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Law enforcement leaders call for mandatory minimum sentences in Georgia

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Law enforcement leaders call for mandatory minimum sentences in Georgia

Georgia Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Terry Norris told the Senate Public Safety Committee that a solid justice system with harsher sentencing for violent crimes could deter criminals. Sep. 24, 3:06 PM


Police officials, rental car companies call for state authority to target motor vehicle crimes

Police officials, rental car companies call for state authority to target motor vehicle crimes

Georgia ranked fifth in the nation with 26,907 auto thefts in 2019 Sep. 24, 3:06 PM

State Democrats fear Texas-style abortion bill in Georgia

State Democrats fear Texas-style abortion bill in Georgia

“What happens in Texas won’t stay in Texas,” said state Rep. Beth Moore, D-Peachtree Corners Sep. 22, 6:41 AM



Justice Department launches probe of conditions in Georgia prisons

Justice Department launches probe of conditions in Georgia prisons

The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday it has opened a statewide investigation into conditions inside Georgia’s prisons. Sep. 14, 2:12 PM

Georgia lawmakers want agriculture department involved in cannabis oil program

Georgia lawmakers want agriculture department involved in cannabis oil program

The Georgia Department of Agriculture should play a role in the state’s fledgling medical marijuana program, a member of a legislative oversight committee said Monday. Sep. 14, 3:17 PM

Georgia lags in COVID recovery

Georgia lags in COVID recovery

Georgia is one of the nation’s slowest states in terms of recovering from the coronavirus, a new survey shows. Sep. 14, 2:09 PM

State shatters record for  COVID-19 hospitalizations

State shatters record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

State Public Health officials reported a single-day total of 10,798 COVID-19 cases Tuesday, along with 86 deaths. Sep. 08, 11:40 AM

Raffensperger fires back at federal lawsuit over Georgia election law overhaul

Raffensperger fires back at federal lawsuit over Georgia election law overhaul

“We believe there’s potential they’ve been following orders from [2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee] Stacey Abrams and others,” Raffensperger said. “We think something is going on.” Sep. 03, 6:12 PM

Pandemic-driven court backlog blamed for Georgia crime wave

Pandemic-driven court backlog blamed for Georgia crime wave

The partial shutdown of the court system in Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to the crime wave plaguing Atlanta and other cities, a representative of the state’s prosecutors said Tuesday. Sep. 01, 3:49 PM

COVID-19 cases in Georgia nearing last winter’s peak

COVID-19 cases in Georgia nearing last winter’s peak

New cases statewide are nearing 8,000 a day, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Aug. 31, 6:09 PM

​Georgia Supreme Court hears challenge of tax on strip clubs

​Georgia Supreme Court hears challenge of tax on strip clubs

A lawyer for the state told the Georgia Supreme Court studies have shown strip clubs are frequented by child sex traffickers to lure customers, and taxing them is less harmful to those businesses than banning them altogether. Aug. 25, 1:24 PM


More State

Herschel Walker running for U.S. Senate

University of Georgia football icon Herschel Walker filed paperwork Tuesday to seek the Republican nomination for the Georgia U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Raphael Warnock. Aug. 24, 4:51 PM

Kemp sending in Georgia National Guard to fight COVID-19 surge

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations still on the rise in Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp deployed the Georgia National Guard Tuesday to hospitals across the state. Aug. 27, 11:27 AM

Stone Mountain Park getting new logo minus Confederate imagery

The association’s board is expected to adopt a new logo Monday that depicts the southern face of the mountain away from the massive carving of three Confederate leaders. Aug. 24, 3:58 PM

Kemp to local governments: No COVID-19 mandates

Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Thursday prohibiting local governments in Georgia from imposing mask, vaccine or building-capacity mandates aimed at discouraging the spread of COVID-19. Aug. 23, 2:44 PM

Coronavirus pandemic causes slight drop in Georgia Milestone test scores

Georgia elementary and secondary students scored slightly lower on end-of-course tests last spring, a trend state Department of Education (DOE) officials attributed to the disruptions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Aug. 19, 5:56 PM

U.S. Senate approves infrastructure bill with more than $11B headed to Georgia

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan infrastructure spending bill Tuesday that would steer more than $11 billion toward highways, transit, airports and electric vehicle charging stations in Georgia. Aug. 16, 5:04 PM

​​Kemp defends voluntary approach to fighting COVID-19

Gov. Brian Kemp Friday defended his decision not to impose mask-wearing or vaccination mandates on Georgians to stem the latest surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Aug. 10, 4:44 PM

Kemp puts up more state funds for fighting crime

Gov. Brian Kemp is committing up to $2 million from the Governor’s Emergency Fund to the state Department of Public Safety’s Crime Suppression Unit. Aug. 06, 5:23 PM

State commission awards six licenses to grow marijuana, manufacture cannabis oil

The state commission in charge of Georgia’s medical marijuana program has announced its intent to award six licenses to companies to grow the leaf crop and convert it into low-THC cannabis oil. Jul. 29, 11:05 AM

Georgia Lottery sets record for profits

The Georgia Lottery generated more than $1.5 billion for the state’s HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs during the last fiscal year, Jul. 22, 6:40 AM








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