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Georgia Sen. Perdue's campaign fined $30,000 for violations

Apr. 19, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The campaign of U.S. Sen. David Perdue paid a $30,000 fine to federal regulators for violations discovered in the Georgia Republican's fundraising reports from the 2014 election. The civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission was disclosed Monday in Perdue's campaign finance...

Georgia officer sued in fatal shooting of fleeing man

Apr. 16, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a fleeing man now faces a lawsuit seeking monetary damages for wrongful death. The suit filed Monday in coastal Camden County says 33-year-old Tony Green was killed "without justification or excuse" when...

Federal government renames Runaway Negro Creek in Georgia

Apr. 15, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal government has agreed to change the name of a tidal creek on the Georgia coast that had long been known as Runaway Negro Creek. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names changed the name to Freedom Creek a year after Georgia lawmakers passed a resolution requesting the switch....

ACLU says Georgia sheriff illegally banning books from jail

Apr. 10, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that a Georgia sheriff is violating the rights of jail inmates by prohibiting them from receiving outside books and magazines. The ACLU sent a letter to Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher urging him to rescind a new policy that says...

Authorities: Deported man returned to US, hidden aboard ship

Apr. 5, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man from El Salvador who was twice deported from the U.S. tried to return by stowing away aboard a cargo ship. U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine of the Southern District of Georgia said in a news release Friday that 35-year-old Jaime Dagoberto Chavez-Guevara was...

Sheriff dropped from lawsuit in jail death of restrained man

Apr. 3, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Georgia sheriff sued by the family of a man who died in jail after being strapped into a chair and shocked four times with a Taser. Mathew Ajibade, 21, died in a cell at the Chatham County jail in Savannah hours after he was...

Kevin Kisner wins Match Play, beating Matt Kuchar 3 and 2

Mar. 31, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kevin Kisner made it to the Dell Technologies Match Play final for the second straight year, and this time he got it right. A week that began with a loss ended with the biggest victory of Kisner's career when he holed a 20-foot birdie putt to close out Matt Kuchar, 3 and 2, in the...

Candidate apologizes for attending 'Black Press Only' event

Mar. 29, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A mayoral candidate in Georgia is apologizing for attending an event that barred reporters unless they were African-American. Savannah city councilman Van Johnson told reporters Friday: "I know in this case I did offend. And today I apologize for my actions." Johnson is among three...

Only black reporters allowed in Georgia mayoral race event

Mar. 28, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Organizers of a meeting to discuss an upcoming mayoral race in Georgia barred reporters from attending — unless they were African-American. The Wednesday meeting at a church in Savannah was held to try to unite the city's black community behind a single candidate for mayor in...

Trump adds $3.7B in support to finish 2 new nuclear reactors

Mar. 22, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Friday that the Trump administration has finalized $3.7 billion in new loan guarantees to support completion of the first new U.S. commercial nuclear reactors in a generation, calling the expansion of nuclear energy "the real" Green New Deal. The...