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Georgia signs contract to pull disputed water from lake

Jan. 25, 2021 11:31 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that for the first time formally ratifies the rights of two suburban Atlanta counties to use Lake Lanier for drinking water. The lake northeast of Atlanta, formed by damming the Chattahoochee River, has been used...

Georgia woman charged with stealing $107K from church

Jan. 22, 2021 9:58 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga, (AP) — A north Georgia woman has been arrested on charges that she stole about $107,000 from the church where she worked. The Hall County Sheriff's Office said 49-year-old Alycia Christy turned herself in on a felony theft charge on Jan. 15. Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman...

Baggage car to make costly trip after city sells it for $10

Jan. 17, 2021 1:22 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Excess baggage: $10. Cost to carry it home? A lot more. For $10, a northeast Georgia event venue is now the owner of a railroad car that had belonged to the city of Gainesville. The Chair Factory was the only bidder on a baggage car now located in Engine 209 Park, which hosts a...

2 foes of Georgia Senate GOP leaders lose committee posts

Jan. 12, 2021 2:48 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican leaders in the Georgia state Senate sent two of their internal opponents to timeout Tuesday, stripping them of committee chair posts. Republican Burt Jones of Jackson lost a challenge to Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller of Gainesville in Republican leadership elections in...

State Senators, from left, Lindsey Tippins, Sonya Halpern, Sally Harrell, and Bill Cowsert are sworn in during the opening day of the legislative sessions on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Georgia lawmakers meet in riot's wake, and amid COVID-19

Jan. 11, 2021 1:41 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A state police SWAT team patrolled Georgia's Capitol on Monday as lawmakers gathered for the first time since rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington and threatened to take their grievances to statehouses around the country. The legislators may feel less secure under Georgia’s...

The "Bubba" vote: McDonald delivers win for Republicans

Jan. 6, 2021 4:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Republican some Georgians have never heard of was the most popular member of his party on the ballot this week. Lauren “Bubba” McDonald won more votes than either David Perdue or Sen. Kelly Loeffler in Tuesday's election to claim a fourth term on the Georgia Public Service...

Democratic candidate for Public Service Commission Daniel Blackman speaks during a rally in Augusta, Ga., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are challenging incumbent Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in a runoff election on Jan. 5. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

Runoff for Public Service Commission also on Georgia ballots

Jan. 5, 2021 11:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — In addition to Georgia's twin U.S. Senate runoffs that have commanded national attention, the state's voters on Tuesday are deciding a race for the state’s Public Service Commission that could affect residents' utility bills and the state's investments in the fight against climate...

Pedestrians wearing masks to protect against coronavirus pass a sign for doctors rooms in Johannesburg Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared the wearing of masks compulsory and has reimposed a ban on the sales of alcohol and ordered the closure of all bars as part of new restrictions to help the country battle a resurgence of the coronavirus, including a new variant. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The Latest: Louisiana congressman-elect dies from COVID-19

Dec. 29, 2020 10:29 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. — Luke Letlow, who was to have been Louisiana’s newest Republican member of the U.S. House, has died from complications related to COVID-19 only days before being sworn into office. He was 41. Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect’s death Tuesday at...

People wearing face masks walk near a banner displaying precautions against the coronavirus in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea reports biggest daily death toll so far

Dec. 28, 2020 9:56 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says 40 more coronavirus patients have died in the past 24 hours, the highest daily number since the pandemic began. Officials also reported 1,046 new confirmed coronavirus infections Tuesday, taking the total caseload to 58,725, with 859 deaths. South Korea's previous...

Registered nurse Betty Hallman, left, gives registered nurse Norma Elizondo a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga., Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

COVID-19 hospitalizations rise rapidly in Georgia

Dec. 28, 2020 6:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia now has more than 4,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with hospital admissions increasing at a pace that raises questions about hospitals' ability to handle demand. The numbers rose again Monday as Gov. Brian Kemp highlighted the launch of vaccinations of nursing home employees,...