Latest Georgia state government News

White man denies saying 'Go back where you came from'

Jul. 20, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

MABLETON, Ga. (AP) — A white man has admitted cursing at a pregnant black Georgia lawmaker for taking too many items into a supermarket express lane but denies telling her, "go back where you came from." Eric Sparkes showed up during a WSB-TV interview with Rep. Erica Thomas of Austell on Saturday, outside...

Black lawmaker: White man said 'Go back where you came from'

Jul. 19, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

MABLETON, Ga. (AP) — A pregnant African American lawmaker in Georgia said she was verbally attacked in a supermarket Friday by a middle-aged white man who used profanity, called her vulgar names and told her to "go back where you came from" as her 9-year-old daughter looked on. Rep. Erica Thomas, a...

The Latest: Biologist: Whales moving away from Georgia coast

Jul. 17, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to keep a group of pilot whales from beaching themselves in Georgia (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A state biologist in Georgia says dozens of pilot whales appear to be heading back to sea a day after many of them came perilously close to swimming ashore...

2020: Democratic field for Georgia's US Senate seat grows

Jul. 10, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The young Democratic mayor of an Atlanta-area city known for embracing progressive and immigrant-friendly policies announced a challenge of Republican Sen. David Perdue on Wednesday. Ted Terry is the 36-year-old mayor of Clarkston, Georgia, which bills itself as "the most ethnically diverse...

Voting group founded by Georgia's Abrams raises $3.9 million

Jul. 9, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The political action committee for a group founded by former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has reported raising $3.9 million in the past six months. Abrams founded Fair Fight to support voting rights after narrowly losing to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in November....

Police: 7 dead in multi-vehicle interstate crash in Georgia

Jul. 6, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Seven people were killed Saturday in a chain-reaction crash on an interstate in Georgia when an SUV crossed over the median into traffic headed the other way, authorities said. Three other people were injured in the multi-vehicle accident. The Georgia State Patrol issued a statement to media...

Lawsuit alleges discrimination by driver's license agency

Jul. 2, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday says Georgia is discriminating against Puerto Rican driver's license applicants by treating them differently than other U.S. citizen applicants — forcing them to take tests, seizing their documents for fraud reviews and quizzing them on details about...

Cyberattack forces Georgia agency to shut down websites

Jul. 1, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state agency says a cyberattack has forced it to shut down some court websites. News outlets report hackers demanding a ransom infected computers with malware at the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts. Agency spokesman Bruce Shaw said Monday that officials have...

Georgia Supreme Court orders review of slain baby case

Jul. 1, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court has ordered a trial judge to review whether a teenager was properly sentenced to life without parole after he was convicted of fatally shooting a baby in the face. De'Marquise Kareem Elkins was 17 when the baby was slain in his stroller during a failed street...

Lawsuit seeks to block Georgia law that bans most abortions

Jun. 28, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Friday in Atlanta is the latest effort by abortion providers and advocacy groups to challenge a wave of restrictive abortion laws passed in conservative-controlled state legislatures. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center...