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Kemp announces leader for rural economic development effort

Oct. 21, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The state is hiring a south Georgia economic developer to lead its efforts to bring more jobs and commerce to rural parts of the state. Gov. Brian Kemp and Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson announced Wednesday that Tift County's Brian Marlowe will be the new deputy commissioner...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Oct. 21, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Oct. 18 The Valdosta Daily Times on Gov. Brian Kemp extending Georgia's coronavirus restrictions: Gov. Brian Kemp’s extension of COVID-19 restrictions is hollow and of little consequence. His gutted restrictions are meaningless unless enforced. Going on...

FILE - In this March 20, 2020, file photo, U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, waits to speak in a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. Candidates in the special election for the U.S. Senate seat held by Loeffler are set to square off in their first debate Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Loeffler faces a large field including Democrat Raphael Warnock and fellow Republican Doug Collins in a race for the seat she was appointed to 10 months earlier. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Loeffler, Warnock, Collins spar in 1st Georgia Senate debate

Oct. 19, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins both accused the other of lying and touted their own conservative credentials in their first debate, while Democrat Raphael Warnock assailed Loeffler for associating herself with a congressional candidate who has embraced baseless QAnon...

FILE - Former gubernatorial candidate and former state Rep. Stacey Abrams speaks to the congregation at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma , Alabama, on March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

Stacey Abrams' zeal for voting began with preacher parents

Oct. 17, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

(RNS) — Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House minority leader who lost a razor-thin race for governor in 2018, voted on Thursday (Oct. 15), driving her ballot to a local drop box. Jeanine Abrams McLean, a former biologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who now helps her sister run the...

Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump leaves after speaking at a campaign rally at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Macon, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states

Oct. 17, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Backed into a corner and facing financial strains, President Donald Trump went after his opponent's family and defended his own struggle to contain the pandemic as he fought to energize his sagging reelection bid in the nation's Sun Belt. With Election Day looming, Democrat Joe Biden...

Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump leaves after speaking at a campaign rally at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Macon, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states

Oct. 16, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Backed into a corner and facing financial strains, President Donald Trump went after his opponent's family and defended his own struggle to contain the pandemic on Friday as he fought to energize his sagging reelection bid in the nation's Sun Belt. With Election Day looming, Democrat Joe...

Georgia unemployment rate rises as economic rebound sputters

Oct. 16, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's economic recovery from the pandemic sputtered in September, with the unemployment rate raising and employers adding few jobs. The jobless rate rose to 6.4%, up from 5.7% in August. More people flooded back into the labor force, but fewer people reported having jobs. The slowdown...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, left, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma sign health care waivers at the state Capitol in Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Georgia's plans would provide Medicaid access to adults who make less than poverty level incomes who meet work requirements, and leave private brokers as the only avenue to buy federally-subsidized private insurance for people with above-poverty incomes. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Feds approve Georgia health insurance changes sought by Kemp

Oct. 15, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia will become the first state to offer federally subsidized health insurance to its residents only through private brokers under a plan being approved by President Donald Trump's administration. A separate part of the plan would offer Medicaid to some of the state's poorest able-bodied...

Sumter County sheriff dies after 14 years in office

Oct. 15, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia sheriff has died after nearly 16 years in office. Officials in Sumter County confirmed that Sheriff Pete Smith died Wednesday at a hospital. Smith’s chief deputy, Col. Eric Bryant, told WALB-TV that Smith was a “caring and compassionate man” who...

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...