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Georgia executes man for store clerk's killing in 1994

Nov. 13, 2019 11:49 PM EST

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Georgia convenience store clerk 25 years ago was put to death late Wednesday night, authorities said. Inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He made...

The Latest: Georgia executes man for ‘94 store clerk killing

Nov. 13, 2019 11:31 PM EST

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a Georgia death penalty case (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Georgia has executed a man convicted of the 1994 killing of a convenience store clerk. Officials say 52-year-old Ray Jefferson Cromartie was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday after an injection of...

Georgia election officials investigate prominent critics

Nov. 13, 2019 5:41 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have opened an investigation into two prominent critics of the state’s new touchscreen voting machines, secretary of state Brad Raffensperger’s office confirmed Wednesday. Those critics called the investigation an attempt to intimidate detractors of...

Georgia governor sets deadline for Senate applications

Nov. 13, 2019 10:35 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he’ll stop accepting applications for U.S. Senate next week. Kemp will soon name a replacement for fellow Republican, Sen. Johnny Isakson, who announced he would step down in December because of worsening health issues. Kemp took the unusual step of...

Georgia officials seed medical marijuana commission

Nov. 12, 2019 4:07 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials have made appointments to the state medical marijuana commission, a key step toward implementing a law designed to increase patient access. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston announced seven appointments Tuesday. They include...

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...

New policy requires fewer tests for some Georgia students

Nov. 7, 2019 5:07 PM EST

Georgia students taking certain advanced classes in high school will take fewer state tests under a new state policy. The state Board of Education voted Thursday to stop requiring students who take certain Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses to take state end-of-course exams in the same...

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 athletic club treasurer accused of embezzling $128K

Nov. 5, 2019 10:03 AM EST

OGLETHORPE, Ga. (AP) — The treasurer of a Georgia nonprofit meant to benefit middle and high school athletes is accused of embezzling nearly $128,000. News outlets report Tiffany Gomes was charged with theft by taking and surrendered to authorities Monday. She has since posted bail and been released. An...