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Judge: Cancellation of high court election was legal

Mar. 16, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state legally canceled a scheduled May 19 election for a seat on the state's highest court, a judge ruled Monday, saying the governor can rightfully fill the post even though a judge who is resigning won't leave until November. Two would-be candidates had accused...

Seeking trial delay, sheriff makes false COVID-19 claim

Mar. 9, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for a longtime Alabama sheriff seeking a delay in his Monday theft trial wrongly claimed the officer was being tested for the illness caused by a new coronavirus. With Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely set to go on trial on felony charges, his attorneys told a judge in a...

Sheriff: 3 dead, no survivors in Georgia small plane crash

Mar. 4, 2020 10:24 AM EST

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — At least three people were killed when a single-engine plane crashed Tuesday evening in northwest Georgia, authorities confirmed. The Oconee County Sheriff's Office found no survivors after the aircraft went down deep in a wooded area west of Watkinsville around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday,...