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Gov. Kemp faces next test from Trump loyalists in Georgia

Apr. 17, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s new voting law overhaul kickstarted Gov. Brian Kemp’s effort to reconnect with hardline conservatives angry that the Republican executive didn’t help overturn former President Donald Trump’s loss last November. But the new GOP-backed law hasn’t mollified...

Taylor Swift sends note to Georgia nurse on COVID frontlines

Apr. 17, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — A Dublin flight nurse had one of her wildest dreams come true this week when Taylor Swift sent her a handwritten note and a box of clothes and other merchandise after reading about her journey in The Telegraph. Britta Thomason, a Middle Georgia...

Another Georgia electric co-op to offer high-speed internet

Apr. 16, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Another Georgia electric cooperative will work with a partner to extend broadband internet. The Washington Electric Membership Corp. announced Friday that it will invest $52 million to reach more than 12,000 customers in Baldwin, Emanuel,...

Deputy fired and arrested after shooting at car during stop

Apr. 16, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy in a northeast Georgia county was charged with aggravated assault after he shot at a car that drove away during a chase. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it arrested former Oglethorpe County Deputy Michael Norton...

Georgia tire plant plans $22M expansion to boost production

Apr. 16, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A tire plant will spend $21.8 million to expand production in middle Georgia. Kumho Tire and Macon-Bibb Mayor Lester Miller announced the expansion Thursday. The plant, which opened with a capacity of about 4 million tires a year,...

Investigators: 3 Savannah house fires are linked to arsons

Apr. 16, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Three houses that burned in Savannah earlier this month are believed to have been set on fire by burglars. Georgia Insurance Commissioner John King said Thursday that investigators have ruled the fires to be arsons and believe they are linked. The...

Indiana U names Kennesaw State's Whitten next president

Apr. 16, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana University trustees have selected as the school's next president Pamela Whitten, currently the president of Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Whitten, who will become U’s first female president, was appointed by the...

Georgia governor gets GOP primary challenge from former Dem

Apr. 16, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Democrat Vernon Jones crowd-surfed across adoring Trump supporters in October after speaking at one of the former president's campaign rallies. Now the scandal-plagued politician hopes to surf their discontent to a Republican primary victory over Gov. Brian Kemp. ...

Georgia jobless rate falls to 4.5% in 11th straight decline

Apr. 16, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s jobless rate fell for the 11th straight month in March, dropping to within a percentage point of where it was before the pandemic sent it soaring to an all-time high. The state's unemployment rate was 4.5% in March, down from 4.8% in February....

As America embraces early voting, GOP hurries to restrict it

Apr. 16, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

Nearly seven of every 10 voters cast their ballots before Election Day in 2020. Republicans are moving to make it harder for that to happen again, potentially affecting the voting preferences of millions of Americans. The GOP's campaign to place new restrictions on...