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Federal prosecutors in Georgia say a former county commissioner used her elected position to extort $1,000 from a contractor.

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A lawsuit challenging Georgia's outdated voting machines and seeking statewide use of hand-marked paper ballots can move forward, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

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Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at age 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once again.

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Former President Jimmy Carter has changed plans and will not teach Sunday school just days after undergoing surgery for a broken hip.

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Georgia and Hollywood are worlds away from one another, physically and culturally, but irresistible tax incentives have turned the state into a filming powerhouse dubbed "Hollywood of the South."

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When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she'd never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit's hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has delayed an annual trip to Los Angeles to promote Georgia's film industry as movie executives, producers and actors criticize the state's new abortion ban.

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A robbery suspect fatally shot a police officer in the Georgia port city of Savannah and wounded the officer's colleague before fleeing and being fatally shot by another officer during an ensuing search, authorities said Sunday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old Savannah police Sgt. Kelvin Ansari and 49-year-old robbery suspect Edward Fuller III were pronounced dead at a hospital where both were taken Saturday evening after being shot.

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If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there.

Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia.

 Emergency officials near Georgia's coast are investigating how to prevent future failures of an outdoor tornado siren system.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the sirens were silent before a tornado passed through the Wilmington Island area east of Savannah on May 4.

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Parents in west Georgia and east Alabama now have a new resource to help their babies and toddlers learn before they enter school.

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The city of Savannah has started a new on-demand ride service through an app called Downtowner.

WTOC-TV reports rides will be available between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. but must begin and end within the borders of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, East Broad Street, Park Avenue and the Savannah River.

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The House has passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases. Democrats controlling the chamber are trying to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico.

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Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams says she's still considering running for president in 2020.

Abrams answered "yes" when asked in an interview with Pod Save America airing Thursday afternoon if she was still contemplating joining the crowded Democratic presidential field.

Abrams has also been floated as a possible vice-presidential pick, though she recently downplayed the idea, telling ABC that "you don't run for second place."

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Atlanta United is starting to resemble the team that won the MLS Cup five months ago.

Hector Villalba and Julian Gressel scored to lead resurgent Atlanta to its third victory in a row, 2-0 over Toronto FC in a matchup of the last two MLS Cup champions Wednesday night.

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Three Georgia women bought a box of Legos while visiting a South Carolina consignment shop, only to find that the box was actually filled with about $40,000 worth of methamphetamine.

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A councilman in a mostly white north Georgia town who drew nationwide scorn for his comments on interracial marriage says he's considering stepping down from his position.

Hoschton City Council member Jim Cleveland said he is praying about the decision, though some townspeople have urged him to stay on the council in Hoschton, he told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Georgia's law enforcement will have to preserve rape kits for much longer than what was previously required under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

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One of the leaders of a north Georgia town says his Baptist church teaches him to oppose interracial marriage to "keep your races pure."

Hoschton City Council member Jim Cleveland told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution his comments on the topic have drawn scorn from as far as Canada, but he doesn't regret them.

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Georgia's highest court plans to hear an appeal of the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the outcome of the election for lieutenant governor in November.

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Georgia officials say a big increase in individual income tax payments helped boost the state's overall tax collections by 24% in April.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten Glezman, have joined the large crowd at former President Jimmy Carter's Sunday school class in Plains, Georgia.

At Carter's invitation Buttigieg stood and read from the Bible as part of the lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church.

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A major burn center in Georgia will soon get even larger.

Doctors Hospital in Augusta is embarking on a $75 million expansion of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center.

Hospital officials say it will double the number of patient rooms as well as build a six-level, 550-space parking deck.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the project is the largest investment at the hospital since it was built in 1973.

Forecasters say a tornado passed through the Wilmington Island area, east of Savannah.

The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado hit Chatham County on Saturday afternoon. It says it received a report of a roof collapse and a minor injury at the Savannah Yacht Club.

Forecasters say they will send a survey team to the area to determine more details about the tornado, including its strength.

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David Belnap stood on his North Carolina college campus aching from the latest U.S. school shooting as he held a candle and wore a homemade T-shirt with "Riley Howell is a hero" written on the back.

Howell died in his classroom Tuesday at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, charging and tackling a gunman who would kill him and another student and wound four others with a legally obtained pistol, authorities said.

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As his scheduled execution nears, lawyers for a Georgia man are asking the state parole board to spare his life and challenging the constitutionality of his sentence in court.

Morrow is set to be put to death Thursday at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young's Gainesville home in December 1994. A third woman was also shot but survived.

Tiffany Moss’s is the first death penalty sentence in Georgia in five years.
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A woman has been sentenced to die for starving her stepdaughter to death in an Atlanta suburb in 2013.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Tiffany Moss showed no emotion as the Gwinnett County jury delivered the death sentence Tuesday morning.

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The amount of gear the East Coast lobster fishery puts in the water must be reduced in order to protect a dwindling species of large whale, a federal government team recommended Friday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team wrapped up several days of discussion Friday about ways to reduce injuries and deaths caused when North Atlantic right whales get entangled in fishing gear.

In this decade, the number of North Atlantic right whales has decreased by the dozens to about 411 today.

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A sweeping lawsuit challenging the way Georgia elections are run is being put to its initial test Monday as state election officials try to persuade a federal judge to toss it out.


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A new historic marker honors a woman who helped maintain peace and fair trade between the Creek Indian nation and what was then the new colony of Georgia.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the marker describes Mary Musgrove, interpreter for Gen. James Oglethorpe from 1733 to 1743.

Musgrove's mother was Creek and her father English. She established a trading post after marrying John Musgrove in 1717.

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