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ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order preventing a hike in state taxes on gasoline.

Republican members of the U.S. Senate, including Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby of Alabama on Tuesday objected to proposed new regulations on carbon dioxide from U.S. power plants.

It will soon get a lot harder to use overseas accounts to hide income and assets from the U.S. tax collectors.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — School officials in Blount County have voted to sue two cities over unpaid liquor taxes.

A scientists' group says Hyundai-Kia has unseated Honda as the greenest automaker in the U.S.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Democrats say the $500,000 netted from its Jackson Day fundraiser set a new record for the beleaguered party.

ATLANTA — Voters head to Georgia's polling places today to cast ballots in the earliest primary election in state history.

The Georgia Ports Authority will spend $86.5 million to add 24 cranes for moving cargo containers at the Port of Savannah.

GADSDEN, Ala. — The Alabama woman charged with capital murder in her granddaughter's running death is asking a judge to dismiss the case.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is blaming vegetation growth along a 161,000-volt line on Williams Island for at least two power interruptions to EPB on Tuesday afternoon.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Authorities say a woman has been charged with boating under the influence in a collision that left four people injured on Lake Lanier.

Verizon Wireless is adding 400 jobs in Alabama, mostly in the Huntsville area. Company officials joined the governor in Montgomery on Tuesday to announce that more than 300 customer service positions will be created in Verizon's state headquarters in Huntsville.

ROME, Ga. — Federal prosecutors say a Northwest Georgia man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in an armed carjacking.

ROSSVILLE — A 71-year-old woman was carjacked Monday afternoon at about 2:50 p.m. from the Grocery Shoppe on Wilson Road in Rossville, according to Walker County, Ga., Sheriff Steve Wilson.

Alstom has agreed not to seek out alternatives to the binding, cash offer for its energy operations submitted by General Electric Co., the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night.

Covenant Transportation Group narrowed its first quarter loss and beat analysts’ expectations in the first three months of the year.

A Harriman woman allegedly swerved off a roadway to intentionally hit and kill a neighbor's Chihuahua, according to a Roane County Sheriff's Office report.

Toyota is moving its U.S. headquarters from California to Texas to get closer to its Midwest assembly plants and improve communication between units now spread over several states.

After mass shootings in recent years, some states have pursued stronger limits on guns while others, like Georgia, have taken the opposite path, with advocates arguing that people should be allowed to carry weapons as an issue of public safety.

Home sales slipped in March as would-be buyers continue to grapple with tough credit standards and too few houses on the market.

A three-story self-storage building with 582 units is now open at 1380 Broad Street.

GADSDEN, Ala. — Sheriff's officials in western Alabama say a man who was shot during a hunting trip has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

KNOXVILLE — Police say they have identified the body that a Knoxville woman found under her deck while hunting for Easter eggs with her 3-year-old son.

Four beers made by brands owned by the Chattanooga-based CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries earned medals during the recent World Beer Cup in Denver.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Lee University will host a high school math competition from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to a news release.

KNOXVILLE — Police say an autopsy has found no evidence of foul play in the death of a man whose body was found underneath a deck behind a Knoxville home.

Tennessee revenue collections reflected mixed results in March. The $955.8 million collected was $4 million below budget for the month, leaving the state $263.0 million below its budget so far this fiscal year.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Cleveland police report that an investigation into Bowman Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church at 300 Westview Drive being burglarized and vandalized led to the arrest of a man also charged with 12 vehicle burglaries that had occurred in the same area.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County EMS reported that an apparent accident between two motorcycles and a car led to the three people on the motorcycles suffering serious injuries and being taken to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga.

A Lebanon man charged with murder in the package-bomb deaths of his in-laws has an Oct. 28 trial date.

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.

Citigroup says it has agreed to pay $1.13 billion to settle claims by investors seeking that the lender buy back billions in residential mortgage-backed securities.

Volkswagen of America reported Tuesday that sales of its Chattanooga-made Passat were its best ever in March, and that the company's marketing efforts for its diesel-powered models is paying off.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A U.S. Army veteran and his wife say they are moving from Clarksville to Pueblo, Colo., in order to obtain the marijuana that helps control the pain Max Bailey suffers from injuries acquired in Afghanistan.

If 2013 was a year where the stock market went straight up, 2014 has started off as a year where the stock market moves sideways.

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. — Georgia State Patrol officials say the pastor of a Rome church was killed in a head-on collision.

After being fined $70,000 last year for failing to verify equipment reliability, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that the Tennessee Valley Authority is now meeting all regulatory standards for construction of its newest nuclear reactor.

NASHVILLE — A Republican lawmaker says he’s dropping a legislative fight over the student-run Sex Week at the state’s flagship public university.

CALHOUN, Ga. — Calhoun police called to a Garden Hills Drive home here Monday just before 6 a.m. about a break-in arrested a semi-nude man at the scene and charged him with burglary, a news release states.

DECATUR, Tenn. — One man is dead and another is hospitalized in a single-vehicle accident overnight on Lamontville Road near Highway 58 in Meigs County.

The newest reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant is expected to return to full power generation this week after TVA completed a refueling outage in which the utility spent more than $5 million employing over 800 temporary contract workers.

CEDAR BLUFF, Ala. — Authorities in Cherokee County said a body found in Weiss Lake has been identified as that of a man who’s been missing since February.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — After efforts to repeal Common Core fell flat, an Alabama state senator on Tuesday urged lawmakers to let local school systems opt out of the education standards.

Federal regulators have lifted the consent order imposed on FSG Bank nearly four years in the midst of the Great Recession. Chattanooga's biggest independent bank, which was recapitalized last spring with a $91.1 million sale of new stock from outside investors, is now regarded as a "well capitalized" bank by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

DECATUR, Ala. — An elderly woman who suffers from Alzheimer's disease lived with her husband's body for a month after he died not realizing what happened, authorities said Monday.

The Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store that closed in Brainerd last month should reopen by late April with a new crew.

The Chattanooga-based Double Cola Co. is launching natural products Minoku Coconut Water and Zili Tea at the Natural Products Expo West this week in Anaheim, Calif.

“February was an expectedly modest month with the wind down of outgoing models and the fewest number of selling days,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer of Volkswagen of America. “Nonetheless, we are pleased to see our core vehicles and TDI Clean Diesels continue to show strength in the market.”

ATLANTA — Georgia will join a national initiative to better prepare teachers in certain in-demand subject areas, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday.

ROSSVILLE — The suppliers of a drug distribution ring that was based in Rossville received federal prison sentences Tuesday.

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