Latest Georgia state government News

Georgia colleges hold tuition flat for second straight year

Apr. 13, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The 340,000 students at Georgia's public universities and colleges won't pay more for classes next fall, with regents on Tuesday approving flat tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 academic year. Officials say they were able to hold tuition flat at the 26...

Georgia lawmaker's legal work targeted again over voting law

Apr. 13, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, Ga. (AP) — Protesters are trying to get a Georgia state representative fired by cities and counties that pay him to be their attorney, citing his role in pushing through a voting law that adds restrictions. The Washington City Council voted 4-2 to ask Rep....

John King running to remain Georgia insurance commissioner

Apr. 12, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Insurance Commissioner John King on Monday launched his 2022 election campaign. King is a Republican. He was the Doraville police chief and had no insurance experience when Gov. Brian Kemp named him commissioner in 2019 to succeed John Beck. ...

Will Smith film departs Georgia over voting restrictions

Apr. 12, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua have pulled production of their runaway slave drama “Emancipation” from Georgia over the state's recently enacted law restricting voting access. The film is the largest and most high profile Hollywood production...

Boater remains missing in Georgia after boat capsizes

Apr. 11, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources continues to search for a person who fell overboard in Savannah after a boat capsized. Local news outlets reported the search was scheduled to resume Sunday after stopping late Saturday night. ...

Kemp names new district attorney in northwest Georgia

Apr. 11, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed a Cartersville lawyer as district attorney for Bartow and Gordon counties. The Republican governor last week named Samir Patel as chief prosecutor in the Cherokee Judicial Circuit. Patel fills a...

Georgia governor: Loss of All-Star game will hurt minorities

Apr. 10, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's Republican governor on Saturday stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball's decision to pull this summer's All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new voting law, saying the move politicized the sport and would hurt minority-owned...

Protest near Masters pushes back against Georgia voting law

Apr. 10, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — About two dozen protesters turned out near Augusta National on Saturday, objecting to Georgia's new voting law during the third round of the Masters. The group held signs that said “Let Us Vote” and “Protect Georgia Voting Rights,” drawing...

Prosecutor won't retry parents in baby's death a decade ago

Apr. 10, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A prosecutor says he won't retry a Georgia couple for their newborn daughter's death more than a decade ago after the state's highest court overturned their murder convictions. Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit Mark Jones has filed motions to drop all...

Former lawmaker must pay more than $10 million in fraud case

Apr. 09, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawyer for a former state lawmaker and Georgia Board of Regents member says his client has been ordered to pay nearly $10.8 million after being accused of running what authorities called a Ponzi scheme. Dean Alford of Conyers resolved the matter through...