© 2023 WUGA | University of Georgia
shupe_2.jpg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Morning headlines: Another Trump lawyer has to testify in Fulton County investigation

220817 Jenna Ellis AP.jpeg
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
/
Jenna Ellis, a member of then-President Donald Trump's legal team, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. A judge in Colorado on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, ordered Ellis to travel to Georgia to testify before a special grand jury that's looking into whether Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia.

A judge in Colorado on Tuesday ordered a legal adviser for former President Donald Trump’s campaign to travel to Georgia to testify before a special grand jury looking into whether Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia.

Judge Gregory Lammons made the decision after holding a hearing on a request from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to compel testimony from attorney Jenna Ellis.

Another high-profile Trump advisor, Rudy Giuliani, has also been ordered by a judge to testify in the Fulton County probe. It was learned earlier this week that the former New York mayor is a target in the investigation.

Gainesville school officials weigh allowing armed volunteers in schools

WDUN Radio reports that the school board in Gainesville held its first reading Monday for a proposed policy that would place armed security guards on its campuses.

Under the policy, the superintendent of the city school system could appoint volunteers to be allowed to carry weapons while on school property, with each subjected to background checks, plus weapons and use of force training.

A second reading of the policy will be held in September before a vote is held.

FBI trafficking operation rescues 28 in Georgia

Twenty-eight teen victims were rescued in Georgia during part of a nationwide operation over the past two weeks led by the FBI that focused on child sex trafficking.

The AJC reports that out of the 28 victims, nine were children who were commercially sexually exploited. The victims’ ages in Georgia ranged from 14 to 17. FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Keri Farley wouldn’t provide specific details, but said most of the suspects identified used dating apps or online websites to contact child and adult victims. Four people were arrested in Georgia.

Nationwide, 85 suspects were identified or arrested on child sexual exploitation and human trafficking charges and 84 victims, all minors, were rescued.

The FBI encourages parents to make sure to check their children’s online activity and have conversations with them about potential danger.

Georgia congresswoman introduces sustainable aviation fuel measure

A Georgia congresswoman filed legislation Tuesday to boost funding for technology to reduce aircraft emissions and noise.

The bill proposed by U.S. Representative Nikema Williams would provide $1.5 billion in grant funds over five years for sustainable aviation fuel projects, low emission aviation technology development and other technology to reduce aircraft fuel burn, emissions and noise.

Sustainable aviation fuels are often biofuels made from tree and plant debris, used cooking oil or other materials, and can be blended with conventional jet fuel.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!