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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty fist bump lawmakers as they leave the House Chamber after Kemp delivered his State of the State address Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kemp proposes $900M borrowing plan as part of Georgia budget

Jan. 16, 2021 8:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is proposing that Georgia borrow $883 million for construction projects and equipment next year, an amount likely to rise before lawmakers complete the state budget. Lawmakers authorized borrowing of more than $1.1 billion for the current budget year. The agency that...

Augustan keeping Christmas lights display up indefinitely

Jan. 16, 2021 12:01 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Christmas season is over, but one Augustan wants to keep the spirit alive in the community with the musical, dazzling display he has built. This was the first holiday John Jarman set up a display. Though he had no experience, he spent the last year preparing and planning it. ...

FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, a North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. The Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature said Thursday, July 9, 2020, it is moving the North Atlantic right whale from

Lawsuit seeks more protection for endangered right whales

Jan. 13, 2021 3:04 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Conservation groups filed suit Wednesday against the federal government, saying it has taken too long to act on proposals to expand protections for critically endangered right whales. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington says the National Marine Fisheries Service for more...

Election official quits; accused of bumping woman with car

Jan. 12, 2021 11:33 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia elections board member twice censured by fellow board members has resigned. Chatham County Board of Elections member Debbie Rauers announced her resignation Thursday, after she was accused of bumping an off-duty poll worker with her car at a Savannah polling place...

Health districts inundated as Georgia expands vaccine access

Jan. 11, 2021 5:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's plan to expand access to a coronavirus vaccine to people over 65 got off to a rocky start Monday, with the websites of at least two public health districts crashing and other districts reporting overwhelming demand for appointments. The state was already struggling with its vaccine...

Savannah reports no 2020 fire deaths, first time in a decade

Jan. 10, 2021 10:19 AM EST

SAVANNAH. Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia’s oldest city say they saw no deaths from fires in 2020, the first time that’s happened in a decade. The Savannah Fire Department said in a news release it responded to 920 fires last year, but nobody died. Savannah wasn’t so fortunate...

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock waves to supporters during a drive-in rally, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Savannah, Ga. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris made a campaign stop for Georgia candidates Warnock and Jon Ossoff before the runoff election Tuesday. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

'Only in America': Warnock's rise from poverty to US senator

Jan. 6, 2021 1:45 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Rev. Raphael Warnock's roots showed little promise of a future that led to the U.S. Senate. He grew up in Savannah in the Kayton Homes public housing project, the second youngest of 12 children. His mother as a teenager had worked as a sharecropper picking cotton and tobacco. His...

Savannah cancels St. Patrick's Day festivities again

Jan. 5, 2021 4:49 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — For the second straight year, the city of Savannah is canceling its traditional St. Patrick's Day events because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Van Johnson announced Tuesday during his first weekly update of 2021 that he spoke with health officials and city leaders before making...

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., clasp hands during a campaign rally, Monday Dec. 21, 2020, in Milton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

EXPLAINER: Stakes high for U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia

Jan. 2, 2021 1:05 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Two months after the November elections, Georgia voters have unfinished business. The outcome will determine partisan control of the U.S. Senate and how lawmakers deal with a new White House. Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are both on the ballot Tuesday in runoff...

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., clasp hands during a campaign rally, Monday Dec. 21, 2020, in Milton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

EXPLAINER: Stakes high for U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia

Jan. 1, 2021 8:01 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Two months after the November elections, Georgia voters have unfinished business. The outcome will determine partisan control of the U.S. Senate and how lawmakers deal with a new White House. Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are both on the ballot Tuesday in runoff...