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GA Special Elections May Get Primaries, but Not This Year

Feb 19, 2020
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

A proposal to change Georgia election law to require party primaries before certain special elections has been amended so that it wouldn’t take effect until 2021. That’s good news for recently appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who is running to defend her seat in a free-for-all special election on Nov. 3.

Police Arrest Boyfriend of Student Found Dead in Georgia

Feb 19, 2020

Police have arrested the boyfriend of a university student found dead this week in Georgia. News outlets report 23-year-old DeMarcus Little is being held on charges of criminal damage to property.

Athenians in need of legal assistance can attend a free clinic this weekend. The Superior Court judges of the Western Circuit are holding an Access to Justice Initiative Free Pop-Up Clinic Saturday, February 22nd.

The mission of the clinic is to provide access to legal services and information for community members who need legal aid.

The February clinic will be held at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church on Old West Broad Street on Saturday, February 22nd, from 9 am until 11 am.

Teacher Pension Changes Sputter in Georgia Legislature

Feb 18, 2020

A bill that would cut some retirement benefits for Georgia public school teachers is sputtering. House Retirement Committee Chairman Tommy Benton says he's not sure what will happen next with House Bill 109. On Tuesday, he asked committee members not to vote on it.

Georgia House Plan Shifts Money to Lawmakers' Priorities

Feb 18, 2020
AP Photo/Jeff Amy

Budget writers in Georgia's House want to preserve money for priorities including mental health, public defenders and agricultural research. Overall spending won't rise above the cuts proposed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. But the House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to shift tens of millions to protect programs favored by lawmakers.