Latest Georgia state government News

1 killed, 3 injured by fallen tree on Georgia interstate

Jun. 21, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A large tree fell onto a darkened stretch of interstate highway near the Georgia coast before dawn Friday, causing a chain-reaction crash that killed one woman and injured three others. The tall pine blocked two northbound lanes of Interstate 95 when it toppled at about 1:30 a.m.,...

Georgia puts inmate to death for man's 1996 shotgun slaying

Jun. 20, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia inmate convicted of the 1996 shotgun slaying of a man who had agreed to give him and another man a ride outside a Walmart store maintained his innocence before being put to death Thursday. Warden Benjamin Ford pronounced Marion Wilson Jr. dead at 9:52 p.m. at the state prison...

The Latest: Man at execution: 'I ain't never took a life'

Jun. 20, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Georgia inmate for a 1996 killing (all times local): 10:15 p.m. An inmate executed by the state of Georgia for a slaying decades ago said in his last moments that he never killed anyone. From the execution chamber, 42-year-old inmate Marion...

Georgia's Abrams to testify on effect of 2013 voting ruling

Jun. 19, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams is set to testify before a congressional panel about the effect of a 2013 Supreme Court opinion that gutted portions of the Voting Rights Act. Abrams will appear before a civil rights subcommittee on June 25. During her...

Unlicensed Georgia teen involved in crash leaving 1 man dead

Jun. 18, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia police say an unlicensed 16-year-old driver who took her mother's car without permission crashed into a pickup truck at an intersection, killing the other driver. WSB-TV reports the girl survived the crash, which is being investigated by South Fulton Police and the Georgia...

Stacey Abrams not ruling out a presidential run

Jun. 13, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Thursday she has not ruled out running for another political office. Abrams, who spoke at the Women's E3 Summit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, said she has not yet settled on the next...

Georgia's governor fills insurance post after indictment

Jun. 12, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area police chief was appointed by Georgia's governor Wednesday to head the state's insurance commission after the previous commissioner was indicted on federal charges. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp announced that Doraville Police Chief John King will fill the office while...

Georgia gov. sets economic development trip to South Korea

Jun. 12, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced plans Wednesday for an economic development trip to South Korea, his first overseas trip as governor. Kemp said the trip will include four days of business meetings with existing partners and companies considering investing in Georgia, as well as a meeting...

Clemency hearing set for man facing execution in Georgia

Jun. 12, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's parole board has set a hearing to consider whether to grant clemency to a man who is scheduled to be executed later this month in the killing of an off-duty prison guard more than two decades ago. Marion Wilson Jr. is scheduled to die on June 20 at the state prison in Jackson....

Pretrial appeal dismissed in 2005 slaying of teacher

Jun. 10, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court said Monday that it lacks authority to hear a pretrial appeal from a man charged with killing a high school teacher whose disappearance remained a mystery for more than a decade. The state Supreme Court in March delayed Ryan Duke's murder trial so it could consider...