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The U.N. secretary general has told The Associated Press that the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world but “is not out of control.”

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Student complaints of being served moldy bread and finding bugs in mac and cheese at a campus food court led Savannah State University to close its student center.

The university said in a statement to news outlets that its student union, closed since Jan. 30, “is in the final stages of cleaning and maintenance” and could reopen within the week.

The Savannah Morning News reported that university officials decided to close the building the day before inspectors from the Georgia Department of Public Health arrived.

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Members of the Georgia House of Representatives are rejecting some midyear budget cuts proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp.

They say the Republican governor wanted to cut too deeply on some items.

Kemp is proposing more than $200 million in midyear reductions in state spending, citing a shortfall in state revenues. House subcommittees on Thursday recommended putting back more than $2.8 million of Kemp's proposed reductions. 

The full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on amendments to the current spending plan.

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Students at an Atlanta high school want to rename their school because its namesake was a 19th century newspaper editor who endorsed white supremacy.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports students at Henry W. Grady High School submitted a petition to the school board on Feb. 3 requesting a name change for the school.

Grady was an editor and part-owner of The Atlanta Constitution, and he promoted white supremacy.

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A Georgia city is suing a pharmaceutical company over a medication it says went from $40 to over $39,000. 

Marietta says in its lawsuit against Mallinckrodt ARD LLC that it has spent more than $2 million on the drug Acthar for one patient covered by its self-funded health plan. 

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The NAACP is honoring John Lewis for his Congressional service and long history as a civil rights activist. The nation's oldest civil rights organization was set to announce Tuesday that it will bestow the Chairman's Award on Lewis later this month at its annual arts and entertainment awards show.

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Gov. Brian Kemp and state Superintendent Richard Woods are announcing a plan Tuesday to cut five mandatory standardized tests for Georgia public school students, including four in high school. The Republican officials are also trying to cut the length of state tests and evaluate local tests that Georgia’s 181 school districts give to evaluate student progress.

Both Woods and Kemp oppose the current amount of testing, part of a national backlash to a system largely built by Republicans in Georgia.

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Georgia lawmakers say a bill that would broaden the number of cases in which criminal records can be sealed could open a larger conversation about the issue.

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Delta Air Lines plans to launch a new uniform program for its flight attendants and some airport customer service agents after complaints that uniforms that employees are required to wear are causing serious medical problems.

The Atlanta-based airline announced the new program Wednesday. The director of Delta's New Uniform Program calls it “a big decision,” but says “we side with our people, and we are making a change.”

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The family of Anne Cox Chambers says the newspaper heiress has died at the age of 100. Her nephew, Jim Kennedy, announced her death to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, her flagship newspaper.

Chambers was a director of Cox Enterprises Inc. who promoted President Jimmy Carter's political career and served as U.S. ambassador to Belgium during his administration.

Carter issued a statement expressing condolences on behalf of him and Rosalynn Carter.

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The Georgia State Patrol says an entire graduating class of its Trooper School has been fired or resigned amid a cheating scandal.

Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Col. Mark W. McDonough confirmed at a news conference Wednesday that 32 troopers were fired after being accused of cheating on an online exam for the speed detection operator component of the school's curriculum.

One trooper resigned after the cheating allegations came to light.

All 33 are August graduates of the 106th Trooper School.  

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A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than two decades ago was put to death Wednesday evening, becoming the state’s first inmate to be executed this year.

Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, received a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. His time of death was 9:05 p.m., Warden Benjamin Ford told witnesses.

Lance said nothing when he was given a chance to make a final statement and declined to have a chaplain say a prayer. Strapped to a gurney, he lay mostly still but wiggled his feet.

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A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than two decades ago is scheduled to be executed Wednesday.

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The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama from the National Portrait Gallery will begin a five-city national tour in Chicago in June 2021.

Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking.

Gov. Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp said the proposals unveiled Tuesday build on work already being done by the administration. A spokesman for Kemp said the legislation will be introduced next week. The measures will require the legislature's approval in order to become law.

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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.

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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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