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Still not wearing a mask? DeKalb County could send you to a COVID-19 prevention class

Still not wearing a mask? DeKalb County could send you to a COVID-19 prevention class

DeKalb County took steps to strengthen the mask ordinance it passed last week. The strengthened mask requirement comes as Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over Atlanta's mask mandate. But DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond says he believes DeKalb County's ordinance is consistent with Kemp's executive order. The measure requires all DeKalb residents over age 8 to wear a face covering or mask which covers the nose and mouth whenever they are in a public place. Under DeKalb's mask requirement, first-time violators will be given a written warning. Second-time violators will be required to attend…
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Police: Burned body found in Gwinnett County was shot

Police: Burned body found in Gwinnett County was shot

DULUTH -- Police say a burned body found in the woods near Gwinnett Place Mall Monday may have been shot at least one time. The case has now been determined to be a homicide and police are still trying to confirm the identity of the body. On Monday, a man called 911 after locating the body at about 11:30 a.m. on a wooded trail near the intersection of Satellite Boulevard and West Liddell Road.  When officers arrived on scene, they discovered the burned body and immediately contacted homicide investigators. If anyone has any information to share in this case, they…
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State schools chief: ‘Safety must be at the forefront’ of starting school

State schools chief: ‘Safety must be at the forefront’ of starting school

Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods wants parents to know that school leaders at the local and state level are united in their efforts to start the school year smoothly. The superintendent sent the following statement today clearing up some misconceptions about the relationship between state leadership and local school systems and said state leaders support each school system in the methods they use to open schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the full statement below. School leaders, teachers, parents, students, families – and state leaders – have been making tough decisions since the onset of COVID-19 in…
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17-year-old charged in killing of 16-year-old in Macon

17-year-old charged in killing of 16-year-old in Macon

MACON -- Bibb County Sheriff’s Investigators charged a 17-year-old boy in connection with the death of 16-year-old Davaun Patton. The incident occurred on Friday night, near the parking lot of the Family Dollar, located on Rocky Creek Road. Tyreon Tyrese Parks, of Macon, turned himself over to Investigators Monday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. After being interviewed about the incident, he was taken into custody. Parks was transported to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center and is currently being held without bond, for the charge of Murder. According to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office the shooting resulted from an altercation…
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Laid off workers turn to Medicaid and PeachCare

Laid off workers turn to Medicaid and PeachCare

Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare rolls continue to grow amid the economic devastation from COVID-19. Newly released June enrollment figures show that Medicaid membership grew by 23,000, while PeachCare, the children’s health insurance program in Georgia, saw enrollment rise by nearly 14,000. That continues a steady increase in each program, though April’s Medicaid growth was much higher. Many people have lost jobs and income since the COVID-19 crisis occurred. That, in turn, often leads to a loss of employer-based health insurance. During such tough times, more individuals and their family members wind up enrolled in Medicaid, the federal/state program for the…
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Georgia’s new COVID-19 testing partner can process 10,000 tests per day

Georgia’s new COVID-19 testing partner can process 10,000 tests per day

In response to increased demand for COVID-19 testing and long delays in getting results back, the state of Georgia is expanding its testing capabilities by bringing on a new testing partner. The new testing partnership with Mako Medical will provide testing supplies and services to process 10,000 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests per day. Gov. Brian Kemp's office says the new partnership will provide test results within 48 hours, on average. "As demand for testing has soared across the country, many private labs have been unable to process tests quick enough to aid in contact tracing and mitigation efforts. With some Georgians waiting well…
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Meet the woman Georgia democrats picked to replace John Lewis in Congress

Meet the woman Georgia democrats picked to replace John Lewis in Congress

State Sen. Nikema Williams was tapped by Georgia Democratic leaders Monday to run as the party’s nominee to replace Congressman John Lewis in the upcoming Nov. 3 election, following the civil rights icon’s death on Friday. Lewis’ death at age 80 precipitated a frantic search over the weekend to pick a new nominee to run for his 5th Congressional District seat in November, since the civil rights leader had already won the Democratic primary in June and therefore needed to be replaced. Williams, who currently chairs the Democratic Party of Georgia, touted her background as an activist and seasoned lawmaker…
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Burned body found in Gwinnett County

Burned body found in Gwinnett County

DULUTH -- Police are searching for clues after a burned body was found near Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth. Police say a man called 911 after locating the body at about 11:30 a.m. on a wooded trail near the intersection of Satellite Boulevard and West Liddell Road.  When officers arrived on scene, they discovered the burned body and immediately contacted homicide investigators. At this time, it has not been determined whether this is a homicide, suicide, or accidental death. Arson investigators and the medical examiner’s office have been requested and are assisting at the scene. If anyone has any information…
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Victim in I-85 shooting identified

Victim in I-85 shooting identified

NORCROSS -- The man who died in a shooting on I-85 over the weekend has been identified. Gwinnett County Police say the victim was 31-year-old Steven Vallejo of Norcross. Police say Vallejo was shot and killed by another driver shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Homicide detectives determined that the two vehicles involved were traveling South on I-85 near the exit for Indian Trail Lilburn Road. “For reasons currently unknown, the suspect fired one shot from his vehicle into the victim’s vehicle. The victim was struck by that round. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his…
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How will John Lewis’ replacement in Congress be chosen?

How will John Lewis’ replacement in Congress be chosen?

Congressman John Lewis' death leaves an open seat in Congress and an open spot on the ballot in November. Lewis was in the process of running for reelection and had already won the democratic primary at the time of his death. According to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, voters will choose Lewis' replacement in Congress in two separate elections, one to fill the remainder of his current term which expires in January and the general election in November where he was facing republican challenger Angela Stanton King. Because Lewis had already won the democratic primary, state law allows the Democratic…
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Mixed Signals: Mayors and lawmakers confused by Kemp’s mask stance

Mixed Signals: Mayors and lawmakers confused by Kemp’s mask stance

(The Center Square) – Some officials in Georgia said they are shocked and confused about Gov. Brian Kemp's executive order that blocks local governments from requiring residents to wear masks. Senate Minority Whip Harold Jones II, D-Augusta, said when he voted to allow Kemp to have more authority during the COVID-19 pandemic, he thought it would ensure blanket safety precautions for all Georgians. "Local governments have to act in a way that is consistent to make sure citizens are safe," Jones said. However, Kemp's current executive order is inconsistent when it comes to mask requirements and offers fewer protections for…
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Man dies after being shot by another driver on I-85

Man dies after being shot by another driver on I-85

NORCROSS -- A man died after an early morning shooting on I-85 in Lilburn Sunday. According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, the man was shot and killed shortly after 12:30 a.m. Homicide detectives determined that the two vehicles involved were traveling South on I-85 near the exit for Indian Trail Lilburn Road. Police say the shooter's vehicle, a silver passenger car was driven by a black male and was traveling in the far right lane of I-85 southbound. The victim’s vehicle, another black passenger car was was exiting onto Indian Trail Lilburn Road. "For reasons currently unknown, the suspect…
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Georgia sets record for new coronavirus cases

Georgia sets record for new coronavirus cases

For the second time this month, Georgia has topped its previous record for new coronavirus cases in a single day. On Saturday, the state added 4,689 more confirmed cases than the previous day. The prior record was set July 10, when the state added 4,484 new cases in a single day. So far in the month of July, Georgia has not had a single day when it added fewer than 1,500 cases and only one day has been lower than 2,000 new cases. On Saturday, Georgia also reported, 36 more deaths, 314 more hospitalizations and 38 more ICU admissions. In…
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Atlanta mayor orders flags to fly at half-staff to honor John Lewis

Atlanta mayor orders flags to fly at half-staff to honor John Lewis

ATLANTA -- Flags throughout the city of Atlanta will fly at half-staff in honor of Congressman John Lewis, who died at age 80 Friday night. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff immediately on all City of Atlanta facilities until further notice in honor of the late Congressman. The City of Atlanta’s Congressman Lewis is an American hero and one of the pillars of the Civil Rights Movement. Congressman Lewis was also revered as the dean of the Georgia Congressional delegation whose passionate call to "make good trouble" became a generational rallying cry for nonviolent activism in the pursuit of social justice and human…
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John Lewis: In His Own Words

John Lewis: In His Own Words

Civil Rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis died Friday night. Lewis was 80 years old and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. Below are some of the beloved Congressman's notable quotes. "When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something." "I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble." "We are one people with…
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