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Bibb County to buy ex-school that now hosts homeless shelter

Apr. 22, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia government plans to buy a former school that was rapidly turned into a homeless shelter after two men froze to death on Christmas. WXGA-TV reported that Bibb County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to use...

Georgia park honoring confederacy gets first Black chair

Apr. 22, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The board overseeing an Atlanta area park that has centuries-old ties to the Ku Klux Klan and contains the largest Confederate monument ever crafted will be headed for the first time by an African American. Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday announced that he...

Comedian says he was racially profiled; police deny wrong

Apr. 22, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A comedian called it racial profiling, but a police department working at Atlanta's airport describes what happened as a “consensual encounter.” Comedian Eric Andre on Wednesday told his 700,000-plus Twitter followers that he believed he had been...

Police try to figure out why highway drivers hit by concrete

Apr. 22, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Police in an Atlanta suburb are investigating after they say about a dozen vehicles were damaged by concrete coming off a bridge on Interstate 75. Police in Marietta say they were called to the bridge around 7 p.m. on Wednesday as drivers in the...

Georgia boat owner finds invasive mussels on Tennessee boat

Apr. 22, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials who are trying to keep zebra mussels out of Lake Lanier and other bodies of water say a boat owner recently spotted the invasive mussels in a boat purchased from a Tennessee resident. Georgia Department of Natural Resources...

Georgia could spend $78M to replace St. Simons Island bridge

Apr. 22, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials say they will have to spend an estimated $78 million to replace a deteriorating 1986 bridge that leads to St. Simons Island. The state Department of Transportation is soliciting public comment through May 5 on its plans to...

Georgia Tech structure certified as 'living building'

Apr. 22, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It's not too often that tours of new buildings start with the toilets. But they're a big part of a different kind of building in Atlanta. And so, Shan Arora, who oversees Georgia Tech's Kendeda Building, troops visitors pretty quickly to a ground floor...

Georgia prison guard pleads guilty to violating civil rights

Apr. 21, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prison guard has pleaded guilty to violating a prisoner's civil rights by punching him while he was handcuffed and on the ground. Prosecutors said Jamal Scott, 33, and other guards led the man to an outdoor area to assault him Dec. 29,...

Second state House Democrat joins lieutenant governor's race

Apr. 21, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Another state House member is jumping into the race for Georgia's lieutenant governor post. Rep. Derrick Jackson, a Tyrone Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday. Jackson, who was first elected to the House in 2016, said he wants...

Appeals court won't review denial of firing squad request

Apr. 21, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined to reconsider its earlier ruling that rejected the request by a man on Georgia's death row to die by firing squad rather than by the injection of a sedative. Lawyers for Michael Wade Nance argued that his veins are...