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More kids skip school shots in 8 states

More parents are opting out of school shots for their kids. In eight states now, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren't getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found.

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Ga. to consider vast changes to justice system

Lawmakers are poised to consider substantial changes to the state's criminal justice system that could reshape the way Georgia courts are run, overhaul the state's expensive prison system and even transform the way offenders are sentenced.

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Gingrich lugs loads of personal, political baggage

Newt Gingrich is schlepping some supersized luggage along as his Republican presidential campaign takes off: He's got trunkloads of personal and political baggage.

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Wis. twins to celebrate 11th birthday on 11-11-11

A set of twins from Madison, Wis., have big plans for Friday: They will be celebrating their 11th birthday on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011.

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Defiant Cain says he won’t drop out of GOP race

Under rising pressure from fellow Republicans, presidential hopeful Herman Cain sought to muddy the reputation of one accuser, forcefully denied any and all allegations of sexual impropriety and vowed Tuesday the growing controversy would not drive him from the race for the White House.

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Feds: Men got terror ideas from underground novel

In the violent underground novel "Absolved," right-wing militia members upset about gun control make war against the U.S. government. This week, federal prosecutors accused four elderly Georgia men of plotting to use the book as a script for a real-life wave of terror and assassination involving explosives and the highly lethal poison ricin.

Georgia students trail nation in reading, math

Georgia fourth- and eighth-graders are performing only slightly better than they did two years ago on national reading and math exams, and most of the students tested continue to lag the national average in both subjects, data released Tuesday show.

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Georiga educators trained to identify sex trafficking

Law enforcement officials estimate that about 5,000 girls in the state are at risk for human sex trafficking each year, and many of those children spend some time in a public school.

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Study: Casinos could net nearly $1 billion for Ga.

Casinos at key locations across the state could generate nearly $1 billion annually, a study released Thursday by the Georgia Lottery Corp. shows.

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Bears could soon be multiplying in Atlanta suburbs

Black bears like the one that rambled through backyards in Atlanta's northern suburbs in August could soon be permanent residents in north Fulton, Gwinnett and Cherokee counties, having cubs and multiplying, wildlife biologists say.

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Gwinnett County principal program is in the spotlight

Gwinnett County, the state's largest school district, is drawing national attention with a program that gives aspiring principals a year of training before they take over a school — akin to a residency for new medical school graduates.

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Atlanta's High Museum features masterpieces of modern art

"Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters" at the High Museum of Art brings together more than 100 works by 14 influential 20th-century artists pulled from the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and shown together for the first time in the Southeast.

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State commission yanks licenses for Atlanta educators

A state commission voted Thursday to yank the teaching licenses of eight teachers and three school administrators in the Atlanta Public Schools, imposing the first sanctions in the nation's largest-ever school cheating scandal.

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Perry attacks Romney, Obama in policy speech

Rick Perry said Friday anyone with doubts about how he would govern as president should simply look at Texas.

Hooters chain accuses rival of stealing info

The Hooters of America restaurant chain filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta this week claiming that a former executive swiped mounds of documents to help an upstart competitor that plans to expand the Twin Peaks franchise.

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GOP starting line inches toward New Year's Day

Georgia broke the trend of states trying to increase their influence by leapfrogging presidential primaries and caucuses Thursday, announcing it will hold its primary March 6, the 2012 version of Super Tuesday.

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Impact from 9/11 still felt a decade later

A decade later, what happened on Sept. 11 still resonates for much of the country. Even more Americans now say the horror of that day changed their lives.

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After 9/11, ‘friendly skies’ not so friendly

For most of us, the romance of flight is long gone — lost to Sept. 11, 2001, and hard-set memories of jets crashing into buildings.

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Appeals court strikes health insurance requirement

A federal appeals court panel on Friday struck down the requirement in President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul package that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties.

Ga Tech fined $100K, ACC title game victory tossed

NCAA releases details of investigation

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Jurrjens throws one-hitter, Braves top Orioles 4-0

Braves off to fast start this weekend

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AAA forecasts decreased 4th-of-July travel

The recent increase in prices at the gas pump, compared to last year, has persuaded some Georgia residents to stay home for Independence Day, according to a spokeswoman for the American Automobile Association (AAA) Auto Club South.

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Judge blocks parts of Ga. immigration law

ATLANTA -- A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked parts of Georgia's strict new law targeting illegal immigration from taking effect, including a provision that authorizes police to check the immigration status of suspects without proper identification, and to detain illegal immigrants.

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Immigrants seek info about new GA immigration law

CALHOUN, Ga. -- In this northwest Georgia town where many work in the local carpet factories, people crammed into a community center to learn about Georgia's new law cracking down on illegal immigration -- some of them scared to the point they're ready to leave the state.

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Everhart wins race for Ga. GOP party chairwoma

MACON, Ga. -- In a rebuke to new Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia Republicans on Saturday elected Sue Everhart to another term as state party chairwoman over Deal's hand-picked candidate.

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Braves OF Heyward sits again with sore shoulder

MRI exam showed no significant damage to the right fielder's sore right shoulder

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Braves beat Nationals, 6-5 in 10th

Braves get back on winning track

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Ga. ethics panel struggles with budget cuts

ATLANTA -- Georgia has slashed funding for its ethics commission which top officials say has left it unable to do the additional work lawmakers have handed it.

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Ga. lawmakers tackle crowded agenda in final week

ATLANTA -- After a week off, Georgia lawmakers head back to the Gold Dome for their final week of work to tackle a crowded agenda that includes an overhaul of the state tax code, immigration and a referendum on Sunday alcohol sales.

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Jones, Braves beat Lee, Phillies, 6-3

The Braves chase Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee from the game en route to win

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Tiger roars at Augusta National

Tigers Woods is just three strokes back heading into the weekend at the Masters.

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McIlroy, Quiros off to roarin' start at Masters

Day one at the Masters is in the books

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Braves fall to Brewers in final game of series

Braves struggle to score runs again against the Brewers. Atlanta falls 4-2.

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Europe poised for another run at green jacket

For the better part of two decades, Europeans seemed to have part-ownership of Augusta National by winning the Masters six times in a seven-year stretch, and 11 times in the 1980s and 1990s.

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State budget crises push sentencing reforms

As costs to house state inmates have soared in recent years, many conservatives are reconsidering a tough-on-crime era that has led to stiffer sentences, overcrowded prisons and bloated corrections budgets.

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New manager, same expectations for Braves

The Associated PressATLANTA -- The clickety-clack of spikes has been replaced by nice, quiet sneakers. Otherwise, it's hard to detect much of a difference between Fredi Gonzalez and the guy he replaced in the Atlanta Braves dugout.

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Lobbying dollars, food flow in Sunday sales push

ATLANTA -- Most any day the Georgia Legislature is in session, you can find lobbyist Jim Tudor in an anteroom steps from the House chamber clad in an apron. Tudor is dishing out food for state lawmakers, something he's been doing for years as the face of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, whose members want to be able to sell beer and wine on Sundays.

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Health exchange faces political opposition in Ga.

ATLANTA -- In 2007, Georgia Republicans began promoting a novel idea in the state: exchanges they said would introduce market forces into the health arena.

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Georgia knocked out of NCAA

After traveling all this way for the NCAA tournament, Washington is going to stick around a little while longer.

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Supreme Court tosses death sentence

The Georgia Supreme Court has thrown out the death sentence for a Clayton County man but upheld his murder conviction.

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Georgia shows signs of slow economic recovery

Hotels are hiring new desk clerks and housekeepers in anticipation of a spring tourist boom in Savannah, while even a rural Georgia city devastated by manufacturing losses is putting some people back to work as construction begins on a new $57 million private prison.

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Cash-strapped states rethink Hollywood tax breaks

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Thanks to a tax break used to lure Disney filmmakers away from North Carolina to coastal Georgia, Harry Spirides figures his beachfront hotel raked in an extra $85,000 because Miley Cyrus spent a summer filming here.

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Ga. lawmaker looks to fill trauma care trust fund

ATLANTA -- Last fall, voters refused to pay an extra $10 fee for car tags to fund what most agreed was a worthy cause -- the state's struggling network of trauma hospitals. This year, a Georgia senator has pitched a new idea that would direct more money for treating the most serious of injuries -- and would not cost taxpayers.

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Ten years later, it's time for Junior to shine-Doug Gorman Column

It's one of those questions NASCAR fans always ask each other.

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Rodgers leads Packers to Super Bowl win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Forget Lombardi on Broadway. Green Bay has the newest Super Bowl hit: Aaron Rodgers.

Top of their Game

North Clayton's Amarlo Herrera and ELCA's Keyante Green established themselves as two of the top talents in the Southern Crescent

Nahmias, McFadden win Ga. court races

ATLANTA -- Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias won a run-off election Tuesday to keep his post on the state's top court, while attorney Chris McFadden pulled off a come-from-behind win for a seat on the state Appeals Court.

First-round playoff games ready to kickoff

The playoff brackets have been set. Six teams from the Southern Crescent will be apart of the postseason. Here is a look at the opponents of the area teams: