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One of the state's most bitterly contested elections between two Republicans is finally over, residents hope.

After a judge threw out two previous election results, frustrated voters in one Georgia House district are hoping the third time's a charm.

Unofficial results Tuesday showed Chris Erwin beating Dan Gasaway in the third Republican primary for a state House seat in northeast Georgia, with around 75% of more than 6,000 votes cast.

A historic Georgia restaurant has reopened months after a fire caused extensive damage.

Savannah's Olde Pink House reopened its first-floor dining rooms, bar and tavern on Monday.

Local news outlets report the restaurant has been closed for renovations since a Christmas tree caught fire in an upstairs ballroom in late December. The fire caused extensive damage.

No one was seriously injured in the fire. One woman had cuts on her hands after kicking out a window to escape the flames.

The second floor of the restaurant will remain closed for now.

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Seven people have been indicted in a prostitution case linked to Fort Valley State University, which is about 100 miles south of Atlanta.

Local news outlets report a Peach County Grand jury issued indictments last month against a former executive assistant to the university's president and six men.

 The man who ruled the Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court for 38 years has died.

The Augusta Chronicle reports retired Judge William M. Fleming Jr. died Saturday. He was 94.

A funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church with burial to follow in Westover Memorial Park.

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Organizers of a meeting to discuss an upcoming mayoral race in Georgia barred reporters from attending — unless they were African-American.

The Wednesday meeting at a church in Savannah was held to try to unite the city’s black community behind a single candidate for mayor in the Nov. 5 election. Signs at the door said “Black Press Only!”

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Public high schools in Georgia could soon have greater freedom to offer courses on Christianity under legislation approved by the state House.

Passed by a vote of 122-44 Tuesday, the proposal would allow schools to teach electives on the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

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Five relatives charged in the death of a Georgia girl now face charges in the death of her brother as well.

The Savannah Morning News reports their father, 50-year-old Elwyn Crocker Sr., their stepmother and three others are each indicted on two charges of felony murder, child cruelty and concealing a death.


A University of Georgia fraternity is being investigated over a video showing some of its members mocking slavery and using a racial slur.

Local media report that the university's Student Government Association says in a statement Friday that they were aware of a video circulating on social media that shows members of a Greek organization "using racist language and engaging in behaviors that mock the suffering of enslaved peoples."

The university says on Twitter that the fraternity was suspended by its national organization.

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Nearly four decades after voters unceremoniously rejected then-President Jimmy Carter's bid for a second term, the 39th president has reached a milestone that electoral math cannot dispute: He is now the longest-living chief executive in American history.

Friday is the 172nd day beyond Carter's 94th birthday, exceeding by one day the lifespan of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 at the age of 94 years, 171 days. Both men were born in 1924: Bush on June 12, Carter on Oct. 1.

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The Supreme Court is rejecting a new appeal from a Georgia death row inmate, despite evidence that a juror in his capital case used racial slurs.

The high court had previously blocked the execution of Georgia inmate Keith Leroy Tharpe. But the justices on Monday refused to take up his case after a lower court ruled against him.

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State wildlife officials say a South American lizard could be establishing a breeding population in south Georgia.

The lizards — known as tegus — can grow up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) long.

The Savannah Morning News reports that talk of large, odd-looking lizards has been circulating in eastern Toombs and western Tattnall counties.

People have reported seeing them crossing dirt roads, and they've shown up on trail cameras.


Officials blame heavy rains for more than 40 million gallons (33 million imperial gallons) of sewage spills in the Atlanta area in the last four months.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Fulton County's system has been overwhelmed a number of times since mid-November, dumping untreated sewage into waterways.

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Educators are encountering more "wounded students" in their classrooms, but experts say they don't always know how to address their needs.

The founder of a group who aims to help these students spoke recently at the National Youth-At-Risk Conference in Savannah.

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Gov. Brian Kemp declared on Monday a state of emergency in Grady, Harris and Talbot counties after a tornado killed at least 23 people in southeastern Alabama on Sunday.

The death toll may rise, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told reporters Monday morning.

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Originally published Sunday, March 3 at 8:47 p.m. This story has been updated.

A sheriff confirmed at least 23 people were killed Sunday by a possible tornado in Alabama as severe storms destroyed mobile homes, snapped trees and left a trial of destruction and weather warnings extending into Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

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A proposal to allow Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue Medicaid waivers from the federal government was approved by a Georgia Senate committee Tuesday.

The Senate Health & Human Services Committee voted 9-4 to approve a bill authorizing Kemp's office to pursue the waivers after lawmakers sped through testimony and questions in a one-hour meeting.

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One of Georgia's medical schools wants to embark on a plan that could put dozens of new doctors in rural parts of the state.

Medical College of Georgia wants a program that would help pay tuition for doctors who serve in rural areas, where there's a need for more physicians, The Augusta Chronicle reported. Under the proposal, the Augusta institution also would expand by 50 students and shorten its medical school to three years.


A Georgia lawmaker is seeking protection for people who break into cars to rescue pets in hot weather.

Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick is proposing legislation that would protect people from a lawsuit if they damage a vehicle to rescue an animal in danger, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported .

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Officials in Savannah are working to grow both jobs and the lush urban forest in Georgia's oldest city by turning vacant lots into tree nurseries.

House Speaker David Ralston speaking with Political Rewind on January 9, 2019.

ATLANTA (AP) — One of Georgia’s most powerful lawmakers is accused of using his office to delay court cases for criminal defendants he represented as an attorney.


Rabid fox attacks at Georgia Tech in Atlanta have parts of the university’s campus taped-off like a crime scene and students taking different routes walking to class.

The college tweeted Tuesday that people should be aware of potentially dangerous feral foxes.

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Southern regional banks BB&T and SunTrust are combining in an all-stock deal to create a new bank valued at about $66 billion.

The banks said Thursday that the combined company will be the sixth-largest U.S. bank based on assets and deposits.

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O'Hare International Airport in Chicago was the busiest airport in the U.S. last year, surpassing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for the first time in four years.

The Federal Aviation Administration released data on Monday showing that O'Hare had more than 903,000 arrivals and departures during 2018. Atlanta's airport was second, with more than 895,000 arrivals and departures.

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An Atlanta artist says a building with his mural of Colin Kaepernick was destroyed days before the Super Bowl, so eight more are being made.

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Travelers heading home from the Super Bowl were enduring waits of more than an hour to get through airport security on what city officials have called "Mass Exodus Monday."

The airport's website showed it was taking more than an hour to get through security at the main checkpoint in the domestic terminal Monday morning.

City officials say they expected around 110,000 passengers to be screened Monday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — well over the 60,000 to 80,000 on a typical day.

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Advertisers that spend millions of dollars on the Super Bowl are trying to avoid what the Ram truck company did with a Martin Luther King speech or what Groupon did spoofing promos for charities.
Though such messages can get attention, it's the wrong kind of attention. Groupon got buzz all right, but most of it was negative.
Here's a look at five Super Bowl ads that flopped, despite months of planning and great expense.

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Stacey Abrams is taking her voting rights campaign to the airwaves in her home state during the Super Bowl.

Abrams' political group has bought airtime on Georgia affiliates during Sunday's NFL broadcast so the Atlanta Democrat can push for election law changes.

Abrams narrowly lost her bid in November to become the first black woman to be elected governor.

In the ad, Abrams appears alongside a white Republican county commissioner from north Georgia. They call for hand-marked paper ballots to replace Georgia's touch-screen voting system.

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Three people have been diagnosed with measles in the Atlanta area.

The Georgia Department of Public Health said Tuesday all three people are part of the same family.

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Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as "snow jam," another winter storm is bearing down on the city — just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl 53.

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The world's busiest airport is experiencing long wait times to get through security just nine days before it expects 150,000 out-of-town visitors for the Super Bowl.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Friday that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had maximum wait times Thursday of 42 minutes, the highest of the nation's top 42 airports.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had the second-longest wait time, of 19 minutes.