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Race permeates day one of jury selection in trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s accused killers

BY: and - October 19, 2021

The difficult and time-consuming process of selecting impartial jurors who will decide the fate of the three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery began Monday in a case that is bringing national attention to racial justice in the South. Arbery was a 25-year-old Black man who was jogging through a suburban Brunswick neighborhood on […]

Slow start to early voting lets counties ease into new election law rules

BY: - October 18, 2021

When Marcia Killingsworth noticed some troubling election plans for the Edison citywide election she checked in with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office after feeling local officials were dragging their feet. Killingworth lives in Calhoun County, where the Edison city of about 1,300 residents in southwest Georgia is one of the 111 local election contests […]

Judge tosses suit to inspect Fulton ballots after investigations confirm no fraud

BY: - October 14, 2021

A judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that aimed to discredit Fulton County absentee ballots, the latest in a string of lawsuits challenging the validity of the 2020 presidential elections to get tossed.  Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero ruled against a request by supporters of former President Donald Trump for an up-close review of […]

Brunswick braces for national spotlight, demonstrations as trial in Ahmaud Arbery’s death set to start

BY: - October 13, 2021

When jury selection begins Monday in the trial of three white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, the Transformative Justice Coalition is expecting up to 100 people to show up in support of the Arbery family as Glynn County comes under a withering national spotlight. The justice coalition is busing people to coastal Georgia to […]

Fulton election workers accused of shredding voter registration applications

BY: - October 11, 2021

Two Fulton County election workers fired for allegedly shredding voter registration applications before Tuesday’s start to municipal elections is the latest controversy dogging a county already under fire as the state investigates potential election mismanagement.  Fulton officials announced Monday that they referred the case to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis after terminating the employees […]

Golden Ray wreck fished out of St. Simons Sound, leaves pollution questions in its wake

BY: and - October 11, 2021

At 656 feet long and big enough to haul more than 4,000 automobiles, the hulking Golden Ray ship has been hard to miss in the St. Simons Sound, where it laid on its side for more than two years. Now, after years of setbacks from oil spills, a fire, hurricanes and a change in contractors, […]

State Capitol grounds ringed by foreboding steel fence spurred by 2020 protests

BY: - October 5, 2021

The new 8-foot tall steel fence surrounding the state Capitol will give a fortress-like feel as lawmakers, lobbyists and visitors return in force in early November for a special legislative session. The Georgia Building Authority completed the extensive security fence project this month after crews painted the bars and put finishing touches on the gates […]

Kemp announces $1,000 bonuses for police, EMTs as spotlight on crime remains

BY: - September 28, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp Monday announced a $1,000 bonus for police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders as part of ongoing efforts to support frontline workers during the pandemic. As part of the grant supplement program, up to $100 million in federal coronavirus relief money will be set aside to cover an estimated 80,000 Georgians […]

Herschel Walker heads to Perry Trump rally with wife cleared of improper voting

BY: - September 22, 2021

U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker is expected to be a major attraction Saturday with his recent ringing endorsement from former President Donald Trump as the two attend a “Save America” rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. In the last year, Walker has emerged as a prominent Republican supporting Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that widespread […]

Panel begins review of Fulton elections ahead of potential state takeover

BY: - August 18, 2021

This story was updated Wednesday at 6:25 p.m. with reaction from the secretary of state, a review board member and a Fulton legislator. The State Election Board assigned an independent panel Wednesday to review Fulton County’s voting operation under a new rule that could lead to a state takeover of local elections.  The performance review […]

Fight over control of Fulton elections heads before state board Wednesday

BY: - August 18, 2021

The Georgia State Election Board is set Wednesday to appoint an independent review panel to examine Fulton County elections management as the fight over control of the state’s largest county continues to take center stage. The creation of the review board is a step toward the potential removal of Fulton election board members. Georgia’s Republican […]

As Vogtle’s costs rise, changes near for reviewing project’s run-away expenses

BY: - August 17, 2021

This story was updated at 10 a.m. Tuesday. State regulators will consider signing off Tuesday on a plan marking a significant shift in how cost overruns are handled for Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle expansion, which is already billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.  An agreement negotiated by the state Public Service Commission […]