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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.

Most Ga. voters get last chance to touch screens of old ballot counters

By: - November 5, 2019

Georgia voters head to the polls today to pick local candidates, decide whether restaurants in their community can serve alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays and consider a variety of local tax issues.  Many voters will cast ballots in a pilot test of the state’s new $107 million voting machine system, as hundreds of the […]

Ga. high court lets 2018 lieutenant governor election result stand

By: - November 1, 2019

The Georgia Supreme Court Thursday ruled against a nonprofit’s suit challenging the state’s 2018 lieutenant governor election results, which had significantly fewer votes than other statewide races. The court’s unanimous decision denied an appeal lodged by the Boulder, Colorado-based nonprofit Coalition for Good Governance, finding it didn’t have enough evidence to put the election winner […]

Georgia high court pushes lawmakers to fix sex offender monitoring

By: - October 31, 2019

Georgia lawmakers are working to update state laws that govern which sex offenders get sentenced to wear ankle monitors for life after the state’s highest court ruled earlier this year that the devices need to come off once an offender’s sentence ends. Time is of the essence, as hundreds of sex offenders deemed dangerous enough […]

Revived ‘hidden predator’ bill stirs legal worries at legislative hearing

By: - October 30, 2019

A broad range of nonprofit and business organizations are decrying a renewed push to give Georgians who were sexually abused as children more ability later in life to sue their abusers and the employers who shielded them. But victim advocates, and a few victims themselves, also turned out to a legislative hearing held Tuesday to […]

Condemned Ga. inmate pushes for DNA test he says will prove innocence

By: - October 29, 2019

A final-hour plea to be spared from the death penalty is set to be heard Tuesday as a state board considers whether to halt the execution of a 52-year-old man convicted of killing a store clerk in Thomasville more than two decades ago. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, a Thomasville native, has maintained his innocence through years […]

Ga. House panel considers reviving ‘Hidden Predator Act’ for 2020

By: - October 25, 2019

Should Georgia allow older adults who were molested as children to sue the people they say abused them? A state House study committee is set to meet Tuesday to consider reviving Hidden Predator Act legislation for next year, aimed at extending the statute of limitations for sex abuse victims to file claims in court. Rep. […]

Georgia Democratic leaders brim with optimism at annual fundraising dinner

By: - October 24, 2019

Hundreds of Georgia Democrats eyeing 2020 as the year when they might finally end the GOP’s grip on the levers of state government gathered for a dinner fundraiser in downtown Atlanta that reeled in more than $365,000 in donations. Democratic leaders and political pundits project Georgia to be a battleground state during the 2020 state […]

Ga. DOT rolls out plan for high speed rail from Atlanta to Charlotte

By: - October 23, 2019

Georgians got their first up-close look Tuesday night at the possible paths a high-speed rail line might take to put passengers on a fast track from Atlanta-to-Charlotte, as the state Department of Transportation presents a new study’s findings for public comment. The price estimates for the three potential routes for the rail line range from […]

Columbia County Schools take unusual step to remove best-selling novel

By: - October 22, 2019

A Georgia-born author of a 2017 New York Times bestseller says Columbia County Schools are doing students a disservice by removing her book and two others from a supplemental reading list. “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone is one of three novels removed from a list of 17 books proposed by teachers and a selection committee […]

Atlanta Motor Speedway among those pitching gambling to lawmakers

By: - October 16, 2019

Casino promoters and Georgia business boosters pushing the state to expand legalized gambling — including the Atlanta Motor Speedway president — lined up in a meeting room across from the Capitol Tuesday to sell state lawmakers on plans to allow new games of chance inside state borders. The Hampton venue that’s hosted NASCAR races and […]

Will Ga. House bet on expanding gambling to casinos, horse racing?

By: - October 15, 2019

State Rep. Ron Stephens, a Republican from Savannah, says this will be the year legalized gambling in Georgia takes a great leap forward – or bites the dust for good. Stephens and other state lawmakers are hoping to put the question to Georgia’s voters and let them decide whether to permit casinos, horse racing and […]

Budget cuts to criminal justice reform initiatives ‘penny-wise, pound foolish’

By: - October 14, 2019

As prisons grew crowded and incarceration costs soared earlier this decade, state lawmakers and advocates joined forces with former Gov. Nathan Deal to push through a set of changes to the state’s criminal justice system. Deal’s Council on Criminal Justice Reform delivered a new approach to law and order through programs such as accountability courts […]