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Child recovering after being shot 4 times during drive-by

Jul. 11, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A 9-year-old who was shot four times Wednesday night in Atlanta has undergone surgery and is recovering, his mother said Saturday. Keyona Carson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that her son Javonni Carson was filming TikTok videos in East Atlanta when someone drove by and fired into a...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at the Georgia Cancer Center in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, July 2, 2020, as part of his

MARTA to require masks; Kemp says local orders unenforceable

Jul. 11, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s largest public transit system plans to require riders to wear masks to protect against the coronavirus, even though the governor insists that local mask orders aren’t enforceable because he hasn’t mandated them. MARTA, the main public transit system...

Deceased cat gets voter registration application in mail

Jul. 11, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In a presidential election year, there's always a push to get people registered to vote. For one Atlanta family, that push got a little interesting. Ron Tims said he checked his mail Wednesday and found a voter registration application addressed to Cody Tims — his cat, who died 12...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp takes part in a tour of a massive temporary hospital at the Georgia World Congress Center on Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Atlanta. Kemp took part in a tour of the 200-bed facility, constructed quickly in the lower levels of the Georgia World Congress Center which normally plays host to large conventions and sporting events. (AP Photo/Ron Harris, Pool)

Atlanta mayor clashes with governor as Georgia expands beds

Jul. 11, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday that Georgia would increase hospital bed capacity as COVID-19 hospitalizations surged, the state set a new single-day record for coronavirus infections and he clashed anew with Atlanta’s mayor. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told residents of the...

House minority leader, Robert Trammell, D - Luthersville, speaks against HB 792, the supplemental budget for the rest of the fiscal year, which the house went on to pass, Wednesday, February 19, 2020. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Town drops sign rules after House minority leader objects

Jul. 11, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

LUTHERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A west Georgia town says it will stop enforcing its sign ordinance after the state House minority leader complained that it discriminated against the content of his election signs by violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Newnan Times-Herald reports that...

Georgia state House member hospitalized after seizure

Jul. 11, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials say a Republican state lawmaker was hospitalized after a Thursday seizure. House Speaker David Ralston said Friday that the condition of Republican state Rep. Matt Barton of Calhoun was improving. Ralston, a Blue Ridge Republican, said doctors were trying to determine...

Man charged with arson in burning of Savannah city office

Jul. 11, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a Savannah man with setting a fire that burned a city office building. A grand jury indicted 18-year-old Stephen Charles Setter on a charge of arson, the office of U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine said. The charge carries a penalty range of five to 20...

Georgia revenue down $1B in early look before late taxes due

Jul. 11, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state government preliminarily closed out its 2019-2020 budget year with a more than $1 billion drop in tax collections according to figures released Friday, but the real budget shortfall won't be known for weeks yet as state officials await delayed income tax receipts. Whatever the...

Georgia mural calls for end to citizens arrest law

Jul. 11, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Roderrick Davis has painted murals before, but the one gracing the south-facing side of an old car wash on Altama Avenue represents two firsts for the Brunswick artist. “I’ve never tried to put together a design and put it up in one week,” Davis said. “It...

Frito-Lay to add 120 jobs with $200M Georgia plant expansion

Jul. 10, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

PERRY, Ga. (AP) — A major snack manufacturer has announced a $200 million plant expansion project that is expected to bring about 120 new jobs to Georgia, according to a statement from the governor's office. Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo which produces chips and other snacks, was set to add multiple...