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Beau Evans

Beau Evans

Beau Evans has covered local and state government and breaking news in New Orleans and California. He’s reported on immigration issues, the threat of rising seas to coastal areas, public safety and hurricanes. At The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Evans detailed the critical role government plays to ensure that people in a community have access to clean water and other public needs. In 2018, his investigative reporting revealed top officials at New Orleans’ cash-poor water utility dealt themselves huge raises, prompting several to resign. Evans’ prior reporting was in West Marin north of San Francisco for The Point Reyes Light. Evans is an Atlanta native who graduated with honors from The Lovett School and is an honors graduate of North Carolina’s Davidson College. Beau was with the Georgia Recorder until January 4th, 2020.

Isakson bids farewell as congressional colleagues praise his statesmanship

By: - December 4, 2019

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia warned in his farewell speech Tuesday from the Senate floor that the country’s best qualities may be “slipping away” amid deepening partisan divisions in Congress. Set to retire on Dec. 31, the Republican senior senator took 20 minutes Tuesday to urge colleagues from both political parties to work better […]

Beyond the two-headed calf: Georgia Capitol’s tour gets seriously historical

By: - November 26, 2019

The students shot their hands in the air and tossed out guesses: “200 years,” said one. “1,000 years,” said another. “3,000 years,” said a third. Facing them on the top floor of Georgia’s Capitol building, Kayla Adams pressed a finger to her mouth like she had a secret. “Actually, we have evidence going back 12,000 […]

State consultants say Plant Vogtle expansion timeline ‘challenged’

By: - November 26, 2019

Delays and costs are likely to keep growing for an expansion of Georgia Power’s nuclear plant south of Augusta, according to reports the Georgia Public Service Commission staff filed last Friday. Underway since 2013, the project to build two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is billions over budget and already three years behind schedule. […]

Georgia Senate study committee to push for tougher state seat belt law

By: - November 26, 2019

All back-seat passengers in Georgia will have to buckle up if a state Senate study committee’s recommendation becomes law. Adults riding in the back are not currently required to use seat belts under Georgia law. The driver and front-seat passenger are, as are minors riding in the back seat. “I think this is something that […]

National issues dominate Democratic debate in Georgia spotlight

By: - November 21, 2019

Georgia’s controversial anti-abortion law and claims of voter suppression in last year’s gubernatorial race made cameo appearances in Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, but pressing  issues in the potential battleground state otherwise faded into the backdrop as the day’s impeachment proceedings and other national issues took center stage. The highly anticipated debate in […]

Rural NE Georgia wood-fired plants leave nearby residents with bad taste

By: - November 20, 2019

CARNESVILLE – A pair of wood-fired power plants made a smelly and messy introduction in two rural counties northeast of Athens in recent months. The smokestacks in chicken farm country promise a new source of electricity made from renewable biomass fuels instead of coal and an economic boon for the surrounding rural communities. The plants […]

Ga. lawmakers consider raising age for juveniles to be charged as adults

By: - November 18, 2019

Georgia is one of the few states that put 17-year-olds convicted of crimes on a path to adult prisons and state lawmakers are considering raising the age to 18. But some lawmakers on the state House Juvenile Justice Committee say they worry that change might let violent young offenders off the hook. “Raise the Age” […]

Georgia’s census outreach team gets pep talk from governor in Athens

By: - November 15, 2019

ATHENS — Gov. Brian Kemp challenged about 50 members of the state’s Complete Count Committee gathered at the Athens Technical Institute Thursday to give their all to ensure every eligible Georgian is in included in the 2020 Census. “It will literally shape the future of our state,” said Kemp, who reformed the committee in September […]

State, local officials make plans to get Georgia’s 2020 Census tally right

By: - November 14, 2019

How can Georgia ensure it counts as many eligible residents as possible for the 2020 Census? It’s a critical question, as the census tally is used for a decade to determine how much federal funding communities get, how local government plan for public safety, how businesses decide where to create jobs and much more. Getting […]

Trump’s Atlanta trip to raise money for Perdue, launch ‘Black Voices’ coalition

By: - November 8, 2019

Courting black voters for his 2020 reelection campaign, President Donald Trump is poised to stir cries of both admiration and protest during a trip to Atlanta Friday to launch his new “Black Voices for Trump” coalition. The Georgia World Congress Center event aims to energize black conservative supporters anxious to hear what the president will […]

Georgia’s new voting machines buggy in Tuesday’s election debut

By: - November 7, 2019

Glitches with check-in pads and ballot selection screens that turned off on their own delayed voters Tuesday in six Georgia counties that pilot tested the state’s $107 million new voting machines. Election officials in Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Decatur, Lowndes and Paulding counties reported technical issues with new equipment, either with electronic entry points or with […]

New voting machines get positive reviews, but not without a hitch

By: - November 6, 2019

Voters in Decatur County ran into a technical glitch Tuesday morning at its three precincts, which caused a 45-minute delay, but Georgia’s new ballot-marking machines otherwise drew positive reviews in election day pilot testing. The polls in Decatur County stayed open later to accommodate the dozen or so people who didn’t wait out the repair, […]