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Case closed: No evidence of hacking as alleged by Georgia Gov. Kemp

Case closed: No evidence of hacking as alleged by Georgia Gov. Kemp

ByGeorgia investigators found no evidence to support Gov. Brian Kemp’s  just before Election Day in 2018 that the Democratic Party tried to hack election information, according to a report released Tuesday by the attorney general’s office.The attorney general’s office  that Kemp had opened when he was secretary of state, overseeing the same election he was running for. Kemp made the hacking accusation two days before the election.Kemp, a Republican, defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams by about 55,000 votes.No election information was damaged, stolen or lost, according to the attorney general’s...

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March 3, 2020
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Brazilian president who met with Trump reportedly tests positive for virus; son denies reports

Brazilian president who met with Trump reportedly tests positive for virus; son denies reports

ByAccording to several reports, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has presumptively tested positive for coronavirus, Brazilian newspaper Jornal O Dia reported Friday morning. His son has denied the reports from several news outlets.Bolsonaro's first coronavirus test was positive, according to the newspaper report,he and he is awaiting the result of the counterproof test. Fox News, Business Insider and several other news outlets have reported a presumptive positive test.🔴 ATENÇÃOJornal O Dia confirma o que informei ontem aqui: primeiro teste de coronavírus de Bolsonaro deu positivo. Ele...

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March 13, 2020
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Publix to close stores each day at 8 p.m. until further notice due to coronavirus

Publix to close stores each day at 8 p.m. until further notice due to coronavirus

ByOne of the largest grocery store chains in the Southeast will be closing earlier every day due to the coronavirus.Publix announced on Twitter that all stores will close at 8 p.m. until further notice. The policy will go into effect Saturday. There are 1,243 Publix stores across seven states, including Georgia.The tweet said the decision was to “give (Publix) teams time to conduct addition preventative sanitation and restock products on our shelves.”To better serve our customers, give our store teams time to conduct additional preventive sanitation and restock product on our shelves,...

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March 14, 2020
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Georgia Senate: Collins amasses $2M to take on Loeffler 

Georgia Senate: Collins amasses $2M to take on Loeffler 

ByU.S. Rep. Doug Collins will report more than $2.2 million in his campaign bank account as he gears up to challenge U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a November special election. The four-term Republican congressman raised more than $840,000 in roughly two months since entering the campaign. He transferred another $1.65 million from his U.S. House account, which also collected roughly $250,000 during the first quarter.He can expect reinforcements. The pro-Trump Great America PAC said this week it is siding with Collins and plans to spend some of the cash it has amassed to boost his...

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April 15, 2020
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The Jolt: Raphael Warnock outraises Kelly Loeffler, Doug Collins in U.S. Senate contest

The Jolt: Raphael Warnock outraises Kelly Loeffler, Doug Collins in U.S. Senate contest

ByU.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins essentially matched each other in fundraising for the first quarter of the year. They were both surpassed, however, by Democrat Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.The two Republican rivals both collected roughly $1.1 million over the first three months of the year, and they traded jabs at each other as they filed their reports. Meanwhile, Warnock has collected $1.5 million since he entered the race in late January, and he ended the quarter with a warchest of roughly $1.2 million in cash. The totals mean...

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April 16, 2020
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Gwinnett leaders take next step to put transit on November ballot

Gwinnett leaders take next step to put transit on November ballot

ByGwinnett County commissioners last week approved a $6.7 billion list of they could consider putting to voters, the next step in getting public transportation .The project list, which runs 10 pages long, next goes to the ATL board. Members will consider updates to the regional transit plan. Those changes need to be approved by the board before Gwinnett officials can ask voters to approve the funding to expand transit in the county. While commissioners have not said definitively that they will push for a vote in November, they for this fall.The 94 projects on the list include everything...

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April 13, 2020
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Georgia Senate: Ossoff nets another $1M, ends quarter with $1.8M on hand

Georgia Senate: Ossoff nets another $1M, ends quarter with $1.8M on hand

ByDemocrat Jon Ossoff raised about $1 million during the first three months of the year and will report more than $1.8 million in his campaign account for his bid to oust U.S. Sen. David Perdue.Ossoff, an investigative journalist, is one of three top Democrats vying to compete against the first-term Republican, who has amassed a $9 million war chest.He led business executive Sarah Riggs Amico and former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson in a .With Democrats largely abstaining from openly pummeling one another, Ossoff has emerged as the front-runner to challenge Perdue, thanks partly to his...

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April 15, 2020
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Georgia to convert Atlanta convention center to temporary hospital

Georgia to convert Atlanta convention center to temporary hospital

ByThe state will convert a part of the Georgia World Congress Center into a 200-bed hospital to handle an influx of coronavirus patients, Gov. Brian Kemp said Sunday.The governor said the Georgia National Guard and state health and emergency officials will work with , a private contractor, to transform the downtown Atlanta facility into an emergency hospital. The sprawling complex will be used to treat coronavirus patients experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of the disease, Kemp said, while patients who need ventilators or require more intense care will be sent to hospitals. “We are...

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Georgians stock up on alcohol as residents stay home in face of virus

Georgians stock up on alcohol as residents stay home in face of virus

ByWith bars closed and restaurants suspending eat-in dining as Georgia tries to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, many people have rushed to the state’s liquor stores to stock up and have their drinks at home.Each time Gov. Brian Kemp announced efforts to limit the movements of residents, liquor store sales went up.Liquor store managers said they first saw a spike in sales around March 16, the day the state .Randall Heard, the owner of Marietta Wine Market, said overall sales have increased, even though he’s operating on limited store hours.“I’d say we’re up about 25%,” Heard said....

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16-year-old faces murder, arson charges after Middle Georgia house fire kills 2

16-year-old faces murder, arson charges after Middle Georgia house fire kills 2

ByA 16-year-old girl from Middle Georgia was found in Kentucky, hours after a fire ripped through her home and killed two people.The teenager now faces arson and murder charges.Candace Walton, 16, faces two counts of murder, a count of arson and multiple counts of theft by taking following the deadly house fire Thursday morning, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anna Lewis told AJC.com. Kentucky authorities pulled over Walton in her mother’s stolen car later Thursday, leading to her arrest.First responders arrived at the structure on Old Zebulon Road about 3:30 a.m. and found about...

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