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Transgender deputy suing Georgia county goes to trial

Sep. 26, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy returned to court Monday for a civil trial seeking monetary damages from the Georgia county that employs her after a federal judge ruled her bosses illegally denied the deputy health coverage for gender-confirmation surgery. Sgt. Anna Lange...

4 Georgia guards sentenced for inmate assault, cover-up

Sep. 21, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Four former correctional officers at a Georgia prison were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the beating of a handcuffed inmate and the subsequent cover-up, federal prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson sentenced Sgt. Patrick Sharpe, 30, to four...

The Muscogee get their say in national park plan for Georgia

Sep. 21, 2022 06:43 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — When Tracie Revis climbs the Great Temple Mound, rising nine stories above the Ocmulgee River in the center of present-day Georgia, she walks in the steps of her Muscogean ancestors who were forcibly removed to Oklahoma 200 years ago. “This is lush, gorgeous...

Payton, James lead Mercer over The Citadel 17-0

Sep. 17, 2022 21:26 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Fred Payton and Ty James connected for two touchdowns, and Mercer beat The Citadel 17-0 on Saturday night. Payton threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James early in the third quarter and a 63-yarder eight minutes later in the Southern Conference opener for Mercer...

Warnock, Walker set on 1 debate in Georgia Senate race

Sep. 13, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters will see at least one fall debate between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker. Warnock on Tuesday evening accepted Walker’s proposal for an Oct. 14 debate in Savannah, but the senator renewed his call for an additional...

Warnock, Walker creep toward debating in Georgia Senate race

Sep. 07, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

EMERSON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker may be getting closer to debating in the state's U.S. Senate race. Warnock said Wednesday that he will participate in the debate Walker prefers if Walker agrees to another forum...

Douglas, Payton lead Mercer to 63-13 rout of Morehead St.

Aug. 27, 2022 22:38 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Austin Douglas ran for 140 yards, including two long touchdowns, Fred Payton threw four touchdown passes and Mercer routed Morehead State 63-13 in a season-opener on Saturday night. Mercer dominated the first half with 17 first downs, 486 total yards and a 42-10...

Walker accepts debate invite, but not one that Warnock chose

Aug. 03, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republican Herschel Walker has accepted an invitation in his U.S. Senate race to debate Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock, but it's not one of the three debate invitations Warnock earlier accepted, leaving it unclear whether the two will actually clash in person before...

Georgia switching to debit cards to deliver WIC benefits

Jul. 17, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia will issue electronic debit cards by October for women and children who benefit from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Commonly called the WIC program, it provides food for low-income women during and after...

Ex-missionary gets 10 years for sex assault of Ugandan girl

Jul. 12, 2022 15:51 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in February to sexually assaulting a girl while a missionary in Uganda. U.S. District Judge Marc. T. Treadwell sentenced Eric Tuininga, 45, of Milledgeville last week. He was ordered to...