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Friday, March 31, 2023

Government & Politics

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The Smyrna City Council voted this week to approve new boundaries of its seven wards, which were redrawn based on population changes in the 2020 census.
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Martin 'Marty' Ferrell, a 32-year veteran of the Marietta Police Department, was confirmed as the new police chief Wednesday after serving as interim chief since the retirement of Chief Dan Flynn earlier this year.
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At a campaign rally in Gwinnett County Friday, the former United Nations ambassador appealed to Asian American voters to support Herschel Walker’s campaign for U.S. Senate.
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Are candidates for public office talking about issues that matter to you? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wants to make sure they do. That’s why we are surveying Georgia voters about what you care most about in this year’s election. We will compile the responses and use them to help guide our coverage going forward.
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Thousands have been infected in Georgia's local lockups, dozens have been hospitalized and many have died with coronavirus infections. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Fresh Take Georgia have gone inside some of the state's jails to see how they were affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
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At least 27 sheriff’s office employees across Georgia have died with COVID-19. Among them are an elected sheriff, senior officers, veteran jail employees, men and women. Some were U.S. military veterans. Many left behind families with children. Here are four of their stories.
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That lack of data about infections, hospitalizations and deaths in jails, experts say, could hamstring officials responsible for preventing the spread of diseases in America’s more than 3,000 local lockups.
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A federal appeals court has ruled that Georgia’s restrictive abortion law should be allowed to take effect, an outcome that’s been expected since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
U.S. Supreme Court building: Protesters gather outside the building with signs reading "no justice no peace" and "shame on the court"
The decision by the court's conservative majority is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states with clinics in at least two states already stopping abortions after Friday's decision.
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Georgia's Supreme Court overturned the murder and child cruelty convictions against Justin Ross Harris whose toddler died after he left him in a hot car for hours, saying the jury was improperly influenced.