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Tax changes, reading instruction top Georgia Senate GOP aims

Jan. 26, 2023 17:54 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in the Georgia Senate on Thursday announced goals to further lower state income tax rates and improve reading instruction for young public school students, although tax changes are unlikely to occur before the 2024 legislative session and leaders could be find...

Mercer wins 71-67 in OT over East Tennessee State

Jan. 25, 2023 22:46 PM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Jalyn McCreary had 26 points in Mercer's 71-67 overtime victory against East Tennessee State on Wednesday night. McCreary also had seven rebounds for the Bears (10-12, 3-6 Southern Conference). Shawn Walker scored 13 points and added five rebounds. James Glisson...

Transgender woman drops suit against Ga. prison officials

Jan. 19, 2023 16:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Black transgender woman who sued Georgia prison officials over alleged mistreatment while in custody decided not to proceed to trial because she feared the experience would be harmful to her, her lawyers said Thursday. Ashley Diamond, 44, sued Georgia prison...

Georgia prosecutor won't charge deputy in 2022 shooting

Jan. 16, 2023 16:16 PM EST

PERRY, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia prosecutor says he won't pursue criminal charges against a sheriff's deputy who in February 2022 shot and killed a man who had been reported as suicidal. Houston County District Attorney William Kendall told The Telegraph of Macon that the...

Mix of old and new in Georgia Senate committee leaders

Jan. 12, 2023 16:54 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has picked committee leaders and members for the next two years, with 24 of 32 Republicans in the chamber majority named as chairs on Thursday by Lt. Gov. Burt Jones and the Senate Committee on Assignments. Sen. Blake Tillery, of Vidalia, will stay...

New Georgia House speaker aims to keep friends as he ascends

Jan. 09, 2023 13:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Jon Burns has made a reputation as everyone's friend during his 18 years in the Georgia House. Now he hopes that affability will serve him as the chamber's speaker, one of the most powerful people in the state. “You get a lot more done in life, and certainly in...

Wofford defeats Mercer 53-52 on Paveletzke's basket

Jan. 04, 2023 22:30 PM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Jackson Paveletzke hit a jump shot in the paint with 0.7 seconds remaining and Wofford beat Mercer 53-52 on Wednesday night. Paveletzke had 12 points and five rebounds for the Terriers (9-7, 1-2 Southern). Corey Tripp was 5 of 9 shooting o add 11 points. Messiah...

Now-fired teacher accused of sex with 14-year-old ex-student

Dec. 17, 2022 10:46 AM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A now-fired middle school teacher remains jailed in middle Georgia after investigators said he had sex with a 14-year-old former student. Charles Jackson was arrested Thursday in Macon by Bibb County sheriff's deputies and charged with two counts of statutory rape...

3 sue to strike Georgia ban on transgender care for workers

Dec. 14, 2022 11:37 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Two state employees and a public school media clerk are suing the state of Georgia, saying state health insurance illegally discriminates by refusing to pay for gender-transition health care. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Atlanta on Wednesday by Micha...

3 Georgia teens dead, 1 critical after ahooting

Dec. 06, 2022 16:08 PM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Three teenagers are dead and a fourth was critically injured after an early Tuesday shooting at an apartment complex in Georgia, authorities said. The Bibb County Sheriff's Office said it happened around 1:30 a.m. at the West Club Apartments in Macon. Deputies...