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Georgia gov, Atlanta to continue mediation on mask order

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor has withdrawn a request for an emergency order to block the state’s largest city from ordering people to wear masks in public or imposing other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic while a lawsuit on the matters is pending. Gov. Brian Kemp earlier this month sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance […]

Federal judge voids Georgia ‘heartbeat’ abortion restriction

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked Georgia’s 2019 “heartbeat” abortion law, finding that it violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled against the state in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers and an advocacy group. Jones had temporarily blocked the law in October, and it never went into […]

Civil rights icon Lewis lauded as hero at Georgia Capitol

ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis was lauded as a warrior and a hero during a ceremony Wednesday at the Georgia Capitol, where the civil rights icon who represented much of Atlanta in Congress will lie in repose before a funeral service that at least two former presidents are expected to attend. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance […]

Georgia camp with COVID-19 outbreak didn’t require masks

NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions, but didn’t make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday. The camp followed disinfecting rules and required staff to wear masks, but campers didn’t have to wear face coverings. Health […]

Georgia Dems choose state chair to replace Lewis on ballot

ATLANTA (AP) — The head of Georgia’s Democratic Party has been chosen to face a Republican reality TV personality in the November contest for the seat of the late Rep. John Lewis, a towering figure who served in Congress for more than 30 years. The selection of state Sen. Nikema Williams caps a quick and […]

Former USC starting QB Daniels eligible for 2020 at Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Former Southern California starter JT Daniels says he has been granted immediate eligibility at Georgia, where he can join the competition at quarterback. Daniels posted on his Twitter account on Monday his appreciation to the NCAA “for granting me immediate eligibility and allowing me to play football this fall.” Daniels announced […]

In reversal, Georgia universities to now mandate masks

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s 26 public universities and colleges will mandate campus-wide mask wearing after the state university system reversed itself on Monday. The University System of Georgia had previously told schools they should “strongly encourage” students and others to wear masks, but said that the system’s 26 universities couldn’t mandate face coverings for their […]

Georgia mask debate ensnares Trump as Kemp battles Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor and the mayor of its largest city accused each other of playing politics Friday amid an escalating fight over face masks intended to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The battle over masks in a state with rapidly rising cases of COVID-19 erupted into a public fight as Atlanta and […]

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