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Fulton board gets new chair as Georgia reviews its elections

Sep. 16, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Commissioners in Fulton County have picked a former Atlanta City Council president to lead their election board as a state panel reviews how elections are conducted in Georgia's most populous county. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted...

Georgia school district mandates COVID-19 vaccines for staff

Sep. 15, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Employees in the Decatur school system in suburban Atlanta have until the end of October to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The move could set up a showdown with Gov. Brian Kemp, who issued an executive order in May that he says bans government...

Federal govt launches civil rights probe of Georgia prisons

Sep. 14, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced a statewide civil rights investigation into Georgia prisons, citing particular concern about violence. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, who oversees the department's civil rights division, said...

Kemp aide Broce named to lead Department of Human Services

Sep. 14, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A longtime aide to Gov. Brian Kemp is being named to lead Georgia's largest government agency. The state Board of Human Services voted unanimously on Monday to appoint Candice Broce as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services. ...

The Latest: Alaska Gov: Biden’s vaccine order 'un-American'

Sep. 10, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said President Joe Biden’s effort to require millions of U.S. workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is “ill conceived, divisive, and un-American.” “At a time in which we are called to work together, forced medical...

Faculty push not moving Georgia colleges on masks, vaccines

Sep. 10, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Protests from faculty members are still rising in Georgia's public universities, although leaders of Georgia's university system are not backing down from their position that schools can't require masks or vaccines. Acting Chancellor Teresa MacCartney...

The Latest: Australia state to begin easing out of lockdown

Sep. 08, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Parts of Australia’s New South Wales state will come out of lockdown Saturday and the government plans to ease restrictions in Sydney once 70% of its residents aged 16 and older are fully vaccinated. The government on Thursday outlined plans to ease...

Georgia hospitals swamped by COVID-19 postpone surgeries

Sep. 08, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's public safety net hospital became the latest to temporarily cancel elective surgeries on Wednesday, saying it's being overrun with COVID-19 patients. Grady Memorial Hospital CEO John Haupert made the announcement, saying that the hospital was...

Kemp sets selection to fill state House seat in Savannah

Sep. 04, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday set a Nov. 2 special election to replace a Democratic state House member who died. Rep. Mickey Stephens of Savannah died Aug. 14. He represented District 165, which covers parts of Chatham County. ...

Georgia lieutenant governor declares independence from Trump

Sep. 03, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican lieutenant governor is declaring independence from Donald Trump in a new book and urging other members of the GOP to follow. Geoff Duncan has been a target of heavy criticism from the former president and many other Republicans for...