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Georgia's Teacher of the Year didn't plan to be a teacher

Georgia's 2017 Teacher of the Year didn't plan to be a teacher, but he is urging everyone in the state who is involved in education to help make the profession more attractive for more students to plan to be teachers. Casey Bethel, an AP Physics, AP Biology and physical science ...

Man gets new life sentence for killing officer 25 years ago

A man sent to death row 23 years ago for killing an Atlanta police officer has been given a new sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole. Atlanta-Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said in a news release Friday that 45-year-old Norris Speed agreed to the new ...

Victims identified after small plane crash in Barrow County

The victims of a deadly plane crash near the Barrow County airport have been identified as Hank Ewing and Shannon Ewing. Family members tell WXIA-TV (http://on.11alive.com/2kSijqf ) that Hank Ewing was a flight instructor and had acquired a hangar at the small municipal airport in December. They say Shannon Ewing, ...

Man wanted in nearly 30-year-old rape case turns himself in

A man wanted for rape and other crimes across the metro Atlanta area has surrendered. WSB-TV reports (http://2wsb.tv/2kXcOJq ) DNA evidence connected Melton Chapman to the sexual assault of a woman in her 20s in 1989. Chapman turned himself in Wednesday after seeing a broadcast about the case on the ...

Georgia House approves state budget increasing teacher pay

Georgia teachers and other state employees would get a two percent salary increase while staff overseeing child welfare cases will see a 19 percent raise under the Georgia House's budget proposal approved Friday. The chamber's approach largely agrees with Gov. Nathan Deal's $49.3 billion spending plan for the financial year ...

Bill making 'upskirting' illegal in Georgia nears approval

It would be illegal to secretly take video or photos under a person's clothes under a bill passed by the Georgia House. House members voted Friday to approve the proposal, sending it the state Senate. The Senate already has approved a similar bill. Lawmakers were spurred to act after a ...

Ex-soldier convicted of fatally shooting Georgia officer

A jury has convicted a former Georgia National Guard sergeant of fatally shooting an off-duty police officer outside a restaurant in Griffin nearly three years ago. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/2m2advm ) that Michael Bowman faces a possible death sentence following the Troup County jury's verdict Thursday in the May ...

Wreck involving day care bus injures 8 kids, 3 adults

Authorities in northwest Georgia say a collision involving a day care bus sent eight children and three adults to hospitals. Lt. Steve Mapes with Paulding County Fire and Rescue said in an email that the wreck between the day care bus and a pickup truck happened about 7:30 a.m. Friday ...

Police: Georgia toddler abused by father dies in hospital

A hospitalized 21-month-old Georgia boy has died days after authorities say his father beat him and his 3-year-old sister. News outlets reports that Shomari Holmes Jr. was taken off of life support and died Thursday afternoon at an Atlanta hospital. The child had been hospitalized since he was found unresponsive ...

Second contractor pleads guilty in Atlanta bribery scheme

A second construction company owner has pleaded guilty after he was accused of conspiring to pay bribes to get contracts with the city of Atlanta. News outlets report that 64-year-old Charles P. Richards, Jr. of Tucker pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit bribery. Federal prosecutors say that from 2010 ...

Senate committee comes to agreement on 'surprise billing'

Nobody likes receiving unexpected medical bills, especially when they followed all the rules and thought they paid what they owed. But one in five people who go to emergency rooms find themselves in precisely that situation. It's called surprise billing: when patients go to hospitals that accept their insurance, but ...

Former Vice President Al Gore, the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, opens the Climate & Health Meeting at The Carter Center in Atlanta on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. The conference, which was organized after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention canceled its own conference on climate change and health, brought together scientists, public health officials and health care providers. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

Al Gore hosts climate and health conference in Atlanta

Former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday that more attention must be paid to the dangerous health consequences of climate change, and he called on scientists, health officials and health care providers to work together to find solutions to the crisis. Gore made the comments during the Health and Climate ...

Georgia sheriff's deputy charged with child molestation

A sheriff's deputy has been placed on leave after being charged with child molestation in north Georgia. The Daily Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/2lcNltX ) Justin Litzenberg, a deputy with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, was arrested Thursday at his apartment in Dalton. Litzenberg was charged in nearby Bartow County with child ...

Georgia House panel approves bill allowing guns on campus

Licensed gun owners could carry concealed handguns on public college campuses under legislation that began advancing Thursday in the Georgia House despite the Republican governor's forceful veto of a similar bill last year. A subcommittee of the House Public Safety Committee approved the bill sponsored by Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton, ...

Revenge hacker: 34 months, must repay Georgia-Pacific $1M

A fired computer expert who hacked into his former employer's system has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison and ordered to pay more than $1.1 million to Georgia-Pacific Corp. for damages he caused. Brian Johnson, 44, of Zachary, was sentenced Wednesday on one count of hacking into an ...

Tennessee Valley Authority board elects Howorth as chairman

The nation's largest public utility has elected Richard Howorth as new board chairman. At its meeting Thursday, the Tennessee Valley Authority board picked the second-term member to become chairman May 19. The ex-Oxford, Mississippi, mayor will replace chairwoman Lynn Evans, whose term expires May 18. Evans, the first African-American and ...

Noted Spanish history expert faces child porn charge

A British citizen who is a noted expert on Spanish history faces a child pornography charge in the United States. According to an indictment returned Tuesday in Georgia, Henry Kamen faces a possession of child pornography charge. Federal prosecutors say that in September 2014 Kamen had child pornography, defined in ...

Job Heintz, of the Himalayan Cataract Project, stands beside a photo of one of the organization's patients, Thursday Feb. 16, 2017, in Waterbury, Vt. The Vermont-based nonprofit group that works to cure blindness in Nepal and other countries in the developing world is one of eight semi-finalists for a $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Non-profit seeking to cure blindness up for $100M grant

A Vermont-based nonprofit group that works to cure blindness in Nepal and other developing countries is one of eight semifinalists for a $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Waterbury-based Himalayan Cataract Project, based out of a rented office in a church parsonage, has ...

Oldest TV station in Maine to be sold for $85M

Maine's oldest television station is expected to be sold to a Georgia media company for $85 million. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2lTs74j ) reports Diversified Communications will divest itself of WABI in Bangor. Atlanta-based Gray Television Inc. would add the station to its portfolio of about 100 television stations that ...

Army sending new brigade of 500 soldiers to Fort Benning

The Army is sending a new brigade of about 500 soldiers to Fort Benning in west Georgia. U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue announced the decision in a news release Thursday. They said the new brigade will specialize in training, advising and assisting the military forces of U.S. allies. ...

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