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A person wearing a mask walks near the StateFarm Arena where the men's Final Four NCAA college basketball championship game was to be played on Monday, April 6, 2020, in Atlanta. The entire NCAA tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta hospital to open space early; 329 virus deaths in GA

Apr. 7, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Part of an expansion at an Atlanta hospital will open nearly four months early in order to provide more intensive care beds during the coronavirus pandemic, as the death toll in Georgia increased to 329. Piedmont Healthcare announced Tuesday that three floors of the new Marcus Tower at...

FILE - In this April 3, 2009, file photo, Georgia Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, addresses fellow legislators about the state budget bill from the lower podium in the senate chamber during the last day of the legislative session in Atlanta. The Georgia Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2020, passed its version of midyear budget cuts in a nearly unanimous vote, approving a plan to cut $159 million in state spending for the fiscal year that ends June 30. “This is a budget with few real adds, frankly,

Georgia Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill has died

Apr. 6, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s lieutenant governor announced Monday that Republican state Sen. Jack Hill has died. Hill, of Reidsville, was the chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which controls legislation involving how tax dollars are spent. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced the...

A line of cars gather to enter a COVID-19 testing site on Georgia Tech's campus, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta: Mass virus tests begin in Georgia Tech parking deck

Apr. 6, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia motorists were told to keep their windows rolled up as their cars lined up at a mass drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 that opened Monday in a parking deck at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The state is partnering with CVS Health to set up rapid testing that can accommodate...

Georgia's Lieutenant governor says state Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill has died

Apr. 6, 2020 8:04 PM EDT
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Lieutenant governor says state Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill has died.

Sheriff: Solider charged with violating stay-at-home order

Apr. 6, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia soldier was arrested and accused of violating stay-at-home orders, fleeing from state troopers and driving drunk while attempting to visit his family in Alabama, authorities said. Christian Lee Robinson, 20, was arrested Saturday and charged with reckless conduct for violating...

Man involved in deadly Mississippi crash dies after chase

Apr. 6, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — A fugitive who was involved in a deadly crash in Mississippi killed himself after being chased by state troopers in Georgia, authorities said. Jarvis Dermetrious Brown was wanted by police Friday afternoon after shots were fired between two vehicles, leading to a crash, Gulfport Chief...

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division Corporal Barry Britt, right, enforces Gov. Bryan Kemp's order to open the beaches on Tybee Island, Ga., Saturday, April 4, 2020, allowing people to exercise outside, with social distancing of at least six feet because of the coronavirus outbreak. (Stephen B. Morton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Island mayor battles Georgia governor over virus limitations

Apr. 5, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A small coastal city in Georgia that thrives on tourism closed its beach, fearing carefree crowds of teenagers and college students posed too great a risk for spreading the new coronavirus. Two weeks later, the state's governor has reversed that decision, saying people weathering the...

Bernice King, daughter of slain civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks about a series of events to be held in and around The King Center, on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Atlanta. The events commemorating the birth of civil rights icon center around social justice, non-violence seminars and voter education. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris)

Daughter of MLK named to Georgia coronavirus outreach group

Apr. 5, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — One of the daughters of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will help lead a new outreach committee in Georgia as the state copes with the coronavirus, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Sunday. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, will co-chair the committee with Engaged Futures Group LLC President Leo...

The empty Zell B. Miller Learning Center on the campus of the University of Georgia, in Athens, Ga, on Thursday, April 2, 2020. UGA moved all classes online for the remainder of spring and summer semesters as well as canceling spring commencement In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and coronavirus. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Virus deaths top 200 in Georgia as stay-home order kicks in

Apr. 4, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Coronavirus deaths in Georgia exceeded 200 on Saturday as people statewide spent their first full day under the governor's emergency order to stay home. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that at least 208 people have died from illnesses related to the coronavirus as of...

Georgia officer shot during chase; murder suspect arrested

Apr. 4, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to look into a shooting Saturday that has left an officer injured and a murder suspect in custody. Gerald Walker, a spokesman for College Park, a suburb of Atlanta, said one of the city's officers was shot while chasing a...