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ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday he is allocating around $250 million to help low-income Georgia communities improve parks, sidewalks, recreation facilities, and healthy food access. A statement from the governor’s office said investment in infrastructure such as parks and sidewalks has been connected to better health and decreased mortality from COVID and other illnesses.

PERRY, Ga. – Georgia’s rural economy is being buffeted by national and global headwinds that are making it harder for farmers to make ends meet, an agricultural economist said Tuesday. Supply chain disruptions, trade wars, droughts across the globe, the COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine are challenging farmers on multiple fronts, Gopi Munisamy told an audience of farm industry and political leaders during a summit on ag issues

ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor in Atlanta has announced a sprawling indictment targeting members of what she called a violent street gang that targeted the homes of famous athletes, entertainers and others. The indictment announced Monday says singer Mariah Carey, Marlo Hampton of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Atlanta United player Brad Guzan and other victims all had their Atlanta-area homes broken into.

ATLANTA – A former Statesboro city councilman was sentenced to 33 months in prison Monday for evading taxes on income from bars he co-owned. Will Britt, a member of the council from 2004 through 2015 now living in Bluffton, South Carolina, and a group of business partners owned various bars near college campuses in several Georgia communities, while claiming each bar was owned by a single individual, according to court documents and statements in federal court.

ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that his office will provide $62 million to help Georgia communities address homelessness and housing insecurity. The governor’s office will award the funds to 20 organizations that applied via a competitive process. The funds will be used to build affordable housing, improve existing housing, and provide mental health services to people who are homeless.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — A lighthouse on the Georgia coast will light up like a giant birthday candle to celebrate turning 150 years old. The lighthouse on St. Simons Island opened in 1872 to replace an earlier version destroyed during the Civil War and is still used to help ships navigate St. Simons Sound. The Coastal Georgia Historical Society plans to mark the big 150th anniversary over Labor Day weekend by having an animated light show projected on the outside of the 104-foot tower.

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal jury in Atlanta has awarded $100 million to a panhandler who fell and broke his neck after a police officer shocked him with a stun gun during a chase. News agencies report that the verdict was handed up Friday. Jurors found that Officer Jon Grubbs used unreasonable force against Jerry Blasingame, who was 65 years old and had been asking drivers for money in July 2018. He was paralyzed from the neck down.

CLEVELAND, Ga. -  Cleveland Police say Tomika Johnson's quick response last Saturday helped save the life of Sgt. Ryan O'Connor.  O'Connor and his partner Brooklyn Barnes were participating in a "back to school" festival. While O'Connor was playing football with local kids, he told Barnes he had been stung by two bees and was "deathly allergic"  to them.

ATLANTA – Though many associate homelessness with urban centers, the problem of lack of housing is more widespread, speakers said at a recent state Senate hearing on homelessness. Rising rental prices and wages that have not kept up have pushed some Georgians out of their homes, experts and local observers alike affirmed.  

ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp is using $100 million in federal COVID-19 relief to help boost public safety. Kemp announced a new grant program Thursday that will provide up to $1.5 million to help law enforcement agencies cope with violent crime that has been on the upswing since the pandemic began more than two years ago and offset staffing losses that have hit police and sheriff’s departments.

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