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Stanley Dunlap

Stanley Dunlap

Stanley Dunlap has covered government and politics for news outlets in Georgia and Tennessee for the past decade. At The (Macon) Telegraph he told readers about Macon-Bibb County’s challenges implementing its recent consolidation, with a focus on ways the state Legislature determines the fate of local communities. He used open records requests to break a story of a $400 million pension sweetheart deal a county manager steered to a friendly consultant. The Georgia Associated Press Managing Editors named Stanley a finalist for best deadline reporting for his story on the death of Gregg Allman and best beat reporting for explanatory articles on the 2018 Macon-Bibb County budget deliberations. The Tennessee Press Association honored him for his reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo, which became a sensational murder case that generated national headlines.

Raffensperger defends record, voting law heading into busy 2022

By: - December 6, 2021

Embattled Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger defended his record Monday as he faces continued criticism from his own party heading into next year’s election. In an appearance before the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Republican state official pushed back on accusations that he is to blame for 2020 election losses. Raffensperger remains under siege more […]

Racial motivation of Arbery’s murderers more explicit when case returns to court

By: - December 3, 2021

Criminal law experts predict that when the three men convicted in Georgia state court over Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death stand trial in February on federal hate crime charges, the way prosecutors attempt to add new convictions is sure to focus more on racism as a motivation than last month’s trial. Gregory and Travis McMichael, along […]

Georgia Secretary of State sues Justice Department over voting records delay

By: - December 1, 2021

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is suing the U.S. Justice Department over allegations that the federal agency failed to respond to records requests for communications with prominent liberal groups about overturning Georgia’s new election law. The U.S. District Court of Columbia District lawsuit accuses the agency of not complying in a timely manner after the […]

Georgia environmental regulators propose $3 million fine for Golden Ray pollution

By: - November 29, 2021

This story was updated at 9 a.m. Nov. 30 with details about the fine from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The state’s Environmental Protection Division is proposing a $3 million fine against a South Korean logistics company for polluting the sea and salt marshes on the Georgia coast after the Golden Ray car carrier capsized […]

Months after U.S. Afghanistan withdrawal, refugee resettlement effort sluggish

By: - November 23, 2021

About 700 Afghan refugees have resettled in Georgia in the last several months and work continues to speed up the process of finding permanent homes for many more of them in the nation’s largest resettlement effort in four decades. The U.S. Department of State temporarily halted resettlement efforts from other parts of the world through […]

Prosecutor says Arbery targeted for being ‘Black man running down the street’

By: - November 23, 2021

The lead prosecutor in Monday’s closing arguments accused the three white defendants of chasing Ahmaud Arbery because he was Black, a decision that led to his shooting death on a Brunswick-area street Sunday afternoon in 2020. The Glynn County murder trial is set to resume Tuesday with the state’s prosecutors expected to present a two-hour […]

Defense rests after prosecutor pokes at credibility of man who shot Arbery

By: - November 19, 2021

The lead prosecutor in Travis McMichael’s murder trial hammered him Thursday for contradictions and failing to take steps to avoid the deadly confrontation that ended with him shooting Ahmaud Arbery on a suburban Brunswick street in February 2020. Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikoski pointed out multiple inconsistencies between the statement Travis McMichael gave […]

Travis McMichael defends shooting Arbery, testifies he feared for his life

By: - November 17, 2021

Ahmaud Arbery’s killer testified during his murder trial Wednesday that he feared for his life when he fired the fatal shots, ending a five-minute chase of the 25-year-old Black man through a suburban Glynn County neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020. In Travis McMichael’s four-hour testimony, he repeated that he reacted to the “totality of circumstances” […]

Georgia sues over fed’s nursing home vaccine mandate; staff shortage persists

By: - November 17, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr continued Georgia’s feud over federal vaccine mandates that now extend to workers in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities. A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the state’s two ranking Republican officials challenges the legality of the Biden administration’s requirement that the majority of health care workers […]

Deadline day for Georgia’s new plan to improve delivery of federal rental aid

By: and - November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties that excelled at distributing emergency federal aid to renters struggling during the pandemic may soon be rewarded—with yet more cash. Their new funding would be drawn from sluggish states like Georgia and localities that didn’t move as swiftly to help people facing eviction and homelessness, who were targeted for […]

Defense lawyer in Arbery case claims Al Sharpton presence intimidates jurors

By: - November 12, 2021

After Rev. Al Sharpton sat next to Ahmaud Arbery’s family in a Glynn County courtroom Wednesday, a defense attorney representing one of the three white men on trial for Arbery’s killing raised questions about prominent Black pastors showing up. The judge rejected defense attorney Kevin Gough’s request to limit how many nationally recognized Black pastors […]

Local Georgia officials eye clean energy climate solutions in Build Back Better Act

By: - November 10, 2021

Brookhaven and Doraville mayors joined conservationists Wednesday to call on Congress to support milestone legislation they say will reduce pollution, create high-paying jobs, and address systemic environmental injustice.   As early as next week, the House of Representatives could take up a vote on President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act that provides a […]