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Georgia grapples with sexual harassment complaints

May. 24, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's inspector general's office has taken charge of auditing and centralizing sexual harassment complaints across state agencies. But the office has not been provided additional money or staff, even as its workload has increased significantly, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported ....

2 film productions quit Georgia after abortion law is signed

May. 22, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two film projects have pulled production from Georgia after the governor signed the so-called "heartbeat bill," which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks, before many women realize they are pregnant. The Lionsgate comedy...

Today in History

May. 22, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2019. There are 223 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 22, 1992, after a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the final time (Jay Leno took over as host three days later). On this date:...

Judge won't toss suit challenging Georgia voting machines

May. 21, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawsuit challenging Georgia's outdated voting machines and seeking statewide use of hand-marked paper ballots can move forward, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The lawsuit argues that the paperless touchscreen voting machines Georgia has used since 2002 are unsecure, vulnerable to hacking...

Maker of auto components plans $100M expansion in Georgia

May. 18, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

MONROE, Ga. (AP) — A company that manufactures vehicle components for major automakers is launching a $100 million expansion of its plant in Georgia. Gov. Brian Kemp's office says Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas plans to create 100 jobs as it grows its operation in Walton County east of Atlanta. The...

Correction: Hollywood-Heartbeat Law story

May. 17, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story May 16 about the entertainment industry's reaction to Georgia's "heartbeat" law The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of the leader of a grassroots group that has advocated against the policy. Her name is Krystal Redman, not Crystal Redman. A corrected...

Indicted Georgia insurance commissioner suspends himself

May. 16, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's insurance commissioner says he will voluntarily suspend himself from office two days after being indicted on federal charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. A 38-count indictment accuses Jim Beck of orchestrating an elaborate invoicing scheme to steal more than $2...

Kemp calls for indicted insurance commissioner to resign

May. 15, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp called for the resignation of Georgia's insurance commissioner Wednesday after he was indicted on federal charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering that stem from alleged crimes that preceded his election. Kemp, in a letter to fellow Republican Jim Beck, asked...

Georgia governor delays film trip amid abortion ban fallout

May. 15, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has delayed an annual trip to Los Angeles to promote Georgia's film industry as movie executives, producers and actors criticize the state's new abortion ban. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the delay announced Tuesday comes about a week after Kemp signed a...

Georgia Gov. Kemp vetoes school safety plan, recess mandate

May. 13, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Wielding the veto pen for the first time, Georgia's new Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has rejected 14 bills and resolutions passed by lawmakers. The vetoes were announced ahead of the May 12 deadline for the governor to consider this year's raft of legislation. Among the bills and resolutions...