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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces a 9 PM curfew as protests continue for a second day over the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Atlanta. Protests were held throughout the country over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

More hospitalized in Georgia as Kemp pushes voluntary moves

Jul. 6, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The number of COVID-19 patients in Georgia hospitals rose to nearly 2,000 on Monday, as the number of confirmed cases statewide approached 100,000 people, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Officials have said many more people who are infected aren't being tested. The increase in...

FILE - In this Friday, June 26, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is greeted as he visits the House Chambers on Sine Die, day 40, of the legislative session in Atlanta. Kemp says he hasn’t yet weighed whether the state will take legal action against local governments trying to impose mask requirements. The Republican held a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, before departing on a statewide tour to promote wearing a mask, but said he won’t mandate it. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Georgia Gov. Kemp: Mask mandate not needed amid virus spike

Jul. 1, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he has not yet weighed whether the state will take legal action against local governments that try to impose mask requirements, as Georgia faces a spike in confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The Republican governor held a news conference Wednesday...

In this still image from body camera video released by the Valdosta police, Antonio Arnelo Smith is slammed face-first to the ground by a Valdosta police sergeant, in Valdosta, Ga., on Feb. 8, 2020. The video shows Smith handing his driver's license to a police officer and answering questions cooperatively before a second officer, Sgt. Billy Wheeler, approaches him from behind, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him face-first to the ground. Smith is crying in pain when he's told there's a warrant for his arrest. Officers are then told the warrant was for someone else. (Valdosta Police via AP)

`You broke my wrist!' Police sued for taking down wrong man

Jul. 1, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Body camera video shows Antonio Arnelo Smith handing his driver's license to a Black police officer and answering questions cooperatively before a white officer walks up behind him, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him face-first to the ground. “Oh my God, you broke my...

People wait in line at a walk-up testing site for COVID-19 during the new coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Sunbelt states rush to line up hospital beds, not barstools

Jun. 30, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida and other states across the Sunbelt are thinning out the deck chairs, turning over the barstools and rushing to line up more hospital beds as they head into the height of the summer season amid a startling surge in confirmed cases of the coronavirus. With newly reported...

Savannah mayor to require masks in businesses or face fines

Jun. 30, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Savannah said Tuesday he’s ordering people to wear masks inside retail shops, grocery stores and other public places — and those who refuse could face $500 fines. “Frankly and honestly, I do not believe that we have any other choice,” Mayor Van...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2020 file photo, Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, speaks during a news conference at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta to provide an update on the state's efforts regarding COVID-19, after reporting the first death in Georgia related to coronavirus. With the increased public scrutiny, security details have been assigned to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, and top state health officials like Toomey and Ohio's Dr. Amy Acton following protests by armed demonstrators and threats against the two women. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Hospitalizations rise as Georgia virus cases hit new peak

Jun. 22, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in Georgia because of COVID-19 rose to 1,000 Monday, erasing a month’s worth of progress and showing that an accompanying increase in confirmed infections is leading to serious illness. Coronavirus infections have been rising throughout June and are...

Southeast Georgia pellet plant sold to new owner for $175M

Jun. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — A large producer of wood pellets that are burned for electricity is buying a pellet plant in southeast Georgia for $175 million. Enviva Partners of Bethesda, Maryland, announced last week that it would buy the Georgia Biomass plant in Waycross, as well as export terminal capacity that...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jun. 17, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ June 16 Valdosta Daily Times on commemorating Juneteenth: On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, announcing all persons held as slaves within the rebellious areas are and henceforth shall be free. A political move by Lincoln,...

Protesters raise their fists and kneel in front of French riot police during a march against police brutality and racism in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 13, 2020, organized by supporters of Adama Traore, who died in police custody in 2016. Several demonstrations went ahead Saturday inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Protesters call attention to deaths of two more black men

Jun. 13, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

Anti-racism protesters on Saturday sought to call attention to the deaths of two more black men — one who was found hanging from a tree in California and another who was fatally shot by police outside an Atlanta restaurant. The Atlanta police chief resigned hours later. Meanwhile in Europe, far-right...

Kelsey Luker reads as she waits in line to vote, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Atlanta. Luker said she had been in line for almost two hours. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Primary chaos puts Georgia in race to fix voting by November

Jun. 10, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Coronavirus infections sidelined some poll workers and scared away others. New workers were trained online instead of in person. And when Election Day arrived, trouble with new voting equipment and social-distancing precautions forced voters to wait in long lines, sometimes for hours. The...