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Georgia AG gets 53 forms in probe of voter registration group
 Fifty-three allegedly forged voter applications are being referred to the state Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, a decision by the State Elections Board that effectively closes the Secretary of State Office’s 2014 fraud investigation involving an attention-grabbing registration drive by the New Georgia...

8:54 PM Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017

Fifty-three allegedly forged voter applications are being referred to the state Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, a decision by the State Elections Board that effectively closes the Secretary of State Office’s 2014 fraud investigation involving an attention-grabbing registration drive by the New Georgia...
Georgia AG gets 53 forms in fraud probe of Stacey Abrams' voter registration group
 The State Elections Board on Wednesday referred 53 allegedly forged voter applications to the Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, essentially closing a 2014 fraud investigation involving a massive registration drive by the upstart New Georgia Project.  The decision allows the office to decide whether to prosecute...

3:04 PM Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017

The State Elections Board on Wednesday referred 53 allegedly forged voter applications to the Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, essentially closing a 2014 fraud investigation involving a massive registration drive by the upstart New Georgia Project.  The decision allows the office to decide whether to prosecute...
Georgia wants to honor its Vietnam War veterans
 The hourlong honor ceremony had just ended when William White, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, burst into tears. His emotion caught him unexpectedly. It left his wife, Patricia, almost speechless — it was not something she had ever seen him do. But having his service appreciated was something he wasn’t used to...

4:00 AM Sunday, Sep. 17, 2017

The hourlong honor ceremony had just ended when William White, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, burst into tears. His emotion caught him unexpectedly. It left his wife, Patricia, almost speechless — it was not something she had ever seen him do. But having his service appreciated was something he wasn’t used to...
Irma aftermath: Georgia farmers face heavy losses in pecans, cotton
 Georgia pecan and cotton farmers face heavy losses and early reports suggest more than a dozen other row crops and vegetables were damaged in Tropical Storm Irma’s treacherous path.  Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said he will tour areas of South Georgia on Friday with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue ...

9:30 PM Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

Georgia pecan and cotton farmers face heavy losses and early reports suggest more than a dozen other row crops and vegetables were damaged in Tropical Storm Irma’s treacherous path.  Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said he will tour areas of South Georgia on Friday with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue ...
After Irma, Georgia candidate qualifying to begin Wednesday
 With Georgia drying out from Tropical Storm Irma, business is set to get back to normal Wednesday morning in Atlanta when candidate qualifying opens for several open seats in the state Legislature. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in advance of the storm had announced a two-day delay. Qualifying was originally supposed to start...

2:53 PM Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

With Georgia drying out from Tropical Storm Irma, business is set to get back to normal Wednesday morning in Atlanta when candidate qualifying opens for several open seats in the state Legislature. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in advance of the storm had announced a two-day delay. Qualifying was originally supposed to start...
Hurricane Irma: Georgia delays qualifying to fill seats in the state Legislature
 Casting a wary eye on Hurricane Irma’s expected path through Georgia, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Friday he would delay next week’s start to qualifying for several open state House and Senate seats. He also urged Georgians to confirm their registration status ahead of municipal elections in November. Originally scheduled...

9:06 PM Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

Casting a wary eye on Hurricane Irma’s expected path through Georgia, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Friday he would delay next week’s start to qualifying for several open state House and Senate seats. He also urged Georgians to confirm their registration status ahead of municipal elections in November. Originally scheduled...
Hurricane Irma: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal extends state of emergency to 64 more counties
 With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal expanded the state of emergency to more than half of the state’s counties Friday afternoon. In all, 94 counties are now under a state of emergency, including South Georgia and middle sections of the state, due to “the storm’s forecasted track shifting west...

2:09 PM Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal expanded the state of emergency to more than half of the state’s counties Friday afternoon. In all, 94 counties are now under a state of emergency, including South Georgia and middle sections of the state, due to “the storm’s forecasted track shifting west...
Georgia will test voting with paper ballots in a November election
 Paper ballots could be making a comeback in Georgia, with the state planning to test a new voting system this November in a local municipal election. The pilot program comes as the state under increasing pressure to update its current system, which it has maintained in the face of both technological advances and heightened concerned...

2:36 PM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

Paper ballots could be making a comeback in Georgia, with the state planning to test a new voting system this November in a local municipal election. The pilot program comes as the state under increasing pressure to update its current system, which it has maintained in the face of both technological advances and heightened concerned...
‘Clean 13’ lauded by environmental and conservation groups in Georgia
 The Georgia Water Coalition released a new report Wednesday applauding the “Clean 13,’” people, businesses, local governments and others from across the state that it says are working to make local waterways cleaner. Honorees include the powerful state House Rules Chairman John Meadows, R-Calhoun, who is pushing...

3:43 PM Wednesday, Sep. 06, 2017

The Georgia Water Coalition released a new report Wednesday applauding the “Clean 13,’” people, businesses, local governments and others from across the state that it says are working to make local waterways cleaner. Honorees include the powerful state House Rules Chairman John Meadows, R-Calhoun, who is pushing...
Exclusive: First look at paper-ballot machines that Georgia is testing
 The thin, long piece of paper slides slowly out the voting machine, the internal mechanism guiding it making a sound similar to a copying machine. Printed on it are choices selected during voting, tapped seconds before on an electronic screen attached to the same machine. The piece of paper, in this case a ballot, is then carried to...

7:54 PM Tuesday, Sep. 05, 2017

The thin, long piece of paper slides slowly out the voting machine, the internal mechanism guiding it making a sound similar to a copying machine. Printed on it are choices selected during voting, tapped seconds before on an electronic screen attached to the same machine. The piece of paper, in this case a ballot, is then carried to...
Exclusive: Details on Georgia’s test to use paper ballots in elections
 Georgia for the first time in nearly a decade will pilot the use of paper ballots this November in a local municipal election, the first step toward what officials said could be a statewide switch to a new voting system. Voters in Conyers will use the ballots along with new electronic record, voting and tabulating machines for a Nov. 7 election...

7:52 PM Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

Georgia for the first time in nearly a decade will pilot the use of paper ballots this November in a local municipal election, the first step toward what officials said could be a statewide switch to a new voting system. Voters in Conyers will use the ballots along with new electronic record, voting and tabulating machines for a Nov. 7 election...
You can now buy beer, spirits directly from its makers in Georgia
 Let Georgia’s new happy hour begin: For the first time since Prohibition, local craft breweries and distilleries, beginning Friday, will be legally allowed to sell limited amounts of their beer and spirits directly to customers. The new law ends a decades-old standoff that had been especially tense between the state’s growing...

12:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

Let Georgia’s new happy hour begin: For the first time since Prohibition, local craft breweries and distilleries, beginning Friday, will be legally allowed to sell limited amounts of their beer and spirits directly to customers. The new law ends a decades-old standoff that had been especially tense between the state’s growing...
Carjacking near Lindbergh MARTA station: ‘All I saw was a gun’
 One of two men allegedly involved in a rush-hour carjacking in Buckhead on Tuesday evening is now in jail. Police are still searching for the second suspect. The carjacking happened near the packed Lindbergh MARTA station, just a block away from MARTA headquarters as scores of people were trying to catch trains and buses. The victim told...

11:01 PM Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

One of two men allegedly involved in a rush-hour carjacking in Buckhead on Tuesday evening is now in jail. Police are still searching for the second suspect. The carjacking happened near the packed Lindbergh MARTA station, just a block away from MARTA headquarters as scores of people were trying to catch trains and buses. The victim told...
More safeguards could be considered for coal ash ponds in Georgia
 Lawmakers concerned about how coal ash is disposed of hinted Tuesday that they may consider more safeguards over how state environmental officials monitor its presence in landfills and ash ponds across Georgia. Coal ash is a waste product of burning coal that can contain toxic metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic. While Georgia Power...

6:22 PM Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

Lawmakers concerned about how coal ash is disposed of hinted Tuesday that they may consider more safeguards over how state environmental officials monitor its presence in landfills and ash ponds across Georgia. Coal ash is a waste product of burning coal that can contain toxic metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic. While Georgia Power...
Low-cost water quality sensors will soon be deployed across Georgia
 A new network of low-cost water quality sensors will soon be deployed across Georgia, after federal environmental officials agreed to fund a program to help track the health of local waterways. Worth the equivalent of a $27,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the program aims to build upon sampling already done...

2:51 PM Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

A new network of low-cost water quality sensors will soon be deployed across Georgia, after federal environmental officials agreed to fund a program to help track the health of local waterways. Worth the equivalent of a $27,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the program aims to build upon sampling already done...
Court orders new environmental review for Sabal Trail Pipeline
 A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a second environmental review of a network of natural gas pipelines being built across Alabama, Florida and Georgia, saying federal regulators had not included enough information about potential greenhouse gas emissions that will result from burning the gas the pipelines will carry. The $3 billion...

6:03 PM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a second environmental review of a network of natural gas pipelines being built across Alabama, Florida and Georgia, saying federal regulators had not included enough information about potential greenhouse gas emissions that will result from burning the gas the pipelines will carry. The $3 billion...
Georgia will change policy after complaints over notice sent to voters
 Georgia election officials have quietly reversed themselves over address confirmation notices being sent to voters who have moved within the same county they were already registered in. After the ACLU of Georgia filed suit last month against Fulton County over the issue, officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the state...

2:56 PM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Georgia election officials have quietly reversed themselves over address confirmation notices being sent to voters who have moved within the same county they were already registered in. After the ACLU of Georgia filed suit last month against Fulton County over the issue, officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the state...
Georgia will change policy after complaints over notice sent to voters
 After facing a legal backlash over sending address confirmation notices to tens of thousands of voters who had moved within the county they had already registered in, Georgia has quietly decided to reverse course. State officials confirmed Friday to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Georgia will no longer give those voters a...

5:12 PM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

After facing a legal backlash over sending address confirmation notices to tens of thousands of voters who had moved within the county they had already registered in, Georgia has quietly decided to reverse course. State officials confirmed Friday to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Georgia will no longer give those voters a...
Thousands of voting machines in limbo because of 6th District lawsuit
 A lawsuit related to the hotly contested 6th Congressional District special election has sidelined thousands of voting machines. The potential result may mean some metro Atlanta voters could potentially see longer wait times at the polls in November. Why are the machines off-limits? Plaintiffs have sought to preserve electronic...

3:10 PM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

A lawsuit related to the hotly contested 6th Congressional District special election has sidelined thousands of voting machines. The potential result may mean some metro Atlanta voters could potentially see longer wait times at the polls in November. Why are the machines off-limits? Plaintiffs have sought to preserve electronic...
Thousands of voting machines in limbo because of 6th District lawsuit
 Thousands of voting machines from the hotly contested 6th Congressional District special election are currently off-limits for future use because of a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the results. That worries metro Atlanta officials who say they could be short of spare machines to run municipal elections in November. The suit, filed...

7:32 PM Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Thousands of voting machines from the hotly contested 6th Congressional District special election are currently off-limits for future use because of a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the results. That worries metro Atlanta officials who say they could be short of spare machines to run municipal elections in November. The suit, filed...
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