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Georgia House passes bill to block ‘defunding’ police

The Georgia state House has passed a bill that would block cities and counties from defunding the police.

Bill would require certification for sheriff candidates

Georgia Senate panel seeks wider special education vouchers

New Georgia House plan calls for higher sports betting tax

Georgia developing plans to give out $522M in housing aid

House bill would raise age for adult crimes to 18 in Georgia

New bill could shorten probation sentences

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Bill to let home-schoolers in public school sports advances

Storm front produces tornado in Early Co.

Metal prices drive catalytic converter thefts in Georgia

State leaders to discuss vaccine hesitancy in Ga.

Georgia lawmakers restore $567 million for K-12 education

Atlanta Motor Speedway welcoming fans for the 2021 NASCAR season

  WTOC Investigates: Pandemic fuels high-interest loan complaints, Georgia ranks No. 4 in the nation

Consumer advocates warn those who are in a vulnerable financial position to avoid high-interest loans offering fast cash.

Georgia leaders want to pay bonuses to many state workers

Georgia officials are proposing one-time bonuses of $1,000 to many state employees who make less than $80,000 a year.

Vaccine Tourism: A closer look at vaccine residency requirements in S.C., neighboring states

Across the country, the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine supply remains scarce, while the demand to get it remains high.

Senate passes Georgia budget changes aiding K-12 and health

An amended state budget that increases spending on K-12 schools and public health has passed the Georgia state Senate on a 52-0 vote, racing one step closer to passage.

Probe focuses on chicken conveyer in deaths at Georgia plant

Bruce Willis wraps latest action film, ‘Reactor,’ in Warwick

Police say missing 10-year-old has been found safe

Georgia court officials eye March for jury trial resumption

  Ga. congressman responds to President Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan

Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Flood safety

State Rep. proposes new addition to hands-free law

A Georgia Representative wants to tighten the Hands-Free Law this legislative session.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Lightning Safety

It's Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Georgia. Thursday focuses on lightning safety.

House panel: Renew COVID-19 lawsuit shield for another year

A state House committee is agreeing to renew Georgia’s law protecting businesses and others from being sued if someone blames them for contracting COVID-19.

Gov. Kemp, state health officials to give update on Georgia’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey gave an update on Georgia’s vaccine distribution Wednesday morning.

New law to help remove some criminal records in Ga.

A Savannah attorney is working to make sure those with a criminal past know about Georgia’s newest expungement law.

Georgia governor wants to get retired teachers to return

Some retired Georgia teachers could return to work and collect both a full salary and a full pension under a measure that Gov. Brian Kemp is proposing.

Georgia House panel approves bill allowing sports betting

A bill that would legalize sports betting in Georgia and give tax revenue to the state lottery is advancing in the state House.

Georgia Senate GOP introduce bills to limit mail voting

Republicans in Georgia’s state Senate are seeking new limits and requirements before people can vote.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Thunderstorm Safety

Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Thunderstorm Safety

DPH: COVID-19 variant cases increase in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health is confirming there are now 19 cases of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified in Georgia.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Family Preparedness

Georgia’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week continues through Friday, February 5th.

Gov. Kemp: Georgia Lottery raises over $731M for HOPE, Pre-K

A release from the governor’s office said the Georgia Lottery generated more than $731,281,000 in profits for the first half of the fiscal year 2021.

Gov. Kemp announces adoption and foster care reform legislation

Gov. Brian Kemp announced his administration’s adoption and foster care reform initiatives for the 2021 legislative session, introduced by Rep. Bert Reeves and Sen. Bo Hatchett.

Georgia bill would require photo ID copies for mail voting

Senate Bill 29 was introduced by Republican Sen. Jason Anavitarte of Dallas.

Georgia Pre-K teachers to get $1,000 bonuses

The latest round of federal coronavirus aid will provide $1,000 bonuses to Georgia’s state-funded prekindergarten and child care teachers.

Georgia to receive more doses of COVID-19 vaccines

The federal government announced that Georgia will begin receiving 25,000+ more COVID-19 vaccines weekly.

Georgia official: Bump in vaccine allocation may take months

Georgia officials are warning that the state may not see a jump in its weekly allotment of 120,000 coronavirus vaccine doses until April.

Ga. First Lady announces new legislation to fight human trafficking

Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp says the state of Georgia is doubling down on its fight against human trafficking.

Walmart begins COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Ga.

More partners are signing on to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to those who qualify under the current phase.

SCDOT gets high marks in annual financial audit

The audit said the agency has strong internal controls to prevent improper or unnecessary spending.

Georgia reports jump in cases of coronavirus variant

Georgia officials have now identified five cases of a COVID-19 variant in the state, raising the urgency to get people vaccinated.

Georgia judges: Pandemic could backlog jury trials for years

Judges say Georgia’s court system could take years to dig out of a backlog of jury trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ossoff, Warnock sworn in as U.S. senators

Just hours after taking her own oath of office, Vice President Harris swore in Georgia’s Democratic Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

Kemp to use $5M in virus aid to help students finish college

Some juniors and seniors at Georgia’s public universities and colleges are in line for a little financial boost to help them reach their degree.

Ga. representatives on safety measures at the State Capitol

The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden is just a couple of days away and many of Georgia’s law enforcement agencies are present at the State Capitol.

In coronavirus vaccine drive, Deep South falls behind

The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but some states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates.

  Gov. Kemp: Changes coming to citizen’s arrest law

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp delivered the 2021 State of the State Address Thursday morning before the Georgia General Assembly.

Ga. Dept. of Driver Services closed for system upgrade

The Georgia Department of Driver Services will be closed for the next couple of days for a system upgrade.

Amid Democratic wins, virus, Georgia GOP gov to talk economy

Georgia’s GOP governor is set to deliver his annual State of the State address, highlighting a strong economy amid a surging coronavirus death toll and historic Democratic wins in his state for president and two Senate seats.

Parents charged with murder in lice-linked death get bail

Parents charged with the murder of their 12-year-old daughter have been granted bail because prosecutors haven’t yet sought their indictment by a grand jury.

Georgia could take back vaccine from slow-moving providers

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is again urging patience among people waiting to be vaccinated against the coronavirus even as he threatens to take vaccines away from large hospital systems that his administration says aren’t moving fast enough to administer the shots.

University System of Ga. chancellor announces retirement

After 36 years in public service, University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley announced plans Tuesday to retire on July 1.

Ga. Supreme Court hears arguments in Ryan Duke case — again

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear arguments in Ryan Duke’s appeal on Tuesday.

Health districts inundated as Georgia expands vaccine access

Georgia’s plan to expand access to a coronavirus vaccine to people over 65 is getting off to a rocky start.

  Phase 1A+ COVID-19 vaccine distribution starts Monday in Ga.

COVID-19 vaccines will officially be more available to Georgians starting Monday, Jan. 11.

Georgia lawmakers eye citizen’s arrest, gambling, vouchers

It’s going to be another weird pandemic session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Loeffler concedes to Warnock in Senate race

Loeffler congratulated Warnock on his victory. The outgoing senator also pledged to continuing fighting for what she dubbed the “American Dream.”

7-month-old kidnapped in Long Co. found in safe condition; suspect in custody

A 7-month-old that was kidnapped in Long County was located in safe condition in Statesboro on Thursday, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Georgia leaders denounce US Capitol riot, say state secure

Georgia’s governor and two other top Republican officials are denouncing the violent occupation of the U.S. Capitol by a mob incited by President Donald Trump.

Jon Ossoff becomes the youngest Democrat elected to the Senate since Joe Biden in 1973

Ossoff, 33, will be the youngest Democrat to serve in the U.S. Senate since President-elect Joe Biden, who assumed office in 1973 at the age of 30.

  Ga. Secretary of State’s Office gives update on runoff election results

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there were about 60,000 votes to be counted in Georgia.

  Election officials continue working to finalize Ga. runoff results

The Secretary of State’s Office is gearing up for another busy day as America waits to see which party will control the U.S. Senate.

Warnock makes history with Senate win as Dems near majority

Warnock’s victory is a symbol of a striking shift in Georgia’s politics as the swelling number of diverse, college-educated voters flex their power in the heart of the Deep South.

  City of Savannah cancels St. Patrick’s Day festivities for second year in a row

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson announced Tuesday during his first weekly update of 2021 that the city will not be hosting its traditional St. Patrick’s Day events for the second year in a row.

Childcare scholarships available to some virtual school families in Ga.

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is offering scholarships for families who have to send their children to e-school at a childcare center.

Voting underway in Georgia’s Senate runoffs

Election officials want voters to keep a few things in mind when casting their ballot on Election Day.

Decision day in Georgia with Senate majority at stake

Georgia voters are set to decide the balance of power in Congress in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections.

Georgia voters encouraged to report issues

Many Georgians have already cast their ballots ahead of the runoff election day.

  Sen. Loeffler makes campaign stop in Savannah ahead of Tuesday’s Senate runoffs

Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler spent much of Monday flying around the state for last-minute campaign stops.

State Elections Board member requests investigation of President Trump’s phone call with Sec. Raffensperger

Georgia Board of Elections member Matthew Mashburn has confirmed to WTOC that another board member, David Worley, has asked the Secretary of State’s Office to investigate a phone call from over the weekend between President Donald Trump and Secretary Brad Raffensperger.

Stakes high for U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia

Voters in Georgia still have unfinished business to resolve two months after the November elections.

Ga., SC highway patrols expecting busy roads for holiday travel

Thousands of people are expected to hit the roads today to visit their loved ones for the holiday.

Georgia to use convention center for beds amid virus surge

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says the state will again use a convention center for patient beds amid a surge in coronavirus cases that is straining hospital capacity.

Law enforcement, GOHS cracking down on drunk drivers amid holiday season

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety recommends drivers plan ahead... if they plan on drinking, plan for a designated driver. First responders also ask anyone to report erratic drivers or suspicious behavior to 9-1-1.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to visit Columbus Monday

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is scheduled to make two stops in Georgia Monday to campaign for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

Kemp says Georgia will keep paying for nurses in pandemic

Gov. Brian Kemp says the state of Georgia will keep paying for extra nurses to assist hospitals and nursing homes that have struggled to find staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Georgia employers fail to keep pace as more seek work

Workers are returning to the labor force in Georgia more rapidly than employers are adding jobs, driving up the state’s unemployment rate.

Georgia hospitals break previous mark for COVID-19 patients

A record number of people are in hospitals in Georgia with confirmed COVID-19 infections.