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Georgia officials seek to remove 102,000 voters from rolls

Jun. 18, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state is making public a list of nearly 102,000 voters who will be removed from the rolls unless they act to preserve their registration. Republican Brad Raffensperger announced the list Friday, part of an every-other-year bid to...

Georgia promises hundreds of vaccine events to boost uptake

Jun. 17, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

BROOKHAVEN. Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials say state health workers and others will participate in more than 370 community vaccination events between now and July 4th, trying to push up the state's lagging rate of COVID-19 vaccination. Gov Brian Kemp spoke to reporters...

Georgia jobless rate falls to 4.1% in 13th straight decline

Jun. 17, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's jobless rate continued to fall in May, dropping closer to where it was before the pandemic sent it soaring to an all-time high. The state’s unemployment rate was 4.1% in May, down from 4.3% in April. That’s still above the 3.6% posted in...

New Georgia street racing law: alleged organizer charged

Jun. 13, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say they have arrested an Atlanta-area street racing organizer, one of the first people to be charged under a new Georgia law that creates criminal penalties against not only participants, but organizers. Online jail records show Adolfo Robledo was...

Tuesday special elections are first test of new Georgia law

Jun. 12, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler’s most pressing problem with adhering to Georgia’s new election law before a June 15 special election is finding some heavy equipment to erect a large sign in front of a church that won’t be used as a voting precinct. ...

More judicial circuits could split after Columbia exits

Jun. 12, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Leaders in counties in at least three other Georgia judicial circuits are interested in splitting up after Columbia County successfully persuaded lawmakers to break it off from what had been a three-county Augusta Judicial Circuit. The Administrative...

GOP governors tie economy to relaxed approach to coronavirus

Jun. 12, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Republican governors running for reelection have begun trumpeting the party’s more hands-off approach to the coronavirus pandemic, trying to flip the script on an issue that helped Democrats win the White House and control of Capitol Hill in 2020. ...

Georgia Democrats seize new power, run for statewide offices

Jun. 11, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — For more than a decade, Georgia Democrats struggled to lure highly qualified, big-name candidates to run for statewide office. With Republicans firmly in control of all constitutional positions and the state legislature, none wanted to take the risk. ...

Georgia moves to further crimp jobless aid later this month

Jun. 10, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgians receiving unemployment benefits will once again be required to look for work and will be able to earn less before unemployment payments drop beginning June 27. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced the changes Thursday, also saying employers...

Undoing Trump rule won't likely affect Okefenokee mine plan

Jun. 10, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Biden administration’s plan to revive protections for some wetlands and streams that got eliminated during Donald Trump’s presidency isn't likely to restore federal oversight of a proposed mine outside the Okefenokee Swamp's vast wildlife refuge. ...