Latest Georgia state government News

Port of Savannah is moving record-breaking volumes of cargo

Jul. 26, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Port of Savannah is now moving record-breaking volumes of cargo. For the first time ever, the Port of Savannah has moved 5.3 million 20-foot equivalent container units in a fiscal year, Georgia Ports announced Monday. That means it has grown its...

Savannah reimposes mask mandate as COVID-19 cases spike

Jul. 26, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The largest city on Georgia's coast has reimposed a requirement that people wear masks in some public settings, citing a “steep and alarming rise” in cases of COVID-19. Savannah Mayor Van Johnson made the announcement at a news conference Monday,...

The Latest: Education Dept OKs Georgia plan for relief funds

Jul. 24, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA — The U.S. Department of Education approved Georgia’s plans to use $1.4 billion in federal coronavirus relief money. Federal officials already distributed two-thirds of the $4.2 billion that Georgia schools received under the American Rescue Plan, the relief...

Georgia's plan approved to spend $1.4B in federal school aid

Jul. 24, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has received approval for its plans to use $1.4 billion in federal coronavirus relief money. The announcement by the U.S. Department of Education was made Thursday. Most of the money is being directly allocated to Georgia’s...

Jurors convict former Georgia insurance chief in $2.5M fraud

Jul. 22, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It took less than two hours Thursday for jurors to decide that Georgia's suspended insurance commissioner was indeed a “fraudster” and not an innovator, as they convicted Jim Beck on 37 criminal counts relating to more than $2.5 million he embezzled from his former...

Officials: CEO took money from group that feeds poor kids

Jul. 22, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — The director of an organization that feeds poor children during the summer in coastal Georgia stole from the state by saying she provided meals that were never made, investigators said. Dawn Eggleston, CEO of Our Daily Bread, Inc., was indicted on...

New prosecutor appointed in shooting of Rayshard Brooks

Jul. 21, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's attorney general announced Wednesday that he has appointed the head of a prosecutors' group to oversee the criminal case against the police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks. Peter Skandalakis, executive director of the Prosecuting...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jul. 21, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

Dalton Daily Citizen. July 20, 2021. Editorial: Greene must stop misleading her constituents As a member of Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene has a responsibility to tell her constituents, including the residents of Whitfield and Murray counties, the...

Georgia House speaker proposes 1K bonus for police, deputies

Jul. 21, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's House speaker said Wednesday he will seek $75 million in the state budget to give each police officer and sheriff's deputy a $1,000 bonus, increase salaries for prosecutors and public defenders and bolster the capacity of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. ...

Kemp taps former Cobb candidate to Georgia utility regulator

Jul. 21, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is naming businessman Fitz Johnson to fill a vacancy on the state Public Service Commission. Kemp on Wednesday announced he would tap Johnson, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for the Cobb County Commission last year, to fill a...