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The Latest: France adds Russia to list of banned countries

Jun. 23, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

PARIS — France is adding Russia to its “red list” of countries from which travels are banned unless it is for urgent reasons as they are struggling with virus surges and worrisome variants. French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said Wednesday that Russia,...

The Latest: Guam launching COVID-19 vaccine tourism program

Jun. 22, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam is launching a vaccine tourism program to encourage citizens of neighboring countries and Americans living in East Asia to come get inoculated against COVID-19. The Pacific Daily News reports the first group of three travelers was arriving on a...

Kemp to end Georgia health emergency but keep some powers

Jun. 22, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor says he will end the state's public health state of emergency on July 1, more than 15 months after he initially declared it because of the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Brian Kemp made the announcement Tuesday, signing a fresh...

Georgia labor agency sued over delays in jobless benefits

Jun. 22, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Four Georgia residents are suing the state Department of Labor, saying delays in processing, paying and hearing appeals on unemployment claims violate state and federal law. The suit was filed last week in Fulton County Superior Court and announced...

15 GOP governors urge release of Census redistricting data

Jun. 22, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

Fifteen Republican governors sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Department of Commerce urging that the U.S. Census Bureau release redistricting data as soon as possible, saying further delays would hurt efforts to redraw congressional and legislative districts. The letter...

Kemp to decide if Juneteenth becomes Georgia holiday in 2022

Jun. 19, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It was too late this year for Georgia state workers to get the new Juneteenth holiday off, even though some federal agencies scheduled to close on Friday to observe the day in advance of the actual June 19 date on Saturday. But Republican Gov. Brian Kemp...

Georgia officials seek to remove 102,000 voters from rolls

Jun. 18, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state is making public a list of nearly 102,000 voters who will be removed from the rolls unless they act to preserve their registration. Republican Brad Raffensperger announced the list Friday, part of an every-other-year bid to...

Georgia promises hundreds of vaccine events to boost uptake

Jun. 17, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

BROOKHAVEN. Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials say state health workers and others will participate in more than 370 community vaccination events between now and July 4th, trying to push up the state's lagging rate of COVID-19 vaccination. Gov Brian Kemp spoke to reporters...

Georgia jobless rate falls to 4.1% in 13th straight decline

Jun. 17, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's jobless rate continued to fall in May, dropping closer to where it was before the pandemic sent it soaring to an all-time high. The state’s unemployment rate was 4.1% in May, down from 4.3% in April. That’s still above the 3.6% posted in...

New Georgia street racing law: alleged organizer charged

Jun. 13, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say they have arrested an Atlanta-area street racing organizer, one of the first people to be charged under a new Georgia law that creates criminal penalties against not only participants, but organizers. Online jail records show Adolfo Robledo was...