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Former President Barack Obama has used Rep. John Lewis’ funeral to issue a stark warning that the voting rights and equal opportunity the late civil rights icon championed are under increasing threats heading into the 2020 election. Obama urged Congress to honor Lewis by revitalizing the Voting Rights Act, “the law he was willing to die for.” Obama called the Senate filibuster a relic of Jim Crow segregation and said it should be abolished if that's what it takes to pass such a law.

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Three former presidents are in attendance at John Lewis' funeral as he is mourned, revered and celebrated as an American hero at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The private funeral began Thursday morning after nearly a week of mourning that took him from his birthplace in Alabama to the nation’s capital of Washington to his final resting place in his home of Atlanta. Lewis died July 17 at the age of 80. In an essay that he asked to be published on the day of his funeral, Lewis urged others to continue to seek justice.

Former GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Dies At 74

Jul 30, 2020
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Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after battling the coronavirus. He was 74. A post on Cain's Twitter account on Thursday announced the death. Cain had been ill with the virus for several weeks.

It’s not clear when or where he was infected, but he was hospitalized less than two weeks after attending President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June. The former pizza company executive has been an outspoken backer of the president and was named by the campaign as a co-chair of Black Voices for Trump.

Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners will consider a measure that would close bars early in an attempt to manage COVID-19 spread. WUGA’s Martin Matheny reports.

Commissioners are expected to discuss a proposal tonight to change last call from 2AM to 9PM. That’s a measure that District 3 Commissioner Melissa Link has been urging for some time.

"We know that the outbreak is being driven by young people, people under 30, college students, according to Link. "We know that there are outbreaks in bars."

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The Democratic head of a congressional coronavirus oversight panel has demanded that Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and three other Republican governors provide documents showing how their states are combating the pandemic. Similar letters were sent to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.

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