Georgia State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/VTVYCNK0M6/feeder Georgia State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Thu, 20 Aug 2020 19:50:30 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ More migrant women say they did not consent to surgeries at Ice center https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/18/migrant-women-us-detention-center-georgia Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:f94b6c2d-5dbe-3068-bc73-c425d5b230d5 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:47:35 +0000 <p>AP review finds no evidence of mass hysterectomies but files show growing allegations of operations women did not fully understand</p><p>Sitting across from her lawyer at an immigration detention center in rural Georgia, Mileidy Cardentey Fernandez unbuttoned her jail jumpsuit to show the scars on her abdomen. There were three small, circular marks.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/17/ice-hysterectomy-allegations-us-eugenics-history">Ice hysterectomy allegations in line with US's long and racist history of eugenics | Moira Donegan</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/18/migrant-women-us-detention-center-georgia">Continue reading...</a> Hurricane Sally: devastating floods expected as heavy rains move north https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/17/hurricane-sally-latest-floods-news-gulf-coast-path-alabama-georgia Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:29d11902-18f0-6fae-f0ef-6b319ee30bc8 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:50:00 +0000 <p>Sally continues torrential rains over Alabama and Georgia, with tornadoes possible across Georgia and northern Florida</p><p>Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally’s rains threatened more misery for parts of the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama on Thursday, even as the storm’s remnants were forecast to dump up to a foot of rain and spread the threat of devastating flooding to Georgia and the Carolinas.</p><p>Gulf coast residents began to pick up the pieces at daybreak from the drenching and howling storm that the day before killed at least one and caused one other person to be reported missing in Alabama.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HurricaneSally?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HurricaneSally</a> toppled the steeple at El Primitive Baptist Church on Gayle street, fortunately there were no injuries. <a href="https://t.co/Xh5fRkTJQX">pic.twitter.com/Xh5fRkTJQX</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here’s a short clip from Molino, Florida of Hurricane Sally’s winds sustained at nearly 100mph. <a href="https://t.co/dv6FN2oMhv">pic.twitter.com/dv6FN2oMhv</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Time lapse sequence from our cam on the Perdido River along Annex Road - just inside the FL line from AL. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HurricaneSally?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HurricaneSally</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NWSMobile?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NWSMobile</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/spann?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@spann</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/googlenest?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@googlenest</a> <a href="https://t.co/qHtdpssyR4">pic.twitter.com/qHtdpssyR4</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Big time rain totals are being reported in Alabama and Georgia from former Hurricane <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sally?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Sally</a>. <br><br>Numerous reports of flooding have come out of these areas, especially in southeast Alabama <a href="https://t.co/aFYYK5VULj">pic.twitter.com/aFYYK5VULj</a></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/17/hurricane-sally-latest-floods-news-gulf-coast-path-alabama-georgia">Continue reading...</a> Nancy Pelosi demands investigation into hysterectomy claims at Ice centre https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/16/ice-hysterectomy-claims-nancy-pelosi-irwin-georgia Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:6e9022c2-a53c-a4d4-f328-60645743e1af Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:08:34 +0000 <ul><li>Whistleblower cited alarming rate of surgery for detainees</li><li>House speaker concerned at ‘staggering abuse of human rights’</li></ul><p>The top congressional Democrat, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has joined mounting calls for an investigation into an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) detention centre in Georgia accused of performing hysterectomies on migrant women held there without their full consent.</p><p>Pelosi branded the substance of allegations presented by a whistleblowing nurse “a staggering abuse of human rights”.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/14/ice-detainees-hysterectomies-medical-neglect-irwin-georgia">Ice detainees faced medical neglect and hysterectomies, whistleblower alleges</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/16/ice-hysterectomy-claims-nancy-pelosi-irwin-georgia">Continue reading...</a> Ice detainees faced medical neglect and hysterectomies, whistleblower alleges https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/14/ice-detainees-hysterectomies-medical-neglect-irwin-georgia Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:4a52e864-95be-e00a-3f55-0042d6f06c4c Tue, 15 Sep 2020 01:55:51 +0000 <p>Nurse Dawn Wooten says she was demoted and reprimanded when she spoke out about practices at Georgia detention center</p><p>Immigrants in a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) <a href="https://www.ice.gov/detention-facility/irwin-county-detention-center">detention center</a> in Georgia are being subjected to horrific conditions and treatment, including “jarring medical neglect” and a high rate of hysterectomies among women, according to a whistleblower complaint filed by several legal advocacy groups on behalf of a nurse who works there.</p><p>The nurse, Dawn Wooten, <a href="https://theintercept.com/2020/09/14/ice-detention-center-nurse-whistleblower/">has been practicing</a> for more than 10 years, three of which she was employed at Irwin county detention center in Georgia, which is run by private corporation LaSalle Corrections. The complaint, filed on her behalf on 14 September, accused the center of negligence, including poor safety precautions surrounding Covid-19 and generally hazardous and unsanitary conditions.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/02/trump-judge-nominee-iris-lan-family-separations">Revealed: Trump nominee had role in removing prosecutor opposed to family separations</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/14/ice-detainees-hysterectomies-medical-neglect-irwin-georgia">Continue reading...</a> Georgia deputy filmed punching Black man in front of children is fired https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/georgia-clayton-county-roderick-walker-police-assault-traffic-stop-b436252.html The Independent - Georgia urn:uuid:7ecb707f-9dba-8f2d-c6dc-7b5e6318b11d Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:45:55 +0000 A Georgia sheriff&rsquo;s deputy has been fired after being caught on video repeatedly punching a Black man he had pinned to the ground during a traffic stop. Georgia deputy filmed punching Black man in front of children is fired https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/13/georgia-deputy-punching-black-man-traffic-stop-roderick-walker Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:17888a9b-9b08-7c27-d3bb-4a9a3a9b37db Sun, 13 Sep 2020 19:40:55 +0000 <ul><li>Video of incident after stop for broken taillight went viral</li><li>Victim Roderick Walker held over outstanding warrants</li></ul><p>A sheriff’s deputy in Georgia has been fired after being captured on video repeatedly punching a Black man during a traffic stop, authorities said on Sunday.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/13/two-los-angeles-sheriffs-deputies-wounded-compton-ambush-trump">Two Los Angeles sheriff's deputies wounded in Compton attack</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/13/georgia-deputy-punching-black-man-traffic-stop-roderick-walker">Continue reading...</a> Group of black families buy nearly 100 acres of land in Georgia to create racism free community https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/freedom-georgia-initiative-racism-free-community-b434621.html The Independent - Georgia urn:uuid:dcb4c0c3-d640-8044-6316-ab677d427e07 Sun, 13 Sep 2020 18:44:10 +0000 &lt;p&gt;The group spent $1.7m on the land and hopes it will one day be a formally recognised city&lt;/p&gt; Shocking video shows white police ‘punching black man after taxi carrying him stopped’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/georgia-taxi-black-man-punch-video-clayton-county-investigation-he-can-t-breathe-b432326.html The Independent - Georgia urn:uuid:7cfe1f95-9fe5-c4fb-80a8-3356cabdaf24 Sat, 12 Sep 2020 19:21:30 +0000 &lt;p&gt;&lsquo;Officer, he says he can&rsquo;t breathe&rsquo;&lt;/p&gt; Shocking video shows white police ‘punching black man after taxi carrying him stopped’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/georgia-taxi-black-man-punch-video-clayton-county-investigation-he-can-t-breathe-b432326.html The Independent - Georgia urn:uuid:07ff7f6a-d05d-a31f-311f-0f56e6e6204a Sat, 12 Sep 2020 19:08:10 +0000 &lt;p&gt;&lsquo;Officer - he says he can&rsquo;t breathe&rsquo;&lt;/p&gt; Democrat running against QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene suddenly drops out of Georgia race for 'personal reasons' https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election/kevin-van-ausdal-marjorie-taylor-greene-georgia-qanon-b424824.html The Independent - Georgia urn:uuid:45366f17-39a2-1f47-d399-b29358b0c36b Fri, 11 Sep 2020 23:07:02 +0000 &lt;p&gt;'I am deeply saddened by the personal and family reasons that prevent me from continuing on as a candidate,' Kevin Van Ausdal says&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; Democrat running against QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene suddenly drops out of Georgia race for 'personal reasons' https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election/kevin-van-ausdal-marjorie-taylor-greene-georgia-qanon-b424824.html The Independent - Georgia urn:uuid:fbf55546-3a12-4e1f-bc1a-b7c7f0ac6c07 Fri, 11 Sep 2020 20:01:04 +0000 &lt;p&gt;'I am deeply saddened by the personal and family reasons that prevent me from continuing on as a candidate,' Kevin Van Ausdal says&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; Democrats eye Arizona, Georgia and Texas as potentially winnable https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/05/democrats-arizona-georgia-texas-election-in-play Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:bda21960-40b7-86dd-471f-fcba89c0a2ae Sat, 05 Sep 2020 13:13:45 +0000 <ul><li>Party’s electoral map aims to expand into Republican areas</li><li>Campaign manager: ‘All of these states are legitimately in play’</li></ul><p>Former vice-president Joe Biden’s presidential campaign sees Arizona, Texas and Georgia as possible pathways to victory and ousting Donald Trump from the White House.</p><p>During a press briefing with reporters top Biden campaign officials displayed a map of the states that they see as winnable. The map showed Arizona, Texas and Georgia in the light pink color marked as “expand” states.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/31/democrats-push-to-register-voters-in-attempt-to-rip-texas-from-trump">Democrats push to register 1m voters in attempt to rip Texas from Trump</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/05/democrats-arizona-georgia-texas-election-in-play">Continue reading...</a> This public US university has seen grades soar despite Covid. What's it doing right? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/01/georgia-state-university-covid-19-low-income-students Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:856c8b98-34d4-dd70-89f9-2bc2f13f1c14 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 10:00:33 +0000 <p>Most of Georgia State’s students come from low-income backgrounds hard-hit by the pandemic. The school could serve as a model for others nationwide</p><p>If anywhere was going to take a pummeling from the coronavirus, you’d think it would be a place like Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta.</p><p>Georgia State is not a glamorous flagship university – that would be the University of Georgia in Athens, the spiritual home of the Bulldogs, REM and the B-52s. It’s more of a workhorse public institution, with a large population of students who come from low-income households and have to work at least one paying job outside their studies to make ends meet.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/12/us-universities-colleges-job-losses-coronavirus">Outrage as coronavirus prompts US universities and colleges to shed staff</a> </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/17/minecraft-university-johns-hopkins-campus">'Boring and awkward': students voice concern as colleges plan to reopen – through Minecraft</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/01/georgia-state-university-covid-19-low-income-students">Continue reading...</a> ‘Who are we willing to sacrifice?’: teachers’ fears grow as US schools plan reopenings https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/aug/17/us-schools-reopening-coronavirus-teachers Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:a024204d-41a7-f4c7-62a9-c76a71050c8a Mon, 17 Aug 2020 09:00:46 +0000 <p>The debate over whether to resume in-person classes continues across the US as some schools plan to reopen after pressure from Trump</p><p>Two weeks into the school year, the school district of Gwinnett county, Georgia, <a href="https://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/home/public/home/!ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zivSxMDDyN_Q08LdxMnA08nczDvP1MQowMnA31wwkpiAJKG-AAjgZA_VFgJbhMsDCAKsBjRkFuhEGmo6IiAORKNuY!/?1dmy&amp;page=gcps.public.home.content&amp;urile=wcm%3Apath%3A%2Fgcps_public_content_enus%2Fpublic_site%2Fschools%2Ffall-2020-in-gwinnett-county-public-schools">plans</a> on reopening schools for in-person learning on 26 August, with staggered schedules toward fully reopening schools. With the coronavirus still far from under control, the plans are provoking a heated debate, one that is blazing across the US.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/14/school-reopenings-covid-19-coronavirus-us">Surge in Covid cases among children fuels fears over US school reopenings</a> </p><p>The district’s plan sends a clear message that any risk we incur for face to face learning is worth it, even if it could mean death</p><p>In March, when they shut down schools, it left a lot of teachers scarred. A lot of educators died</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/aug/17/us-schools-reopening-coronavirus-teachers">Continue reading...</a> Georgia: fights break out during protest near Confederate memorial https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/15/georgia-stone-mountain-park-confederate-rightwing-rally-close Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:88b35f44-bf91-029f-87d2-ce1ab9059d16 Sat, 15 Aug 2020 13:59:09 +0000 <p>Several dozen rightwing demonstrators, many wearing military gear, faced off against counter-protesters in Stone Mountain</p><p>After several hours of mostly peaceful demonstrations on Saturday in an Atlanta suburb that’s home to a giant Confederate memorial, large numbers of police moved in to disperse the crowds when fights broke out.</p><p>Several dozen rightwing demonstrators, some waving the Confederate battle flag and many wearing military gear, gathered in downtown Stone Mountain, where they faced off against a few hundred counter-protesters, many of whom wore shirts or carried signs expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/ng-interactive/2018/oct/24/stone-mountain-is-it-time-to-remove-americas-biggest-confederate-memorial">Stone Mountain: is it time to remove America's biggest Confederate memorial?</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/15/georgia-stone-mountain-park-confederate-rightwing-rally-close">Continue reading...</a> QAnon supporter denounced for racism wins Georgia Republican primary https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/11/georgia-republican-primary-marjorie-taylor-greene Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:a4390ab5-e9ac-29ca-e1a4-804611ab7383 Wed, 12 Aug 2020 02:43:45 +0000 <p>Videos have shown congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene voicing racist, antisemitic and Islamophobic views</p><p>Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who has expressed racist views and support for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, has won the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 14th congressional district.</p><p>Greene beat the neurosurgeon John Cowan in a primary runoff for the open seat on Tuesday in the deep-red district in north-west Georgia, despite several Republican officials denouncing her campaign after videos surfaced in which she expressed racist, antisemitic and anti-Muslim views.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/02/qanon-conspiracy-theory-republican-party-candidates">'They need voters': QAnon is finding a home in the Republican party</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/11/georgia-republican-primary-marjorie-taylor-greene">Continue reading...</a> 'We're making it up as we go along': how Trump's America failed the Covid test https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/08/coronavirus-us-georgia-spread-brian-kemp Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:214e9a26-8f3f-c0bc-cd19-1917ebc5937a Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:30:02 +0000 <p>Coronavirus has been allowed to run amok by governors and the president, spreading inexorably into the rural heart of America</p><p>A letter landed on the desk of the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, this week that given the public health catastrophe swirling all around him might give him pause. His state is one of <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/world/coronavirus-covid-19.html#link-1e0e9a70">21 across the US</a> that have been placed by the White House coronavirus taskforce in the <a href="https://int.nyt.com/data/documenttools/states-report-virus-response-july-26/e241189157b34378/full.pdf">“red zone</a>”, indicating the disease is now so prevalent that immediate restrictions must be imposed to avoid dire consequences.</p><p>Kemp, a Republican governor and Donald Trump ally, has adopted a controversial approach to Covid-19. Since early July the virus has roared across his state, with new infections rising sharply to top a devastating tally of <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/georgia-coronavirus-cases.html">182,000</a>.</p><p>Our situation is rapidly getting out of control</p><p>Back in the spring, colleagues and I predicted that this virus was so insidious it would move into rural areas</p><p>The US, relative to the resources we have, has had the worst response to the pandemic in the world</p><p>Average Americans are so insecure they no longer feel safe to leave their homes</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/08/coronavirus-us-georgia-spread-brian-kemp">Continue reading...</a> Covid-19 may spread more easily among children than thought, report warns https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/05/covid-19-may-spread-more-easily-schools-than-thought-report-warns Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:a6e6989d-97a0-06c9-7d15-5091fbd54b7a Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:51:33 +0000 <p>US health body highlights risks of reopening after outbreaks in state of Georgia and in Israel</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Coronavirus may be more easily transmitted in school and summer camp settings than previously understood, after the emergence of new details of outbreaks in the US state of Georgia and in Israel that have underscored the <a href="https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/school-openings-across-globe-suggest-ways-keep-coronavirus-bay-despite-outbreaks">risks of school re</a><a href="https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/school-openings-across-globe-suggest-ways-keep-coronavirus-bay-despite-outbreaks">openings</a>.</p><p>A report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into an outbreak at a summer camp in Georgia suggests children – even asymptomatic cases – may play an important role in community transmission of Covid-19.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/05/covid-19-may-spread-more-easily-schools-than-thought-report-warns">Continue reading...</a> A moving ‘Amazing Grace’ performance for Congressman John Lewis – video https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2020/jul/28/a-moving-amazing-grace-performance-for-congressman-john-lewis-video Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:6582fd2d-d6e9-a13c-e259-e9995db8c290 Tue, 28 Jul 2020 07:01:32 +0000 <p>US lawmakers were visibly moved while singer Wintley Phipps delivered his performance of 'Amazing Grace' in the Capitol Rotunda for the late congressman John Lewis. A Democratic member from Atlanta since 1987, Lewis endured numerous beatings and arrests in his lifelong fight against segregation and for racial justice. He died on 17 July of pancreatic cancer at age 80</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/27/john-lewis-us-capitol-rotunda-memorial-service-ceremony">John Lewis: voice of civil rights leader rings out one final time at lying-in-state</a></li></ul> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2020/jul/28/a-moving-amazing-grace-performance-for-congressman-john-lewis-video">Continue reading...</a> Revealed: US spends millions of taxpayer dollars on ineffective voting restrictions https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/22/voter-identification-laws-cost-taxpayers-36m Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:529aa232-5033-29ae-60c7-3d4a03e2240a Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:22:25 +0000 <p>The Guardian has found that millions have been spent to implement and defend laws widely regarded to be discriminatory</p><p>Restrictive “voter identification” laws pushed by Republicans, and widely regarded to be ineffective and discriminatory, have cost taxpayers at least $36m in just a few states, the Guardian can reveal.</p><p>It’s well documented that restrictive voter ID laws are ineffective and discriminatory. The type of voter fraud they claim to prevent is a <a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/ensure-every-american-can-vote/vote-suppression/myth-voter-fraud">myth</a>, and the burden of showing an ID disproportionately lands on <a href="https://www.vox.com/2020/1/16/21067110/missouri-voter-id-supreme-court-priorities-usa-state">students, low-income voters</a> and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2019/nov/07/which-us-states-hardest-vote-supression-election">African Americans</a>.</p><p>Often these lengthy lawsuits exacerbate another set of costs for states: educating the public every time there’s a change</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/22/voter-identification-laws-cost-taxpayers-36m">Continue reading...</a> Democrats pick shortlist to replace John Lewis and face Republican pardoned by Trump https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/20/john-lewis-democrats-finalists-georgia-republican-pardoned-trump Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:b5c8b280-b9ac-a32b-c3f5-5e75bd5619a3 Mon, 20 Jul 2020 15:40:26 +0000 <p>Successful candidate will take on Angela Stanton-King, pardoned by Trump over role in stolen car ring, in Lewis’s former House seat </p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/19/john-lewis-civil-rights-barack-obama">Opinion: John Lewis knew civil rights did not end with Obama</a></li></ul><p>Georgia Democrats have announced a list of five finalists to replace John Lewis on the ballot for November’s congressional elections.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/18/john-lewis-barack-obama-oprah-winfrey-tributes-civl-rights">John Lewis: Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey lead tributes to civil rights hero</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/20/john-lewis-democrats-finalists-georgia-republican-pardoned-trump">Continue reading...</a> John Lewis: Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey lead tributes to civil rights hero https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/18/john-lewis-barack-obama-oprah-winfrey-tributes-civl-rights Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:2563d1ae-dc3c-2556-c39c-69255ec22c20 Sat, 18 Jul 2020 20:22:32 +0000 <ul><li>Winfrey releases footage of recent interview</li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/18/john-lewis-from-civil-rights-titan-to-black-lives-matter">View from Washington: the legacy of John Lewis</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/18/john-lewis-obituary">Obituary: John Lewis, 1940-2020</a></li></ul><p>Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey have led tributes from across US society to the civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis, who <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/18/john-lewis-us-civil-rights-hero-and-democratic-congressman-dies-at-80">died on Friday evening at the age of 80</a>.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/18/john-lewis-from-civil-rights-titan-to-black-lives-matter">John Lewis: from civil rights titan to Black Lives Matter</a> </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Last week when there were false rumors of Congressman John Lewis’ passing, Gayle and I called and were able to speak with him. He sounded weak but was surprisingly more alert than we expected. <a href="https://t.co/8kRRDMTvFm">pic.twitter.com/8kRRDMTvFm</a></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2020/jul/18/civil-rights-activist-and-politician-john-lewis-a-life-in-pictures">Civil rights activist and politician John Lewis – a life in pictures</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/18/john-lewis-barack-obama-oprah-winfrey-tributes-civl-rights">Continue reading...</a> Trio charged with murder of Ahmaud Arbery plead not guilty https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/17/ahmaud-arbery-murder-suspects-plead-not-guilty Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:0364a45b-a6c9-8bad-4ad3-299fe4fa0088 Fri, 17 Jul 2020 15:04:39 +0000 <ul><li>Gregory McMichael and son Travis McMichael formally charged</li><li>Neighbor William Bryan also charged over Arbery’s killing</li></ul><p>The three white suspects accused of murdering the unarmed Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia have pleaded not guilty to nine counts that include malice murder and felony murder.</p><p> Gregory McMichael, 64, his son, Travis McMichael, 34, and their neighbor William Bryan, 50, were formally charged in Chatham county superior court on Friday morning after a grand jury <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/24/ahmaud-arbery-case-grand-jury-indictments">indicted</a> them at the end of June.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/12/tracy-walker-ahmaud-arbery-killing-nfl-football">'He was a beautiful soul': Lions' Walker on killing of cousin Ahmaud Arbery</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/17/ahmaud-arbery-murder-suspects-plead-not-guilty">Continue reading...</a> Georgia’s governor sues to block Atlanta mayor from mandating masks in public https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/16/georgia-governor-sues-mask-mandate-covid19 Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:1489ae1f-ded6-4309-729d-1c70765a0053 Fri, 17 Jul 2020 01:41:35 +0000 <p>Brian Kemp clarified his executive orders to block Atlanta and 14 other local governments from requiring face coverings</p><p>The governor of Georgia is suing Atlanta’s mayor and city council to block the city from enforcing its mandate to wear a mask in public and other rules related to the Covid-19 pandemic.</p><p>Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia attorney general Chris Carr, in a suit filed in state court late Thursday in Atlanta, argue that Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, has overstepped her authority and must obey Kemp’s executive orders under state law.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/11/us-coronavirus-surge-south-west-arizona-texas-florida-georgia">South and west drive record-breaking surge in coronavirus cases across US</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/16/georgia-governor-sues-mask-mandate-covid19">Continue reading...</a> US judge rules Georgia’s six-week abortion ban violates constitution https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/13/us-judge-blocks-georgia-abortion-ban Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:adcc8dba-d0e9-5b36-ac12-1dbce75a263c Mon, 13 Jul 2020 22:51:16 +0000 <p>Brian Kemp has vowed to appeal the ruling against HB481, which bans the procedure once cardiac activity is detected</p><p>A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked the state of Georgia’s hardline 2019 six-week abortion <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/07/georgia-governor-signs-bill-to-ban-abortion-after-six-weeks">ban</a>, finding that it violates the US constitution.</p><p>US district judge Steve Jones ruled against the state in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers and an advocacy group. Jones had temporarily blocked the law in October, and it never went into effect. The new ruling permanently enjoins the state from ever enforcing House Bill 481.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/29/abortion-ruling-supreme-court-strikes-down-louisiana-law">Supreme court strikes down restrictive Louisiana abortion law</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/13/us-judge-blocks-georgia-abortion-ban">Continue reading...</a> South and west drive record-breaking surge in coronavirus cases across US https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/11/us-coronavirus-surge-south-west-arizona-texas-florida-georgia Georgia | The Guardian urn:uuid:b6a50e74-1bad-c7ee-6e7b-80818fc7cc9c Sat, 11 Jul 2020 18:08:48 +0000 <ul><li>Arizona, Texas and Florida report strain on hospital facilities</li><li>US facing ‘one of most unstable times’ in its history, says expert</li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/jul/11/coronavirus-donald-trump-democrats-republicans-us-politics-live-updates">Follow latest US coronavirus developments</a></li></ul><p>America is breaking records for new coronavirus cases almost every day and hospitals in the new hotspots in southern and western states are under severe strain – as a health expert warned that if the surge continued the US was entering “one of the most unstable times” in its history.</p><p>The US saw a record increase of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Friday, with more than 66,000 new cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/10/california-coronavirus-covid-19-cases-death-toll-record">California sees two deadliest days since pandemic began as Covid-19 cases rise</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/11/us-coronavirus-surge-south-west-arizona-texas-florida-georgia">Continue reading...</a>