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ATLANTA (AP) — The city of Atlanta has temporarily closed three of its more than 30 fire stations because of truck breakdowns and a shortage of firefighters. Atlanta Fire Rescue Chief Roderick Smith told a City Council committee of the closures on Monday.

ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a lower court ruling that the state's abortion law was invalid, leaving limited access to abortions unchanged for now. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said last November that the ban was “unequivocally unconstitutional” because it was enacted in 2019, when Roe v. Wade allowed abortions well past six weeks. Georgia’s law bans most abortions after roughly six weeks. The Georgia Supreme Court in a 6-1 decision said McBurney was wrong.

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Looking for four men who escaped from a Georgia jail on Oct. 16, officers on Monday found a murder suspect who had been missing for more than seven months after supposedly being kidnapped. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force went to a Macon apartment after investigators got a tip about someone who might have information about the escapees. They were greeted with someone firing a gun through the door, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told reporters.

THOMASTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man has been charged with murder after police said he killed his girlfriend, stuffed her body in a suitcase and stashed it in the closet of the apartment they shared. Freddrick Durham of Thomaston was being held without bail in the Upson County jail. Durham appeared before a judge on Monday, a Thomaston police investigator said by phone, but Durham does not yet have a lawyer who can speak for him.

MILLEN, Ga. (AP) — A body found wrapped in plastic inside a Georgia dumpster 35 years ago has been identified as that of a South Korean woman, officials announced Monday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said they used DNA analysis, paid for by donors, to determine that Chong Un Kim, 26, was the person whose body was discovered in rural Millen in February 1988.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A South Korean company that makes automotive seat frames will open a factory in Georgia to supply a new Hyundai Motor Group plant. Daechang Seat Corp., based in Gyeongju, South Korea, said Monday that it would invest $72.5 million in a plant in Savannah, hiring more than 500 people.

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) — Police in an Atlanta suburb are urging tolerance after multiple residents reported finding flyers with anti-Semitic and hateful messages. Brookhaven police said in a news release on Facebook that the reports came in on Sunday. They pledged a full investigation and said hate speech will not be tolerated in the city.

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Nearly $75,000 is up for grabs for information leading to the capture of four men who earlier this week escaped through a damaged window and a cut fence at a central Georgia jail. The Bibb County Sheriff's Office added $20,000 to the combined rewards from the FBI, Macon Regional Crime Stoppers and U.S. Marshals Service to bring the total amount to $73,000, the sheriff's office said Wednesday.

ATLANTA (AP) — A homeowner is mulling the next step after a company mistakenly demolished a home she owned in southwest Atlanta. Susan Hodgson told WAGA-TV on Friday that when she returned from vacation she found a pile of rubble in place of what used to be her longtime family property.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's new health plan for low-income adults has enrolled 1,343 people through the end of September about three months after launching, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

ATLANTA (AP) — Rivian Automotive will move ahead with construction on a factory in Georgia early next year, the company confirmed Thursday. The California-based electric truck company made the announcement as it opens a retail location in an intown Atlanta development, the eighth in a network of what the company calls “spaces” that it's rolling out in select locations nationwide. The company plans additional locations in Colorado, Texas and California in coming months.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A woman whose body was found in the trunk of a car in Georgia had come from South Korea to start anew and ease her depression, but instead was subjected to beatings and ice baths while being initiated into a religious group, police said Thursday.

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia deputy fatally shot a Black man at point-blank range during a traffic stop after the man, who had been wrongfully imprisoned years ago, grabbed the officer by the neck and was forcing his head backward, according to video released by a sheriff Wednesday.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia now has $10.7 billion in surplus cash that its leaders can spend however they want after the state ran a huge surplus for the third straight year. The State Accounting Office, in a Monday report, said Georgia ran a $5.3 billion surplus in the 2022 budget year ended June 30, even after spending $32.6 billion.

KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) — A man who spent more than 16 years imprisoned in Florida on a wrongful conviction was fatally shot Monday by a sheriff’s deputy in Georgia during a traffic stop, authorities said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is reviewing the shooting, identified the man as Leonard Allen Cure, 53.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man was left reeling after receiving a $1.4 million speeding ticket, but city officials say the figure was just a placeholder, not the actual fine. Connor Cato tells WSAV-TV in Savannah that he received the citation after getting pulled over in September for driving 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

A customer opened fire at a Georgia Waffle House, wounding three people who were paying for their food, sheriff's officials said. The shooting occurred early Saturday in Bibb County about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Atlanta.

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Georgia has declined to block several provisions of a sweeping election law while legal challenges play out. Several voting advocacy and civil rights groups, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, sued in 2021 after Republican state lawmakers passed the measure less than six months after former President Donald Trump narrowly lost the state.

ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp has instructed the state treasurer to buy $10 million in bonds from Israel to support its military response to last weekend’s brutal attack launched by Hamas militants. The $10 million was the highest amount available on the bond market and brings Georgia’s current investment in Israel via bonds to $25 million.

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — A person suspected of fatally shooting two people on Thursday near a dental office northwest of Atlanta died by suicide when officers tried to stop the individual's vehicle, police said. The Cobb County Police Department said in a Facebook post that their major crimes unit is investigating a double homicide that happened near a dentist's office in Smyrna.

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A prisoner who ran away from a southwest Georgia hospital has been recaptured, and his mother and stepfather were charged with helping him get away. Dougherty County sheriff's deputies said they caught Carlton Bradford Gillis, 37, on Thursday. He's accused of escaping from an Albany hospital after overpowering a guard on Saturday.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Supersized cargo ships will need deeper water and a taller bridge to reach the Port of Savannah in the near future, the chief executive overseeing the major U.S. seaport said Thursday. Griff Lynch, president and CEO of the Georgia Ports Authority, said during his annual “State of the Ports” speech that the $1.9 billion his agency is investing to grow Savannah's cargo handling capacity will need to be met with taxpayer-funded infrastructure upgrades.

ATLANTA – Opening up privately held stretches of trout streams in North Georgia to public fishing would ruin a cottage industry vital to the region’s economy, a parade of waterfront property owners warned state lawmakers Thursday.

ATLANTA – A U.S. solar cell manufacturer that went bankrupt six years ago amid competition from a glut of cheap Asian solar panels announced Wednesday it is restarting its manufacturing plant in Norcross. Suniva, which began as a Georgia Tech spinoff, secured a $110 million commitment earlier this year from Orion Infrastructure Capital to finance the upgrading, expansion, and restarting of the Gwinnett County plant.

ATLANTA – Georgia’s Class of 2023 scored slightly lower on the ACT than last year’s cohort but exceeded the national average for the seventh year in a row. Georgia students recorded an average composite score of 21.3 on the ACT, down slightly from 21.6 in 2022 but above the national average of 19.6.

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