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Medical marijuana bill passes Georgia House

With a vote of 171-4, a proposal to allow for the use of medical marijuana in Georgia passes the state House of Representatives.

Georgia colleges to join STEM teaching fellowship program

Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday announced that Georgia will be the first state in the South to join a growing national initiative that seeks to increase the supply of outstanding teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields and to change how they are prepared to teach.

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Paula Deen continues comeback

After maintaining a low profile from what she has described as a trying time, Albany native Paula Deen is clearly back on the rise.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Beaudreau says Balfour's attorney's fees should come from campaign

While state law says Sen. Don Balfour can be repaid for lawyers who defended the charges he was acquitted of last year, challenger Mike Beaudreau is calling for the money to come from his campaign.

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Justin Bieber's bodyguard charged with snatching camera at Sandy Springs arcade

One of pop singer Justin Bieber's bodyguards has been arrested and charged with stealing a photographer's $10,000 camera outside an arcade in an Atlanta suburb, police said on Wednesday.

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Delta to reward frequent flier miles based on ticket price

Delta Air Lines Inc said on Wednesday it would make a major change to its frequent-flier program, basing the number of miles earned toward free flights on how much customers spend rather than the distance traveled.

Case against Ga. man who texted photo of tattooed genitals dismissed

A man accused of texting an unsolicited picture of his tattooed genitals to a married mother of young children did not commit a crime under a Georgia state nudity law, the state's Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

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PETA protesting local university's use of live owl mascot

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is not keen on Kennesaw State University’s use of Sturgis, a live owl, for its mascot.

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Senate approves cap on Georgia income tax

Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, sponsored a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the state income tax to the current 6 percent.

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Drunk driving offender, victim team up for program

Conyers church will offer a presentation on the consequences of drunk driving on March 2 at 7 p.m.

Crewmember on Greg Allman biopic 'Midnight Rider' killed during train mishap

A female camera operator's assistant was killed Thursday and seven other people were injured when a train unexpectedly bore down on a crew doing camera tests for "Midnight Rider," the Greg Allman biopic shooting in Georgia.

Univ. of Mississippi to question three students from Ga. about noose on statue

The University of Mississippi wants to question three white male students who may have been involved in draping a noose and a Confederate flag over a statue of James Meredith, the African-American student who braved segregationist mobs to integrate the school in 1962.

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Confederate flag emblem causes stir on redesigned license plates

The Georgia Department of Revenue recently approved a redesigned specialty license plate for the Sons of Confederate Veterans

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Senate candidates to debate in Gainesville this weekend

The Georgia Republican Party’s series of Senate debates will stop in Gainesville Saturday, and U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson will open a re-election campaign office.

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More images released of new Atlanta Falcons stadium

Architects with the new Atlanta Falcons stadium released more images of what the new facility will look like.