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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...

Judge: Cancellation of high court election was legal

Mar. 16, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state legally canceled a scheduled May 19 election for a seat on the state's highest court, a judge ruled Monday, saying the governor can rightfully fill the post even though a judge who is resigning won't leave until November. Two would-be candidates had accused...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, file photo, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Georgia's elections board on Wednesday, approved a set of rule changes to govern the use of new voting machines that are being rushed to counties statewide for the state's fast-approaching presidential primaries in March. (Branden Camp/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Georgia 2nd state to postpone pres. primaries over virus

Mar. 15, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's March 24 presidential primaries have been postponed until May because of fears over the new coronavirus, state election officials announced Saturday, a day after Louisiana also pushed back its primaries. In-person early voting, which began statewide March 2, will be halted and the...

Georgia's high court rules DNA evidence warrants new trial

Mar. 13, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's highest court ruled Friday that an inmate serving a life sentence for a slaying 43 years ago deserves a new trial after recent DNA tests cast “significant doubt” on his guilt. Johnny Lee Gates, 63, was convicted of murder, rape and robbery in the November 1976...

Attorney: Georgia followed law in canceling court election

Mar. 13, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An attorney said in court Friday that Georgia's top election official followed the law when he canceled a May election to the state Supreme Court to allow the governor to appoint a replacement for a sitting justice who won't leave office until November. John Barrow, a former Democratic...

Georgia moves closer to major overhaul of HIV criminal law

Mar. 12, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday that would dramatically overhaul a state law that makes it a crime for people who know they have HIV to have sex without first disclosing the infection. Advocates say the measure would be a milestone in the South, where the...

In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 photo, a touchscreen voting machine and printer are seen in a voting booth, in Paulding, Ga. Georgia's state election board has scheduled an emergency hearing Wednesday, March 11, 2020, to determine whether a county election board violated state laws and election rules when it voted to use hand-marked paper ballots instead of the state's new voting machines for the presidential primary. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Georgia county punished for ditching voting machines

Mar. 11, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's State Election Board voted on Wednesday to punish election officials in one county for their decision not to use the state's new voting machines for the presidential primary, and it ordered them to immediately start using the machines again. The Athens-Clarke County Board of...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Juul Labs co-founder and Chief Product Officer James Monsees testifies before a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a hearing on the youth nicotine epidemic. Vaping giant Juul Labs has donated thousands of dollars to court state attorneys general. But the lobbying strategy may be backfiring. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)

Juul Labs sought to court AGs as teen vaping surged

Mar. 9, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a blunt warning about the dangers of youth vaping: Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced late last month that his state had joined 38 others to investigate whether Juul Labs, the nation’s largest electronic cigarette company, promoted and sold its nicotine-heavy...

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Georgia Democrat, greets supporters at the state Capitol in Atlanta on Friday, March 6, 2020. Warnock filed paperwork to appear on the Nov. 3 ballot for Georgia’s special U.S. Senate election. (AP Photo/Benjamin Nadler)

Candidate fields for 2020 races in Georgia take final shape

Mar. 6, 2020 4:03 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Crowded candidate fields for two U.S. Senate races on Georgia’s 2020 ballots took final shape Friday, the deadline for contenders to sign up. Meanwhile, a woman recently pardoned by President Donald Trump filed paperwork to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta. A total...