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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. The Georgia Associated Press Managing Editors named Stanley a finalist for best deadline reporting. The Tennessee Press Association honored him for his reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo.

Georgia GOP congressman swims against environmental tide opposing right whale protection proposal

By: - June 28, 2023

Commercial and recreational boating and shipping interests are rallying behind a Georgia congressman’s campaign against a federal agency’s plans to clamp down on how fast thousands of sea vessels can travel along an Atlantic coast that is home to where critically endangered right whales are struggling to survive.  The controversial proposal from the National Oceanic […]

Georgia Democrats trumpet $1.3B grant to expand rural broadband internet connections

By: - June 26, 2023

A historic broadband investment has been secured for Georgia broadband expansion as part of $42 billion awarded by the Biden administration to boost internet access nationwide. Several members of Georgia’s congressional delegation announced Monday that the state will receive a $1.3 billion grant through a broadband program created by the bipartisan 2021 infrastructure law. On […]

Despite concerns, Georgia election officials plan to delay voting fixes till after ‘24 election

By: - June 23, 2023

A long-running dispute over Georgia’s voting system has further fueled claims that state election officials haven’t done enough to ensure election security ahead of the 2024 presidential election. The State Election Board this week rejected a petition to expedite the Secretary of State’s decision to wait until 2025 before updating the Dominion Voting Systems software. […]

State Election Board rejects takeover of Fulton after conspiracy theorists fixated on 2020

By: - June 20, 2023

The State Election Board Tuesday rejected a state takeover of Fulton County elections following a lengthy performance review after a tumultuous 2020 presidential election brought some unwanted national attention to Georgia’s most populated county. State board members cited improvements in Fulton election operations that included a shakeup in leadership in their reasoning behind unanimously opposing […]

Federal crackdown on coal ash waste in the works as Southern Co. resists tougher environmental regs

By: - June 20, 2023

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are seeking public input on a proposal to close a regulatory loophole that conservationists claim utilities are exploiting to avoid cleaning up toxic coal ash from retired power plants. The EPA is accepting written public comments through July 17 on the draft coal ash rule that adds federal level regulations […]

Georgia’s halting rollout of solar power still rates above other states in region, clean energy advocates say

By: - June 15, 2023

This story was updated on Friday, June 16 at 1:27 p.m.  A clean energy watchdog’s annual report on solar power generation by state ranks Georgia among the top adopters of green technology in the South. On Thursday, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy released its sixth annual report on tapping into solar energy in the […]

Camden kept taxpayer meter running well after voters, courts snuffed chances for spaceport launch

By: - June 15, 2023

In the year since Camden County residents overwhelmingly voted against local rocket launches, county officials have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to revive lofty plans to transform the region into Georgia’s space coast. A Georgia Supreme Court ruling in February upholding county residents’ rights to reign in unpopular government decisions ended supporters’ hopes […]

Georgia PSC reverses course, pulls support for plan to burn tires to produce energy

By: - June 8, 2023

A controversial proposal to allow biomass plants to burn scrap tires for electricity has been withdrawn by the Georgia Public Service Commission for now anyway. Clean energy advocates applauded the five-member board’s unanimous vote Thursday that reversed its decision in April that granted the biomass industry’s request to use junked tires as a more reliable […]

Georgia voters sign up in record numbers following change to automatic registration in 2016

By: - June 7, 2023

A national election research center is proclaiming Georgia a leader in voter registration for adopting a system that’s greatly increased election participation over the last several years. According to a report released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation and Research, during the first four years since Georgia implemented a new automatic voter registration […]

Cost controversies still inflame critics of Plant Vogtle expansion as kilowatts go online

By: - June 5, 2023

Georgia Power customers have been vocal about their displeasure over ratepayers bearing the hefty tab for the nuclear power expansion at Plant Vogtle.  Opponents of the Plant Vogtle expansion, including residential customers and organizations like the Sierra Club of Georgia, argue that household and commercial customers are shouldering a larger portion of the project’s expenses […]

After years of setbacks, new Plant Vogtle unit hits ‘100 percent power’ for first time

By: - May 30, 2023

This story was updated at 4:57 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, with additional comment.  The nation’s first nuclear expansion project in 30 years reached a breakthrough this week with one of Plant Vogtle’s new reactors reaching 100% power capacity. Georgia Power announced Monday that Plant Vogtle’s Unit 3 reactor had reached its maximum energy […]

Georgia organizations embrace long road to end veterans homelessness

By: - May 29, 2023

Former eight-year Army veteran Wilma Fiddmont’s dreams of settling into a comfortable life in Georgia took a sharp detour that left her homeless and sleeping in her car. Her life was in shambles as the little money she had saved up quickly disappeared while she was living in hotel rooms, but she would quickly rebound […]