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Georgia continues to add jobs at a rapid pace

Jul. 21, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia saw its strongest June for job growth in more than two decades. State officials say Georgia's economy grew by 20,200 jobs last month. The state has added 80,000 jobs during the past 12 months, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . "Overall, it's a very strong job market for...

Georgia communities awarded federal grants for public safety

Jul. 21, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Two Georgia communities are being awarded federal grants to fund programs aimed at improving public safety. The city of Albany in southwest Georgia has been approved to receive more than $60,300 for youth education programs administered by the Albany Police Department. They include a...

Retired teacher goes all-out to take teens on trip UN

Jul. 21, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Reading books and looking at pictures is great, but nothing facilitates learning like travel. Not only do children get to see a world beyond their neighborhood, they get to experience it — feel it, taste it, hear it, and better understand the world around them. After nearly four...

Sánchez, Adams pace Nationals past Braves, 5-3

Jul. 20, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Nationals closer Sean Doolittle knew his team couldn't afford to falter in the late innings for the second straight night. "I hesitate to use the phrase that today was a must-win game because it's still the third week of July," Doolittle said. "But after a tough one (Friday) night and...

White man denies saying 'Go back where you came from'

Jul. 20, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

MABLETON, Ga. (AP) — A white man has admitted cursing at a pregnant black Georgia lawmaker for taking too many items into a supermarket express lane but denies telling her, "go back where you came from." Eric Sparkes showed up during a WSB-TV interview with Rep. Erica Thomas of Austell on Saturday, outside...

Mistrial in 2015 killing at Savannah State University

Jul. 20, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors were unable to agree on a verdict in the trial of a 25-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a Georgia college student during a 2015 fight in the school's student union. News outlets report that prosecutors say they will retry Justin Stephens in the death of Christopher Starks,...

Father tried to rescue son, 9; both die about a week later

Jul. 20, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A father and his 9-year-old son have died about a week after the father tried to rescue the boy from a Georgia lake. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 30-year-old Libao Chen of Hoschton died Thursday, a week after he and Ethan Chen were...

US senator leaves DC hospital for rehab in Georgia

Jul. 20, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A U.S. senator who broke four ribs in a fall has left a Washington hospital and will get physical rehabilitation back in Georgia. Johnny Isakson's office says the 74-year-old Republican was discharged Saturday from George Washington University Hospital and would be admitted to WellStar...

Georgia guidebook serves 100 suggestions for hungry visitors

Jul. 20, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Hungry visitors in Georgia can now find a list of 100 restaurant specialties recommended by the state's tourism agency. The Tourism Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development has just published its fifth edition of the Explore Georgia Official State Culinary Guide. It...

Sun rises, coal sets under Georgia Power's long-range plan

Jul. 20, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power intends to rely more on solar power than in past years to deliver energy to homes and businesses. It will also close a coal-fired power plant in northwest Georgia. It's part of the company's long-range energy plan, which was approved recently by the Georgia Public Service...