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Georgia Pastafarian can wear colander in Nevada license photo
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Georgia Pastafarian can wear colander in Nevada license photo

When Chris Avino learned he would have to take a new driver’s license photo — this time, without a colander on his head — he vowed to fight the state of Georgia until the colander received the same religious headdress status as any hijab or yarmulke.
Legislation would (mostly) free teachers from test results

Legislation would (mostly) free teachers from test results

Some Georgia lawmakers want to take an eraser to high-stakes tests.State law calls for student test results to inform at least half of each teacher’s job review, but new legislation would roll that back to “no more than 10 percent.
Here's what you need to earn to afford rent in Atlanta

Here's what you need to earn to afford rent in Atlanta

Looking to rent a new pad in metro Atlanta? You may want to read this. According to a recent report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), Atlanta renters are paying more to rent than the average Georgia renter — and more than double the federal minimum wage.
Garnishment law passes Georgia Senate

Garnishment law passes Georgia Senate

An updated version of Georgia’s garnishment law, designed to fix flaws that have halted some garnishments for five months, will move to the state House after being approved overwhelmingly Tuesday by the state Senate.

Should anti-gay discrimination remain legal in Ga.?

More than a half-century after passage of the federal Civil Rights Act, the state of Georgia has finally begun the process of passing its own guarantee against racial, religious or ethnic discrimination.
Law would curb police grand jury privileges in Ga.

Law would curb police grand jury privileges in Ga.

Georgia police officers who face possible criminal charges in shooting cases would lose some of their unique legal privileges under a proposal to be debated at the State Capitol on Friday.
Millennial group pushes MARTA expansion

Millennial group pushes MARTA expansion

An upstart group of millennials is trying to reshape the debate about public transportation in Atlanta, starting with the proposed expansion of MARTA.
DeKalb police and fire employees protest pay

DeKalb police and fire employees protest pay

DeKalb police officers and firefighters stood together Tuesday as they asked county commissioners for a pay raise they say is needed to prevent further personnel losses.
Buckhead residents up in arms over polluted park

Buckhead residents up in arms over polluted park

Call it an overflow. Call it a discharge. Dan Phippen simply calls it a problemRaw sewage, its stench wafting from the playground in Atlanta Memorial Park near his Buckhead home.
Cobb to allow residents to sell land for county parks

Cobb to allow residents to sell land for county parks

The Cobb County Commission approved allowing the parks department to begin accepting applications from people interested in selling their land to the county for preservation of green space.
Cobb County approves three public safety measures

Cobb County approves three public safety measures

Cobb commissioners took three steps aimed at improving the county police department Tuesday — approving financing for new public safety vehicles; buying new body cameras; and allowing the public safety director to seek an independent departmental review.

Bill calls for halt on Plant Vogtle charge

A trio of Georgia lawmakers want to block Georgia Power from levying surcharges on customers’ bills to finance its long-delayed Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion after 2017.
Georgia Pastafarian can wear colander in Nevada license photo

Georgia Pastafarian can wear colander in Nevada license photo

When Chris Avino learned he would have to take a new driver’s license photo — this time, without a colander on his head — he vowed to fight the state of Georgia until the colander received the same religious headdress status as any hijab or yarmulke.
Making the Grade: School offers extra term for expanding classroom

Making the Grade: School offers extra term for expanding classroom

It took considerable creative scheduling, but by restructuring the school day and year, the upper school faculty at the Westminster Schools in Buckhead carved out enough time to create a mini-semester between the traditional fall and spring terms.
Cobb schools cancel afterschool activities

Cobb schools cancel afterschool activities

Cobb County schools officials have cancelled all activities for students after 6 p.m. Tuesday due to possible hazardous road conditions.

UGA student kidnapped, robbed, shot while delivering pizza

A University of Georgia student is recovering back home in Richmond Hill after he was kidnapped, robbed and shot four times while delivering pizza last week, WTOC-TV in Savannah reported.
Fulton calls off after-school activities

Fulton calls off after-school activities

In response to the forecast of snowy weather, Fulton County’s school system is cancelling all after-school events occurring after 6 p.

Q&A on the News

Q: There was a report last week that a meteor would pass within 11,000 miles of earth. Over the weekend, a meteorite struck the earth in India.
DeKalb animal shelter will soon be built

DeKalb animal shelter will soon be built

The DeKalb County Commission approved funding Tuesday to build an $8.6 million animal shelter near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Chamblee.
Bill seeks end of DeKalb CEO position

Bill seeks end of DeKalb CEO position

A proposal to eliminate DeKalb County’s powerful CEO position has been introduced at the Georgia General Assembly.
4 Cobb residents accused of human trafficking: GBI

4 Cobb residents accused of human trafficking: GBI

Four Cobb County residents were arrested last week and accused of human trafficking, among other charges, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Friday.
10 places to eat if you're moving to Decatur

10 places to eat if you're moving to Decatur

Considering a move to Decatur? Not only is the area New York Times certified as "trendsetting," it's peppered with eateries you won't be sorry to have in your backyard.
Show us your snow photos by using #AtlWeather

Show us your snow photos by using #AtlWeather

Snow is fallin', y'all. Flurries and heavy snowfall have been spotted all around the metro Atlanta region including in DeKalb, north Fulton, Cherokee counties and more.
Investigators back at scene of fatal Rockmart mill explosion

Investigators back at scene of fatal Rockmart mill explosion

Investigators returned Tuesday to the Rockmart feed mill where a Sunday explosion killed a man and injured five people, the spokesman for state Insurance and Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ office said.
TB case reported at DeKalb school

TB case reported at DeKalb school

The DeKalb County Board of Education sent letters home with Lakeside High School students Monday saying that some may have been exposed to someone with a case of tuberculosis.
Gwinnett commissioners may get 51 percent raise

Gwinnett commissioners may get 51 percent raise

Gwinnett County commissioners might get a 51 percent raise next year – a move they say would bring their pay in line with what other Metro Atlanta commissioners make.
Legislation could ease kinship care woes

Legislation could ease kinship care woes

About 128,000 children in Georgia and an estimated 103,000 grandparents and other non-parental relatives could be affected by legislation scheduled to be introduced this week by Rep.
Top students win Gwinnett school lottery

Top students win Gwinnett school lottery

Nearly 400 Gwinnett County students hit the academic jackpot Monday.The 376 students gained spots to enroll in the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology for the 2016-17 school year.
‘Gaps’ led to children’s deaths, DFCS admits

‘Gaps’ led to children’s deaths, DFCS admits

For the first time, Georgia’s child-protection agency is acknowledging that “significant gaps” in its performance have contributed to the deaths of children under its supervision.
Alpharetta police look into car wheel thefts

Alpharetta police look into car wheel thefts

An Alpharetta resident woke up to find no wheels on the Chevy Tahoe he parked in the driveway of his home Sunday in the Tuxford subdivision, according to an Alpharetta police report.

Q&A on the News

Q: Do all of the current presidential candidates receive Secret Service protection? If not, does Hillary Clinton as a former first lady?
Westside Future Fund names longtime insider to top post

Westside Future Fund names longtime insider to top post

John Ahmann, a longtime behind-the scenes-player in Atlanta political circles and a key fundraiser for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, has been named the head of the Westside Future Fund.
Investigators returning Tuesday to scene of Rockmart mill explosion

Investigators returning Tuesday to scene of Rockmart mill explosion

Investigators plan to return on Tuesday to the scene of an explosion at a Rockmart feed mill that killed one man and injured five other people, the spokesman for state Insurance and Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ office said.
Forsyth principal returns after controversial Facebook posts

Forsyth principal returns after controversial Facebook posts

Forsyth County school district officials allowed a principal to return to work Monday less than two weeks after he was placed on administrative leave for controversial remarks he posted on his Facebook page.
Fulton schools monitoring snowy weather forecast

Fulton schools monitoring snowy weather forecast

Fulton County schools officials are monitoring the weather forecast calling for potential snow flurries in metro Atlanta and don’t have plans to release students early, so far.
State tax collections spike in January

State tax collections spike in January

In another sign that Georgia’s economy is going strong, state tax collections were up 10 percent in January, making it more likely there will be a big surplus when the fiscal year ends June 30.
Vote in Georgia’s presidential primary starting today

Vote in Georgia’s presidential primary starting today

Early voting for Georgia’s presidential primary starts today. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, several Metro Atlanta Counties have expanded early voting hours and locations since the last presidential election in 2012.
Are our Georgia Power bills set to be nuked?

Are our Georgia Power bills set to be nuked?

Warm up your checkbook and get your debit and credit cards ready. Reckoning day is coming on the most gigantic construction project in Georgia and, in particular, on its blown budget.
A civil rights champion used the power of media

A civil rights champion used the power of media

February marks Black History Month. Follow the AJC this month for a series of short stories and videos and people, places and events that played a significant role in the development of black people in America.
Jeb Bush prepares to grind it out in New Hampshire

Jeb Bush prepares to grind it out in New Hampshire

The first person to address former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at a town hall at a suburban middle school over the weekend had more of a story to tell than a question to ask.
First-term senators targeted in GOP debate

First-term senators targeted in GOP debate

It was Donald Trump’s first debate since he boycotted the Republican showdown in Iowa, but the spotlight Saturday was focused on two first-term senators who are perhaps his biggest threats to the GOP nomination.
In Valdosta, a shocking death, a family shattered, a city torn asunder

In Valdosta, a shocking death, a family shattered, a city torn asunder

Part One: Evidence or Innuendo? Roughly two dozen U.S. marshals, most of them heavily armed and wearing tactical gear – and supported by an armored personnel carrier – poured into the northern Florida subdivision in the predawn shadows.
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