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Kemp will have to weigh conflicting analyses as he plans Georgia’s next steps to revive an economy wrecked by weeks of limited business activity.

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This blog will be updated throughout Thursday, April 30, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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2:30 p.m.: Gov. Brian Kemp will lift a statewide shelter-in-place order for most of Georgia' starting Friday as he continues to roll back coronavirus restrictions. Greg Bluestein brings you this breaking news.

12:15 p.m.: The number of Georgia voters requesting absentee ballots crossed 1 million Thursday, Mark Niesse reports. That's a tremendous increase in people voting from home amid challenges to make polling places safe.

12:15 p.m.: A Georgia couple was hit with a $2,800 fine for going to the beach on Tybee Island this week in violation of statewide shelter-in-place orders that Gov. Brian Kemp appears poised to let expire Thursday night. ArLuther Lee has the story.


10:30 a.m.: David Wickert reports on an obscure provision of Gov. Brian Kemp's order to reopen: Teenagers and others will no longer have to take a driving test to get their license.

9:45 a.m.: A new national survey finds school engagement is surprisingly high, Maureen Downey reports, despite parent concerns about where we go from here and how their kids will fare once schools resume.

6:30 a.m.: The Democratic race to challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue has transformed into a measure of how Republicans are handling the coronavirus crisis, with each of the top three contenders trying to outdo each other to sharply criticize the government's response. Greg Bluestein has the story this morning.

6:30 a.m.: With their season delayed indefinitely by the coronavirus crisis, the Braves have set new policies regarding ticket refunds, Tim Tucker reports.


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