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Condemned Georgia man launches another appeal for DNA tests

Nov. 11, 2019 7:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man sentenced to die Wednesday has launched another last-ditch appeal aimed at supporting his claims of innocence, asking a federal judge to stop his execution and order DNA testing on crime scene evidence. In court papers filed Friday in Valdosta, Cromartie's lawyers say such...

Lawsuit challenges absentee ballot rejections in Georgia

Nov. 6, 2019 5:35 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Wednesday over Georgia's handling of absentee ballots a year after some ballots were rejected for minor reasons such as signatures not exactly matching those on file with the state. According to the federal lawsuit, absentee voters are not notified of...

Georgia high court declines to hear condemned man's appeal

Nov. 5, 2019 4:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — After temporarily halting an execution last week, the Georgia Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to hear a condemned man's appeal or block a new plan to give him a lethal injection next week. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, is scheduled to be put to death Nov. 13 at the state prison in Jackson....

Georgia governor unveils Medicaid plan with work requirement

Nov. 4, 2019 12:41 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp released a plan Monday to expand Medicaid to the state's poorest able-bodied adults, on the condition that they work, volunteer, receive job training or attend school. Under Kemp's proposal, which is more limited than other states, uninsured adults in Georgia who make...

New execution date set for Georgia inmate

Nov. 1, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials set a new execution date Friday for a death row inmate two days after he was granted a temporary reprieve because of a legal technicality. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 13 at the state prison in Jackson. Georgia Corrections...

Georgia governor releases plans for health care overhaul

Oct. 31, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled a much-anticipated plan Thursday that aims to reduce premiums for residents who buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and give the state control of billions of dollars in federal health care funds. The proposal could eventually lead to subsidies...

The Latest: Georgia gov says health plan creates 'stability'

Oct. 31, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's health care proposal (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp says his newly unveiled plan to overhaul Georgia's health insurance market will give "more stability and predictability" to Georgia families. The proposal was released at a...

Georgia high court affirms dismissal of election challenge

Oct. 31, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court on Thursday affirmed a lower court dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the outcome of last year's race for lieutenant governor in a case that put a spotlight on the outdated voting machines the state is in the process of replacing. The lawsuit alleged that an...

Georgia Supreme Court temporarily halts man's execution

Oct. 30, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With about eight hours to spare before a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk was to be put to death Wednesday, Georgia's highest court stepped in and temporarily halted the execution. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the...

The Latest: Georgia plans to seek new execution warrant

Oct. 30, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Georgia man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk 25 years ago (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Lawyers for the state of Georgia have conceded that the order for an execution scheduled Wednesday is void. Ray Jefferson Cromartie was scheduled to...