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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference to announce he has vetoed legislation allowing clergy to refuse performing gay marriage and protecting people who refuse to attend the ceremonies Monday, March 28, 2016, in Atlanta.
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Georgia is increasing regulation of addiction treatment centers, prompted by complaints from northwest Georgia lawmakers and residents that a cluster of programs there largely treat people traveling from other states.

 

Gov. Nathan Deal signed the legislation today.

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State records obtained by The Associated Press back up residents' complaints.

 

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A clinical psychologist says a man accused of killing two 17-year-olds behind a supermarket in an Atlanta suburb is competent to stand trial if he remains on medication for mental illness.

Jeffrey Hazelwood faces charges including murder in the Aug. 1 slayings of Carter Davis and Natalie Henderson behind a supermarket in Roswell.

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In the northwest corner of Georgia, where cows and crops vastly outnumber people, a small cluster of privately owned treatment centers has sprung up in recent years for heroin and prescription painkiller addicts.

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And most of the patients aren't even from the state.

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Stacey Abrams took the first step toward a run for Georgia governor on Tuesday, filing paperwork to form a campaign committee for the 2018 contest to replace term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal waits to deliver his State of the State address on the House floor at the Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Atlanta.
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Georgia's governor signed a bill this week that reconfigures and expands the state's judicial watchdog agency.

 

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Wildfires this summer are expected to be most severe in southwestern U.S. states, Florida, Georgia and in some parts of California and Nevada, forecasters said Monday.

 

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The summer 2017 fire outlook issued by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise also said heavy winter snow and spring rains that flooded many Western states will probably delay the onset of this season's worst wildfires.

 

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Col. Bruce Hampton died hours after taking part in a celebrity-filled birthday celebration Monday night at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.

The singer-guitarist turned 70 years old last week, and the event was honored with a four-hour show.

During the encore, Hampton collapsed while onstage and was taken to the hospital.

Shortly before 3 a.m., former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks confirmed on Facebook that Hampton had died.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference to announce he has vetoed legislation allowing clergy to refuse performing gay marriage and protecting people who refuse to attend the ceremonies Monday, March 28, 2016, in Atlanta.
David Goldman / Associated Press

Georgia teachers will get a 2 percent salary increase while state employees who handle child welfare cases will see a 19 percent raise under the state budget.

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Gov. Nathan Deal highlighted the increases for child welfare case managers at a Monday ceremony to sign the $49 billion spending plan.

Of the total, nearly $25 billion comes from the state, with the rest coming from federal sources.

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Move over Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Republicans have a new campaign boogeyman. Well, sort of new.

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Casey Cagle at the Georgia Senate.
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Casey Cagle launched his campaign for governor over the weekend with a pledge to add half a million new jobs in Georgia in four years if voters choose him to replace term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal.

 

 

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Cagle's decision isn't a surprise; the three-term lieutenant governor long has been included on lists of potential candidates for 2018. He confirmed to the Associated Press ahead of a formal launch event Sunday afternoon in Duluth.

 

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With just hours to spare, the House easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving for the weekend without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year.

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President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to address a National Rifle Association convention in more than 30 years when he spoke Friday at the group's annual meeting.

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He kicked off his speech by praising Republican Congressional candidate Karen Handel. 

“She’s totally for the NRA. She’s totally for the Second Amendment," Trump said of the candidate. 

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Waffle House co-founder Thomas Forkner Sr., died Wednesday at his house in Johns Creek. He was 98 years old.

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Forkner, a DeKalb County native, went to John Marshall Law School prior to getting drafted into the U.S. Army.

According to a statement from the Waffle House, Forkner was a security officer for the Manhattan Project, which was responsible for producing the first nuclear weapons.

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Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia, filled with derivatives of marijuana, to be distributed around the state in the shadows of the law.

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The passenger who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to airline employees settled with the airline for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the company to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible.

David Dao's legal team said in a brief statement that the agreement includes a provision that the amount will remain confidential. One his lawyers praised United CEO Oscar Munoz.

Claude "Tex" McIver
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A prominent Atlanta attorney has been indicted on charges including murder in the fatal shooting of his wife last year.

 

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Thursday that Claud "Tex" McIver faces charges including malice murder and influencing witnesses. McIver has said the Sept. 25 shooting of his wife, business executive Diane McIver, was an accident.

 

Stephen Maples, a lawyer for McIver, did not immediately respond to an email and a phone message seeking comment.

 

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Private colleges that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities would lose state funding for scholarships and research under a new Georgia law.

 

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed the measure today.

 

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The measure is expected to have no immediate impact since no colleges in Georgia have embraced so-called "sanctuary" policies. Students at several metro Atlanta universities did call for changes following President Donald Trump's election.

 

In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa.
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Giving workers a raise, investing in new machinery. Small business owners have long wish lists to choose from if the Trump administration's plan to lower tax rates becomes law — but most don't expect to go on a hiring binge.

 

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Atlanta.
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation giving the state broad authority to intervene at struggling local schools.

 

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The bill is an alternative to Deal's preferred strategy for these schools: A constitutional amendment seeking to let the state take over some schools that voters rejected in November.

 

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Charges have been filed against two fired Gwinnett County police officers who authorities say were captured on video kicking and hitting a man during a traffic stop.

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Gwinnett County police on Wednesday announced charges against Michael Bongiovanni and Robert McDonald. Each man faces a felony charge of violation of oath of office and a misdemeanor battery charge.

Courtesy of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Officials say a wildfire on public lands near the Georgia-Florida state line has blackened 115 square miles, having doubled in size since last weekend.

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So far, nearly all of the burned acreage has been confined to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia and the neighboring Osceola National Forest and John M. Bethea State Forest in Florida.

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Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law as director of the Peace Corps has a president leaned so heavily on his family. Even Donald Trump's 5-year-old granddaughter Arabella has pitched in.

 

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As the administration nears its 100-day mark, Trump has established a White House operation with such an unusual commingling of blood, business and government that it has surprised even his own family.

 

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods in his office at the state Capitol, Feb. 13, 2015.
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Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods plans to run for another term.

 

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Woods, a Republican, made the announcement in a video Wednesday.

 

The former teacher and administrator in Irwin County won the election in  2014, promising independence from education standards set by the federal government.

 

Mercedes Benz Stadium under construction
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Workers are racing to complete Atlanta's new $1.5 billion stadium project in the next three months after ongoing roof issues have delayed the facility's opening.

 

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the building is 90 percent done, and "is looking great."

 

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State officials have announced that rebuilding the collapsed section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta will cost up to $16.6 million.

 

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation set a June 15 deadline for the completion of the new I-85 bridge, although no official timetable was announced.

 

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Beyonce is marking the anniversary of her album "Lemonade" by announcing scholarships for black women to attend selected colleges.

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The singer announced that her Formation Scholars Award will go to a single black female student at four schools. The schools are Boston's Berklee College of Music, New York's Parsons School of Design and two historically black colleges, Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta's Spelman College.

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Atlanta-based Coca-Cola's sales declined in the first quarter as it restructured its business, and the world's biggest beverage maker said it will trim 1,200 jobs starting later this year as it deepens its cost cutting.

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A state senator from suburban Atlanta is jumping into the race for governor.

 

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Sen. Hunter Hill announced today that he will join the Republicans seeking to become the state's next governor.

 

The field to replace Gov. Nathan Deal, who is limited to two consecutive terms, is expected to become crowded. Secretary of State Brian Kemp's campaign is well underway, and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is widely expected to run.

 

Senate Confirms Sonny Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

Apr 24, 2017
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The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market.

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A voter takes a "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker after voting during Georgia's primary election at the polling station at South Lowndes Recreation Complex in Lake Park, Ga., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
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Georgia lawmakers violated federal voting rights law by moving black voters out and white voters in to two state House districts in 2015, according to a lawsuit filed Monday that calls the mid-decade redistricting an effort to protect white Republican incumbents.

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