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Georgia wants to encourage more students to seek agriculture jobs by offering new educational courses.

Some of the courses begin as early as kindergarten, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported .

The goal is to better acquaint students with one of the state's oldest industries. Georgia's agriculture industry adds about $75 billion to the economy each year and provides jobs for more than 400,000 people, the newspaper reported.

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The mayor of Atlanta has signed legislation banning smoking and vaping in enclosed areas such as bars, restaurants and the smoking rooms in one of the world's busiest airports.

The legislation signed by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will go into effect on Jan. 2.

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Coco Gauff’s Wimbledon run is over.

The 15-year-old American lost to former No. 1 Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round.

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Coastal Georgia's largest county wants to help residents prepare for an emergency during hurricane season.

The Chatham County Emergency Management Agency in Savannah plans to hold a free "Citizen Hurricane Academy" the weekend of July 20.

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State records show the number of Georgia families receiving welfare benefits has dropped by more than two-thirds in the past 14 years.

The numbers have decreased as Georgia has applied constant pressure to drive down the rolls, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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Citations for distracted driving have jumped in the past year since Georgia made it illegal to drive while holding a cellphone.

A state law that took effect July 1, 2018, prohibits drivers from holding a cellphone while they're behind the wheel. They can only make calls using hands-free devices with their phones.

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Georgia Power has asked for permission to go up on its prices.

The Savannah Morning News reports the utility is seeking to increase customer rates by about 7% in 2020.

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello asked Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday to address a lawsuit filed against the state's Department of Driver Services.

The federal suit alleges Geogia is discriminating against Puerto Rican driver's license applicants by treating them differently than other citizens. 

"This is absurd," Rossello said in a statement. "Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens and cannot be treated unequally in any U.S. jurisdiction. I ask Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to address the disturbing irregularities immediately. The U.S. citizen of Puerto Rico cannot be subject to illogical and illegal requirements when procuring government services."

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Coco Gauff surprised the world of professional tennis when she became the youngest to qualify for Wimbledon. On Monday, the 15-year-old continued her stunning run when she defeated 5-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams at the All England Club. 

Gauff, born in Atlanta, pulled off a two set victory over Williams winning 6-4, 6-4 during the first round of the tournament. The victory makes Gauff the youngest professional tennis player to win a match at Wimbledon since fellow American Jennifer Capriati defeated Martina Navratilova at 14. 

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President Donald Trump on Saturday dismissed Jimmy Carter's swipe at the legitimacy of his election and said the charge was nothing more than a "Democrat talking point," while offering his own digs at the 94-year-old former commander in chief.

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A county commissioner in coastal Georgia says he’s innocent after a grand jury indicted him on charges that he took money from clients of his insurance business.

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Jimmy Carter is taking a swipe at the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency, saying Russian interference in the 2016 election was responsible for putting Trump in the White House.

The 94-year-old former U.S. president said Friday that he believes Russia’s meddling “if fully investigated would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016.” Carter said he believes Trump “lost the election” and became president “because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”

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More than 120 million Americans cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections, with turnout surging to that of a typical presidential year in some states and the highest percentages of voters in places that have expanded access to the polls, according to an analysis of data released Thursday by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

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The flu vaccine turned out to be a big disappointment again.

The vaccine didn't work against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the past flu season, dragging down overall effectiveness to 29%, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

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A Georgia city is trying to reduce its contribution to global warming by outfitting city workers with electric cars.

News outlets report the city of Savannah added two electric vehicles on Monday, with plans to grow the fleet as vehicles retire each year.

Georgia's Fulton County Jail is overcrowded once again, with more than 500 inmates over capacity.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that some 180 inmates have to sleep on floor mattresses in an open area.

Chief Jailer Mark Adger says they've got room for 2,500 inmates, but are holding more than 3,000.

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The agency that manages Jekyll Island on the Georgia coast is raising parking fees at the state park by $2.

That means beginning July 1 it will cost $8 to drive a vehicle onto the island state park. The Jekyll Island Authority's governing board approved the fee increase during its meeting Tuesday.

Winners of the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors contest were announced Saturday in Atlanta.

GPB News won first place awards for Best Staff Coverage: "Hurricane Michael and Georgia's Path to Recovery"; Best Website and Best Newscast: Rickey Bevington and Sophia Saliby.

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An inmate executed by the state of Georgia for a slaying decades ago said in his last moments that he never killed anyone.

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Federal prosecutors say a construction company executive was paid at least $436,000 in kickbacks in a scheme involving multimillion-dollar contracts at two military bases in Georgia.

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A former Piggly Wiggly worker says ex-employees of some of the chain's stores in Georgia and South Carolina are expected to receive less than 5% of what they invested in the failed supermarket operator's employee stock ownership plan.

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Internet speeds in Georgia are far slower than what has been reported by the federal government, a local newspaper reports.

An analysis of internet speed test results by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that internet speeds were about one-fourth as fast as those reported by the Federal Communications Commission.

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An Uber driver has rallied her community in Henry County to care for an 89-year-old veteran she met on the job.

Lauren Mulvihill took Ronald Dembner home from the hospital this month and learned that he has no surviving immediate family, news outlets report. She walked him inside his house and found it in serious disrepair. She asked if anyone checks up on him, and he said no.

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The federal government will not be opening a facility to house migrant children in Georgia after initially considering the state.

 

Fort Benning, near Columbus, was one of several potential sites that federal officials toured last week in the search for more space to house unaccompanied migrant children.

 

 


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Police have filed misdemeanor charges against the driver accused of fatally crashing into an Atlanta man who had been riding an electric scooter.

News outlets report that 36-year-old Narcory Wright is charged with speeding and second-degree homicide in connection with the crash outside an Atlanta MARTA station last month.

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A judge has imposed a $1 million fine against the owner of an unlicensed landfill outside of Atlanta whose towering mountains of debris burned for eight months.

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President Donald Trump has signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires.

Georgia has selected Deloitte Consulting to help the state develop federal health care waiver plans.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Monday that Deloitte's proposal had a $1.92 million price tag, under the $2.6 million budgeted.

If approved by the federal government, a waiver could allow Georgia to adopt a more conservative expansion of Medicaid than is called for under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."

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A man accused of killing an off-duty prison guard who had agreed to give him and another man a ride outside a Georgia Walmart store is scheduled to be executed later this month.

Marion Wilson Jr., 42, is set to die June 20 at the state prison in Jackson, state Attorney General Chris Carr said in a news release Wednesday. Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the March 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks in Milledgeville, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.

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After Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp postponed a trip to Hollywood amid fallout over the abortion ban he signed into law, his Democratic rival Stacey Abrams is planning to go instead.

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