ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers abandoned a push Tuesday to decriminalize carrying a gun on Georgia's college campuses as they try to rally support for legislation that would allow firearms in churches, bars and arm school teachers. State Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, made the concession over college campuses as a political compromise and a tactic to pressure the Senate into taking up the gun legislation. The original proposal approved by House lawmakers is now being considered by the Senate. It would have made carrying a gun on campus a civil violation punishable by a maximum $100 fine rather than a crime. University and college officials in Georgia have strongly opposed weakening prohibitions on weapons, including a failed plan last year that would have let students with a state-issued license to carry to bring their weapons onto campus. Powell said trying to overcome opposition from the University System of Georgia would have been difficult. "They are a fourth branch of government," he said. "They carry an enormous amount of influence." After last year's fight, university officials have avoided publicly criticizing the plan. However, records obtained by The Associated Press under Georgia's open records law show that university system officials still have some concerns. "While there isn't a blanket campus-carry provision, there are a few provisions that will likely need monitoring at best and action on our part at worst," said Daryl Griswold, the university system's assistant vice chancellor for legal affairs, in a Jan. 29 email. The changes reflect delicate gun politics for Republican lawmakers in Georgia. GOP politicians in the House of Representatives have been more hawkish about expanding the places where people can legally carry guns, though their GOP colleagues in the state Senate have historically been more cautious. Republicans in the Senate have a strong incentive to avoid voting against firearms legislation since it alienates gun-rights supporters in the GOP. Instead of voting against gun bills, Republican senators have typically rewritten more sweeping firearms legislation from the House so it would ultimately make few or no major changes. But Powell's move increases the pressure on the Senate. He put much of his original plan into a different bill already approved by his Senate colleagues. He's trying to force an up-or-down vote on the gun bill, making it tougher for his opponents in the Senate to rewrite it in committee. "There's no running and no hiding anymore," Powell said. Other aspects of the bill expand where people can have their weapons for example, overturning blanket prohibitions on carrying them into churches and bars. School districts would be allowed to arm their employees, which supporters say would help deter attacks on teachers and students. ___
A walk to benefit a young girl in need of a kidney transplant is scheduled for April 5.
ROME, Ga. - The Berry Farms Angus Beef and Jersey Milk are having a sale with a variety beef cuts and cheeses. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Berry Dairy on campus.
ATLANTA -- With just three weeks to go in open enrollment, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to Atlanta on Monday with a simple message about the health insurance exchange: “It’s not too late to enroll.’’
The boardwalk underneath the Fifth Avenue bridge is open today.
Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal was traveling through Northwest Georgia this morning and stopped by Young's Grove Elementary School to read to students as one of many stops on the kickoff tour for Read Across Georgia.
The Adairsville City Council will try to fashion a plan of action for its historic city hall building when the panel conducts a work session tonight.
Local officials are meeting today with Port of Savannah authorities in their continuing efforts to push for the 411 Connector.
In one photograph, the alleged murder suspect stares confidently at the camera. Perfectly applied makeup. Pink lipstick. Earrings dangling.
Eligibility for a state-funded moderate repair program for homeowners can be checked through the City of Rome.
It's going to be mostly sunny today with a high near 76 and a low around 56 tonight with a 100 percent chance of precipitation late tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
The Floyd County Jail releases arrest reports twice a day - 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
A small fire that reportedly began in the kitchen of a North Rome residence was extinguished quickly but left the homeowner dealing with a lot of smoke.
Rails to trails proponents in Georgia are consulting their legal experts in the wake of a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday in a Wyoming case.
A Rome woman was being held for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement after she allegedly used another woman’s identity, according to Floyd County Jail reports.
By Mike Lester, Washington Post Writers Group
An Alabama woman remained in jail without bond Monday night after she allegedly had a pipe with suspected amphetamine residue in a restaurant bathroom, according to Rome police reports.
ENTERING another political silly season it is probably safe to say most voters, of any persuasion, would agree that there is much amiss around the state in government activities ... and that it doesn’t have much to do with this or that party allegiance. And if they are turned off, resulting in low participation, it may be that so many sense there’s nothing they or those elected can do about it.
Cale Williams Wilson, 88, of 14 Joe Louis Blvd., died March 7, 2014. F.K. Jones Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
H.F. Stansell, 89, of Ormond Beach Fla., died March 10, 2014. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.
Glenda Faye Louise Duvall Cowan, 64, of 9 Miami Drive, died March 9, 2014. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.
Adairsville police have released video footage from a patrol car dashboard camera of a shootout at a Hardee's from last week.