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McDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — Police say three people were shot at a warehouse south of Atlanta. Henry County police said on Twitter they responded to multiple calls of a shooting at the warehouse in McDonough just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday and found three people suffering from gunshot wounds. McDonough is about 30 miles south of Atlanta. Two of the victims were treated and taken to hospitals. The third was treated and released at the scene.

ATLANTA – Georgia has positioned itself on the ground floor of the electric-vehicle revolution and is poised for further growth as demand for EVs takes off, the state’s economic development chief said Wednesday. Since 2020, EV manufacturers and their suppliers have invested $13 billion in Georgia while creating more than 18,000 jobs, Pat Wilson told members of a legislative study committee on the “electrification” of transportation at its first meeting.

ATLANTA — Many rural Georgia counties lack easy access to methadone clinics, according to a new study by a University of Georgia team.  Methadone is a “gold standard of opioid addiction treatments,” according to study author and UGA health economist Jayani Jayawardhana. Methadone helps people quit addictions to drugs like heroin, oxycodone and fentanyl.  

ATLANTA - The Georgia State Patrol is competing in this year's "America's Best Looking Cruiser" contest. The contest, conducted by the American Association of State Troopers, is in its 9th year.  The winner, determined by popular vote, will receive the "America's Best Looking Cruiser" award and be featured on the cover of the association's 2023 wall calendar, which will feature the top 13 paint schemes.

ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp this week announced increased funding to address COVID learning loss and build school-based health centers in Georgia. On Monday, Kemp said $37.4 million will go to organizations helping Georgia students recover from COVID learning loss. On Tuesday, the Republican governor said he is allocating an additional $125 million to pay for school health centers.    

DEMOREST, Ga. (AP) — Sandra Deal, the wife of former Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, has died at 80. Deal was noted for her advocacy of early literacy during her husband’s two terms. Her family said Deal died Tuesday at her home in Demorest from breast cancer that metastasized into brain cancer. Deal worked as a teacher in Hall County for more than 15 years.

ATLANTA— A juvenile court must reevaluate the sincerity of parents’ objections to their children’s vaccinations, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.  At issue is whether children in temporary state custody can be immunized with routine childhood vaccines over their parents’ religious objections – and how to decide if those objections are sincere or not.  

LOCUST GROVE, Ga. (AP) — Bird flu has killed hundreds of wild vultures at a Georgia sanctuary that houses more than 1,500 other animals. Noah’s Ark officials tell news outlets that no other birds have tested positive or shown symptoms. Officials say they were told Saturday that initial tests indicate the vultures died of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is allotting $125 million in federal COVID-19 relief money to expand school-based health centers. The state Department of Education will give out grants of up to $1 million apiece to start health centers that will care for students, and in some cases, community members.

MORROW, Ga. (AP) — A specially appointed prosecutor said he will not pursue charges against the two white Atlanta police officers who clashed with Rayshard Brooks during a June 2020 encounter that ended with the 27-year-old Black man’s fatal shooting. Pete Skandalakis said he believes Officer Garrett Rolfe, who shot and killed Brooks, acted appropriately. He also said the second officer involved in the encounter, Officer Devin Brosnan, will not be charged.

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