Latest Georgia state government News

Georgia DOT plans to raise Savannah bridge for larger ships

Jan. 27, 2023 12:10 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials have signed off on a plan to raise Savannah's towering suspension bridge to make room for larger cargo ships to reach the city's busy seaport. The state Department of Transportation's board at its January meeting approved hiring a contractor...

Georgia election probe report to remain secret for now

Jan. 24, 2023 20:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge said Tuesday that a final report produced by a special grand jury tasked with investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies broke the law as they tried to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia will remain under wraps for now. Fulton...

Person killed at Atlanta police training center site ID'd

Jan. 19, 2023 17:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Investigators on Thursday released the identity of the person who was shot and killed by law enforcement officers who were trying to clear protesters camping at the site of a planned Atlanta-area public safety training center that opponents have dubbed “Cop City.” ...

New Georgia House speaker not making many policy commitments

Jan. 19, 2023 17:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — New Georgia House speaker Jon Burns says he doesn't want to pass any laws on abortion while awaiting court action, isn't interested in fully expanding Medicaid, and leans toward giving Atlanta more time to reduce crime before allowing citizens in its Buckhead area to secede. ...

Regulators move mine plan near Okefenokee a big step forward

Jan. 19, 2023 14:07 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company's plan to mine minerals just outside the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected wildlife refuge moved a big step closer Thursday to approval by Georgia regulators, who have spent years evaluating the project that opponents say could permanently harm an...

College leaders warn falling enrollment could sap budgets

Jan. 18, 2023 16:38 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of Georgia's public universities and technical colleges warned lawmakers Wednesday that their schools could be weakened by budget decreases based on declining enrollment. State lawmakers use funding formulas — with enrollment as the most important input —...

Biden: Americans should 'pay attention' to MLK's legacy

Jan. 15, 2023 23:25 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden made a historical pilgrimage Sunday to “America's freedom church” to mark Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, saying democracy was at a perilous moment and that the civil rights leader's life and legacy "show us the way and we should pay attention.” ...

Biden welcomed back to Georgia after lying low in midterms

Jan. 14, 2023 07:37 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — During the 2022 midterm campaign, President Joe Biden steered clear of Georgia as Sen. Raphael Warnock, like many other battleground-state Democrats, tried to distance himself from the White House amid an inflationary economy and the president's lagging approval ratings. ...

Panel: State shouldn't take over Georgia county's elections

Jan. 13, 2023 17:19 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s most populous county has a history of problems with its elections but has also shown considerable improvement, and the state should not step in to take over its elections, a bipartisan review panel said. The State Election Board appointed the three-person...

Today in History: JAN 13, US House impeaches Trump

Jan. 13, 2023 00:10 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2023. There are 352 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 13, 2021, President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House over the violent Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol,...