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After testing positive for coronavirus, Athens-Clarke County District 2 Commissioner Mariah Parker will not be attending any protests until her two-week quarantine is up. Parker was one of the organizers of a march on Sunday, May 31, that attracted over a thousand people to downtown Athens.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms addressed a crowd gathered downtown to protest racism, police violence and the killing of George Floyd.

Bottoms told demonstrators through a megaphone on Thursday that the country was in the midst of a movement, but they would have to articulate solutions, not just anger. 

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A Georgia judge has decided there is enough evidence to try three white men for the murder of a black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery. New details came to light during a preliminary court hearing Thursday as lawyers for both sides laid out their cases for a trial that’s captured national attention.


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The Daybreak Center in Macon is an oasis for the homeless community with laundry, meals, showers and computers.  And also, healthcare.

 


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GPB is exploring the issues of food and hunger in Georgia during the coronavirus pandemic through a video series featuring stories of those who are being affected, and those who are trying to help.

Hugh Acheson is an award-winning chef and owner of two fine dining restaurants in Georgia: Atlanta’s Empire State South and Athens’ 5 and 10. When the pandemic shut them down, Acheson teamed up with The World Central Kitchen and put his kitchen and restaurant staff to work creating tens of thousands of meals for those in need. 

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UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: The judge has found there is probable cause to head to trial in the shooting death case

ORIGINAL STORY: Evidence revealed in court Thursday in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery alleges that the young black man was repeatedly boxed in by two pickup trucks as he desperately tried to escape.

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent says a white man then shot him in the chest, the first of three shots with a pump-action shotgun.

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The CEO of Pilgrim’s Pride is one of four current and former chicken company executives who have been indicted on charges of price-fixing.

The Justice Department says a federal grand jury in Colorado found that executives from Colorado-based Pilgrim’s Pride and Georgia-based Claxton Poultry conspired to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chickens from at least 2012 to 2017.  

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Thursday on Political Rewind, a conversation with a police chief who says police departments need a culture change that values human life.

Today, we were joined by LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar.


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The majority of Athens-Clarke County residents have expressed outrage at the use of force used against protesters on Sunday night.

The demonstrations remained peaceful until around 11:50 p.m., when a drone flew over the crowd threatening arrest of the remaining protesters for “unlawful assembly.” This came after a 9 p.m. curfew was set, though people weren’t notified until around 9:45 p.m.

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Around 1,500 protesters gathered outside a Confederate monument in Decatur, Georgia, as demonstrations continued throughout the state against racism, police brutality and the killing of George Floyd.

The march started Wednesday afternoon in Decatur Square, home to a Confederate monument built in 1908 and a “contextualized” marker explaining the racist history of the monument and the Civil War.

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Former President Jimmy Carter is calling on Americans of privilege and power to fight racial injustice.

 The 95-year-old former president issued a statement Wednesday addressing angry protests across the U.S. since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

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Georgia’s legislature will resume session on June 15 under an agreement announced by House and Senate leaders on Wednesday. The 40-day legislative session was put on hold in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced the start date in a letter to members. 

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After more than a week of protests following the death of George Floyd, officials in the law enforcement community continue to share their thoughts, feedback, and ideas on how to move forward.

Former President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday said he feels a responsibility to bring equity to Georgia and the nation, and that people of power, privilege and moral conscience must stand up to a racially discriminatory police and justice system.

Carter said, "We are better than this."

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Mercer University in Macon is taking steps to make sure students, faculty and others can stay relatively safe from coronavirus when physical classes resume later this summer.

Step One is an on campus coronavirus testing lab.


More Voters, Fewer Polls Means Long Lines Likely For Georgia Primary

Jun 3, 2020
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Georgians planning to vote in person next week for the June 9 primary could face long wait times – and not just because of the coronavirus. 

A surge in the state’s voter rolls over the past decade, combined with poll closures or consolidations due to the removal of federal oversight of polling changes is now exacerbated by last-minute poll closures, relocations and social distancing measures.

According to a February report from the secretary of state’s office, 2,377 polling places were slated to open across Georgia for the presidential primary in March. 

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While Michael "Killer Mike" Render stood next to the mayor and other city officials Friday, May 29, and pleaded for Atlantans to not "burn their own house down," some on social media were quick to point out that his T-shirt read "KILL YOUR MASTERS" in big block letters.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has ordered a citywide curfew for the fifth consecutive night. The curfew continues at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials also announced on Twitter curfews issued for Thursday beginning at 9 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. All curfews expire at sunrise.

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the primary in Georgia is less than a week away. Where do we stand going into the June 9 election following widespread unrest over systemic racism?

Our panel of political insiders weighed in.


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Gov. Brian Kemp says he does not see the need for now to call up more National Guard troops or deploy additional law enforcement officers to prevent protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota from turning violent.

Kemp said he understood why people were upset, citing the coronavirus pandemic and “sky high” unemployment in addition to Floyd’s death. But he condemned the widespread vandalism and looting that broke out in Atlanta after a peaceful demonstration on Friday.

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Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields said in an email to employees late Tuesday that multiple law enforcement agencies immediately stopped assisting the department during the ongoing protests because Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced criminal charges against six officers involved in an arrest Saturday.

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Georgia Power and Atlanta Gas Light are poised to resume shutting off service in July for customers who do not pay their bills following months of abstaining from disconnections during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The men charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery will appear in court in Brunswick Thursday. One of them, Greg McMichael, was the chief investigator in the Brunswick Circuit District Attorney’s Office for more than 20 years. DA investigators play an important role in the criminal justice system, but less well-known than police and prosecutors. 


 

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Before 18-year-old Sadonna Fleming picked up a megaphone and led about 800 protesters through the streets of Macon,  she introduced police officers to her mother, who introduced herself as "Sadonna's mommy."

"Hi, Sadonna's mommy," a Bibb County Sheriff''s deputy said in return. Then he explained how deputies would protect marchers on their route.

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Gov. Brian Kemp said Tuesday that law enforcement will take strong measures to prevent looting and violent protesting across the state, decrying “bad actors” while supporting the right to peacefully protest.

Kemp and the state’s public health commissioner also urged both protestors and law enforcement to get tested for COVID-19 after several straight days of large demonstrations in Atlanta.

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Rapper Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, spoke Tuesday about the need for black grassroots activists to have support from their communities.

Render featured several prominent grassroots leaders at the Zoom press conference, including Judith Browne Dianis of the Advancement Project, who argued that the problem facing black Americans is systemic.

Several journalism organizations are condemning authorities’ detainment of two journalists who were covering protests in Atlanta.

The Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists said in a news release that one journalist was detained Sunday and another on Monday covering protests and unrest that has followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Sofi Gratas

Social distancing has meant a pause on social drinking, a major piece of the service economy in Athens. However, the majority of late-night spots in town have decided to keep their doors shut even after being given the greenlight to ease coronavirus restrictions and reopen.

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Government leaders, including President Donald Trump, posited last weekend that out-of-state agitators brought violence to protests across the nation over George Floyd and other deaths of black people at the hands of white police officers.

In Atlanta, police arrested 298 people over the weekend. GPB News is waiting for more information from police about all the folks arrested during protests, marches and violent riots, but we have a breakdown on the 82 people processed through the Fulton Couny jail over the weekend.

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This post has been updated since its original publication date.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has ordered a citywide curfew from 9 p.m. until sunrise Wednesday, June 3. This is the fourth night in a row that officials hope to avoid violence, looting and property damage across the city.

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"Imagine going out, trying to enjoy your day, and then going through a war," Messiah Young's father said at a press conference Monday.

Young and his girlfriend, Teniyah Pilgrim, said that was their experience as they tried to drive home Saturday night in downtown Atlanta. The pair became snarled in traffic around Centennial Olympic Park after going out to get something to eat, and suddenly found themselves involved in something they never anticipated.

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