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A south Georgia tax collector has been waiving penalties and interest for some residents and not others, even though county commissioners had told him to stop. 

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Gov. Brian Kemp is appointing a district attorney to the bench in a two-county judicial circuit east of Atlanta.

Kemp announced Thursday that he was naming Layla H. Zon to a superior court judgeship in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, which includes Newton and Walton counties.

She replaced Judge Samuel Ozburn, who resigned. Zon was hired as a prosecutor in the circuit in 2000 and was named district attorney in the circuit in 2010 by then-Gov. Nathan Deal.

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Stocks plunged 7% on Wall Street Monday, triggering a trading halt for 15 minutes.

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Supporters of broadening a Georgia program that pays for special education students to attend private schools say changes would meet its original mission. But opponents say it's another attack on the state's public schools.

The Senate Education and Youth Committee heard testimony Wednesday on Senate Bill 386, but did not take a vote.

New data from the Associated Press reveal more than a thousand failing dams in the U.S. that could have catastrophic consequences if they gave out. Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Grant Blankenship analyzed the information and learned Georgia is one of the most at-risk states. Find out which dams could cause the most damage for surrounding communities.


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The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office says there are 75,000 total voter registration applications that are “pending” as of Oct. 17.

That’s according to a full analysis the office did following an Oct. 9 report from the Associated Press about the list, one of many pieces of Georgia’s voting system that has been highlighted and litigated ahead of this November’s contentious race for governor between Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams.