Latest Georgia state government News

Georgia lawmaker says new evidence supports ousting speaker

Apr. 18, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia lawmaker says new evidence supports his efforts to oust the state House speaker following reports the powerful Republican repeatedly used his position to delay court proceedings for criminal defendants who are clients of his law practice. Republican state Rep. David Clark of Buford...

State panel recommends removing judge from bench

Apr. 18, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's judicial watchdog agency has recommended that suspended Superior Court Judge Mack Crawford of the Griffin Judicial Circuit be removed from office for the alleged theft of court funds. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Thursday's recommendation now goes to the Georgia...

Georgia Gov. Kemp signs medical marijuana bill

Apr. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Some Georgia patients will soon be allowed to legally buy the marijuana they are already allowed to possess. Because of a legal quirk, patients and families have regularly broken the law to obtain low-potency medical marijuana oil. Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed a bill that would fix...

Stacey Abrams to deliver Tougaloo commencement speech May 5

Apr. 17, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor in Georgia, will deliver the Tougaloo College commencement address next month. The historically black college in Mississippi, where Abrams grew up, is also her parents' alma mater. A Tougaloo spokeswoman on Wednesday confirmed her appearance at the...

Chase through Alabama, Georgia ends in shooting

Apr. 15, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — An early-morning police chase through Alabama and Georgia ended in a police shooting that's being investigated by state authorities. WRBL-TV reports that the incident began in Alabama around 3:30 a.m. Monday. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor says Phenix City police began a chase...

Federal government renames Runaway Negro Creek in Georgia

Apr. 15, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal government has agreed to change the name of a tidal creek on the Georgia coast that had long been known as Runaway Negro Creek. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names changed the name to Freedom Creek a year after Georgia lawmakers passed a resolution requesting the switch....

Georgia parole board to host event for crime victims

Apr. 14, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The state parole board plans to meet with crime victims at an event in east Georgia later this month. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a victims visitors' day at Augusta Technical College on April 24. The event is meant to give crime victims a chance to meet with...

Kemp blasts Congress for inaction on disaster aid package

Apr. 13, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor and other state leaders are blasting Congress over its failure to approve a package of disaster relief measures. The $14 billion aid package is desperately needed by farmers and others who suffered losses when Hurricane Michael swept across the state in October, Gov. Brian...

Georgia ethics director to subpoena Abrams campaign records

Apr. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The new director of Georgia's state ethics commission said he plans to subpoena bank records from Democrat Stacey Abrams' nationally watched but unsuccessful 2018 campaign for governor. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that David Emadi, just days into his new posting, said Thursday...

Georgia set to execute man who killed 2 women in 1994

Apr. 12, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A man who killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago is the first death row prisoner set to be executed in Georgia this year. Scotty Garnell Morrow, 52, is scheduled to die May 2 at the state prison in Jackson, state Attorney General Chris Carr announced Friday. Morrow...