Fulton County

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and his use of a nonprofit to funnel at least $140,000 in city of Atlanta funds to supplement his salary.

"At the request of the Attorney General’s Office, the GBI is conducting a criminal investigation into allegations against DA Paul Howard," GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles told GPB News.

Fulton County Elections Employee Dies Of COVID-19

Apr 21, 2020
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An employee in Fulton County’s election office has died from COVID-19 and another was hospitalized, underscoring safety concerns local elections officials face in preparing for the June 9 primary.

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Monday on Political Rewind, Fulton County Jail reported over a dozen COVID-19 cases in the span of a week, worrying public health officials and highlighting the risks faced by detention facilities across the state.

We were joined by Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson to discuss the unfolding situation and what steps his staff are taking to respond.


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As election workers across the state begin final preparations for the new ballot-marking device system being used for the March 24 presidential primary election, Fulton County officials say early voting will be a key factor in preventing long lines.

Fulton County Elections Director Rick Barron said Wednesday the county will receive the final shipments of its ballot-marking devices by the end of this week and begin logic and accuracy testing on Monday.


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It's a new take on an old scam, officials say. Send money for a fine or you'll be put in the Fulton County jail.

But this time, scammers are using Sheriff Ted Jackson's name in their convincing calls.

Residents in Fulton County told police they were called by a member of Jackson's "senior command staff" and even one county employee fielded a phony call.

Although she said the man sounded very convincing as he threatened her with jail time unless she paid up, she knew better and called the real deputy, officials said in a news release. 

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Fulton County officials want to know more about the impact the music industry has on the county's economy.

County officials along with Georgia Music Partners and Sound Diplomacy announced Thursday they were launching a study to do just that.

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Michael Owens, past chairman of the Cobb County Democrats and cyber security expert, announced his bid for U.S. House of Representatives Monday morning. Owens will be challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. David Scott. 

In his announcement, Owens said, "The next member of Congress for Georgia's 13th must be a progressive leader that will advocate for bold policies that will better the lives every American." 

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Millions of Americans are teetering on the brink of poverty, according to a new report from Prosperity Now that says 40 percent of all U.S. households – and 57 percent of households of color – could be knocked over the edge by one unexpected medical expense, lost paycheck or job loss.

That financial instability is mirrored in housing insecurity, and, while homelessness in Atlanta is on the decline, Fulton County remains by far the highest among the national benchmark counties, according to the Department for Housing and Urban Development. 


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A record 6.9 million Georgians are registered to vote in the midterm elections. Some will start voting Monday, as in-person early voting officially begins. That made us wonder: How does Georgia's election process work? Are fears of hacking and mistrust of the system justified? And, what happens to your ballot once it's cast?


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The United States Department of Justice estimates nearly two-thirds of all jail inmates have mental health problems.

 

In Georgia, a new investigation raises serious questions about the quality of care those inmates receive.

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Pearl Cleage has returned to one of her earliest works in 1983’s "Hospice," the story of a woman named Jenny facing her mother’s rapidly approaching death.

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50,000 Fulton County voters received letters saying they may be declared inactive, because they didn’t update the address on their voter registration cards. The Georgia ACLU is filing legal action against the state, claiming it’s actions are in violation of the Voter Registration Act of 1993. But is this simple housekeeping for an elections system, or part of an effort to make it harder for some people to vote? Joining us is Andra Gillespie, Emory University Political Science Professor.