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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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The Trump administration said Thursday it is reevaluating its controversial plan to sharply expand offshore drilling as it responds to a court ruling that blocked oil and gas development off Alaska and parts of the Atlantic.

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Those who remember the 39th presidency may remember an incident with a rabbit and former President Jimmy Carter that happened 40 years ago.

On April 15, the 94-year-old and oldest living former president "bagged a turkey" in Columbus, Tyler Jordan posted on Instagram.

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Those who remember the 39th presidency may remember an incident with a rabbit and former President Jimmy Carter that happened 40 years ago.

On April 15, the 94-year-old and oldest living former president "bagged a turkey" in Columbus, Tyler Jordan posted on Instagram.

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A California-based plastics company has chosen the Georgia coast to open a packaging and shipping facility that will be one of the largest exporters using the Port of Savannah, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday.

Plastic Express plans to export about 25,000 cargo containers through Savannah each year. That's enough to fill roughly four big ships.

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Rapper T.I., a Georgia church and VH1's "Love and Hip Hop" personality Scrapp Deleon came together to post bail for 23 nonviolent offenders who would have spent Easter behind bars.

News outlets report the "Bail Out" program extends beyond the weekend, with each offender being connected to a mentor and possibly given funds for college savings. The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia says the church set out to raise $40,000 at the start of Lent, but donations topped $120,000 about a month later.

Forecasters warned about tornadoes and other violent weather Thursday as a front that unleashed twisters and hail in the lower Midwest moved into the storm-weary Southeast.

 

The National Weather Service issued a series of tornado warnings about a system pushing eastward across Louisiana, where strong storms covered much of the state.

 

A tornado watch reached from coastal Louisiana into central Mississippi, and more weather alerts were likely. Flood warnings reached as far north as central Indiana.

 

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will discuss the opioid crisis at an Atlanta summit.

The White House announced the April 24 appearance at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit on Twitter Tuesday, saying the Trumps will speak "about their fight to end the opioid crisis in America."

Trump has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and is spending billions of dollars to combat it. Opioid abuse claimed nearly 48,000 American lives in 2017.

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The federal government has agreed to change the name of a tidal creek on the Georgia coast that had long been known as Runaway Negro Creek.

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names changed the name to Freedom Creek a year after Georgia lawmakers passed a resolution requesting the switch. Runaway slaves are believed to have crossed the creek near Savannah during the 19th century as they sought freedom in the North.

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President Donald Trump spoke over the weekend with former President Jimmy Carter about his China policies and "numerous other topics."

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley says Trump reached out to Carter on Saturday after the former president wrote him "a beautiful letter" about ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China.

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The country's only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students.

Leaders of Morehouse College in Atlanta told The Associated Press that its board of trustees approved the policy on Saturday.

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Powerful storms swept across the South on Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three children were among the dead.

Nearly 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of midday Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us as the severe weather left a trail of destruction.

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Three more deaths are confirmed from powerful storms sweeping through the southern United States, bringing the death toll to at least six.

 

In Louisiana, Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department said Sunday that two people died in floodwaters Saturday.

 

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Some middle Georgia residents are seeing dollar signs as HBO films a new TV series in Macon.

WMAZ-TV reports production crews are preparing an area of downtown Macon to serve as a backdrop for "Watchmen," a show based on the acclaimed DC Comics series from 1986.

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A music and arts festival in coastal Georgia has been postponed as its founder recovers from a near-fatal shooting.

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Six months after hurricanes devastated the Southeast, Washington infighting has shelved a widely backed disaster aid package that President Donald Trump's allies in Florida and Georgia are desperately seeking.

Trump's opposition to aid to Puerto Rico — slammed by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 — has sparked a standoff with Democrats demanding more aid for the island U.S. territory. Trump is feuding with the island's Democratic officials and railed against aid to Puerto Rico at a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans last month.

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All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $35 million, seven-year contract, a deal that includes team options for 2026 and '27.

The agreement announced Thursday supersedes a one-year contract signed last month that called for a $575,000 salary in the major leagues — $20,000 above the minimum.

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The American Civil Liberties Union says a Georgia sheriff is violating the rights of inmates at a county jail by prohibiting them from receiving outside books and magazines.

The ACLU sent a letter Wednesday to Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher asking him to rescind a policy that inmates may not receive books or magazines by mail or from visitors. The policy says inmates must choose reading materials from book carts managed by jail staff.

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