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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Two separate Georgia pharmacists have been charged with fraud relating to drug prescriptions.

News outlets report Drug Enforcement Agency officials say 41-year-old Ray Dixon prescribed drugs to people under fake prescriptions and billed Medicare and Medicaid programs for them. The U.S. Department of Justice says Dixon also prescribed drugs to people without prescriptions.

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An Atlanta hotel is relocating guests after reports of possible Legionnaires' disease cases connected to the hotel.

News outlets report that the Sheraton Hotel is voluntarily closing until further notice while the health outbreak is investigated.

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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.

United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff serves to Romania's Simona Halep in a women's singles match during day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 8, 2019.
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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."

United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff reacts after beating United States's Venus Williams in a Women's singles match during day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 1, 2019.
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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 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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