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DUI convictions in Georgia down; causes debated

Officials note that the decrease in DUI convictions has coincided with an increase in the number of people refusing to take a field sobriety test.

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Chick-fil-A offers free coffee all month

For the entire month of February, Chick-fil-A restaurants will give customers free cups of its new specialty-grade THRIVE Farmers hot or iced coffee all day long.

Kroger social media promotion offering chance for free gas

Kroger announced this week that it will host a social media promotion in February where customers can win free gas.

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Georgia's Phillip Phillips, American Idol winner seeks to escape contract

Leesburg native files contract compaint with California state government

Saying he is “grateful for the opportunities” American Idol afforded him, Phillip Phillips is suing to gain control of his career.

FBI gives 'all clear' after bomb threat hoax at Hartsfield-Jackson

Law enforcement targeting Twitter account in investigation

The FBI and Atlanta police are investigating a Twitter account tied to a bomb threat at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Ga. teens suspected of tying up mother and attempting to steal guns

Two teenagers have been arrested and a third is still on the run after they allegedly tied up the mother of one of the suspects and attempted to steal guns from her house.

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Gov. Nathan Deal offers plans for failing schools, funding

During Deal’s State of the State address in Atlanta, he said he would create an education reform commission and proposed giving the state power to take over failing schools, something a top education offical did not support during his campaign last year.

National Retail Federation said 2014 holiday sales highest in three years

The National Retail Federation announced Wednesday that holiday retail sales hit their highest peak since 2011 amid a boost of consumer confidence and lower gas prices.

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Education, transportation top priorities for Deal

In his State of the State address, Gov. Nathan Deal said great challenges require great cooperation.

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Gov. Nathan Deal focuses on new beginnings for Georgia residents in inaugural address | PHOTOS

Governor highlights prison reforms, charter schools in speech

Gov. Nathan Deal began his second term Monday by focusing on new beginnings for those residents who have lost their liberties and the youngest residents who are not yet old enough to exercise their political will at the ballot box.

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With initiatives in mind, Richard Woods sworn in as State School Superintendent

Richard Woods, a Tifton resident, said he would use his 22 years of public school education experience, and as a former small business owner, to listen to students, parents and teachers and work with the governor, State School Board and General Assembly to improve education in Georgia.

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Georgia panel urges reforms in state child welfare system

Gov. Nathan Deal says protecting children is the ultimate goal

Creating a child abuse registry, adding pay incentives for DFCS caseworkers, and developing a “panic button’’ to increase safety for workers in the field are among the recommendations of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Child Welfare Reform Council.

Education issues set to dominate General Assembly

Lawmakers and education officials agree that there’s one topic expected to dominate this year’s General Assembly when it convenes in a matter of days: Education. What’s unclear is how the myriad of issues will be resolved. One of the most challenging issues is how to deal with a growing level of children in poverty, which has grown by about 21 percent since 2002 to 62 percent — more than one million children — this school year, according to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

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UGA announces improved access to rare Richard Nixon interview footage

Former president discussed Watergate scandal among other subjects

The University of Georgia’s Media Archives announced Thursday that it has used modern technology to create more access to rare interview with former President Richard Nixon.

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Mercedes-Benz to move U.S. headquarters to Atlanta

Mercedes-Benz will move its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta from northern New Jersey, affecting about 1,000 employees.