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FILE-In this Thursday, April 3, 1997 file photo, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Ga., is is seen. A mining company said Tuesday it plans to dig for minerals without a federal permit at the edge of the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp, a big step for a once-embattled project that's now benefitting from the Trump administration's rollback of environmental rules. (Stuart Tannehill/Florida Times-Union via AP, File)

Trump environmental rollback spurs mining near Okefenokee

Oct. 21, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A mining company said Tuesday that it plans to dig for minerals without a federal permit at the edge of the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp, a big step for a once-embattled project that's now benefiting from the Trump administration's rollback of environmental rules. For...

Panels named to search for new president of Savannah State

Oct. 17, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Two panels have been tasked with finding a new president for Georgia’s oldest historically Black university. Savannah State University has been overseen by an interim leader since its last president, Cheryl Dozier, retired in the summer of 2019. The state Board of Regents,...

Moderator Savannah Guthrie speaks during an NBC News Town Hall with President Donald Trump at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

For grateful NBC, Savannah Guthrie changes the subject

Oct. 16, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Savannah Guthrie did more than just display her journalistic chops at NBC News' town hall with President Donald Trump. She changed the subject for her bosses. NBC was reeling heading into Thursday's event, under widespread criticism for scheduling it at the same time as ABC's town hall with...

President Donald Trump speaks during an NBC News Town Hall with moderator Savannah Guthrie, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump raises $247.8M in Sept., far behind Biden

Oct. 15, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 11:10 p.m. President Donald Trump’s campaign and Republicans raised $247.8 million in September — better than the month before, but still lagging far behind his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who raised $383...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks to reporters about Georgia's COVID-19 outbreak, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Kemp says that Georgia is making progress in reducing coronavirus infections, but is urging people to get a flu shot in addition to practicing social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands. (Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)

Kemp to spend $1.5B in aid to bail out unemployment system

Oct. 14, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that he will use $1.5 billion that Georgia got from the federal COVID-19 relief to bail out the state's indebted unemployment system, deciding against passing the money to local governments that could have then used it to give grants to businesses and...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2020, file photo, voters wait in line to cast their ballot early at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Ga. Black people are going to the polls by the thousands and waiting in lines for hours to vote early in Georgia. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP, File)

History, mistrust spurring Black early voters in Georgia

Oct. 14, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — They came by the thousands to vote early, descendants of slaves, children of the civil rights era and other Georgians standing in line for hours when all could have been somewhere else. Yet in a year when issues including prejudice, racial justice and voter suppression are at the...

A line forms outside of the State Farm Arena for early voting on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Big turnout as early in-person voting starts in Georgia

Oct. 12, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The chance to cast ballots on Georgia's first day of in-person early voting Monday had thousands of people waiting for hours to make their voices heard. Eager voters endured waits of six hours or more in Cobb County, which was once solidly Republican but has voted for Democrats in recent...

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)

Removal of Georgia shipwreck delayed again over anchor issue

Oct. 7, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An engineering problem has forced another delay before salvage crews can start removing an overturned cargo ship that's been partially submerged on the Georgia coast for more than a year, officials said Wednesday. The multi-agency command overseeing the salvage of the South Korean ship...

Warehouse for Savannah port shipments set for studio site

Oct. 6, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

MELDRIM, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia location once planned for a movie studio that collapsed in scandal will now host a warehouse aimed at distributing goods moving through the Port of Savannah. WTOC-TV reports that Panattoni Development Co. is buying part of the land near Meldrim and will build a 518,000...

Georgia sea turtle nests continue to meet recovery goals

Oct. 4, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia recorded nearly 2,800 loggerhead sea turtle nests with more than 250,000 eggs this spring and summer, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Volunteers and staffer identified and monitored 2,777 loggerhead nests and seven nests of unknown species on Georgia's...