Latest Georgia state government News

Condemned Georgia man launches another appeal for DNA tests

Nov. 11, 2019 7:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man sentenced to die Wednesday has launched another last-ditch appeal aimed at supporting his claims of innocence, asking a federal judge to stop his execution and order DNA testing on crime scene evidence. In court papers filed Friday in Valdosta, Cromartie's lawyers say such...

New policy requires fewer tests for some Georgia students

Nov. 7, 2019 5:07 PM EST

Georgia students taking certain advanced classes in high school will take fewer state tests under a new state policy. The state Board of Education voted Thursday to stop requiring students who take certain Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses to take state end-of-course exams in the same...

Lawsuit challenges absentee ballot rejections in Georgia

Nov. 6, 2019 5:35 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Wednesday over Georgia's handling of absentee ballots a year after some ballots were rejected for minor reasons such as signatures not exactly matching those on file with the state. According to the federal lawsuit, absentee voters are not notified of...

Georgia high court declines to hear condemned man's appeal

Nov. 5, 2019 4:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — After temporarily halting an execution last week, the Georgia Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to hear a condemned man's appeal or block a new plan to give him a lethal injection next week. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, is scheduled to be put to death Nov. 13 at the state prison in Jackson....

Georgia athletic club treasurer accused of embezzling $128K

Nov. 5, 2019 10:03 AM EST

OGLETHORPE, Ga. (AP) — The treasurer of a Georgia nonprofit meant to benefit middle and high school athletes is accused of embezzling nearly $128,000. News outlets report Tiffany Gomes was charged with theft by taking and surrendered to authorities Monday. She has since posted bail and been released. An...

Georgia Supreme Court upholds conviction in prison killing

Nov. 5, 2019 7:40 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a state prison inmate accused of stabbing a one-armed man to death in the facility's outdoor exercise area. The Augusta Chronicle reports the court affirmed Frankie Jay Henry III's murder conviction on Monday ruling that it found no...

Georgia governor unveils Medicaid plan with work requirement

Nov. 4, 2019 12:41 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp released a plan Monday to expand Medicaid to the state's poorest able-bodied adults, on the condition that they work, volunteer, receive job training or attend school. Under Kemp's proposal, which is more limited than other states, uninsured adults in Georgia who make...

Georgia Supreme Court overturns 2015 murder conviction

Nov. 4, 2019 5:53 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Supreme Court has overturned the murder convictions of a man found guilty of intentionally running over a woman with his car. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the court reversed 28-year-old Dewey Calhoun Green's 2015 malice and felony murder convictions on Thursday. The...

New execution date set for Georgia inmate

Nov. 1, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials set a new execution date Friday for a death row inmate two days after he was granted a temporary reprieve because of a legal technicality. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 13 at the state prison in Jackson. Georgia Corrections...

Georgia governor releases plans for health care overhaul

Oct. 31, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled a much-anticipated plan Thursday that aims to reduce premiums for residents who buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and give the state control of billions of dollars in federal health care funds. The proposal could eventually lead to subsidies...