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Georgia Tech announces death of DT Brandon Adams

Mar. 24, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Adams, a rising senior who was expected to be a key member of Georgia Tech's defensive line under new coach Geoff Collins, died at the age of 21, the school announced Sunday. Adams had been going through offseason workouts and was preparing for the start of spring practice when he...

Georgia Senate OKs governor-backed 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Mar. 22, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid protests and a heavy police presence, the Georgia Senate on Friday passed a bill banning almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, backed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, passed on a 34-18 party-line vote and would be one of the nation's strictest...

Pence talks border security, targets Atlanta mayor

Mar. 21, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence's visit Thursday to Atlanta included a stop at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's field office and a conversation about the "broader mission of border security." He also blasted Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over her decision last year to bar the city jail from...

Glance at what some state legislatures are doing on abortion

Mar. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, around roughly the sixth week of a pregnancy. The ban is set to take effect on July 1, but abortion-rights advocates have already...

Anti-abortion bill clears Georgia Senate committee

Mar. 18, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Abortion rights activists chanted "shame" as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Senate Science and Technology Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 3 to 2. The legislation, backed by...

Georgia Senate committee hears testimony on abortion bill

Mar. 14, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Senate committee listened to emotional testimony Thursday over a proposal that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The committee did not take a vote, and it was unclear when they might. Women in Georgia can currently seek an abortion during the first...

Abrams, Biden huddle together as both look to 2020 elections

Mar. 14, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams met privately Thursday in Washington, bringing together two starkly different faces of their party as they both weigh their political futures. Biden, 76, who served as President Barack Obama's closest adviser, is on the cusp...

Georgia House backs electronic voting machines in final vote

Mar. 14, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Legislation calling for Georgia to purchase new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot is headed to the governor's desk. The state House gave final passage to the wide-ranging election bill Thursday, a day after Senate approval. The bill would replace the state's...

Georgia Senate backs new electronic voting machines

Mar. 13, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Just months after a contentious race for Georgia governor, and amid several election-related lawsuits and a probe by U.S. House Democrats, the state Senate on Wednesday approved a House plan calling for the statewide purchase of new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper...

4 Georgia counties sued over election problems, long waits

Mar. 12, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

Georgia's largest counties failed to prepare for heavy turnout in the state's fiercely contested 2018 elections, resulting in wait times of up to four hours at the polls and delays in processing registration forms and mailing absentee ballots that ultimately kept some voters from casting ballots, according to a...