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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia prosecutor charged with hindering the police investigation into the 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery is scheduled to make her first court appearance in the case next month. A superior court judge on Tuesday ordered a Dec. 29 arraignment for former District Attorney Jackie Johnson. More than a year has passed since Johnson was indicted on misconduct charges alleging she used her office to try to protect two of the white men who chased and fatally shot Arbery after he ran past their home on Feb. 23, 2020.

Eighteen people died in traffic incidents in Georgia over the Thanksgiving travel period, the Georgia Department of Public Safety said in a statement issued Tuesday.

ATLANTA (AP) — The parents of a Georgia high school basketball player who collapsed while practicing outdoors in sweltering heat and later died announced that they have agreed to a $10 million settlement with the school district. Their lawyers said Tuesday that, as part of the settlement, the Clayton County school system agreed to rename the gymnasium at Elite Scholars Academy for Imani Bell. The 16-year-old was a junior at the school when she died.

ATLANTA – Georgia voters are destroying the old political adage that runoff elections are plagued with low voter turnouts. More than 300,000 Georgians cast ballots Monday, the first day of statewide early voting in the runoff contest between Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker. That easily broke the daily record for early voting turnout in Georgia of 233,000.

ATLANTA – State Senate Democrats reelected their top leadership team Monday. Sen. Gloria Butler will return as Senate minority leader during the 2023-24 legislative term starting in January.

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) — An Atlanta-area woman has been arrested on murder charges after investigators say she killed one of her twin 4-year-old daughters and set fire to her apartment to conceal the death. The second twin was injured in the fire. East Point investigators say 27-year-old Nicole Jackson told them her daughter was already dead, but didn't say how they believe the girl died. The other daughter was burned on her hands, arms and parts of her face.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The FBI has confirmed that the bones found in a Georgia landfill are those of a toddler who had been reported missing last month. The agency said Monday that it used DNA analysis to confirm that the bones belonged to 20-month-old Quinton Simon. Chatham County police said on Nov. 21 that they had arrested Leilani Simon, 22, on charges of malice murder, concealing the death of another person, false reporting and making false statements involving her son.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia House Speaker David Ralston is being remembered as a powerful politician whose care for others transcended partisan boundaries. Hundreds gathered in the Republican’s hometown of Blue Ridge Sunday for Ralston's funeral after he died on Nov. 16 at age 68. Rep. Randy Nix of LaGrange says “people were more important” to Ralston than politics.

ATLANTA (AP) — A shooting in an Atlanta neighborhood Saturday evening killed on person and wounded five, police said. The Atlanta Police Department said several shots were fired during a dispute around 8 p.m. on the 17th Street bridge in Atlantic Station, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Macon hospital authority wants its local government to start sharing local property tax collections to help pay for indigent care. The Macon-Bibb County Hospital Authority discussed its plans earlier this month, The Telegraph of Macon reports.

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