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Georgia delays drug testing of some welfare recipients

A new Georgia law requiring drug testing for some welfare recipients will not be immediately enforced as officials await a court decision on a similar measure in neighboring Florida.

Georgia students improve in EOCTs, continue struggles in math

Georgia students improved performance on six out of the eight end-of-course tests this year, which were released on Wednesday, compared to last year, according to data from the Georgia Department of Education.

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Three pedestrians killed trying to cross I-85

Three men attempting to cross a busy 12-lane highway were struck and killed by a pickup truck early on Tuesday, shutting down the interstate road for several hours.

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35 abused, neglected dogs rescued from Ga. home | PHOTOS

The dogs were removed from Marianna Lord, 77, and her son Todd Porterfield’s home Tuesday in rural Flovilla.

FBI: 6 arrested in Ga., 11 children rescued in nationwide sex trafficking sting

Six people from Clayton County were among 71 men and women busted in a nationwide operation targeting commercial child sex trafficking, said FBI officials Monday.

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CDC reassigns director of lab behind anthrax blunder

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reassigned the director of the bioterror lab behind the potential anthrax exposure of dozens of scientists and staff, sources told Reuters, as the anthrax controversy intensified.

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New Atlanta museum links human rights struggles of past and present | PHOTOS

A museum opening in Atlanta on Monday links the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s to modern fights for human rights across the world to give visitors new insight on how the struggles are related, organizers said.

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As many as 84 possibly exposed to anthrax at CDC in Atlanta

As many as 84 scientists and staff in government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after researchers failed to follow safety procedures, prompting an investigation by federal authorities.

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Georgia unemployment rate rises to 7.2 percent | VIDEO

Officials said unemployment has risen from April to May every year for more than a decade, due in part to spring college graduates entering the job market.

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Georgia, Missouri executions mark first since Oklahoma bungle

In both cases, the executions proceeded shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court denied multiple applications from the inmates seeking 11th-hour reprieves. A third inmate in Florida was due to be executed on Wednesday.

Ready Georgia app upgraded to help during severe weather

An upgrade to the Ready Georgia app fulfills a recommendation of the governor’s Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Taskforce, which was created after thousands of people were stranded in the snow during severe weather in January.

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Georgia mom and son two of six dead in New Jersey fire

Fire ripped through a home in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday killing six members of a family, officials said.

Georgia won't enforce law on food stamp drug testing

Georgia will not drug test food stamp recipients under a controversial new law that both federal and state officials concluded was illegal, the governor's office said on Friday.

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Pot-smoking driver crashes into CNN headquarters in Atlanta

A driver who told police he had smoked marijuana crashed his car into CNN headquarters in Atlanta early on Friday, causing damage but no injuries, police said.

State's final CRCT results show eighth-grade improvement

The Georgia Department of Education released the results on Thursday for the final year the state will administer the CRCTs. Next year, all students from third-grade through eighth-grade will take a new test called Georgia Milestones, which is being billed as one program across all grades from third grade through high school.