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2 film productions quit Georgia after abortion law is signed

May. 22, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two film projects have pulled production from Georgia after the governor signed the so-called "heartbeat bill," which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks, before many women realize they are pregnant. The Lionsgate comedy...

Judge won't toss suit challenging Georgia voting machines

May. 21, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawsuit challenging Georgia's outdated voting machines and seeking statewide use of hand-marked paper ballots can move forward, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The lawsuit argues that the paperless touchscreen voting machines Georgia has used since 2002 are unsecure, vulnerable to hacking...

Correction: Hollywood-Heartbeat Law story

May. 17, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story May 16 about the entertainment industry's reaction to Georgia's "heartbeat" law The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of the leader of a grassroots group that has advocated against the policy. Her name is Krystal Redman, not Crystal Redman. A corrected...

Indicted Georgia insurance commissioner suspends himself

May. 16, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's insurance commissioner says he will voluntarily suspend himself from office two days after being indicted on federal charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. A 38-count indictment accuses Jim Beck of orchestrating an elaborate invoicing scheme to steal more than $2...

Muslim prison guard accuses Georgia agency of discrimination

May. 16, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia prison guard who recently converted to Islam says the state Department of Corrections won't allow her to wear a hijab at work. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 25-year-old Rogers State Prison corrections officer Jalanda Calhoun has filed a discrimination complaint against...

The Latest: Missouri Senate passes strict abortion bill

May. 16, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a Missouri bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy (all times local): 4:05 a.m. Missouri's Republican-led Senate has passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. Senators approved the legislation 24-10 early Thursday with just hours left...

Kemp calls for indicted insurance commissioner to resign

May. 15, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp called for the resignation of Georgia's insurance commissioner Wednesday after he was indicted on federal charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering that stem from alleged crimes that preceded his election. Kemp, in a letter to fellow Republican Jim Beck, asked...

Georgia governor delays film trip amid abortion ban fallout

May. 15, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has delayed an annual trip to Los Angeles to promote Georgia's film industry as movie executives, producers and actors criticize the state's new abortion ban. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the delay announced Tuesday comes about a week after Kemp signed a...

Georgia insurance commissioner indicted on fraud charges

May. 14, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's insurance commissioner was indicted Tuesday on federal charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering that stem from alleged crimes that preceded his election. The 38-count indictment accuses Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Jim Beck, 57, of devising an elaborate...

Georgia dissolves immigration review board

May. 13, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has eliminated a state board tasked with investigating violations of immigration law. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that Gov. Brian Kemp had signed legislation dissolving the Immigration Enforcement Review Board. The board was created eight years ago to investigate...