georgia, authorities say. jacksonville.com.…

Paula Deen supporters overflow her Savannah restaurant

Paula Deen supporters overflow her Savannah restaurant

Paula Deen’s Georgia restaurant saw huge lines of customers this week after the long-time Food Network host was fired for making racist comments. via Opposing Views.…

House rejects farm bill

The House rejected a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Thursday that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who…

8-year-old’s body found at Jax church; sex offender in custody

8-year-old’s body found at Jax church; sex offender in custody

Just over an hour after a 56-year-old sex offender seen leaving a Northside Walmart Friday night with an 8-year-old girl was arrested Saturday morning, police say the girl’s body was…

Gunman wearing Iron Man mask robs Palm Coast bank

Gunman wearing Iron Man mask robs Palm Coast bank

A gunman sporting an Iron Man mask robbed a Flagler County bank on Thursday, deputies said.   News – Home.…

Douglas insurance agent charged with fraud, identity theft

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced today that his Fraud Investigation Unit has issued an arrest warrant for a South Georgia insurance agent on six counts of felony insurance fraud and…

FBI hasn’t contacted a single tea party group in IRS probe

There is no evidence that the FBI has contacted a single tea party group in its criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service, according to the groups the IRS abused.…

Georgia lawmakers expenses detailed

When it comes to politics, Regina Quick and Ron Stephens are on the same end of the spectrum, but when it comes to claiming expenses from taxpayers, they part ways.…

Pennsylvania girl who took on donor rules gets adult lungs

A 10-year-old girl whose efforts to qualify for an organ donation drew public debate over how organs are allocated was getting a double-lung transplant Wednesday after a match with an…

Some families could pay far more for health insurance under ObamaCare, officials say

If the example one Georgia insurance company offered is true of the others, the average middle-age family of five will pay about 45 percent more for medical coverage in October…

Body found at metro Atlanta college

State authorities are investigating the death of a person whose body was discovered on the Clarkston campus of Georgia Perimeter College. GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang says the body of an…

Audit: Georgia labor department failed to recover millions

Georgia’s Labor Department failed to have adequate systems in place to detect and recover millions of dollars in unemployment benefits improperly paid over a three-year period despite a widely available…

100 students who showed up to take ACT test found no one to administer it

About 100 students, their families and school administrators hope to find out why no one showed up to administer the ACT test at a high school south of Atlanta over…

Miller County sheriff found dead

G.B.I. agents are not releasing how the Miller County Sheriff died, but his death is under investigation tonight. Sheriff H. E. “Buddy” Glass was found dead at his home this…

Georgia bans license plates with potentially-offensive references

Georgia has unveiled new rules banning references to guns, drugs and alcohol on personalized license plates. The new rules, which won’t become final until after July 9, also ban profanity,…

Some Georgia juvenile detention centers worst in nation for sexual assaults, federal study shows

A federal report shows that some of Georgia’s youth detention centers are among the nation’s worst for sexual assaults on inmates. Four Georgia lockups were included in a list of…

Senators press for answers on questionable VA management

Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss have sent letters to the secretary of Veterans Affairs looking for answers to a report outlining questionable management at the Atlanta VA Medical…

Columbus teacher gets 25 years in prison, life on probation for having sex with student

A Columbus teacher convicted of having a months-long affair with a student has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term. jacksonville.com.…

New farm bill could benefit state’s peanut farmers

Georgia peanut farmers would get a better deal this year under Congress proposed Farm Bill, but some residents could be removed from food stamp rolls if the legislation is passed.Lawmakers…

Author claims Clintons, Obama had secret deal

According to a new book by Edward Klein and reported this morning on Fox and Friends, President Obama and the Clintons struck a secret deal last year that led to…

NY weekly publisher sues over Tea Party probe

The owner of a weekly Westchester County newspaper has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the Internal Revenue Service and FBI began investigating him for potential tax violations because of his…

Georgia Democratic State Party chairman to step down

Georgia Democratic State Party Chairman Mike Berlon announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from his leadership role in the party. In an email from the Georgia Democratic State Party,…

US shale oil supply shock shifts global power balance

A steeper-than-expected rise in US shale oil reserves is about to change the global balance of power between new and existing producers, a report says. Over the next five years,…

Teen court program gives kids second chance

Twelve-year-old Keion Wilson is in trouble. He was suspended from school for fighting and is in court for that facing a misdemeanor charge that could follow him for a long…

Rome fifth-grader’s act of kindness comes back to her

After Lindsey Johnson watched a promotional video for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in class at Pepperell Elementary School, the 11-year-old went home in tears. “She had seen the video…

Tax preparer charged with stealing $200K from state

A local tax preparer is in jail, accused of cheating the state out of at least $100,000.Channel 2s Amy Napier Viteri was the only reporter with state investigators and the…

Legal woes piling up for leader of Georgia Democrats

Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia’s Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing…

DC federal Judge apologizes for lack of transparency in leak probe

The chief judge of the District’s federal court issued an unusual order Wednesday, apologizing to the public and the media for not making certain court documents widely available online. The…

Obama making Bush look like a model of restraint

To a person, probably, most of Barack Obama’s supporters believed — a belief the candidate encouraged — that, if elected, he would rein in “the worst excesses” of President George…

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks pleads not guilty to federal mail and wire fraud charges

Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. Brooks entered the plea on his 30-count…

Columbus school system closing two schools

A west Georgia school system has approved a package of cuts that includes closing an elementary school and a middle school. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the Muscogee County School…

Georgia Tea Party a victim of IRS runaround

Powder Springs resident Tom Maloy, who serves on the board of the Marietta-based Georgia Tea Party, said his group was among the conservative organizations targeted by the Internal Revenue Service.…

Former Atlanta city employee sues mayor and other city employees

A former city employee is suing Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other city officials, saying he was fired after raising concerns that a woman still had city equipment and access…

Two conservative Georgia groups say IRS targeted them

Leaders of two conservative political groups in Georgia say they say faced invasive questioning from the Internal Revenue Service. Nationwide, an investigation into the IRS’ targeting of conservative political groups…

Governor imposes restrictions on adoption of common core standards

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Wednesday putting in place restrictions on a set of academic standards adopted by the state that have faced growing opposition in recent months…

Good golly: DOT will relocate Little Richards boyhood home

The house is a sagging remnant of early 20th century Macon, in a neighborhood called Pleasant Hill. Reginald King rents the house now, making the 28 year old part of an…

Athens road lane closed due to sinkhole

Athens-Clarke County officials shut down a portion of Barnett Shoals Road on Tuesday due to a sinkhole. The county water and sewer department closed a southbound lane of Barnett Shoals…

CBS anchor scolds fellow journalists: ‘We’re getting big stories wrong, over and over again’

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley gave his fellow journalists a scolding this weekend while accepting an award from Quinnipiac University, urging his colleagues to quit worrying about being “first”…

Online television service Aereo launches in Atlanta

Aereo, a New York-based startup that threatens to disrupt the network television industry, will launch service in Atlanta. For $8 to $12 a month, Aereo provides subscribers with a dime-sized…

Senate race without Barrow bodes ill for Democrats

U.S. Rep. John Barrow’s announcement this week that he won’t run for the retiring Saxby Chambliss’ Senate seat is seen pretty much everywhere as an enormous setback for Georgia Democrats.…

Mableton man, 78, reported missing found dead in truck Tuesday

Police say a 78-year-old man who had been reported missing was found dead inside his truck outside Atlanta, and his grandson and the suspect’s girlfriend now face charges in connection…

More charges for Tifton shooting suspect

More charges for Tifton shooting suspect

A Tifton man is facing more charges in a shooting at a shopping complex two weeks ago. 29-year old LaCharles Dennard Miller was charged with aggravated assault after several businesses…

Georgia home brewers can legally make more, transport it

Amateur brew masters no longer have to break the law to compete with the signing Monday of legislation that doubles their limit and allows them to transport their beer for…

Georgia Senate 2014: John Barrow ducks race, costing Dems top recruit

One of Democrats’ two top recruits for the Georgia Senate seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) bowed out of consideration Tuesday, potentially clearing the field for Michelle Nunn, the…

Gov. Deal signs Fulton tax freeze

Gov. Nathan Deal signed controversial legislation Monday freezing property taxes in Fulton County for the next two years. House Bill 604 is one of a series of bills introduced in…

Two men found shot to death inside south Georgia residence

A house along the 5000 block of River Road in Seminole County is now the center of a double homicide investigation. Deputies with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office say they…

Parents magazine names Amelia Island 6th best beach town

Parents magazine on Monday named Amelia Island the sixth best beach town for day trips and vacations nationwide. The Nassau County hot spot was listed among America’s 10 Best Beach…

Georgia immigrants can now get temporary licenses

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed two bills into law making it easier for certain noncitizens to get Georgia driver’s licenses. Deal signed House Bill 475 at the Kia Motors plant…

Gov. Deal signs new house bill dealing with tourism

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 318, which changes the procedures of the Georgia Tourism Development Act. Rashelle Beasley with the Albany Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says this bill…