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Charges filed against judge accused of absenteeism, cover-up

Jun. 20, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's judicial watchdog has filed charges against a judge accused of being chronically absent and late and trying to cover it up. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Judicial Qualifications Commission's investigative panel filed the charges Wednesday against Atlanta Municipal...

Georgia woman fatally bit by rattlesnake while gardening

Jun. 20, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

WAVERLY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman who was bitten by a rattlesnake while gardening has died. News outlets report 62-yaer-old Priscilla Meridith was bitten last month and suffered an allergic reaction and heart attack that left her in a medically induced coma she never woke up from. Meridith's family says...

Georgia preparing to execute man for 1996 killing

Jun. 20, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is preparing to execute a man convicted in the killing of an off-duty prison guard more than two decades ago. Marion Wilson Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday. Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the March 1996...

Donaldson hits go-ahead homer in 6th, Braves beat Mets 7-2

Jun. 19, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves finished an 8-2 homestand with another convincing victory. Freddie Freeman loved nearly every minute of it. "It's pretty much the best you can possibly do, really," the slugger said. "We won every series, and that's ultimately the goal." Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking,...

After lottery setback, Hawks look to add to young core

Jun. 19, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The NBA draft lottery didn't go their way. Still, the Atlanta Hawks are poised to take another big step forward in their massive rebuilding job. With a pair of picks in the top 10 — or perhaps a single selection that's higher than what they have now, should they work out a trade...

Georgia panel delays clemency ruling for condemned man

Jun. 19, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The state parole board has delayed making a decision in a clemency hearing for a Georgia inmate set to be executed for the slaying of an off-duty prison guard. Marion Wilson Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday. Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and...

Braves place Newcomb on 7-day concussion injured list

Jun. 19, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb has been placed on the seven-day injured list for players with concussion symptoms, four days after he was hit on the back of the head by a line drive. Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday that Newcomb felt uncomfortable after a light workout. "After...

Georgia's Abrams to testify on effect of 2013 voting ruling

Jun. 19, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams is set to testify before a congressional panel about the effect of a 2013 Supreme Court opinion that gutted portions of the Voting Rights Act. Abrams will appear before a civil rights subcommittee on June 25. During her...

Georgia won't hold presidential primary on Super Tuesday

Jun. 19, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is shifting its presidential primary to late March, leaving the group of states that vote on Super Tuesday. The primary has been set for March 24, three weeks after Super Tuesday is held on March 3, which Georgia has joined in past election cycles. The date announced Wednesday by...

Contractor charged with taking kickbacks on Army projects

Jun. 19, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A construction executive from Tennessee was paid at least $436,000 in kickbacks in a scheme involving multimillion-dollar contracts at two Georgia military bases, according to court filings by federal prosecutors. A grand jury indicted David Kennedy on charges of wire fraud and taking...