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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. Salvage workers coming to the Georgia coast to cut apart and remove the cargo ship that overturned will be isolated at a nearby resort to protect them from the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Foreman: No problems loading cars onto ship that overturned

Sep. 15, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A foreman who oversees dock workers at Georgia's busy shipping terminal for automobiles said Tuesday he saw no problems as hundreds of cars and trucks were loaded onto the cargo ship Golden Ray shortly before the vessel overturned after leaving port a year ago. The U.S. Coast Guard...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. Salvage workers coming to the Georgia coast to cut apart and remove the cargo ship that overturned will be isolated at a nearby resort to protect them from the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Alarms, shouts recorded before ship overturned off Georgia

Sep. 14, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Sailors shouted above blaring alarms and other loud noises for several minutes as the cargo ship Golden Ray listed to one side and finally overturned a year ago along the coast of Georgia, according to an audio recording played Monday during a government hearing on the shipwreck. The...

Georgia mayor: Voters could decide Confederate monument fate

Sep. 13, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Voters in a coastal Georgia city could decide the fate of the town's Confederate monument. Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey says he has asked the city's attorney to research whether the question of moving the monument from a downtown square can be decided by city voters. “Why not...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 4, 2020, file photo, a group of protesters gather outside the Glynn County Courthouse while a preliminary hearing is being held inside for Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan, in Brunswick, Ga. The three are accused of shooting of Ahmaud Arbery while he ran through their neighborhood in February. The Glynn County commissioners are suing to stop a referendum on abolishing the county police department. State lawmakers approved the binding referendum  in the spring after the February shooting death of Arbery. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Judge: Voters can't abolish embattled GA police department

Sep. 11, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Voters can't try to abolish an embattled Georgia police department that was wrapped in controversy even before the department oversaw the initial investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Charles Paul Rose ruled that the...

This photo combo of images taken Thursday, May 7, 2020, and provided by the Glynn County Detention Center, in Georgia, show Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. A prosecutor on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 announced that three men have been indicted on murder charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Georgia. Speaking to reporters outside the Glynn County courthouse, prosecutor Joyette Holmes said a grand jury has indicted Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. on charges including malice and felony murder in the death of the African American man. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP)

Attorneys deny racial motive in Ahmaud Arbery slaying

Sep. 11, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Attorneys for a white father and son charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery say their clients weren't motivated by race when they armed themselves, chased after the young Black man and shot him in the street after a confrontation, according to interviews published Friday. Gregory and Travis...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. Salvage workers coming to the Georgia coast to cut apart and remove the cargo ship that overturned will be isolated at a nearby resort to protect them from the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Why did ship overturn off Georgia? Hearings may give answers

Sep. 11, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A year after a giant cargo ship carrying 4,200 automobiles overturned on the Georgia coast, public testimony from crew members and technical experts could soon provide answers to what caused the shipwreck. The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board have scheduled...

Independent qualifies to challenge DA in Ahmaud Arbery case

Sep. 7, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor who has faced criticism over her handling of the investigation into the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery will face electoral opposition in November. Independent candidate Keith Higgins has qualified for the ballot to run against incumbent Republican District...

Embattled police department on Georgia coast gets new chief

Sep. 5, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A new permanent police chief has been named to lead an embattled department on the Georgia coast that's facing possible disbandment by voters. Jay Wiggins has served as interim chief of the Glynn County Police Department since his predecessor was indicted on criminal charges in late...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 4, 2020, file photo, a group of protesters gather outside the Glynn County Courthouse while a preliminary hearing is being held inside for Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan, in Brunswick, Ga. The three are accused of shooting of Ahmaud Arbery while he ran through their neighborhood in February. The Glynn County commissioners are suing to stop a referendum on abolishing the county police department. State lawmakers approved the binding referendum  in the spring after the February shooting death of Arbery. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Georgia county where Black man shot sues over policing vote

Sep. 1, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The commissioners of a coastal Georgia county where Black man Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot after being pursued by armed white men are suing to stop a referendum on abolishing the county police department. The Glynn County Commission filed the lawsuit Friday, The Brunswick News...

Georgia island adds maritime forest to protected acreage

Aug. 30, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s most populated barrier island is protecting a slice of it valuable maritime forest from development. The 3.1 acres (1.25 hectares) bordering the marsh on St. Simons Island form one of the few undeveloped tracts remaining on the island’s south end. The...