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Dorian has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane but continues to batter the Bahamas as it remains almost at a standstill.

At 2 a.m. Tuesday, the ferocious storm's center was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. It has barely budged from that position since Monday afternoon.

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After ordering a mandatory evacuation of parts of six Georgia coastal counties, Gov. Brian Kemp and local officials are urging caution as Hurricane Dorian — now a Category 4 storm  — approaches the coast of Florida.

Those living east of I-95 in Glynn, Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh, Bryan and Camden counties are ordered to evacuate effective noon Monday, according to the governor's office. Officials will also start contraflow of traffic on I-16 starting 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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About 5 a.m. Sunday, Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 5 storm. By 2 p.m., Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas. Dorian is moving slowly and timing for when and whether landfall will happen in the United States is not known.

A live hurricane tracker is provided at the bottom of this post.

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Hurricane Dorian bore down on the northwestern Bahamas as a fierce Category 4 storm Saturday, as new projections curved upward enough to potentially spare Florida a direct hit while still threatening it with powerful winds and storm surge.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority, long respected for providing good jobs and cheap electricity, is facing a growing backlash over its handling of a massive coal ash spill a decade ago, with potentially serious consequences for an industry often opposed to environmental regulation.

Atlanta United players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Minnesota United 2-1 the U.S. Open Cup soccer final Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Pity Martinez scored a goal and set up an own-goal by Minnesota with a nifty pass, leading short-handed Atlanta United to another trophy with a 2-1 victory in the final of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night. 

  

Atlanta finished the game with 10 players after Leandro Gonzalez Pirez received a red card, holding off Minnesota United’s relentless pressure in the closing minutes. Michael Boxall had a chance to tie it but sent the ball over the crossbar with a shot from right in front.

This undated product image provided by KFC shows plant-based chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken plans to test plant-based chicken nuggets and boneless wings on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at one of its restaurants in Atlanta.
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It’s finger lickin’ fake chicken.

Kentucky Fried Chicken plans to test plant-based chicken nuggets and boneless wings Tuesday at one of its restaurants in Atlanta. Depending on customer feedback, the chain could expand the test to other markets.

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A Georgia coroner says an appeals court judge who was found dead from a gunshot over the weekend killed himself.

Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler told a news conference that an autopsy completed Monday concluded Judge Stephen Goss died by suicide. WALB-TV reports the coroner said a gun was found beside Goss’ body but authorities found no note.

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A Georgia health official says at least 17 people who were exposed to a rabid raccoon have started treatment.

News outlets report North Central Health District spokesman Michael Hokanson gave an update Monday to the "Raccoon or Kitten" event that took place Aug. 3 in Macon.

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An appeals judge in Georgia was found Saturday shot dead behind his Albany home, but officials do not believe it was a homicide.

Albany police were dispatched to the residence and found Judge Stephen Goss, 60, in a wooded area dead from a gunshot wound, news outlets reported. 

Atlanta Braves catcher Francisco Cervelli gestures toward the dugout during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in New York.
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Just about every newcomer to the Atlanta Braves has made an immediate impact lately. 

 

 

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Six people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship where they were taking cover from rain and showered them with debris, Atlanta police said.

Authorities say a Georgia inmate hanged himself in his isolation cell while two deputies and a nurse failed to follow inmate monitoring policy.

The Telegraph reports the issues surrounding the death of 40-year-old William Elder Homan are detailed in an internal affairs investigation by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Justin Thomas hits his second shot on the first hole during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Medinah, Ill.
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The PGA Tour wanted a format that eliminated two winners on Sunday at East Lake — the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. The new system means whoever has the lowest score to par wins the FedEx Cup.

In the eyes of some players, that might not be enough.

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A rural Georgia community is still wrestling with the idea of putting a commercial landfill near their homes.

WSAV-TV reports the proposed landfill is leaving Screven County residents torn between economic benefits versus environmental concern.

Todd Chrisley, left, and Julie Chrisley arrive at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas.
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A federal grand jury in Atlanta on Tuesday indicted reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley on charges including tax evasion, alleging among other things that they tried to hide their income from "Chrisley Knows Best" from the IRS.

The 12-count indictment also accuses the pair of conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud.

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Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has announced a multimillion-dollar initiative to staff and fund voter protection teams in battleground states across the country ahead of the 2020 elections.

Abrams said Tuesday that she would focus on that effort rather than run for president herself. She made the announcement during a speech before a labor union convention in Las Vegas.

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A Georgia high school graduate has won a $30,000 college scholarship through the “Doodle for Google” competition.

Citing a Google statement, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Arantza Pena Popo’s design was featured on the tech giant’s homepage Tuesday. The nationwide contest asked grade schoolers to redesign Google’s logo based on what they hoped for the future.

On Nov. 12, 2018, A bald eagle tilts its head while peering down from a branch at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in Juneau, Alaska.
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The Trump administration is finalizing major changes Monday to the way it enforces the landmark Endangered Species Act, a move it says will reduce regulatory burden but critics charge will drive more creatures to extinction.

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A lawsuit alleges "negligence in the operation and maintenance of the water systems" caused a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a downtown Atlanta hotel.

Lawyers for Germany Greer say they filed the lawsuit Monday in Gwinnett County State Court. Greer says he tested positive for the disease after attending a conference at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel June 27-July 1.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Six of seven Mississippi chicken processing plants raided Wednesday were "willfully and unlawfully" employing people who lacked authorization to work in the United States, including workers wearing electronic monitoring bracelets at work for previous immigration violations, according to unsealed court documents.

Federal investigators behind the biggest immigration raid in a decade relied on confidential informants inside the plants in addition to data from the monitoring bracelets to help make their case, according to the documents.

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Georgia's secretary of state has certified the new touchscreen voting machines the state is purchasing, saying they meet state law and are secure for use.

Michael Sohn / AP

Authorities say another electric scooter rider has died in a metro Atlanta wreck.

Atlanta police say 46-year-old Quineterry McGriff, clothed in all black, ran a red light during rush hour traffic Tuesday morning and crashed into a truck.

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A system of cameras is being set up in north Georgia in hopes of capturing images of coyotes and learning more about them.

Researchers with the Atlanta Coyote Project are working with partners across the nation to study the effects of coyotes and urban wildlife in metro Atlanta, according to the Associated Press.

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A handmade flag that pranksters stole from Jekyll Island more than 40 years ago has been returned to the state park.

The Brunswick News reports the flag featuring a crest of a seashell and a cotton ball was handed over to its executive editor and president, Buff Leavy, recently along with a handwritten note explaining that it had been swiped by Georgia Tech fraternity pledges in 1975. Leavy returned it to the Jekyll Island Authority.

a man parks his rented dockless scooter outside of a restaurant in Atlanta
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Another electric scooter rider has been fatally hit by a vehicle in Atlanta, the third such death since the e-scooters arrived in the city last year.

News outlets report Atlanta police say 34-year-old Amber Ford died Thursday after being hit by a car over the weekend. A witness told police the driver fled the scene.

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Georgia's seaports are celebrating another year of record growth in fiscal 2019, though their chief executive warns business will suffer if the U.S. doesn't resolve its trade war with China.

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The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra has a new music and artistic director.

The Savannah Morning News reports Keitaro Harada is replacing founding Artistic Director Peter Shannon, who resigned last year. The orchestra made the announcement Tuesday.

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A house fire spread to a house of worship next door, all but destroying the First Metropolitan Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia.

Savannah Fire Rescue firefighters responding to a two-story house fire late Sunday found the flames had already spread to the First Metropolitan Baptist Church and another nearby home. Reports say the homes and church were vacant at the time of the fire, and no injuries have been reported.

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A private room that breastfeeding mothers can use to pump breast milk has opened in a state building near Georgia’s Capitol.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports the lactation room in the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building — which houses state agencies and a cafeteria — is the second in state offices in downtown Atlanta.

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