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A Georgia agency says dozens of counties statewide will share $166,000 in grant money to buy child car seats.

The Georgia Department of Public Health said in a news release that car seats will be distributed among 107 counties using money awarded from the Child Passenger Safety Mini Grant program.

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Amazon is opening another massive warehouse in metro Atlanta that will create 500 new jobs.

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Georgia’s parole board on Thursday spared the life of a prisoner just hours ahead of his scheduled execution, commuting his sentence to life without the possibility of parole.

Jimmy Fletcher Meders, 58, had been scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Jackson. But the State Board of Pardons and Paroles released its decision granting him clemency around 1 p.m.


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Ivanka Trump says the White House is committed to ending human trafficking, which she called “modern day slavery."

President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser made the comments during a trip to Atlanta on Tuesday. She visited nonprofit groups that help victims of human trafficking.

In recent years, multiple state and federal officials have called Atlanta a hub for sex trafficking.

During one stop, Ivanka Trump vowed to continue urging companies to be involved in helping survivors of abuse.

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Government experts say a newborn right whale spotted with grievous head wounds off the coast of Georgia is unlikely to survive.

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A former restaurant employee has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for starting fires inside a eatery in the historic heart of Savannah.

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SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II agreed Monday to grant Prince Harry and and his wife Meghan their wish for a more independent life, allowing them to move part-time to Canada while remaining firmly in the House of Windsor.

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Onlookers are placing bets on whether Georgia will make a push to expand gambling in the state this year. But the odds for such a wager remain unclear.

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Several organizations have come together to wipe out nearly all of the school lunch debt for two school districts in metro Atlanta.

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Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” is returning with new episodes, but not for another year.

FX Networks Chairman John Landgraf said Thursday that star and creator Glover is making a total of 18 new episodes.

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Conservationists say a newborn right whale has been spotted off the coast of Georgia with serious wounds to its head.

Barb Zoodsma of the National Marine Fisheries Service says humans may be helpless to do anything to treat the injured calf.

MORE: On Georgia’s Coast, Right Whales On Edge Of Extinction

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales migrate each winter to shallow waters off Georgia and Florida to give birth.

A Georgia man has been released from prison after spending more than a third of his life incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit.

News outlets report 44-year-old Kerry Robinson walked out of a South Georgia prison Wednesday after 17 years and hugged his relatives.

His attorneys at the Atlanta-based Georgia Innocence Project say he was convicted in 2002 of breaking into a woman’s home nine years prior and sexually assaulting her.

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A judge refused Wednesday to order DNA tests on a gun used to kill a convenience store cashier more than 30 years ago, rejecting arguments from defense attorneys who said the results could spare a Georgia inmate from execution next week.

Jimmy Fletcher Meders, 58, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Jan. 16 for the 1987 slaying in coastal Glynn County.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is warning the U.S. and its regional allies against retaliating over the missile attack in Iraq.

The Guard issued the warning via a statement carried by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency. The Guard also threatened Israel.

Iranian state TV says surface-to-surface missiles targeted Ain Assad air base in western Iraq, where U.S. armed forces are stationed.

U.S. forces could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Alex Trebek has a message of support for Congressman John Lewis as both fight pancreatic cancer.

“We’re starting a new year, and let’s see if we can’t both complete the year as pancreatic cancer survivors,” Trebek said when asked what he would tell Lewis. He noted they’re the same age, 79.

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A wealthy Republican businesswoman set to be sworn in as Georgia’s next U.S. senator will enter the chamber with a unique distinction: Her first vote could be on whether to remove the president.

Kelly Loeffler is scheduled to be sworn in at 5 p.m. Monday during a short ceremony on the Senate floor.

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Atlanta city leaders are preparing for another attempt by Georgia lawmakers to put the world's busiest airport under the state's control.

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Former President Jimmy Carter publicly appeared at the Georgia church where he worships for the first time since undergoing brain surgery in November.

News outlets report the 95-year-old Carter and his wife of more than 70 years, Rosalynn, attended services at the Maranatha Baptist Church on Sunday.

Parishioners also prayed over the Carters, who were nestled into front-row seats at the Plains church.

Jimmy Carter underwent surgery last month at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from a fall.

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The Atlanta Falcons are keeping coach Dan Quinn for another season despite a second straight losing record.

The team also announced Friday that general manager Thomas Dimitroff will remain in his current role.

Owner Arthur Blank made the decision two days before the Falcons (6-9) close the season with a game at Tampa Bay.

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One of Savannah's most celebrated Irish pubs is closing its doors after ringing in the new year.

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Georgia's public health agency is urging residents to get flu shots without delay, saying illnesses as widespread across the state.

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A company will pay the state $4 million for environmental cleanup of a former chemical plant.

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A Georgia jury has found a former aide to former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed guilty of violating the state's open records laws.

The Fulton County jury on Thursday found Jenna Garland committed two misdemeanors by ordering a subordinate to delay release of public documents politically damaging to Reed and some members of the Atlanta City Council.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports jurors deliberated about an hour before rendering a verdict.

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A new Georgia board has begun working to create rules and a distribution network for the sale of medical marijuana oil.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission held its first meeting on Wednesday.

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A new report is raising concerns about a Georgia program that provides tax credits for donations to rural hospitals in the state that are struggling financially.

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Crews have finished draining the fuel tanks of an overturned cargo ship three months after it capsized off the coast of Georgia.

The salvage team working to remove the South Korean ship Golden Ray said Thursday that more than 320,000 gallons of oil mixed with water were siphoned from 26 fuel tanks on the massive freighter.

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A federal judge is recommending that Georgia prevail in a longstanding legal battle with Florida over water use from rivers shared by the states.

U.S. Circuit Judge Paul Kelly Jr. ruled Wednesday that Florida failed to prove harm from Georgia's consumption from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin that flows from north of Atlanta to the Gulf of Mexico.

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A city in Georgia has voted to stop using taxpayer dollars to fund a veterans parade following a lawsuit by a group of Confederate descendants who were barred from flying the Confederate flag during the event.

The Alpharetta City Council unanimously voted to stop sponsoring the Old Soldiers Day parade, which it has co-hosted to honor war veterans for almost 70 years. In its early years, the parade was a tribute to local Civil War veterans.

“It’s just time for us to get out of this parade business,” Mayor Jim Gilvin said at the Monday meeting.

Evacuees board buses outside the Savannah Civic Center heading to Augusta ahead of Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.
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Coastal Georgia's largest county is paying $1.66 million in bills from a hurricane after state government didn't respond to a request for help.

The Savannah Morning News reports Chatham County commissioners on Friday approved paying expenses related to evacuation from Hurricane Dorian in September.

Gov. Brian Kemp ordered a mandatory evacuation for all coastal counties.

SUNTRUST AND BB&T

Atlanta-based SunTrust and Winston-Salem-based BB&T completed their planned merger Friday, becoming the sixth-largest bank in the nation. SunTrust was the largest bank in Georgia. The companies previously announced the name of the newly-created company in June of this year.

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