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Abrams brings Fair Fight 2020 to Georgia

Aug. 17, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams launched a new multistate voter protection initiative in Georgia on Saturday. Abrams kicked off her Fair Fight 2020 campaign at an elementary school in Gwinnett County near Atlanta, WXIA-TV reported . Since her loss in the Georgia governor's race last year to...

Source confirmed in Legionnaires' outbreak at Atlanta hotel

Aug. 15, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the source of a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a downtown Atlanta hotel. According to news outlets, officials said Thursday that the bacteria were present in the Sheraton Atlanta's cooling tower and in a decorative fountain in...

Judge: Georgia must scrap old voting machines after 2019

Aug. 15, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a challenge to Georgia's outdated voting system said that after years of inaction in the face of warnings about vulnerabilities, state officials have finally taken a solid step in the right direction. But she foreshadowed a looming fight over the state's new...

Georgia's Abrams announces new voter protection program

Aug. 13, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams, who vaulted onto the national political stage championing voting rights during an unsuccessful 2018 run for Georgia governor, announced on Tuesday that she's launching a new multistate voter protection initiative and not running for president in 2020. Abrams revealed...

Georgia's new voting machines certified by the state

Aug. 9, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state certified new touchscreen voting machines as election-safe in court documents Friday, bidding to put behind the acrimonious 2018 electoral season marred by reports of malfunctioning voting equipment, hourslong wait times and criticism that the state's outdated...

Georgia faces tight timeline for replacing voting system

Aug. 8, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia elections officials have no time to spare as they hustle to replace thousands of outdated voting machines statewide while fending off lawsuits in the wake of a much criticized gubernatorial election. Even if the state manages to implement the $106 million purchase of new voting...

Georgia asked to ban explosive fireworks after donkey death

Aug. 8, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

MILTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia farmer says his beloved miniature donkey named Sammy was literally scared to death by this year's Fourth of July fireworks. Now he and an animal rights group want Georgia to ban rockets that go boom. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wrote to Gov. Brian Kemp, House...

Official: 1 death linked to Legionnaires' disease in Atlanta

Aug. 6, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed one death linked to a Legionnaires' outbreak at an Atlanta hotel. News outlets report 49-year-old Cameo Garrett died July 9 of coronary artery disease aggravated by Legionella. DeKalb County Medical Examiner Pat Bailey said Tuesday that...

Georgia 'Deportation Bus' candidate apologizes for run

Aug. 6, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a "deportation bus" and later pleaded guilty to falsely reporting that computer servers were stolen from his office is apologizing for his chaotic and combative campaign. "I want to apologize for any embarrassment or hurt that your...

55 'probable' Legionnaires' cases tied to Atlanta hotel

Jul. 30, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Public Health says it's probable there are 55 more cases in the Legionnaires' disease outbreak linked to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. News outlets report the agency hadn't confirmed the cases in the lab Monday but the people involved have illnesses consistent with...