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Lawmakers consider possible changes to Georgia’s seat belt law

As lawmakers begin to introduce new bills during Georgia’s legislative session, there are talks that some legislators are calling for stricter seat belt laws.

Wrongfully convicted Moultrie man released from prison after 18 years

South Ga. Technical College named best community college in Ga. for 2020

Reasons why now is a good time to go house shopping

Georgia’s new U.S. senator takes office as history unfolds

Atlanta airport now a smoke-free facility

Gas prices creep higher as 2019 ends

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NWS: Tornadoes confirmed to have touched down in several SWGA counties

Suspects in multi-state toy resale scheme arrested in north Alabama

USCG: Russian surveillance ship operating in ‘unsafe manner’ in waters off S.C., Ga.

Seat belt laws for back seat passengers could come in 2020

Man videotaped slapping reporter’s rear on live TV charged

A New Citation System from F-B-I will be placed in several airports across Ga.

All fuel removed from overturned vessel off Ga. coast

The Unified Command says more than 320,000 gallons of oil and water have been removed from the ship.

USDA to give GA $1.5 million to fight wild hogs

Wildlife officials said it’s a big task tackling Georgia’s wild hog population.

Gov. Kemp appoints Loeffler to U.S. Senate

Governor Brian Kemp has confirmed his appointment to the U.S. Senate.

Columbus, Ga. police searching for missing 16-year-old and her 8-month-old daughter

Police in Columbus are searching for a 16-year-old and her 8-month-old daughter that have been reported missing.

  GBI investigates sudden death of Georgia lawmaker

UGA photography intern injured during Auburn game posts last photo taken before collision

Georgia moves closer to legal hemp production

Deputies: Employees, patrons find alleged pills in tea at Jimmy John’s

  'If my heart could just stop hurting’: Mother makes final request as son is set to be executed

Georgia tests new voting system before ambitious 2020 switch

Georgia high court reinstates man’s 2 death sentences

Georgia's highest court has reinstated two death sentences given to a man for the killings of a woman and her 3-year-old daughter in December 2001

Police: Georgia mother, son stole $3M from beer distributor

Authorities say a mother and son who worked for a Georgia beer distributor embezzled more than $3 million from their employer over a decade

28 detainees file formal complaint against Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin

A formal complaint from 28 detainees claims the living conditions at the immigration center are abusive.

Body of soldier killed in training accident back in Arizona

The body of a 21-year-old U.S. Army soldier killed in a training accident in Georgia is back in Arizona.

Soldier killed during training exercise to be laid to rest

A 22-year-old soldier killed during a training exercise when the armored vehicle he was in fell from a bridge will be laid to rest in Ohio

Board denies request for stay of execution in Cromartie case

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied a request to stay the scheduled execution of Ray Jefferson Cromartie.

6,000 tons of rock to stabilize overturned ship in Georgia

6,000 tons of rocks are being transported to the Georgia coast to stabilize an overturned cargo ship until it can be removed in pieces

Former Georgia public official pleads guilty to tax evasion

Federal prosecutors in coastal Georgia say a former public official in Camden County admitted illegally taking money intended for the payment of federal payroll taxes

19 show horses die in northwestern Georgia barn fire

Authorities in Georgia say 19 show horses died when a barn went up in flames over the weekend

Trains would fly through Georgia, Carolinas at up to 220 mph

High-speed trains would whisk passengers from Atlanta's airport to Charlotte, North Carolina, at speeds of up to 220 mph

Savannah gears up for big weekend with several big events taking place across the city

The city of Savannah is gearing up for a huge weekend. There are several different events that are all expected to bring crowds to different parts of the Hostess City.

Former President Jimmy Carter suffers another fall at his Ga. home

Former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized for a minor fracture after falling at his home in Plains, Ga. Monday evening.

Georgia police warn community of suspicious van at bus stops

A police department in Georgia is warning families to stay alert after children reported seeing a suspicious van near their school bus stops

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

A Florida seafood company expanded a recall for some of its tuna products because of the risk of scombroid fish poisoning.

Sumter Co. Commission approves nearly 10,000 acre solar farm

Sumter County commissioners agreed to move forward with a nearly 10,000-acre solar farm Tuesday.

Police free 3 women being held in Georgia motel room

Police in Georgia say they rescued three women who were being held against their will in a motel room over the weekend

GDOT asking for public input on Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan

The Georgia Department of Transportation is forming a Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan for the next 30 years, and they want the public’s input on it.

  ‘Kill it immediately’: Invasive fish can survive on land, found in Georgia

Northern snakeheads, idigenous to China, also can breathe air, allowing them to survive on land and in low oxygenated systems for days.

Best Buy hosting hiring fairs for holiday workers

Hiring fairs will take place at all Best Buy stores on Oct. 10 and 11 from noon to 7 p.m. local time.

Voter registration deadline in Ga. is Monday

The deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the November General Election and Runoff Election is Monday, Oct. 7.

Fire Prevention Week 2019 kicks off on Monday

Monday marks the start of Fire Prevention Week, which means fire departments across the country will be raising awareness on fire safety.

Former President Jimmy Carter recovering after fall

The center tweeted saying the former president had to get stitches above his eyebrow as a result from the fall.

UGA seeks research on the role of slavery in school’s past

The University of Georgia has been seeking research proposals about the school's history regarding slavery

2 Ga lawmakers to introduce laws for vaping, e-cigarette use

Next year, expect to hear legislative debate on vaping and e-cigarette use in Georgia

  Crews report new discharge from Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound

The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command says there has been another discharge of fuel from the Golden Ray.

Former President Jimmy Carter celebrates 95th birthday

Former President Jimmy Carter is celebrating his 95th birthday, the first U.S. president in history to reach that milestone

Scientists link 21 beached pilot whales dead in Georgia, SC

Scientists link 21 pilot whales found dead after beaching themselves in Georgia and SC 3 days apart

  Georgia Sandman uses skills to help restore historic hotel

Many of us have spent time on the beach building sandcastles, but one lawyer takes that a step further by using his side talent to preserve history.

Ga. man pictured in viral photo praying over Fla. sheriff’s deputy

A viral photo out of Florida making its way around social media has ties to the Chattahoochee Valley.

Ind. soldier dies during Ft. Benning training exercise

A solider has passed away during a training exercise at Fort Benning, according to his obituary.

SWGA health officials taking action to prevent Hepatitis A outbreak

Health officials in Southwest Georgia said Thursday that they are preparing for the possibility of a Hepatitis A outbreak.

Air pressure issue causes Delta to divert flight to Florida

Delta Air Lines diverted an Atlanta flight headed to Florida after an unknown issue caused the cabin's oxygen masks to be released

What vape shops are saying after vaping-related illness reported in South Ga.

Several vaping related illnesses have been reported at a Southwest Georgia hospital.

Family catches gator between 300 and 500 pounds in the Chattahoochee River

The family said it was about 500 pounds and 11.5 feet long. We’re only one month into alligator hunting season and officials said this gator isn’t much from the record-breaking 13-footer.

Perdue Foods recalls nearly 500 pounds of frozen chicken sold in Ga.

Perdue Foods, a Perry, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 495 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Gov. Kemp to take applications online for Isakson’s senate seat

A special election will be held in November 2020 to find Senator Johnny Isakson's replacement. Until then, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp will appoint someone to serve and is now revealing how he will select that person.

Coast Guard resumes salvage operations in St. Simons Sound

Salvage operations have resumed in full in the Saint Simons Sound.

Georgia officials find spiked CBD products sold in the state

When high schoolers around Savannah started passing out after puffing vapes last year, authorities found tobacco shops selling synthetic marijuana as CBD.

Police: Hostage held in SC home freed, armed man arrested following 3 hour standoff

The suspect has been identified as Dean Ryan Daugherty, 46, of Newberry.

Fred’s Inc. files for bankruptcy, closing retail stores

Discount retailer and pharmacy chain Fred's Inc. is filing for bankruptcy and closing its stores over the next two months

Georgia lawmakers again consider gambling to pay for HOPE

Georgia state lawmakers are again exploring the idea of new legalized gambling to help fund the HOPE scholarship program

Ga. Dept. of Defense ready to put boots on the ground for relief efforts

Nearly 200 Georgia Guardsman have been placed on state active duty orders to fulfill missions assigned by the Georgia Emergency Management Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), according to the Georgia Department of Defense.

Red Cross shelters open in Georgia for Hurricane Dorian evacuees

The American Red Cross has opened evacuation shelters in Georgia to accommodate residents evacuating the Southeast coast due to Hurricane Dorian.

Ga. state parks fill up with Florida evacuees, vacationers

Georgia state parks are starting to fill up with many looking to escape Hurricane Dorian.

  Georgia’s Johnny Isakson to resign U.S. Senate seat at end of 2019

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., issued a statement Wednesday regarding the end of his service in the U.S. Senate.

Bridge collapses near Ga., Fla. line

The bridge is just inside Gadsden County, Florida.

Georgia Historical Society expanding research center

A building in Savannah that plays a key role in documenting Georgia’s history is expanding.

Free meals for all at 77 Atlanta public schools

Students in 77 Atlanta public schools are getting free breakfast and lunch, no matter their family income

West Nile human infection confirmed in Southwest Ga.

A Mitchell County man was diagnosed with the disease.

Sports Illustrated: Univ. of Georgia mascot is best ever

Sports Illustrated celebrated the 150th season of college football by ranking the sport's top 10 greatest mascots of all time, with the University of Georgia's bulldog named Uga winning first place

Ga. launches new, more secure licenses, IDs

The state of Georgia has started using new, more secure identification cards.

South GA woman treated for legionnaires after visiting Atlanta hotel

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials said a South Georgia woman was one of the people who contracted legionnaires disease in an Atlanta hotel last month and was treated at Phoebe.

Georgia faces tight timeline for replacing voting system

Georgia election officials have no time to spare as they replace 30,000 outdated voting machines ahead of the presidential primaries.

Georgia asked to ban explosive fireworks after donkey death

A Georgia farmer says his beloved miniature donkey named Sammy was literally scared to death by this year's Fourth of July fireworks

Richmond Hill remembers fallen hero

The City of Richmond Hill remembered one of its own on Wednesday.

Squirrel hunting season opening August 15 across Georgia

Small game hunters across Georgia will soon be putting squirrel meat on their tables and in their freezers

American flag traveling 14,500 miles for veterans stops in the Lowcountry

An American flag is traveling through every state in the continental United States to raise money for disabled veterans.

Exclusive interview: Woman charged after baby falls during fight, later dies, speaks out on mother’s behalf

The baby was taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center on July 20, where he died from his injuries from the fall.