• BC-GA--Georgia News Digest 6:30 pm, GA

    Updated: 32 min ago

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's news coverage is shaping up today in Georgia. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org. News Editor Jim Van Anglen can be reached at 1-800-821-3737 or jvananglen@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. TOP STORIES: BABY IN STROLLER SLAIN SAVANNAH, Ga.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin signs prescription monitoring bill

    Updated: 46 min ago

    Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Tuesday to require doctors to check a patient database before prescribing addictive drugs. House Bill 1948, the first piece of legislation she signed this year, will go into effect on Nov. 1. It is intended to help reduce drug addiction and overdose deaths by ensuring people don’t get multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors. The initial database check would be required with the first prescription for three classes of drugs. Subsequent checks would need to be made at least once every 180 days. Fallin predicted the bill would save lives, saying there are hundreds of people have fatal overdoses on prescription drugs yearly in Oklahoma. “I am very excited that it is our first bi

  • New trial for man convicted of killing wife's grandma in '87

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a brain-damaged man sentenced to life in prison for the 1987 killing of his wife's 88-year-old grandmother. The high court released the 4-2 ruling Tuesday, saying 69-year-old Richard Lapointe was deprived of a fair trial because prosecutors failed to disclose notes by a police officer that may have supported an alibi defense. A lower court in 2012 overturned Lapointe's convictions for capital felony murder, sexual assault and other crimes. Lapointe was convicted of killing Bernice Martin, who was found stabbed, raped and strangled in her burning Manchester apartment.

  • Capitol Greetings

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Last week I wrote about what I consider to be fiscally irresponsible behavior of our State government. I think most people would agree that if you find yourself in a hole that you don’t want to be in, the best thing to do is simply quit digging deeper. But we are in a hole, and are continuing to dig. Last year, knowing we were going to have a serious budget shortfall this year, the legislature, added to the problem by approving a brand new tax break for the wealthiest Oklahomans that added another $57 million to the hole we were already headed toward, making it now a $611 million problem. Of course, I have to point out that vote was straight down party lines.

  • Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, the penultimate working day of the 2015 legislative session. By law, the session runs 40 days. Lawmakers must adjourn by midnight Thursday. The Senate had a packed calendar, and so did the House, which added a handful of bills to its agenda for the day. Here's a look at some of Tuesday's action: AUTISM INSURANCE The Georgia Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of coverage for treating autism in children. The compromise measure was approved 54-0 Tuesday after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told lawmakers to a standing ovation that he was proud they had taken a stand to help children with autism. The bill

  • Utah travel agent sentenced in band trip theft case

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A Utah travel agent has been sentenced to more than five years in prison and ordered to repay almost $300,000 to an Arkansas high school band that was intended to go toward a trip to Hawaii. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/19FcQwd ) reports that while in Las Vegas, 40-year-old Calliope Saaga gambled away funds that were supposed to be used to send students in the Fort Smith Southside High School band on a trip. About 260 students, parents and chaperones were supposed to go on the trip.

  • ‘Pretty Woman’ at 25, seen through a different lens

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    The 25th anniversary of “Pretty Woman” marked 25 years in which I had never seen it. When the movie first came out, the premise sounded so repugnant that I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. A rom-com about prostitution! A john as knight in shining armor! Beauty, romance, laughs! No, thank you. But when the 25th anniversary hoopla revved up last week, I reconsidered. My colleague Mark Caro’s Facebook post expressing his hatred of the movie sparked a vigorous debate in which feminist women I know and respect came to the movie’s defense. It wasn’t a movie about prostitution, they wrote; it was a romantic comedy. It wasn’t an account of a prostitute being rescued by a rich man; it was a tale of tw

  • BC-GA--Georgia News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, GA

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Georgia. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org. News Editor Jim Van Anglen can be reached at 1-800-821-3737 or jvananglen@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

  • Ana Veciana-Suarez: A compassion pill? That’s a bit hard to swallow

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Oh, if only it were it so simple! Surely you’ve heard about the compassion pill — or the hope and possibility of it. Turns out a drug we might one day take with our morning supplements could make us nicer. Kindness with my D3 vitamin. Sympathy in my smoothie. Huh. A new study published online in the journal Current Biology, suggests that manipulating a brain chemical leads people to behave in more generous ways when dealing with economic inequality, the scourge of our generation. Researchers at the University of California Berkeley and University of California San Francisco studied 35 people, some of whom received a placebo, others tolcapone. Participants then were asked to divide money between themselves and someone they

  • Former Bears tight end Clark speaks about climbing out of his family’s drug-filled past

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Former Chicago Bears tight end Desmond Clark admits that he’s lit a crack pipe before — albeit for his father. The news seemed to shock the crowd Clark broke it to at the Lake Zurich (Ill.) Rotary Club’s meeting last week. That image served to illustrate the rough upbringing from which Clark had to break free to start a 13-year NFL career. His talk with the rotary club was based on the lessons he learned in life that allowed him to achieve such success, despite the odds. “I think anyone who knows me would say that I’ve beat the odds and overcame a lot,” Clark told the audience at the Holiday Inn where the meeting took place.

  • Vietnam veteran helps others deal with substance abuse

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — When Vietnam veteran Jerry Michalowicz was discharged from the Army, he stayed drunk for some three years, received two drunken driving citations and paid some fines and kept on drinking. "There was no help for those of us who put themselves in very dangerous situations under the guise of protecting our country," he told the Detroit Legal News ( http://bit.ly/1D2Yvr9 ). So Michalowicz is glad about the addition of a Veterans Treatment Track at the Jackson County Recovery Court, where he works as a volunteer from the community, with the support of his employer, adding his life experience with addictions and the treatment of mental disorders to an already diverse team responsible for making sound treatment reco

  • KSU hosting conference on addiction in young people

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University is preparing to host a three-day conference on drug addiction in young people. Officials say the school's Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery is hosting the Pathways to Understanding national conference April 8-10. Organizers say the three-day event is part of a national series of discussions focusing on the neuroscience of addiction, treatment and recovery. Officials say speakers from Emory, the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina are also expected to participate in the event. The conference is being held at KSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Bill would remove underage drinking penalty in emergencies


    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill granting amnesty to underage drinkers who report a medical emergency. Several members of the Nevada Youth Legislature presented SB 464 on Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Current law makes it a misdemeanor crime for an underage person to possess or consume alcohol. The bill would remove criminal penalties for an underage person who has been drinking if they request emergency medical assistance. The bill met widespread support from university students and police lobbyists who said the bill could help halt preventable deaths from alcohol poisoning. No one testified against the bill.

  • Alcoholism, violence and neglect: life as George Best's son


    LONDON (AP) — There's one place where the memory of George Best is forever of the stylish winger who bamboozled defenders and thrilled fans. Immortalized in bronze outside Old Trafford, a statue featuring Best is as much as a crowd-puller as the Manchester United icon was in his footballing prime. It's where Best's only child now goes for a glimpse at what one of the game's first international superstars looked like before alcohol took over his life, and then destroyed it. "I go up there and take pictures in front of him, just like everybody else does," 34-year-old Calum Best said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I'm a fan in that respect.

  • A Hamilton return could affect Angels


    TEMPE, Ariz. — Josh Hamilton is out of sight but not out of mind, the questions about the outfielder’s status — if or when he will return, and how he might fit in if he does — hovering over the Angels like a cloud. Hamilton hasn’t been with the team all spring. At the start, the Angels said he was in Houston, rehabilitating from surgery performed Feb. 4 on his right shoulder. It was later revealed that Hamilton had met with Major League Baseball officials in New York because of a relapse he suffered in his battle with substance abuse. Hamilton, 33, has a well-chronicled addiction to cocaine and alcohol, which he has acknowledged began more than a decade ago during his early years in professional baseball.

  • Tips to prevent prescription drug abuse at home


    (BPT) - More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and much of the abuse begins at home. In fact, more than 70 percent of those who illegally use prescription pain relievers obtained them through friends or family, including raiding the home medicine cabinet. However, a recent study from the University of Michigan found only 19 percent of parents are concerned about the misuse of narcotic pain medications in their own families, showing that many do not recognize the severity of the problem. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioids (narcotic pain medications). When used along with other prescription medications such as benzodiazepines and musc

  • Ballot issue invites look at marijuana use in Wichita

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    How often do people get arrested for marijuana? Who gets arrested? And are they accused of other crimes as well? Those are some of the things we wondered as Wichitans prepare to vote April 7 on a proposal that would lessen first-time penalties for adults caught with an ounce or less of marijuana. The future of the proposal is unclear, even if voters pass it. State officials have already said they will challenge it in court since it conflicts with state law. But we can learn some things from what is happening with marijuana in Wichita now, based on data from the Wichita Police Department, Wichita Municipal Court and Sedgwick County District Court.

  • Reporter-News staff wins 13 statewide awards

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    WACO — The Abilene Reporter-News won 13 awards Saturday in the annual Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ competition. Reporter Christopher Collins took home the top honors for his Above the Law series that explored official misconduct by law enforcement officers in the Big Country. The online version of the project garnered him not only the best “Online Report” in the ARN’s classification of the contest, but also won the “Star Online Report of the Year,” competing against all other newspapers throughout Texas. Collins spent about six months gathering information and conducting interviews for the series. He filed more than 200 Freedom of Information requests with agencies.

  • Lewis-McChord hotel worker gets 2 years for embezzlement

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A longtime employee at a military hotel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been sentenced to two years in prison and treatment for a gambling addiction after she stole at least $250,000 in government funds. Gail Moody had worked for 27 years at the Rainier Inn, which provides affordable housing for military personnel and their families. From 2010 to 2012 she stole more than $250,000 in cash receipts. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the amount might have been more: It was impossible to determine if any thefts occurred before 2010 because the computer system had been changed. Staff noticed discrepancies between the cash receipts and what had been deposited in the hotel's bank accounts when she took a leave i

  • Serial burglar driven by heroin addiction gets three years in prison

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A 24-year-old Santa Fe man whose heroin addiction led to a two-month burglary spree last year was sentenced to nearly three years in prison Friday, despite pleas from friends and family for punishment that wouldn’t put him behind bars. James Montoya admitted to burglarizing two dozen commercial buildings, affecting 25 individuals and causing property damage estimated at between $5,000 and $6,000, according to testimony at the sentencing hearing before state District Judge Glenn Ellington. As part of a plea deal, Montoya was sentenced to 35 months in prison but will be eligible for parole after 18 months. Montoya agreed to pay an unspecified amount of restitution to the victims and will be under supervised probation for five